It’s been ten years since Aaron Arth ’96 attended classes at the University of Illinois. But it’s probably been about ten minutes since he’s used the skills he acquired here. “College gives you a foundation of knowledge. It gives you a base. Then you learn how to apply that knowledge to each unique situation,” he said.
Arth, who is now a vice president with Goldman, Sachs & Co. (where he has been since graduation) in New York, wanted to study finance when he enrolled in the College of Business. It would prove to be a wise choice. He has found his niche in an industry that requires strong analytical skills and a commitment to client service. “Over the years at Goldman Sachs, I’ve worked to develop trusted relationships with my clients. I’m proud of that.”
Those relationships don’t stop with his clients, though. Arth has maintained strong ties to the College, visiting classes, mentoring students, and helping support the new Business Instructional Facility. He is younger than many typical donors, but says that he enjoys giving back because, like many supporters of the University, he wants to help ensure that current students have access to the same resources and experiences that have contributed to his success.
“Absent the professors, the classes, the mentors, the resources which the University provided for me, I wouldn’t be here today. The University gave me the foundation to succeed. At a young age, usually you can give more time than money. I feel fortunate that I can give to the University in various ways at this point in my life,” he said.
Arth is also a hard-core Illini fan, and helps support student athletes with gifts to the I Fund, as well. Contributing to athletics is another way of showing his Illinois pride. “I give more to the College, but they (education and athletics) work together to make a great institution. It brings back all the old memories. It’s a great way to stay in touch.”