Alumni Voices: Baltazar Pizano

baltazarBaltazar Pizano graduated from Cristo Rey St. Martin College Prep (Waukegan) in 2011. He matriculated to Loyola University Chicago. This profile originally appeared on Cristo Rey St. Martin’s website.

At 24, Baltazar Pizano is poised in the first half of 2017 to launch a promising start-up, join his father in his entrepreneurial efforts, and pass the CPA exam — with an ultimate goal of a long-term career in private equity.

Less than two years after graduating with honors from LUC, Baltazar is currently an investment analyst at Dunmore Capital Partners who plans to work alongside his father and help him manage his irrigation business, all while pursuing his own start-up ventures.

Graduating with a degree in accounting and finance, Baltazar was a member of LUC’s entrepreneurship club and Investment Banking and Financial Markets Association. He is currently a member of the Association of Latino Professionals in Finance and Accounting and the Illinois CPA Society.

He attributes his work ethic to his father and mother, Baltazar Sr. and Maria, who put a high priority on education even though neither had attended college. They left Guanajuato, Mexico more than 20 years ago, for Waukegan, becoming U.S. citizens to provide better opportunities for their four children. The senior Pizano said that upon his arrival he was caught off guard. “Down the street on the corner there were kids selling drugs every day and no one ever did anything about it. That’s when I decided I needed to put my kids in a private school. They needed structure and discipline.”

Today three of his four children have graduated from Cristo Rey St. Martin, with Jose, the youngest, currently a student. The eldest, Mariana, graduated from LUC in 2014 and is currently a legal assistant at an immigration law firm in Waukegan. The Pizano’s other son, Eloy is currently at the Milwaukee School of Engineering.

Baltazar says the most important lessons he learned at Cristo Rey St. Martin are humility, helping others and the importance of pursuing higher education. While at Cristo Rey St. Martin, he participated in the Senior Student Council, Cross-Cultural Club, the track team and helped plan freshman retreats.

“CRSM taught me to dream big and that no matter my personal circumstances, I could succeed in life,” he says. The principal, Dr. Odiotti “was very support[ive] and encouraging about helping me apply to colleges, and he motivated me to study finance and push myself in college.”

The Corporate Work Study Program motivated him to pursue a business degree. His business aspirations were also inspired by his time as a student worker at EMCO Chemical Distributors, Crate & Barrel, and Catholic Charities. “Two of the three companies had very humble beginnings and now are multimillion dollar companies.”

His goals for the next 10 years are clear and focused. He wants to become “an established and proven serial entrepreneur, start a consulting business, become a successful investor and grow small businesses and to be happily married and financially sound.”

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