Three decades ago, Andrew Mehalko ’87 was known as a star UNCG soccer player and a three-time national champion.

Fast forward to 2016, and he’s having just as much success off the field.

He’s the founder and CIO of AM Global Family Investment Office, a Bryan School Distinguished Alumni Award winner, a husband and a father of two sons.

But when you ask Mehalko about his accomplishments and how he got to where he is today, he’s quick to credit others.

It was the advice and support from mentors and friends – along with a lot of hard work and a little bit of luck – that spurred him to success.

Growing up in South Florida, Mehalko was one of four children raised by a single father in an area with a lot of competing influences, most of which were not positive. He turned to soccer and, as a high school junior, Mehalko started to explore colleges and universities where he could continue to play.

He landed at UNCG, a decision that ultimately changed the course of his life.

“I met people at UNCG who really changed my focus and my priorities,” Mehalko said. “Coach Mike Berticelli and Athletic Director Nelson Bobb had really strong connections to the community. I met a lot of hardworking, high-character folks, which was eye-opening for me in a really positive way.”

Not only did he get connected in the community, but he got connected in the classroom. Vice Chancellor Jim Allen and Dr. Donald Judd, a professor of finance, mentored Mehalko as he explored different majors and career options.

“Dr. Judd gave me the opportunity to do research and helped me realize that I wanted to go into finance,” Mehalko said.

While UNCG was starting to shape Mehalko’s future, Mehalko was making his mark by way of soccer. The forward helped lead the men’s soccer team to win national championships in 1983, 1985 and 1986.

“The community really supported the program,” he said. “It was a lot of fun.”

After he graduated in 1987, Mehalko started his career in finance at Jefferson Pilot (now Lincoln Financial) in Greensboro. A couple years later he was offered a job in Houston, Texas, and eventually he landed back in South Florida.

Mehalko founded AM Global in 2012, and two years later, he was recognized as the “Best Newcomer – Private Wealth” in Private Asset Management Magazine. In 2015, Mehalko returned to campus to be honored as the 2015 Bryan School Distinguished Alumnus.

Looking back, Mehalko is grateful for the opportunities he was given, the people he met and the ways he changed during his time in Greensboro.

“I learned how to show compassion to others and to not take myself too seriously,” he said.

And he saw where hard work can take you.

 

See more great alumni and student stories in the Spring 2016 UNCG Magazine, where a version of this story originally appeared.  

Story by Alyssa Bedrosian, University Relations
Photography by Martin W. Kane, University Relations