At Private Capital Group, we take tremendous pride in our employees and their successes. We believe it is important to showcase our group of hardworking individuals who are dedicated, committed and driven to providing our clients with the best possible service and care. In this month’s edition of PCG’s Get to Know Us Wednesday, we will highlight Chris Izmirlian, our multi-project maestro of a Marketing Manager.
Chris Izmirlian, lovingly known by his closest mates as “Izzy,” was born in Montreal, Quebec – he’s a Canadian, eh – and moved to the Sunshine State shortly after because his parents grew tired of the Great White North winters. The Canadian in him shone through and Chris began skating at the age of three. Inspired by the Florida Panthers and their 1996 run for the NHL Stanley Cup, Chris’ love for the sport of ice hockey landed him at Westminster Preparatory School in Simsbury, Conn., and then in 2012, committing to play at Yale University, earning him a four-year varsity letter.
Upon graduating, the Ivy-Leaguer was faced with a difficult choice – accept a full-time position as a sales and trading analyst at Citigroup in New York City or follow his dream and play professional hockey. Picture that three-year-old learning and loving the game by watching his hometown team give it a go for the sport’s top prize. Of course, Chris chose hockey! Chris’ talent graced the Arizona Coyotes’ and Las Vegas Golden Knights’ minor league affiliates for a few years. Health took precedence in 2018 and Chris retired from hockey after multiple concussions and injuries.
When one door closes, another opens. Hockey’s loss was PCG’s gain. Stepping fresh into the corporate world, Chris joined our team first as intern, helping to create and cultivate its inaugural internship program. His project management skills earned him the role of business development associate and most recently, his promotion to the firm’s marketing manager, spearheading PCG’s yet-to-be-revealed rebranding effort and masterminding our Wealthness Challenge, a spirited competition among PCG staffers. Side note - he’s biased and on the blue team, and not-so-shockingly, they’re leading the challenge.
Even with a jam-packed schedule, Chris holds a special place in his heart for charitable good works. While at Westminster Prep, Chris and a fellow classmate started a fund for “Movember” called “Spur the Fur,” organizing fundraising measures to raise awareness about prostate cancer. The duo sold phony, adhesive mustaches to the high schoolers who were permitted to don them during a block of time during a school day. The novelty was a hit among students and faculty so much so that Chris & Co. agreed to a friendly wager with some teachers. Those teachers lost the bet and had their long beards shaved in front of the student body audience thanks to the fundraiser breaking its financial goal.
After school and throughout his playing career, Chris was actively involved with children’s hospitals in various states. Organizing activities such as gift donation collections and gift wrapping for the Yale New Haven Children’s Hospital and the Prisma Children’s Hospital in Greenville, S.C., highlight Chris’ fond memories. And he smiles recalling quality time spent with the young patients and hospital staff and working side-by-side with his teammates.
If you would like to learn more about Chris, check out his quick-fire questions and answers. And feel free to reach out to him. He’d be happy to connect!
- First and Last Name: Chris Izmirlian
- Nickname: Izzy
- Job Title: Marketing Manager
- Hometown: Boca Raton, Fla.
- City and state you currently live in: Delray Beach, Fla.
- College Graduated: Yale University, Class of 2017, Economics
Expertise and Work Experience
- Professional Expertise/Specialization: Marketing, Financial writing
- What did you do before working at PCG: Professional hockey player
- Favorite Part about working with PCG clients: I don’t directly work with clients, but everything I do is for our clients and I love receiving feedback based on the PCG-driven and financial articles we write.
- Why do you enjoy working at PCG: I love working at PCG because everyone is professional, helpful and is driven to continually improve our processes and deliver the ultimate service experience to our clients.
- Most fond memory while working at PCG: As an intern, I remember feeling welcomed when invited to the firm’s annual summer barbecue at Ben’s house. I enjoyed the opportunity to spend time with my coworkers outside of the office and hope we get to do it again soon!
- Awards?: 4-time ECAC Academic Team
- Proudest Accomplishment: Graduating from Yale University
Charity and Organizational Involvement
- Connecticut Brain Tumor Alliance (CTBTA)
Why is this charity/organization important to you? When I was living in Connecticut, I had helped the CTBTA many times for their annual golf outings. This organization is near and dear to me because they helped my family out when my dad battled against a brain tumor. Without the CTBTA’s assistance and connections, I’m not sure if my dad would still be here with me. I cannot thank them enough for what they did for my family.
- Children’s Hospitals
Why is this charity/organization important to you? Of all the organizations I wanted to contribute my time and service, I have always been drawn toward children’s hospitals. Throughout my playing career, both at the collegiate and professional levels, I always took the lead in organizing many player events, especially during the holidays. While at Yale, I organized a gifting event where my teammates and I shopped, purchased, wrapped and hand-delivered gifts to children in the hospital. I’ll never forget the smiles on their faces. And I especially enjoyed spending the day with the kids, who made my day brighter. Some of the kids toured our hockey facility soon after our visit, spent time with the whole team and even made a special appearance on the ice. It’s a memory I’ll treasure for a lifetime.
Personality and Other
- Biggest Fear: Snakes
- New Hobby or Activity During Stay-at-Home: Working on my golf game; namely, my putting. Still needs a lot of work though!
- Favorite type of music: Country music
- What has COVID-19 made you appreciate most: Spending time with my family – I left for Westminster School at 17 years old, played one year of junior hockey, four years at college, and a few years playing professional hockey. I’m enjoying my at-home family fun time now!
- Favorite Book: Can’t Hurt Me by David Goggins
- Favorite Sports Team: Montreal Canadiens
- Favorite activity/hobby outside the office: Golf
- Dogs or Cats: Dogs all the way!
- First job: I’ve partnered with my dad on renovation projects and flipping homes ever since the age of 11 and my first “real” job was a bus boy at an Italian restaurant at age 14.
- Dream travel destination: Greece