March 12, 2014

Lou Giampa ’97 Changes Careers

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Anybody who has seen Martin Scorcese’s The Wolf of Wall Street understands the fast-paced, competitive and often cut-throat nature that is characteristic of a job in the business world. Lou Giampa ’97, a former sprint football player at Cornell, has experienced this firsthand, trading domestic equities and derivatives on Wall Street for his job as a portfolio manager. Giampa, though, decided to turn his back on the glamour and wealth of Wall Street. Last October, his grandmother was diagnosed with cancer, and after 16 years in the business world, he decided to make a change.

“Working on Wall Street was fantastic at the beginning — it was a very fast-paced, very competitive industry,” Giampa said. “As I got older, it started to wear on me a bit; a lot of hours, a lot of time, a lot of stress. After a certain period of time, I wasn’t totally happy with some of the direction of the business, and what was going on.”

Abhishek Shah / Sun Senior PhotographerSprint football alumnus, Lou Giampa ’97, left his high profile job on Wall Street to become a nurse’s aid, a decision inspired by his grandmother when she was diagnosed with a form of brain cancer.