Dawn Staley: The Best Defense
One of the WNBA's top 15 players of all time, Dawn Staley helped power the U.S. Women's basketball teams (1996 - 2004) to three gold medals. Since growing up in the projects of North Philadelphia, nothing has stopped Staley from success. With Financial Advisor John McCardell encouraging her "to view finances as an opportunity to achieve even more life goals," Staley now focuses on coaching and on offering underprivileged kids their own chances at success.
Jim Craig: Grace Under Pressure
Goalie Jim Craig turned back shot after shot to help the 1980 U.S. Men's hockey team defeat the mighty Soviet Union 4-3, then helped beat Finland to capture the gold. Since "Miracle on Ice," Craig's fierce ambition and his ability to withstand pressure have led him to a successful career in sales and marketing. "Jim beat the Soviet Union during the Cold War with the entire world watching," says Kent Pearce, his Financial Advisor. "That resonates with businesspeople looking for a competitive advantage."
Joetta Clark Diggs: Passing the Baton
Hall of Famer Joetta Clark Diggs has been recognized as one of the greatest female 800-meter runners in U.S. history. Today she is dedicated to educating children about the importance of healthy lifestyles. "She is passionate about getting kids to overcome physical obstacles," says Patricia Barksdale, her Financial Advisor, who helps Clark Diggs meet the challenges of caring for family and managing her own sports foundation.
Bill Schmidt: Going Great Lengths
Bill Schmidt won the bronze medal at the 1972 Games in Munich in the javelin throw. He went on to become vice president for worldwide sports marketing at Gatorade, then ran his own company, Pegasus Sports Marketing. "Now he wants a less stressful lifestyle," says Financial Advisor Robert Schuldt of his client, who plans to retire soon. Schmidt's new goals include traveling around the world and taking long road trips on his Harley-Davidson.
Sasha Cohen: Financial Figure
Figure skater Sasha Cohen captured the silver medal in 2006 — and the world's attention — with her incredible strength, flexibility and concentration. It's with these same qualities that she's constantly reinvented herself — appearing in movies, writing a memoir and touring with Stars on Ice. Now Cohen is on to her next goal: a degree in finance. "It's hard to transition from what she's had to a normal life," says her Financial Advisor Nick Castaneda, who is helping Cohen manage her assets for the long term as she changes careers.
These world-class athletes display dedication and determination, and have come to rely on their advisors to help them achieve new goals.
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