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Uriah Kyles '07

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"If you’re going to do something for the rest of your life, you’d better make sure you like what you’re doing and that you’re willing to work hard to make it happen"


A rising star in New York City’s finance industry and former business economics major, Uriah changed the focus of his studies a few times at SUNY Cortland — not because he was unhappy, but because he was in search of the perfect fit. He found it thanks, in part, to successful alumni who were willing to help connect the dots.

Today, he works for Deutsche Bank and oversees rates and emerging markets trade support for North America, managing four teams across the globe. His job, in a nutshell, involves balancing the firm’s desire for revenue growth with the costs of pursuing that revenue. The demands of the position force him to sleep when he can find the time, although Uriah wouldn’t want it any other way.

“If you’re going to do something for the rest of your life, you’d better make sure you like what you’re doing and that you’re willing to work hard to make it happen,” said Uriah, whose work remains rooted in finance, calculus and computer programming.

He will be the first to admit that relationship building at SUNY Cortland was the key to finding success — initially with accommodating faculty and staff members and later with successful alumni. In fact, Uriah’s first chance to shine after graduation came through an internship at the Bank of Tokyo, an opportunity an alumnus helped him land.
“It’s always good to have people in front of you leading the way,” Uriah said. “When you see alumni in that place, it gives you the confidence to know something like what I’m doing is possible.”