During his professional career that has now spanned more than 12 years, Bill Curry has had the opportunity to work with countless individuals and families navigating them through financial opportunities that have set them up for security well into the future.
The most rewarding experience in his career, however, brought together two of Curry’s biggest passions: Ohio State and financial education.
Curry has partnered with Maddy McIntyre and the Eugene D. Smith Leadership Institute to bring financial education to Ohio State’s elite athletes through Morgan Stanley’s Global Sports and Entertainment division. He and the team have visited campus twice in the last 12 months to offer training and best practices in financial planning. While his trips to Columbus are currently paused due to COVID-19, he said he’s looking forward to continuing the partnership in the future.
“Gene Smith, Nick Myers, Maddy, and everyone else on their team are providing student-athletes with unprecedented opportunities and life skills, and that should be applauded,” Curry said.
Curry, who lettered with the Buckeyes from 2005-08, is uniquely qualified to offer such a program with his combined experience as a student-athlete and now a trusted financial advisor. He started his career as a Natural Gas Derivatives Broker in South Norwalk, Conn before moving on to ICAP United from 2009-2014. While at ICAP, he climbed the ranks to become a Senior Broker and NFA registered Branch Manager.
From 2015-2017, he was Vice President of Energy Markets at Evolution Markets, where Curry co-ran the Natural Gas desk. That led to his most recent move to Morgan Stanley, where he works in private wealth management. In January, Curry was named to Morgan Stanley’s Pacesetter’s Club, a global recognition program for financial advisors who have demonstrated the highest professional standards and first-class client service.
While at Ohio State, Curry was enrolled in the Fisher College of Business and credits his education there for setting the table for his professional success. He was a three-time Academic All-Big Ten honoree and OSU Scholar-Athlete throughout his career.
“As many know, in order to be admitted into Fisher, you have to complete the required coursework and application process, usually after your freshman or sophomore year,” said Curry. “If you don’t focus, study and buckle down, you can miss your shot. The coursework was challenging and engaging, and I am proud to be a Fisher alum.”
Like so many other alums, Curry found a way to keep lacrosse close to him even as he entered the working world. While working in commodities immediately following graduation, his hours (7 a.m. – 4 p.m.) allowed him the ability to coach lacrosse is his hometown: Wilton, Connecticut. He was an assistant varsity coach for six years and helped the program win two state championships and seven high school All-Americans, including one goalie.
Back when Curry attended Wilton High School and was considering his college options in the fall of 2003, he got an assist from Jay Stalfort. Then an assistant coach, Stalfort encouraged Curry to come on a visit and attended a football game. By the end of the weekend, he knew where he was going to be spending his next four years.
“I instantly fell in love with the campus,” Curry recalls. “I called my parents back in Connecticut from Columbus and told them I had made my decision. I was going to be a Buckeye.”
Curry’s career culminated as a senior in 2008 when he the Buckeyes won the first-ever NCAA Tournament game and finished 11-6 while tying for the Great Western Lacrosse League title. He was nominated by his teammates for the Unsung Hero Award, which goes annually to a senior who exemplifies all the ways a player can contribute to the team’s success beyond stats and individual recognition.
Today, Curry resides in New York City with his wife, Julia, and children, Wick (four years old) and Caroline (one year old). He and Julia were married in 2011 and, not surprisingly, the wedding was full of Scarlet and Gray. Former teammates in attendance included Kevin Buchanan, Tim Pataki, TJ Donovan, Ben Drake, Corey Bentine and Keith Lovett.
Curry’s advice to current Buckeyes in clear, concise and ultimately quite simple: Trust the process.
“Trust the process and challenge your teammates athletically, academically, and in the pursuit of being great friends, teammates, husbands, fathers, and proud Ohio State alumni,” Curry said.