Whether it’s his day job as a financial planner, his work with the United States Marine Corps as a Colonel or his role as a lacrosse coach for his children, it’s safe to say that Eric Borsoni takes advantage of all 24 hours in a typical day.
A member of the Class of 1992 and four-year letterwinner, Borsoni currently lives in Maryland and is a financial advisor and wealth manager for Ameriprise Financial. Borsoni’s degree from Ohio State is in national security policy and he later went on to earn a master’s in economics from the University of Oklahoma. A Marine the majority of his life, he also serves in the Pentagon as a Colonel for the Marine Corps. And if that didn’t keep him busy enough, he also coaches his middle-school aged children in travel lacrosse. We caught up with Borsoni to find out more about all the adventures that are keeping him busy.
How did you end up in your current position with Ameriprise Financial Services and what does a typical day look like for you?
“When I decided to leave active duty in the Marine Corps, I had just finished a master’s degree in Economics. I wanted to work on Wall Street and I wanted to continue leading people. Sales was the perfect match; so I took a job as a broker with Merrill Lynch and 15 years later, I have had the opportunity to represent some of the largest and most important investment firms in the country. I recently transitioned from an institutional sales role to a retail branch leadership role at Ameriprise Financial; enabling me to spend more time with my family and community. My day is split into three major activities: investment management, business operations, and recruiting. I maintain a personal advisory practice and part of each day, I am engaging my clients and their families in helping them develop and maintain a financial plan. I also lead a group of other financial advisors and their support staff. In that capacity, I ensure they are all meeting regulatory requirements, as well as help them develop and execute marketing and growth plans for their respective practices. Finally, Ameriprise is a growing enterprise and I am charged with expanding our footprint in the DC/Baltimore metropolitan area. All these activities allow me the luxury of becoming deeply involved in my community and able to build a tremendous work/life balance.”
Tell us a little more about the work you do with the United States Marine Corps and the important role that’s played in your life.
“I have been a Marine the majority of my life. I grew up in a military family, but the Marine Corps became a calling after I arrived in Columbus. Its influence on my life, perspective, and character is immeasurable and I have been privileged to serve at all levels of the Marine Corps organization in both peace and war. Today I am a Colonel and serve in the Pentagon as a senior liaison officer and reserve detachment leader to the Commandant of the Marine Corps’ Legislative Assistant. My team’s role is to help develop and communicate Marine Corps issues and priorities to the Congress by working directly with members of Congress and their committees. It is absolutely fascinating to see the intersection of military operations and public policy. In the past, I have served and lived in Asia, the Middle East, Europe, and Africa. I have deployed on ship and had combat tours in Kosovo and Afghanistan. The life experiences, friendships, and memories are priceless. I even got to play a bunch of lacrosse.”
How did you get involved with coaching lacrosse for your children and how much fun has it been to be able to stay connected with the game through them?
“Like many parents, when my kids starting playing sports, the organization asked for parents to help coach. My father was my soccer coach for a while when I was young and I had some experience in the game, so I volunteered. That being said, watching kids develop skills, build friendships, and compete is one of the most inspirational things to observe as a parent and a coach. Although I still play masters lacrosse (and even make it out for the Buckeye Alumni game), the opportunity to give back to our sport and help mold another generation of players is tremendously motivating. I did discover early on that being a player does not make you a coach. I owed the kids in my care the same commitment to learn and grow as they were giving me. So, I enrolled in the US Lacrosse Coach Development Program and have completed all three levels of certification. It has been a fantastic forum to not only learn how to teach, how to listen, and how to keep evolving as the game and the kids develop. I’ve enjoyed it so much, I was hired in 2019 as a trainer for the program and now I get to travel and train other coaches. Coaching continues to be a huge part of my life these days. Not only has it been a great opportunity to spend quality time with my children, develop relationships within my community, but also give back to the game that has given me so much. Despite the challenges of time, I coach middle school boys at the Boys Latin School in Baltimore, a girl’s high school club team, East Coast Select, and assist with Rock Lacrosse.”
What was it about Ohio State that made you decide it was the right place for you?
“Ohio State offers an unparalleled opportunity to develop personally, professionally, and athletically. When I stepped on campus the first time and experienced a small glimpse of what would be available to me as a student-athlete, I couldn’t imagine going anywhere else. Ohio State is truly a global campus and its significance as a university attracts people and resources from all over the world. These are huge advantages. As a young man seeking to discover his path to the future, there are few better places in the world to embark on that journey. Throw in football games, basketball games, the Oval, High Street… easy decision!”
What are some of your more cherished memories either on the field or off it at Ohio State?
“Travel with the team was always an adventure. We never flew and the budgets were tight, so we ate at a lot of buffets. The camaraderie we shared in the locker room and on the road stick out as the most cherished memories. During this time, we were just starting to make a move to play bigger programs and elevate Ohio State’s lacrosse stature. Getting to scrimmage Johns Hopkins at Homewood, playing North Carolina at Duke, or the Iroquois National Team at Rutgers were all small steps in gaining a foothold for future Buckeye teams to build from. Those games were tough, but in retrospect they represent proud moments that have since been eclipsed by the great coaches and players that have elevated Buckeye Lacrosse to national stature. Other great memories… Getting my Varsity jacket from Mr. Biggs, social events at the Lacrosse House, and the infamous “Said Book” (a collection of things guys “said” at different times that either were sufficiently funny or profound and deserving to be memorialized).”
How did what you learned as a lacrosse player prepare you to succeed in business?
“The ability to prioritize, operate under pressure and perform in uncertain conditions. These skills are foreign to most students and young professionals, but are part of the normal routine for a college lacrosse player. Toughness, teamwork, selflessness are also character skills that can’t be taught in a classroom, but rather they are forged on a field over weeks and months of practice, preparation, and competition. In so many ways, the technical skills of my major are inconsequential to the foundation of work ethic, focus, and selflessness I developed as a Buckeye lacrosse player. Your greatest value is less about what you learned in the classroom and more about your ability to learn and apply knowledge or skill in dynamic environments. I can think of few sports that hone those skills better than lacrosse.”
What would be your advice to current Buckeyes?
“Three things. My first job interview was three hours long. Thirty minutes was about the job and 2 1/2 hours was about lacrosse. Don’t underestimate the significance of being an Ohio State athlete and a lacrosse player. Leverage the things that were the most challenging…the long days, the brutal schedules, the extra work in training tables or the gym, the grind of balancing academics, athletics, a socializing. Your ability to successfully navigate those competing priorities demonstrates some of your greatest strengths as men. Second, follow up with those show interest in you. If an alum or fellow lacrosse player offers to help/guide/mentor you, make sure you follow up and invest in that relationship. The Ohio State family is special and influential; the lacrosse community as well. Nurture those connections and use them to discover new opportunities for yourself and others. I have had the opportunity to work with a number of Buckeye lacrosse players in helping them flush out their initial career path. It has been especially fulfilling and it’s a small way for me to give back for the opportunities Ohio State and Buckeye lacrosse have given me! Finally, savor the moments on campus. They go by far too quickly and you must eventually hand the baton off to the next class. Record books will memorialize score and statistics, but be sure to remember the kid cheering your play or asking for an autograph, the long bus rides to games, the huddles, locker room banter, the victory parties, and the bonds of friendship that will become even more meaningful as you grow old. O-H…”