I grew up in a small town in central NH without much exposure to the world or even a city for that matter. I wasn't a great student, but I was already investing and knew I wanted to study Finance. As a Junior, I surprised a Bentley recruiter by sitting in on a visit for Seniors. I believe Admissions looked past my grades to my clear vision and accepted me. At Bentley, my world started growing immediately. I was "adopted" by our large group of Latino students, and was fluent in Spanish by the time I graduated. It was the depth of those connections which motivated me to do my MBA at Thunderbird and land in Mexico City as NAFTA was passing. I never could have dreamed that my high school vision and exposure to so many amazing international students would place me at the genesis of emerging markets and lead to helping to build a hedge fund over a dozen years in Mexico City/London/Caracas. I recently retired from a 20-year trading career to devote more time to working with NYC's economically disadvantaged youth through Harlem RBI. I would like to take this opportunity to thank my mentor David A Hughey '55.