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Alumnus credits memories at the College of Business for thriving career

Monday, July 9 2018 12:00am

Daniel Helms ('96) went on to create Waller Helms Advisors, LLC and impact current Business Bobcats

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By Meghan Morris

“The experiences that you have here will last a lifetime.” This is a common phrase that Business Bobcats hear from alumni. A Chicago alumnus shared how his life and career have taken shape because of his time on campus.

Daniel Helms (‘96) participated in the Global Consulting Program traveling to Pecs, Hungary during the summer before his last year at Ohio University. He credits experiences like this for career success.

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“Studying abroad is extremely valuable for students to expand their perspectives,” he said. “The fellowship allowed me the unique opportunity to attend the Global Consulting Program, which provided great context for what I am doing now.”

Helms began a career in corporate lending with American National Bank, now JP Morgan Chase, in Chicago soon after graduating from OHIO with a Bachelor of Business Administration in finance and international business.

A few years later, he found an interest in financial advising after dabbling in investment banking. In 2014, he was essential in forming Waller Helms Advisors, LLC, a global advisory firm that focuses on insurance and healthcare services.

The connections he made at the College of Business were fundamental to his career journey.

“I was lucky to have a talented group of professors. Their expertise and mentorship were first class, and I can only imagine how much it’s improved,” Helms said.

Last year, Helms passed on a few lessons he learned to current students as a guest panelist at the OHIO Alumni Association’s Chicago Networking Week. He urged students to use every tool available through the college to help them achieve career goals.

Helms lives in Chicago with his wife Andrea, BSCHE ‘97, and their two children. Two decades later, OHIO remains a vital part of his life.

“Athens, my education, and the lifelong friendships I made played a huge role in shaping me into the person I am today,” he said. “Ohio University’s College of Business was absolutely the right school for me.”

Learn more about College of Business alumni engagement.