Is Priceless Investment
For Alum Reginald Burroughs
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.
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
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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