Patrick Marlatt, a 2007 EMBA graduate, joined the independent advisory firm CAPTRUST Financial Advisors in December as vice president, financial advisor, based out of the firm's Raleigh headquarters.
A 1989 WVU College of Physical Activity and Sports Sciences graduate, Marlatt is a former WVU football defensive tackle and played in the 1989 Sunkist Fiesta Bowl national championship against Notre Dame after an undefeated season for the Mountaineers.
During his time at WVU, Marlatt aspired to be a collegiate athletic director, but upon graduating from WVU continued his football career when he was drafted by the New York Jets. After four years in the NFL, he transitioned into a new professional career with companies such as Wells Fargo and Pepsi Co. that spanned 18 years, during which he received his EMBA at West Virginia University. The degree gave him business and leadership skills along with critical thinking skills he would need in the corporate world.
"I was surrounded by so many smart people and an impressive high caliber of professors," he said of his EMBA experience. "I had to work hard to keep up, especially because I was working full time and had two young children." Marlatt said he wanted to earn an EMBA "to show myself that I could excel academically, not just in football."
With firsthand knowledge of the challenges student athletes face in transitioning from college sports into the professional world, Marlatt works closely with the WVU athletic administration on programs that connect West Virginia University student athletes with WVU alumni. He advises students to "seek council from someone they respect" and to then build a network of professional relationships as a resource to help them gain the insight and advice needed to excel in life after college sports.
CAPTRUST Financial Advisors is an independent investment research and fee-based advisory firm specializing in providing retirement plan and investment advisory services to retirement plan fiduciaries, executives and high net-worth individuals. Headquartered in Raleigh, N.C., the firm represents $60 billion in client assets with offices in Alabama, California, Florida, Georgia, Iowa, North Carolina, Maine, Massachusetts, Minnesota, Mississippi, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Texas, Virginia and Washington, D.C.