#WhitmanWatch: Marcus Coleman

marcus coleman (3)Class of 2016
Majors: Finance and Supply Chain Management
Hometown: Voorhees, New Jersey
Student-Athlete Profile: http://cuse.com/roster.aspx?rp_id=10008

Marcus Coleman is a force to be reckoned with, both on the football field and in the classroom. When Coleman was offered a scholarship to play on the Syracuse University football team, he accepted knowing that the academic and athletic opportunities provided would serve him well. Now a senior finance and supply chain management major, Coleman has made a name for himself as a Whitman student.

Last summer, Coleman worked as a summer financial adviser intern to Mark A. Colvin Private Wealth Advisor CFP, ChFC, CLU, under Ameriprise Financial. He was responsible for creating an Excel workbook that used reports on clients under management from Ameriprise’s yearly reports. “I used the Excel workbook the generate a comprehensive summary, particular to each client, that consisted of the individual’s wrap fees, total assets under management, and allocations of investments,” Coleman explained. “This project afforded me the opportunity to apply my finance and analytical skills gained during my undergraduate program and refresh my Excel skills in a very unique situation.”

In addition to finance and Excel skills, Coleman said that group assignments have been an immense asset to his education. “Group assignments were the closest emulation of the workforce, in respect to working with individuals from different demographics to complete a task,” said Coleman.

Outside of the classroom, Coleman is involved as a member of the Student Athlete Advisory Council (S.A.A.C) through the NCAA. He was also recently chosen to participate in the Dulye Leadership Experience, a prestigious immersive professional development program offered annually to select SU students.

Following graduation, Coleman plans to acquire the required designations to serve as a wealth adviser and eventually start his own all-inclusive wealth management practice for athletes. Additionally, he hopes to one day establish a nonprofit organization for individuals with limited economic power, focused on teaching them skills to become versed in financial literacy and asset allocation and leading them to financial independence.

Coleman isn’t just football and finance, though. “A little-known fact about me was that my first passion before football was music,” he said. “I used to play the trumpet from fifth to eighth grade.”