Vice President at Revelstoke Capital PartnersCy Barton

Why did you decide to come to Leeds?
I'm a lifelong Buffs fan and considered only one school when applying for college: the Leeds School of Business. I didn't necessarily know the path that my career would take, but I knew that Leeds offered a world-class education focused on holistic leadership that would prepare me for all the twists and turns that could happen in my career.

What is one thing you learned at Leeds that you will never forget?
For me, it was the culture of empowering students to take control of their education and career. If there was something that you wanted to learn or experience, Leeds encouraged you to pursue it or create it. For example, a group of students was able to help create the Leeds Scholars Program to support high-achieving Business Buffs and offer incredible opportunities like the First-Year Global experience. Similarly, we've seen a tremendous growth in the number of programs and certificates offered by the school, all driven by student interest.

Tell us about a particular professor or mentor that influenced you while you were at Leeds.
There are a few. Cathleen Burns and Alan Jagolinzer were incredible champions for their students, both in the classroom and in mentoring us through our career development. Mary Banks in the Office of Career Strategy taught me to fight to find the right career path and help create opportunities for other Buffs.

Where has life taken you since you graduated Leeds?
I'm now a Vice President at Revelstoke Capital Partners, a healthcare-focused private equity firm based in Denver, CO. I love the opportunity to partner and work directly with entrepreneurs to build industry-leading companies that provide so many benefits to our communities. Prior to Revelstoke, I worked at an early stage venture capital firm in Chicago, and before that, at PwC.

What is one piece of advice/best practice that has stuck with you throughout your career?
Work ethic, relationships and your personal reputation are paramount, even in a technical setting.

What advice would you give to anyone interested in pursuing a career in your professional field?
While there's certainly a more "traditional" path into private equity (e.g., starting in investment banking), it's most important to exhibit entrepreneurialism, critical thinking and a love of learning different business models and strategies. Be confident and reach out to potential mentors in your desired profession - it never hurts to start a conversation.

What do you miss most about Boulder?
I love Boulder's entrepreneurial mindset.

Is there anything else you would like to share?
I would encourage young alumni to stay engaged. The YAM program and GOLD Board events are great ways to meaningful help current students and connect with other Buffs.

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August 2021