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What are your fondest memories of your FDU student days?
My fondest memories were the long days that started with the early lacrosse practices. Although we all dreaded getting up for a 6 a.m. run, it always got us out of our dorms and interacting with each other. After practice, we had the team breakfast at that café, then a couple classes, and I always felt very accomplished by the end of the day.
How did your FDU experiences prepare you for your career?
I gained most from my experiences at FDU that focused around team building and leadership. Whether it was on the lacrosse field or in group projects, the FDU community was always a friendly environment that facilitated strong academic and personal growth. The student body, known for its diversity, helped me learn to interact with different cultures. In addition, my professors always related different lessons to real professional situations that helped to make our learning experience transferable to the real world.
Any professors who had an impact on you?
Absolutely! Dr. Calcagnetti had a tremendous impact on my academic and personal development. He was my professor for psychological statistics; a class I thought I would dread attending. Dr. C. drove me to realize my potential and that I possessed the ability to accomplish my goals with hard work and dedication. I would have been happy on day one to walk out of that class with any grade over a C, and after day one, all I wanted was an A, which is what I was given. That really set me up for a great finish to my academic career.
What’s the best part of your job?
The best part about being a Financial Advisor at Morgan Stanley is dealing with real individuals and working as a team to reach their financial goals. I do not have “meetings about meetings” as some say in the business world. My clients have worked hard to get where they are and build the wealth that they possess. Every meeting I have with clients has a real purpose to achieve any number of goals. It gives me a great sense of pride to help my clients and to know that I have developed their trust in my guidance to achieve their goals.
Anything about the University that impresses you today?
The growth and international partnerships the University has made. One thing that many students do not realize is how much there is to be seen, learned, tried, etc. I think FDUs partnerships across the globe brings that to the students' fingertips and these are opportunities not to be squandered. Although many universities offer studies abroad, FDU is setting itself apart with its partnerships and seamless access to different parts of the globe.
About Peter Knowles, BA'07
Peter Knowles is a Financial Advisor at Morgan Stanley and a partner in The Gibbons Group. He began his career at Merrill Lynch after graduation from Fairleigh Dickinson University, where he was captain of the Devils Men’s Lacrosse Team. At Merrill Lynch, he served high net-worth clients to create financial plans and strategies.
In 2008, Peter left Merrill Lynch to join Morgan Stanley and The Gibbons Group. His primary functions included investment analysis, asset allocation and client relationship management. In 2011, he became a partner in The Gibbons Group.
Peter currently resides in Long Island, New York with his fiancée, who is a school teacher. They plan to be married in August 2014.
Peter is an active member of the Fairleigh Dickinson University Alumni Association and the Bulls Men's Lacrosse Club. In addition, he serves as a board member of The Jillian E. Daly Foundation, which is dedicated to the research of autoimmune and blood disorder diseases. Outside of the office, he enjoys skiing, fishing and golfing.
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