My Career Change: David Emma’s Career After Hockey

When a professional athlete’s playing days are over, many do not realize that athlete’s career in another field is often just beginning. As part of VIKTRE’s dedication to drive interaction between athletes and their fans, our Career team made it a priority to show how successful many athletes have been since their playing days ended in a feature called “My Career Change.”

In this installment of “My Career Change,” we interviewed former Professional Hockey player, David Emma. Most know Emma from his days at Boston College (Winner of the Hobey Baker Award in 1991), on the U.S. Men’s Olympic Team and in the NHL with the New Jersey Devils, Boston Bruins and Florida Panthers, but Emma has made quite the name for himself in the Wealth Management field since he hung up his skates in 2001.David Emma's Career Change to Wealth Management

What sport did you play?


What teams did you play for?

Boston College 1987-1991
1992 US Olympic Team – Albertville, France
NJ Devils/Utica Devils/Albany River Rats – 1991 – 1995
Detroit Vipers – 1995-1996
Boston Bruins/Providence Bruins – 1996-1997
Klagnefurt, Austria – 1997-2000
Florida Panthers – 2000-2001

What industry did you change careers to?

Wealth Management

How did you get into your new career?

After hockey, my second passion in life was always Finance. Toward the end of my career I endured a “perfect storm.”

After suffering an injury that led to my retirement from professional hockey, I suffered financial losses in the tech bubble of 2001. I was too focused on my hockey career, and trusted my financial advisors to guide me properly. I found out that my finances were not being managed according to my desires and risk tolerance, which led to a substantial loss exactly when I could least afford it.

It was this experience that motivated me to want to change to the financial industry. My mission was to, “Do everything that was not done for me.” I gave serious consideration to staying in hockey in a coaching position, but ultimately my passion for helping others avoid my mistakes and control my own destiny led me to a career in finance.

What was the biggest challenge you faced making your career change?

Fear of the unknown.

What has been your biggest accomplishment so far in your new career?

Being named one of top advisors/wealth management teams in the Industry by Barrons.

In addition, our decision to leave Merrill Lynch and join HighTower in 2011, currently the largest independent RIA in the industry.

What advice do you have for athletes making their career change?

Remember that it is normal to experience fear of change and the unknown. Don’t let the fear discourage you from following your passion. The same attributes that make professional athletes special will contribute to success beyond the sport.

The journey of an athlete is priceless and prepares you for any and all adversity in life. You have to trust your abilities and continue in life with the same commitment, work ethic, competitiveness, and confidence that propelled your athletic career.

How can other athletes learn more about your business or your career change?

Visit David’s company website: 
Email David:

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