Brent Carnduff graduated in 2010 from our MBA in Financial Planning program. He has since started Echelon Business Solutions, an internet marketing company, and works as a SEO and Social Media Consultant for the California Institute of Finance.
Prior to returning to school online through California Lutheran University’s California Institute of Finance, I was an Elementary School Teacher and high school basketball coach for 15 years. I became interested in Financial Planning a few years ago as I started looking more closely into my own
retirement and college savings plans.
After looking into several options, I decided on California Lutheran University as I liked the outline of the program, the credentials of the instructors, the format of the classes, and the fact that I would graduate with an MBA in Financial Planning and be ready to sit for the CFP exam. In addition, the fact that I could attend graduation (they paid for the hotel room), and that the University sponsored a career fair also added to my interest.
I attended classes online in the evenings while I continued to teach during the day. The course work was challenging, and at times quite heavy, but the instructors and staff at the University, were always very helpful and supportive – as were my online classmates.
Along the way to completing my program, I started a small internet business, more as a hobby than anything, although I did hope that it might eventually help me fund my transition from my current teaching position into a new career as a financial
planner. As a result of starting that business, I was forced to research online marketing, and discovered that as much as I liked Financial Planning, I had a real passion for internet marketing consulting. I approached the University about this interest and they allowed me to modify my schedule somewhat to allow for independent studies in internet marketing. In addition, they helped my get involved working with an SEO company on a Search Engine Optimization project that the CIF was undergoing at the time.
I graduated in the spring of 2010, started Echelon Business Solutions that summer and worked at it part-time during the school year, finally resigning from my teaching position and going full-time this past April.
Echelon Business Solutions is an internet marketing company specializing in working with the Financial Services Industry. The California Institute of Finance at California
Lutheran University gave me the confidence, educational background, and connections that I needed to follow my dreams. Today, I am working for myself out of my home, doing something I love, and planning for my future rather than waiting for retirement.
If you have any questions about the CIF program, please feel free to contact me at Brent@EchelonSEO.com.