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Smeal Alumni in Profile: Smeal Grad Helps Fellow Alumni Plan for Retirement

In May, Penn State Smeal College of Business graduate Mike Cocco ’05 led a webinar for fellow Smeal alumni on financial planning for retirement. Cocco, a certified financial planner, works with AXA Advisors.
July 3, 2013

In May, Penn State Smeal College of Business graduate Mike Cocco ’05 led a webinar for fellow Smeal alumni on financial planning for retirement. Cocco, a certified financial planner, works with AXA Advisors.

“The Road to Retirement webinar was designed to be far-reaching,” said Cocco. “I tried to touch on everything from getting started as a recent graduate to income distribution strategies for those in or nearing retirement.”

“Penn State and Smeal have certainly helped make me the person I am today, both personally and professionally.”

Cocco says that financial plans and planning for retirement are important for people in every stage of life.

“If you don’t clearly define your goals and objectives, you never know if what you are currently doing is helping or hurting your situation,” he said.

In addition to providing his services for the webinar, Cocco currently serves on the Smeal Alumni Society Board as an at-large director.

“Penn State and Smeal have certainly helped make me the person I am today, both personally and professionally,” said Cocco. “And just as important were the experiences I had outside of the classroom, through volunteering, leadership opportunities, and alumni support. My goal is to help give that same experience to others.”

One of Cocco’s fondest memories of his time at Penn State, he said, was his service on the Penn State IFC/Panhellenic Dance Marathon 2005 Overall Committee.

“That year we raised $4 million for pediatric cancer for the first time, and working towards that goal the entire year with thousands of other volunteers who became great friends is something I will never forget,” Cocco said.

Smeal’s Alumni Relations office hosts several webinars for alumni each semester. Other webinars from the spring included an opportunity to hear from and interact with Dean Charles Whiteman, who began his tenure as the John and Becky Surma Dean of Smeal in July 2012. Keep up with events offered by Smeal Alumni Relations at www.smeal.psu.edu/alumni/events.

Smeal Alumni in Profile
A Penn State Smeal College of Business degree prepares students for a vast array of career opportunities. Catch up with recent graduates of Smeal via our regular Alumni in Profile feature, which details the unique paths alumni take as they embark on their professional lives.

The Smeal alumni network is more than 73,000 members strong. They're doing impactful work in diverse fields all over the globe, and many of them are also involved in giving back to the Smeal College of Business. Previously profiled alumni include:

  • Bernice Innocent (Mgmt '06): A management graduate with a human resources concentration starts a nonprofit organization to help high school students achieve their full potential.

  • Jared Satkoff (Mktg ’08): A marketing graduate with a commitment to hard work finds his niche in sales.
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