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Experiences shape life. Fill up a jar with a variety of experiences, close the lid and feel free to pick and choose whenever an ingredient is needed. The more items in the jar, the greater the amount of knowledge stockpiled for future use.

(Photo Courtesy of Troy Elser)

(Photo Courtesy of Troy Elser)

Troy Elser is a senior vice president of investments and wealth management specialist for UBS in Hunt Valley, MD. Clients rely on Elser to handle their financial needs based on a relationship built with trust and reliability. He is regularly active in his community and encourages others to get involved whenever possible. Elser’s experiences have contributed greatly to his present day triumphs.

Where did you receive your higher education?

“At Lebanon Valley College in Lebanon, Pennsylvania.”

How has your educational background led to your current career path?

“My educational background focused on finance and business management, but secondarily emphasized communications and business relations. I have utilized all of these while working with my clients over the years and at UBS Financial Services.”

What is your definition of a well-rounded individual?

“A well-rounded individual is someone who excels in school, but also someone who is able to convey what they have learned in the classroom to the real world. I try to explain to folks who are interested in a career in financial services, or starting the next chapter of their life post-college, that you have to go out and experience life. Things like work experience and volunteering distinguish someone as a well-rounded individual, a leader and someone who is willing to go above and beyond.”

In your opinion, what types of experiences, whether educational or professional, enhance this definition (of a well-rounded individual)?

“One area that enhances an individual’s ability to be well-rounded is their experience and education in foreign language and culture. Today, we live and operate in a global economy and areas like China, for example, are having a greater impact on our day-to-day affairs. Taking steps now to further the understanding of global business, foreign relations and language will not only make someone a more well-rounded individual, but also more successful in their career.”

Keisha Oduor is a professional writer and entrepreneur who resides in Baltimore, Maryland. She has a degree in Communications and French from New York University with work experience in publishing, nonprofits, healthcare administration and program management. Her work can be found on


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