Employee Spotlight – Robert Wong
Tell us a little about yourself and your background.
I am originally from Chappaqua, New York from a family of three. Family has always been a cornerstone in my life, which is something that originally drew me to the University of Notre Dame (Go Irish). I studied financial economics at Notre Dame because of my appreciation for investing and markets. I also love looking at companies, and I feel that translates well into evaluating the infrastructure asset class. In my free time, I like to stay active by biking or going to the gym, and I like to keep myself busy with friends, video games, and reading.
What motivates you to continue pursuing your career?
To keep it simple, I like creating things and helping people. The adventure of watching a project come to fruition or the chance to guide a client through a problem energizes and excites me. I am also driven by knowing my work will be contributing to making the world a better place.
What was one of your favorite classes in school? Why?
“The Asian American Experience.” In previous classes, I had learned about White and Black American history but never Asian. This was the first time that I could study my own race and its relationship to America. The class focused on the intersection between race and society using history dating back to the 1800s. It helped me gain a deeper understanding of my ethnic roots and a greater appreciation of being an Asian American.
What is your favorite line from a movie?
“Anyone can cook, but only the fearless can be great.” – Chef Gusteau, Ratatouille
What chores do you absolutely hate doing?
The world would be a better place if we all had robots to fold our laundry.
What is your favorite sport?
Fencing. I started around age seven because of an obsession with Star Wars. If a contender would like to challenge me to an office duel, I will gladly accept.
How do you define success?
I believe success is the relentless pursuit of perfection. This is not perfection at all costs, but rather a refusal to accept mediocrity. It is the process and approach we undertake. At a more granular level, this pursuit culminates from a wide range of values and habits such as a strong work structure, frequent self-reflection, and a rigorous work ethic.