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Alumni Spotlight: Stacy McGuigan


Graduating May of 1992 with a BA in Mathematics, I highly value the undergraduate education I received from Rowan. The faculty was a great help when I was studying complicated new formulas and concepts. My experience provided a strong foundation for how I would approach my future professional employment with Mellon Bank and The Ritz-Carlton Hotel Company.

The path to my dream job didn’t exactly begin with a big bash. I was headed for a career in number-crunching, landed a job handling investments at Mellon Bank, NA for their Private Wealth Customers. As a portfolio assistant I was responsible for making percentage changes to investments that were affected by the stock market. I learned the importance of watching the stock market, stock’s earnings and estimates, research public offerings, understanding the current state of the economy, and obtaining successful financial results.

After three years, I realized that the numbers for my success weren’t adding up. The Banking Industry for me was blah, too boring. I realized that life wasn’t always black and white like the answers to my calculus problems. I was ready for a job that was, well, more fun.

I worked as a concierge at The Ritz-Carlton in Tysons Corner, Va., and was promoted to public-relations/marketing assistant in less than a year. Six months later, I was heading the hotel’s PR and marketing department, which included executing and promoting all events.

When it was time to start a family, I finally confirmed that my talents were better suited to a ballroom than a boardroom. My children unleashed my passion for event planning and I knew I found my answer.

Parties are my passion, and it was time to also make it my business. I launched my event business in 2010 and haven't looked back. And my math degree? It still serves me well. I know how to budget and I have an eye for detail. It all adds up to a perfect combination: I am living my dream by helping others create the celebration of their dreams. This all began with that educational foundation I built at Rowan.

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