University of Richmond alumnus manages major real estate firm


Those who wish to launch careers in finance may want to consider enrolling at the University of Richmond. Ryan A. Akers, who is a Richmond alumnus, was chosen to manage broker and registered investment advisor relationships in western Pennsylvania, West Virginia, Maryland and Delaware on behalf of KBS Real Estate Investment Trusts (REITs).

Akers was regional vice president of Genworth Financial prior to being chosen for the position with KBS, which is one of the nation's largest commercial real estate buyers. While working for Genworth, Akers increased the company's Maryland, Washington, DC and Virginia territory by 157 percent in four years.

Before his employment at Genworth, Akers was an anti-money laundering analyst at Wachovia Securities. He holds a master's degree from University of Richmond, in addition to Series 7 and 63 licenses from the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FIRNA).

Graduates of business programs could launch lucrative careers in financial management. The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics estimates that median salaries for professionals in this field range between $77,280 and $134,940 per year.

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