Department of Economics

Shawn Hight

  • Graduated: 2012
  • Field: Finance

Shawn Hight(opens in new window), who graduated in 2012 with a BA in Economics and a BS in Finance, is an associate financial advisor and client service manager for Ameriprise Financial Services(opens in new window), Inc. in Los Angeles, California.  After graduation Shawn worked for Sabal Financial Group LP until 2015 when he began working as is an investment operations associate for Northwestern Mutual(opens in new window) where he was in charge of all mutual fund trading for more than 120 financial advisors. In that role Shawn analyzed the holdings and worked with the advisors to come up with solutions for maximization of returns for individual portfolios. He managed communications and executed all mutual fund trades for their financial advisors. Shawn was also in charge of all money movements including federal wires, check disbursements, and IRA Distributions, both incoming and outgoing. Shawn also worked with team of three to hire new applicants to fill various roles in the investment and insurance departments.

In 2016 after almost a year with Northwestern, Shawn accepted a position as associate advisor and associate director of financial planning and operations with Haydel, Biel and Associates(opens in new window) in Pasadena, California.  Since the beginning of 2017 Shawn has worked as associate advisor and client service manager for Ameriprise Financial Services.  In addition to advising clients about their financial decisions, Shawn is in charge of trading in equities, fixed income, and other financial assets for Haydel, Biel and Associates.  He also assists with marketing for the financial firm.

“My economics degree has helped me in critical thinking, team work and working under pressure,” according to his recent email. “When dealing with complex questions I learned to think through the questions and come up with well thought out explanations. In collaborating with my team at Chico I learned to communicate and work with others to develop answers that the entire group can stand behind. And when I encounter stressful situations I use the skills I gained from cramming for finals and working through research papers.”   (Last Revised 8/6/17)