Eric Robertson

Eric Robertson

Vice President, Institutional Equity Sales at Northland Capital Markets
Maple Grove, MN
B.B.A. Marketing, 2016

"The best advice I could give to a current USD student or recent grad is to be proactive in your job search, use the amazing resources USD provides and reach out to individuals in your desired industry to expand your network of business contacts. This takes hard work, confidence and persistence but will prove to be a valuable investment in your future."

Q&A with Eric:

Describe your current educational or professional pursuits.

At my current position I work closely with research analysts to articulate complex stock pitches in clear and “benefits focused” presentations in the Tech, Financial, Energy, Healthcare/Biotech sectors to institutional investors. I also raise capital for companies going public in Initial Public Offerings (IPOs) and through Follow-On Offerings. I plan on getting my MBA in Finance in the near future and my professional goal is to be a managing director at Northland Capital.

How did your USD experience influence your career path?

I worked closely with my academic advisors and career mentors at USD to determine which route I wanted to pursue following graduation. I attended several career fairs at USD, which helped me evaluate companies I was contemplating working for and ultimately introduced me to Northwestern Mutual, where I interned during my senior year of college. Furthermore, my first job after graduation was with Elgethun Capital Management in Sioux Falls. I got introduced to John Barker, president of Elgethun through Susan Tuve at the USD Foundation and Dave Lorenz an academic advisor at University of South Dakota. Both Susan and Dave were instrumental in my job search process while I was at USD.

Tell us about your proudest achievement.

My proudest achievement was a team achievement. It was the award received by the “One Team One Dream” community service effort which was recognized by Governor Daugaard and the State of South Dakota as one of the most impactful community service programs in the State of South Dakota, winning the "Helping Hands" award. I was extremely proud to be a part of the reading program led by the players and coaches of the men's and women's Basketball team because it was truly a group effort to give back and make an impact on the elementary students who came to so many of our basketball games.

What was your USD experience like? Were you involved in any campus organizations or activities?

My experience at USD was outstanding. It was extremely clear from the first day I stepped on campus that everyone from the professors to administrators truly cares about putting the students first. Activities I was involved in: captain of USD's men’s basketball team, Student-Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC), American Marketing Association (AMA), “One Team One Dream” community service program with the men's and women's basketball teams and Jolley Elementary School.

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