Firm: Bank of America Merrill Lynch
Growing up, Cory Czyzewski lived the life often experienced by children of military parents: he moved wherever his father Richard was assigned: from Florida to Germany and points in between.
But more important than the destinations and opportunities to see various parts of the world, were the lessons Cory learned.
“Hard working” and “driven” are terms others use about Cory, and he agrees, noting these attributes were “instilled in me by my father and his military background.”
Studying finance at the University of Central Florida, Cory planned a career in investment banking. After spending a year working as a financial analyst, Cory took a spot as an investment banking associate at UBS, where Jeff Sula (currently MD at RBC) took him under his wing and led him to public finance. “I always liked transportation and infrastructure,” working on mergers and acquisitions and “building things.”
Family is a priority. Cory said his “free time” is devoted to his wife Cassandra and their three children: Hudson, 5, Kenly, 3, and Maddix, 10 months. Hudson plays soccer, following in his dad’s footsteps. In fact Cory played soccer with U.S. men’s national team star Landon Donovan.
Jim Calpin, managing director at Bank of America Merrill Lynch, said Cory “is the ultimate team player who drives our business through trusted client relationships, regional team member collaboration, thoroughness and accuracy of work product, with a ‘whatever it takes’ approach to deliver for our deep client base.”
Cory was “extremely surprised” that he was named a Rising Star and “humbled to be nominated.”
“Cory is a Rising Star because of his passion, vision and dedication to achieving the best results possible for the many government clients that he represents nationally,” said Rudy Salo, partner at Nixon Peabody LLP