Published 04/01/15

Jay Ryan '84 shares an insider's view of Wall Street

Jay Ryan '84Jay Ryan ’84 transformed himself from a CPA at a public accounting firm to CFO of one of the world’s largest hedge funds, King Street Capital.

Ryan (pictured at far left) shared his experience breaking into the industry and his insights about success with students, faculty, and staff on March 24.

King Street Capital is a global hedge fund manager, with approximately $22 billion of assets under management.  As chief financial officer, Ryan’s responsibilities include fund accounting, operations, risk and treasury. Prior to joining King Street, Ryan worked for Cantor Fitzgerald, L.P. as its CFO.

Ryan received his Bachelor of Science Degree in Accounting from Bryant in 1984 and a Master of Business Administration Degree from New York University in 1988. He began his career as an auditor with Arthur Andersen & Company, and as a product controller for Goldman, Sachs, & Co. before moving on to Cantor Fitzgerald.

"You must always be willing to re-invent yourself."

Ryan urged students not to narrow their focus, but instead be open to trying many different paths.

“I tell my employees to try many different things,” he says. “Wear different hats. Don’t be afraid to take a job that may just be a lateral move. You must always be willing to re-invent yourself.” 

“My experience at Bryant University is one of the biggest reasons for my personal success,” he says. “I hope that sharing some of my insights with the students provided some transparency about working on Wall Street.”

Professor of Accounting Michael Lynch, J.D., says: “The students had a great opportunity to listen to Mr. Ryan discuss how to manage and deal with stress, how to network, and how to work through difficult situations among many other valuable lessons.” 

Prior to his presentation, Ryan toured the campus and was impressed at how much Bryant has grown in recent years.

“There’s just so much going on here now,” he says. “It’s great to see what Bryant University has become.”