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Scholar follows in father’s footsteps to success

By : Erin Owens

When Chris Winter was a high school senior, he was looking everywhere but Binghamton University. But after his father, a Binghamton alumnus, encouraged him to visit the school, his decision was made.

He knew he wanted to get into business, and with the impressive School of Management, he couldn’t pass up the opportunity. Now, after four years at Binghamton, the Buffalo native said he wouldn’t change a thing.

“I’ve had a great time,” he said. “I couldn’t be happier.”

His father, Mike Winter, graduated from Binghamton in 1975 and is a managing partner for the Buffalo branch of PricewaterhouseCoopers, an accounting firm.

“I believed that academically Binghamton would be a good choice for Chris,” he said. “I knew he would not be unhappy with his decision.”

Winter, an accounting major with a concentration in finance, is the vice president of the School of Management’s scholars program and a member of the men’s lacrosse team.
Although both commitments required a lot of Winter’s time, he said time management always came naturally to him.

“You have to think ahead and plan ahead,” he said. “Staying on top of everything is key.”

Originally, Winter planned on playing hockey, his first love, in college instead of lacrosse. But being more naturally gifted at lacrosse, he changed his mind after getting into Binghamton.

“Lacrosse has been hard and a lot of work,” he said, “but I wouldn’t trade it for anything.”

Between his experiences with the lacrosse team and the scholars program, Winter knows that his four years at Binghamton have made him a well-rounded person.

“The faculty members in the scholars program preach the little things, like expanding your comfort zone and personal skills,” he said.  “They do a great job developing not just business people, but people as a whole.”

After graduating, Winter will start a job at PricewaterhouseCoopers in New York City. After interning there last summer, he feels confident that his Binghamton education has gotten him ready for his full-time job.

“When I worked there, it seemed like everyone from Binghamton was just as prepared, if not more prepared, than the other employees,” he said.

After a few years in the working world, Winter plans to return to the academic world and getting his graduate degree.

“I hope that he will be successful and will continue to reach for higher aspirations,” Mike Winter said. “As long as he’s happy, I’m happy.”

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Last Updated: 10/14/08