“I am the return on investment”: David Brisson | New

It would be difficult to blame David Brisson if he had chosen to stay closer to his home in Quebec. The capital of the Canadian province of Quebec is nestled on the Saint Lawrence River with the Laurentians visible to the north of the city.

He knew very little about the University of Nebraska at Omaha (UNO), but knowing a former teammate who had played for the UNO and the idea of ​​playing for a new hockey program competing at a high level was enough for him. draw to Omaha.

“Being a student-athlete in the UN, especially at the beginning [of hockey] was remarkable. Hockey has had such great support from the community,” he said. “It was amazing to play in front of 8,300 people, so that experience made being a student athlete very unique.”

Brisson became one of the first stars of the hockey program, leading the team in points in three of his four years. He set single-season and career program records as a Maverick from 1999-2003 and was named to the All-Central Collegiate Hockey Association first team in 2001. Brisson was inducted into the Omaha Athletics Hall of Fame in 2010, becoming the first hockey player. to receive recognition.

The resources and opportunities available to him as a student and as a student athlete brought him back to Omaha where he settled after his career as a professional hockey player. “What I really appreciate about the culture at the UN is the fact that you will be rewarded for the work you do,” he said. “My coach always told me to earn your opportunities. If you have that as a culture – to work hard and give back – you set yourself up for success.

A luncheon address made this point clear. Brisson challenged himself to arrive early and stay late to network with the business leaders and stakeholders present at the luncheon. The extra effort paid off when he met his mentor, Greg Lavitt, who had ties to Canada and the former Omaha Knights hockey team. This introduction led to an internship at Wells Fargo, which eventually resulted in a full-time position. Relationship building opened the door to opportunity and relationship building helped him rise through the ranks at Wells Fargo to his current role as Director of Fixed Income Sales.

“My favorite thing about UNO is that it’s accessible to a lot of people. You can come from another part of the state, the country, a different country and the UN will accommodate you. That’s what I like. And the people who work here – faculty, staff, coaches, volunteers – all care. They want you to succeed.

– David Brisson, Director of Fixed Income Sales for Wells Fargo Securities

Years into his own playing career with the UNO, Brisson also continues to build relationships with the players on the ice. Brisson was a volunteer assistant coach for UNO hockey and a mentor with the Wingman program, a mentorship program run by former UNO hockey players. “Every former hockey player who still lives in town would partner with two or three current players,” Brisson said. “It’s a great way to connect with current players and a great way for us to stay involved.”

Brisson believes the program helps hockey players who have come to the UN from another country, like him, to feel more at home. “During Thanksgiving or the holidays, some of these players have to stay in town. Some of them are foreign student-athletes. They can’t go back to their home country, so sometimes they can come, share a meal and enjoy the vacation,” Brisson said.

For Brisson, the Wingman program is an extension of the welcoming atmosphere he experienced at the UNO both as a student athlete and as an international student.

“My favorite thing about UNO is that it’s accessible to a lot of people. You can come from another part of the state, the country, a different country and the UN will accommodate you. That’s what I like. And the people who work here – faculty, staff, coaches, volunteers – all care. They want you to succeed.

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