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ACS Alumni Council Profile: R.J. Lopez

Posted By Administration, Tuesday, September 26, 2017

Welcome to our series of profiles on the ACS Alumni Council members. R.J. Lopez is a graduate of the ACS Class of 1995. He's been an active member of the ACS Alumni Council for several years.

1. What was your class year?  

 2.  Tell us all about your life – What are some favorite hobbies? Is there anything you really enjoy doing? Do you have any news about your family you would like to share?
These days my life really revolves around my family and my financial advising business.  I met my wife, Brianne, our freshman year in college, and got married in 2008.  We have two young children. Braden is two years old, and will be three in November.  Tyler just turned one in May.  I enjoy taking them to their music and swimming lessons and watching them develop.  Now that the kids are a bit older, we can travel more with them.  We're looking forward to going on our first big family vacation to Hawaii next year!

3.  What have you done since graduating from ACS?
I attended high school at Benet Academy, then the University of Illinois at Chicago for college.  Right after graduating, I took the Series 7, Series 66, and the life and health license exams, and started my financial advising practice. 

4. What do you do now? 
I'm a financial advisor with Edward Jones. I have my own practice in Park Ridge.  I have enjoyed seeing my clients reach big milestones in their lives

5. What is one of your proudest accomplishments?
My proudest accomplishment so far is learning how to be a good dad.  A personal goal of mine was to run a half marathon, and I accomplished that in 2015.

6. Thinking back, what is one of your fondest memories from your time at ACS?
The best memories of my time at ACS are the ones where we were together as a group.  The 8th group play where we performed "Our Town" was definitely something that was a fond memory for me.  The 8th group class trip to Paris, the 7th group trip to Washington DC, and 6th group trip Pretty Lake were all fond memories of mine. 

7. How did going to ACS impact your life? 
I think a lot ACS alumni will tell you they have a wide variety of interests, and a lot of that originates from going to school at Avery Coonley, the variety of classes, the exposure to different cultures, and the great teachers we had.   

8.  Who was your favorite teacher and why?
I learned so much from every teacher, so I don't think I can pick one favorite.  I've always appreciated that Mrs. Murphy used to have us read different historical fiction books in 7th group, and I really enjoyed that.  I still love reading literature on history and biographies.  Thanks, Mrs. Murphy!

9. What was your favorite tradition? 
I always looked forward to Spring Fair.  There was always a special energy around that tradition. 

10. Why do you think more alums should be involved with ACS
It's a way for us to connect with the school that we all loved. 

(This interview originally appeared in the ACS Alumni Newsletter, September 22, 2017)

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