Juan Chavez-Valdes Banks on Success
Windsor, N.J. - Juan Chavez-Valdes '08 (A.S. Business
Administration, A.A.S. Business Management) will always remember
the moment when he decided to take a bold career leap. While
at TD Bank three years ago seeking assistance with his student
loans, he inquired about job opportunities. Why not ask on
the spot, he thought, since he was in the process of completing
his bachelor's degree in Finance and Economics at Pace University.
The bank representative expressed interest and gave Chavez-Valdes
an application. "I presented my resume and, the next
thing I knew, I was called in for an interview. One thing
led to another," he says.
In 2009 Chavez-Valdes started work as a bank teller at TD
Bank (formerly Commerce) while still in school. Upon earning
his bachelor's degree from Pace in 2010, he was promoted to
customer service representative and this past spring landed
a position as a financial services representative. With a
flair for numbers and problem solving, he enjoys helping people
with their banking needs.
"Most people know the basics about checking and savings
accounts, bonds, loans, and interest rates, but there is a
lot more to banking than meets the eye," Chavez-Valdes
said. "Addressing people's specific needs is the toughest
yet most exciting part of the job. Every situation is different.
It is my job to find solutions that will suit each person's
Chavez-Valdes ('08) returned to campus recently to talk to
students about the banking industry and opportunities at TD
arriving in the U.S. in 2005, Chavez-Valdes decided to enroll
at Mercer, in part to shore up his English language skills.
Estimating that he was about 80 percent fluent in English
at the time, he made a lot of progress quickly and today is
a fluent English speaker. "The ESL program at MCCC was
one of my best choices," he readily admits.
was only the beginning. Chavez-Valdes went on to excel in
all his classes, earning Dean's List or President's List status
every semester and graduating with high honors. He was also
a member of the Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society.
Chavez-Valdes is full of praise for MCCC faculty, especially
Business Professors Laura Sosa and Framarz Khoushab, Communications
Professor Alvyn Haywood and English Professor Fran Davidson.
"Each of them played a key role in providing me with
the fundamentals necessary for success at this early stage
of my career," he said.
Thanks to his MCCC mentors, he found his transfer to Pace
to be an easy one. "At Mercer, I acquired the necessary
business acumen that the industry demands from professionals
today," Chavez-Valdes said, adding that he received a
generous transfer incentive award from Pace based upon his
academic achievement at MCCC. "I felt I had a strong
advantage when I took more advanced courses at Pace."
Chavez-Valdes also believes his academic background has set
him on the road to success at TD Bank, which consistently
ranks as one of the safest and strongest banks in North America.
He recently returned to MCCC to talk to students about employment
opportunities at TD and the banking industry in general.
He advises current students to make the most of their time
at Mercer. "MCCC opens doors to great opportunities.
Follow your dreams and strive toward what makes you happy,"
Chavez-Valdes said. "Try not to get comfortable. Be ambitious."
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