Major Banking Figure Returning Home To Speak To Law Grads

Raymond McGuire has put together $100 billion deals in his career as Citi’s Global Head of Corporate and Investment Banking.

But he places his highest value on something else.

“I remember reading the great philosopher Epictetus who said, ‘Only the educated are free,’” McGuire told BET’s On the Record back in 2014. “That has stuck with me throughout my journey. I recognize that without education I would not be where I am today.”

McGuire will share some of his insights with graduates at the University of Dayton School of Law’s Commencement on May 5. The trip will be a return home for McGuire who grew up in Dayton.

“I grew up in the neighborhood, in Dayton, Ohio, ‘the other side of the tracks,’” McGuire said in that interview with BET's On the Record. “My family had all of the essentials that money could buy: food, shelter and clothing. But more importantly, we had all that money could not buy: love, honor, respect, integrity and, most importantly, faith.”

McGuire went on to graduate from Harvard College, Harvard Law School and Harvard Business School, and started his career in 1984 in the Mergers and Acquisitions Group of The First Boston Corporation.

Now at Citi, McGuire actively leads and manages the CIB whose clients generate more than $20 billion of global revenue annually. He has advised on numerous transactions valued at well over $600 billion.

In addition, McGuire serves on several boards including those at the Alex Hillman Family Foundation, the American Museum of Natural History and the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace.

McGuire has received numerous honors and distinctions, among them the Theodore Roosevelt Award from the Legal Aid Society and the John C. Whitehead Social Enterprise Award from the Harvard Business School Club NY.

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