B.S. OLS '06 & M.B.A. '08
Northwestern Mutual - Financial Representative
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We asked Nicholas several questions about his career, how his education has helped him through the years, and what advice he has for current students. Spend a few minutes with IPFW Mastodon, Nicholas Harter!
Q: How has your degree been beneficial to you and your career? A: I have a team of four staff people and interact with both families and small business owners. My degree in Organizational Leadership and Supervision has provided me with the skills to recruit, hire, train, and manage my team. My Masters in Business Administration has helped me to work with and understand the strains a business owner faces as well as help me create new efficiencies in my own business.
Q: How did you become interested in your field? A: I have always been interested in how investing works from when I was a small child watching my grandfather check the stock tickers posted on the back of the newspaper - to when I opened my first Roth IRA my sophomore year of college. Once I completed my Masters degree, I reached out to several firms here in town to find the best fit for me.
Q: What is the best career advice you were given? A: Do internships and co-ops. It's the best way to find out what you like without fully committing yourself. It's also a great way to develop relationships outside of college.
Q: Was there anyone during your time at IPFW who acted as a mentor to you? If so, tell us about the relationship and why it was valuable. A: Dr. Mitch Sherr was a business law professor while I was pursuing my bachelors degree. He got me into SHRM (Society for Human Resource Management) and we went to a competition to test our HR knowledge. I really enjoyed the business law courses I took with him.
Q: What course(s) have you found to be most valuable in your professional life? A: Business Law, Marketing, Managing Change, and Financial Accounting. The funny thing is that even some of the courses that I didn't think would ever apply like philosophy, creep up every now and then in conversation with people. It's great to have all of those general education required courses to balance out my specializations.
Q: What would be your advice to someone who is considering IPFW (either as a new student or a returning adult)? A: Don't worry about the degree you're pursuing, just start with the general education courses and you will find your way. Keep going and get a Master's degree in whatever you're passionate about.
Q: What advice would you give to current IPFW students? A: Make the most of the relationships you're building with students and faculty. You never know when you will need to rely on them in the future and this world becomes very small the more you get out into it.
Q: Do you have a favorite and/or funny story about your time at IPFW? A: I started my first Roth IRA because of a flyer posted in Kettler, thus starting my financial plan.
A: What do you consider to be your greatest accomplishments, both personally and professionally? Q: Personally, being married to my wife for 8 years and having two beautiful daughters. Professionally, building a strong financial planning practice in Fort Wayne and achieving many awards from Northwestern Mutual.
Q: Where do you hope to be in ten years? A: I have recently been invited into a leadership role with our organization to help mentor new Financial Representatives. I hope to be leading an entire agency within 10 years.
Q: How would you like to be remembered? A: As someone who is passionate about my life and my profession. As a caring, good father and husband.