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R. Bruce Ogier
UNF Degree: BA – ’74
Employment: President of Capital Analysts of Jacksonville, Florida, Inc.,

Ogier credits UNF for success on two levels

 R. Bruce Ogier is thankful both personally and professionally for a college experience he believes he couldn't have received anywhere other than UNF.

 

The president of Capital Analysts of Jacksonville, Florida, Inc., Ogier is a perfect example of how a broad-based liberal arts education can pay dividends regardless of one's eventual career. After graduating from high school, Ogier wanted to be a jet pilot. He joined the Florida Air National Guard and enrolled in Florida Community College at Jacksonville to get a two-year associate degree. However, the military later changed the prerequisite to a four-year degree and Ogier enrolled at a private university to continue his studies. In the meantime, instead of pursuing a career as a jet pilot he became a private pilot. He had became bored with the business program there and learned that a new university was opening in his hometown of Jacksonville. He enrolled at UNF and switched his major from business to literature, an area that increasingly interested him. "A liberal arts degree turned out to be a really great degree for me."

 

Because of the writing required in the UNF program, Ogier honed communication skills which today are critical in communicating financial plans to clients. "Sometimes career paths unfold where preparedness and opportunity cross, and that is what happened to me."

 

After graduation in 1974, he took a job with Penn Mutual Life Insurance Co. as the result of a career day on campus. Eight years later he transferred to his current firm where in 1992 he became part owner. He manages a staff of nine in a business offering financial planning, wealth management and employee benefits to a broad range of clients including individuals, owners of closely held businesses, executives, self-employed professionals and one public company. He picked up the necessary financial education by becoming a Certified Financial Planner (CFP®) in 1986 and a Chartered Life Underwriter (CLU) in 1999.

 

Ogier said UNF offered a unique experience because many faculty members were the approximate age of many students. He has vivid memories of relationships with charter faculty members, including Drs. Bob Loftin, Bill Slaughter, Ray Bowman, Allen Tilley and Ken McMillan. The relationships extended outside the classroom. A prime example was the white water canoe trips he took as a member of the Sawmill Slough Conservation Club with fellow students and Dr. Loftin. "It was an outside-the-classroom experience, but he made it a world-class classroom for us."

 

"Even today when I see some these professors in the community I still have a rapport with them. I'm not sure that if I had gone somewhere else I would have had that kind of experience."

 

Personally, Ogier is also thankful to UNF for giving him the opportunity to attend classes with a woman who would eventually become his wife. He and Belva have been married for more than 34 years and are the parents of twins, Clark and Jordan, one of whom is enrolled at UNF.

When not involved with his family or fishing, Ogier is involved in professional and civic activities in the community. He served as a founding member and the first president of the Jacksonville chapter of the Institute of Certified Financial Planners (now the Financial Planning Association of Northeast Florida) and was president of the Bold City Jaycees in 1979, membership chairman of the North Florida Council, Boy Scouts of America, and member of the Florida Bar Grievance Committee "C" as a non-lawyer. He was active with the UNF Alumni Governing Council in the '80s and more recently served as the first chair of the University's Student Affairs Community Council.

 

His involvement with Student Affairs has given Ogier an opportunity to witness the "explosive" growth and development of UNF. "When you see what is going on in Student Affairs you see how many lives it touches and the opportunities where I could contribute."

 

Ogier said he is thrilled to be able to maintain a relationship with UNF and contribute to the tradition of student-faculty interaction. "The experiences I had at UNF I would not have been able to have anywhere else. I know the close relationships with professors continue today. They remember you."