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Ron Chin ’97

Ron ChinWarnings about Chicago’s notoriously cold, snowy winters didn’t stop Ron Chin ’97 from making the move from the Big Apple to the Windy City. “My journey to Chicago was primarily driven by a great opportunity that presented itself at my current firm, as well as my love for frigid winters,” says Chin, vice president of prime brokerage sales at Goldman Sachs Group Inc., and a member of the Chicago Regional Council. “Prior to moving to Chicago, I’d never visited the city, but heard great things about it—except that the winters were unbearable. This did not deter me. Being a native Western New Yorker who went to school in Central New York, I was well trained to deal with harsh winters. What drew me to stay in Chicago was a combination of people, culture, quality of life, and the fantastic summers.”
Living in the Midwest wasn’t exactly on Chin’s radar after he earned a bachelor’s degree in economics from the College of Arts and Sciences. “After graduation, I was offered a position with the analyst program at Morgan Stanley,” he says. He spent three-and-a-half years there, before joining Goldman Sachs in 2000. Six years with the company in New York City were followed by a one-year posting to London—which inspired Chin to broaden his geographic horizons. “I was getting an itch to extend my roots outside of New York,” he says. “When an opportunity opened with the sales team in Chicago, I jumped at it and never looked back.”
Chin credits his Syracuse University education and connections with contributing to his success. “My four years at Syracuse provided me the perfect environment to grow into the person I am today,” he says. “The faculty in the College of Arts and Sciences and the Maxwell School were extremely vital to helping me create a clear path that led me to my current career.” He is excited to serve with fellow alumni on the Chicago Regional Council. “I love being part of a team raising awareness of the University outside of the Northeast, assisting the University in reaching its full potential, and giving others the same positive experiences I had,” he says.