TROY - Troy University alumnus, author and finance professional David Mallach encouraged TROY graduates to embrace the next chapter of their lives with a positive attitude.
Speaking during Friday's fall commencement ceremony inside Trojan Arena on the Troy Campus, Mallach told graduates that this ceremony was not just an ending but also a beginning.
"More than four decades ago, I sat in a chair waiting to walk across the stage, just as you are today," Mallach said. "For many of you, you have completed the last class you will ever take. Now you have to put all you have learned and experienced together and move on to the next phase of your life. Troy University has equipped you with the tools you need to be successful and now it is up to you. If you work hard and maintain a positive attitude, you will succeed."
While change is a constant in life, Mallach encouraged students to not forget the lessons learned from their mentors. Mallach paid tribute to his mentor, Dr. Johnny Long, TROY's director of bands emeritus, who was in attendance at Friday's ceremony.
"I credit Johnny Long with all of my success in my family and business life," he said.
Mallach, managing director of investments for Merrill Lynch is a 1971 marketing and business graduate, and has been with the company for more than 40 years. He is a select member of Registered Representative Magazine's Outstanding Advisor of the Year 2007 and Research Magazine's Hall of Fame 2006. In 2012, he was selected as one of the top 1,000 advisors in America by Barron's Magazine for the third year in a row. Mallach is the creator of the Investing for Growth Strategy, one of the most used investment strategies within Merrill Lynch. He is the father of five children, an accomplished saxophone player, and a registered private pilot.
More than 500 students representing 22 states and 15 nations took part in the ceremony.