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MCCC Education Is Priceless Investment
For Alum Reginald Burroughs

8/30/10


Alum Reginald Burroughs, CFP® '83 (A.S., Business Administration) grew up reading the Wall Street Journal with his uncle and learning about the world of stocks. Today he is executive vice president of Mercadien Asset Management, the wealth management arm of Mercadien Group, LLC, a Princeton-based full-service accounting firm. Burroughs says his job gives him the opportunity to help individuals and small businesses define and achieve their investment goals.

"I want my clients to better understand what they own, how to invest, and/or how to provide for their families," said Burroughs, who assists them with such issues as life insurance, property and casualty insurance, investments, taxes, retirement and estate planning. "With my 24 years of experience and formal education in accounting and finance, I feel I have already reached my ultimate career aspiration."


His current career is a far cry from his thought process as a teen at Ewing High School, where he quickly admits he did not work up to his potential. "I had many interests other than studying and ended up graduating in the part of the class that makes the upper 90 percent possible," said Burroughs, now a resident of Chesterfield. Although he recognized his talent for working with numbers, he initially wanted to fly 747s since "Airport" movies were hot at the time and he enjoyed the feeling that flying evoked.

Reg Burroughs ('83)
 

He enrolled in MCCC's Flight Technology Program directly out of high school, but then decided to delay college until he was more certain of his direction. Instead he took a job as a land surveyor for Van Note-Harvey Associates, a full-service consulting, engineering, environmental, and land surveying organization in Princeton.

With this solid introduction to the professional world, Burroughs acknowledged the need for a college degree in order to advance. While at the firm, he reenrolled at MCCC part-time in 1980 with a clear focus in mind: to purse an associate degree in Business Administration since he believed that the best jobs were on Wall Street.

"I had great professors who invested time and energy in helping me grow as a well-rounded person," he said. "Many of their lessons came from actual work experience, not merely from textbooks." He recalls Michael Glass, director of Student Activities at the time (and still with the college), as especially supportive.

While at Mercer, Burroughs gained leadership and interpersonal skills as Student Activities Board treasurer and ultimately Student Government Association president. Graduating as a charter member of Phi Theta Kappa at MCCC, he transferred to the University of Virginia and one year later moved closer to home to attend The College of New Jersey, where he earned a bachelor's degree in Finance in 1986.

Soon after, Burroughs landed a job as an investment specialist for Berger Financial Group, LLC in Neptune, N.J., the investment arm of New England Life (now New England Financial), where he spent the next 19 years.
"I have been fortunate to work for firms that always put their clients' needs first," Burroughs said. "I don't regard my job as 'work;' it's fun! I thank Mercer for giving me the jump start that I needed to succeed in the real world. My education there was priceless."

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