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Mohammed Esmail

Mohammed Esmail

Esmail Financial Strategies


Personal Information

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School: University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Major: Finance

Years at College Works: 2004

Career Information

Company You Work For Now: Esmail Financial Strategies

Title: President

Industry: Finance

Brief Description of Duties / Responsibilities

Financial planning, investments, and insurances for high net worth retail clients and small businesses.

What Has Been Your Proudest Accomplishment Post-CWP?

Joining the family business and helping to take it to the next level. We've had sustained growth for 6 of the past 7 years, despite going through one of the toughest financial recessions in history.

CWP Career Impact

In one sentence, what has CWP meant to you?

It was my first experience running a business, and it taught me that all business comes down to developing sales skills and putting in the effort.

How did your CWP experience impact your career? Immediately after graduation? Now?

It helped me develop my sales skills, presentation skills, and time management, all of which I use every single day.

What do you want to tell your clients about what it meant to work with them and how it has helped you get to where you are today?

Thanks for trusting a college kid with no painting experience with doing work on your most important asset. Looking back on it now, the trust you showed me gave me a lot of confidence to continue growing with the rest of my career.

What was the greatest lesson you learned from your CWP experience?

The key to success is to keep going after it gets hard and you are ready to go home and quit.

If you had to come up with an one line slogan for CWP, what would it be? :)

Giving young entrepreneurs the skills and training essential to future success.


What advice do you have for potential CWP participants? Current CWP participants?

Give it your true best shot. If you slack off, you'll always wonder how far you could have taken your business.

What's your best advice for someone interested in entering your career field?

Learning business skills, sales and presentation skills, marketing, finance, and managing employees will help you in every single position you may have in the future. You will have decades to master your target industry, but you won't have a chance like CWP again.

What's your favorite memory from CWP?

My first sale. You'll always remember it.

Last words of wisdom

Don't know if I have any wisdom to share, so I'll just say Thank you!

Mohammed Esmail