John Baumgartner

Managing Director, Equity Research – Food & Healthy Living, Mizuho Securities USA

John Baumgartner relates strongly to the students CYD serves: “I am the product of a single-parent household and the first in my family to graduate from college. Throughout my life, I watched my mother work multiple jobs and make significant sacrifices to provide me with opportunities in education and extracurricular activities.” John was drawn to CYD for its “commitment to education, which is integral for our success as a country. I have a strong passion for the organization’s mission and am impressed by its successful outcomes.” In his work at Mizuho Securities, John is responsible for analyzing food industry data and consumer trends and developing financial projections for the companies in the industry. He appreciates the way CYD meets students where they are and has “the ability to see the big picture – there is quite a bit of inherent talent in our society that, for a range of reasons, is developing along alternative paths. Life is what you make of it and what’s most important is where you end up. We all develop at different paces for different reasons – it’s a marathon and not a sprint!”

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