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Esposito VideoFRANK J. ESPOSITO, JR., CFA, BUS AD '94 Indianapolis

As a first vice president and portfolio manager for UBS Financial Services, Frank takes pride in helping a select group of clients navigate complex financial situations.

“My goal is to make good on the trust they have placed in me and to provide successful outcomes for their families,” he says. “These clients have built wealth through intelligence, risk taking and good fortune, and my job is to make sure their hard-earned money is there when they need it.”

That level of commitment can be traced back to a gift from Frank’s grandmother. It wasn’t exactly the kind of thing that would elicit squeals of delight from a typical grade school kid. But for Frank, getting two shares of IBM stock in 1983 turned out to be the first step down a path he would follow for the rest of his life.

He insisted in his eighth-grade yearbook that he wanted to become a stockbroker — even if he wasn’t quite sure at the time what that really meant. He found those answers and more in the College of Business Administration, which gave him the critical-thinking and decision-making skills he needed to eventually launch his investment career that began in earnest at Goldman Sachs & Co.

Frank and his wife, Valerie, Arts '94, Grad '96, met and got engaged at Marquette. They have five children. They continue to embrace Marquette’s mission through their work with Providence Cristo Rey High School in Indianapolis, where he is chairman of the work-study program that plays a central role in the Cristo Rey model.

Frank also remains involved with Marquette through his support of the Applied Investment Management program, which gives students real-world investing experience.