SUNY Potsdam Alumni Name Jarrett Felton '04 a 'Rising Star'


SUNY Potsdam Interim President Dr. Dennis L. Hefner presents the 2013 Rising Star Award to Jarrett K. Felton ’04, along with Amy Kellogg ’99, first vice president of the College’s Alumni Association.

The SUNY Potsdam Alumni Association recently honored Jarrett K. Felton '04, with the 2013 Rising Star Award, at the College's annual Reunion Weekend.

The Rising Star Award is presented to an alum who has demonstrated outstanding professional achievement in the first decade following graduation. Felton was recognized for his professional achievements and stellar record of service to his community.

As an undergraduate at SUNY Potsdam, Felton played varsity soccer for the Bears, and served on the campus judicial board, while completing his degree early in only seven semesters.

Since 2012, Felton has worked as a financial advisor for Merrill Lynch in Rochester, N.Y., where today he works with a select group of high net worth individuals. Prior to that, he worked for eight years as a financial advisor and financial services representative for MetLife, where he received many professional accolades for his performance.

Felton has recently agreed to serve SUNY Potsdam as a member of the Business Administration Advisory Committee, using his business experience to help the College further improve educational experiences and networking opportunities available to current and future students.

Felton has a passion for community action and volunteer work; he coaches youth soccer, a sport he lettered in at Potsdam. He is the treasurer and executive committee member for the board of directors of the Stepping Stones Learning Center, and received the Rising Star Award from the Empire State Pride Agenda. He also is a member of the finance committee of the Corn Hill Neighborhood Association and the Eastman House Young Professionals Group.

In 2011, Felton was selected as the youngest member of the greater Rochester "40 under 40" list of African-American leaders in the region by the Rochester Messenger Post.

Throughout his professional and personal life, Felton has committed to helping Rochester achieve its potential from a humanitarian perspective. He believes his home city has yet to reach its greatest peak, and he is humbled by the success he's enjoyed and the confidence placed in him by his clients.

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Founded in 1816, and located on the outskirts of the beautiful Adirondack Park, The State University of New York at Potsdam is one of America's first 50 colleges. SUNY Potsdam currently enrolls approximately 4,350 undergraduate and graduate students. Home to the world-renowned Crane School of Music, SUNY Potsdam is known for its handcrafted education, challenging liberal arts and sciences core, excellence in teacher training and leadership in the performing and visual arts. Empowered by a culture of creativity, the campus community recently launched Take the Lead: The Campaign for Potsdam, which aims to raise $27 million by the College's bicentennial in 2016.