In this alumni profile, we hear from 2014 finance graduate Ryan Beach and learn what he’s been doing since leaving Cedarville.
Right after graduation, I moved to St. Louis to work in Edward Jones’ home office. It was a great opportunity to learn the business of financial planning from the inside, gain a good understanding of our competitive advantage in the market, and discover what it takes to run a successful practice. When I initially moved to St. Louis, I had every intention of transferring to the field in Winston Salem, NC, after about a year. However, God had different plans, and eventually brought me back to Xenia, OH, which in hindsight was one of the best decisions of my life. After living here for about a year, I met and started dating my (now) wife, Ali. This business can be fairly tough to get started in, but I met her at the perfect time, and we got married in May of 2017. We’re actively involved in our church in Miamisburg, and we are in the process of building a house in Beavercreek that should be complete in June 2018.
My passion has always been relationships, but since leaving Cedarville it has become much more refined. Since graduating, I have observed a real lack of understanding when it comes to financial terms and concepts, especially within my class. So in the four years since leaving Cedarville, I have had multiple opportunities to return to campus and speak to outgoing seniors about the importance of saving for retirement, paying off debt, and spending less than you earn. These have been tremendous opportunities to give back to the University, and I look forward to continuing that for many years to come.
In my free time I play as much golf as Ali allows, travel occasionally, and have discovered a passion for (basic) cooking.
Thank you, Ryan, for sharing how God has worked in your life, and for the ways in which you are giving back to Cedarville.
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