While at McMurry, Casjen Rico ’15 served as a member and officer of the Shareholders Business Club on campus. As a result, he learned the value of networking in business.
Casjen, who was a business administration major/math minor from Grapevine, TX, has managed to balance his extensive campus activities with off-campus employment, and one of those jobs led directly to a position with an excellent financial institution prior to his graduation. He worked as a commercial loan analyst for First Financial Bank in Abilene in the mornings while completing his classes and practicing with the men’s soccer team in the afternoons before earning his degree.
Casjen credits Ann Spence and Dr. K.O. Long as mentors and teachers.
“They wrote letters of recommendation for my internships and encouraged me to keep doing well in my studies and work toward the internship I wanted. They used their contacts at First Financial to help me get my internship.”
Casjen served as a member of McMurry’s Student Managed Investment Fund and obtained hands-on experience with investing and money-management. “My involvement with the Investment Fund was fabulous. It was probably the best class I have taken at McMurry. I definitely learned a lot.”
“Casjen is an outstanding example of a student who has recognized and maximized the opportunities that are offered at McMurry. He has excelled in the classroom, and he was acknowledged by the Business faculty for his accomplishments and leadership, through selection to the Business Student Advocates. Because of his membership in that group, he’s had the opportunity to interact with prospective students and their families.
His level of performance and leadership on campus led to his selection as a recipient of the J. Henry Doscher, Jr., Memorial Scholarship for his senior year. In January 2015, he participated in the London trip with other Business students, gaining exposure to international business issues by visiting leading companies in a world financial capital.
Casjen currently works at First Financial.