There’s more to a deal than communication and salesmanship; it has to make sound business sense. Accounting, marketing, and risk management are all integral in the process.
Going to Temple was a no brainer for Anthony (“Tony”) J. McIntyre. A gifted athlete from Cinnaminson, N.J., Mr. McIntyre saw the impact Temple University had on his older brother and sister-in-law, who were themselves alumni and had remained heavily involved in the school.
“I came from a humble background and wanted a good job to generate a good income for me and my family,” he says. “I chose Temple for this reason and for athletics.”
Mr. McIntyre immersed himself in college life, serving as president of the Alpha Chi Rho National Fraternity and the Intrafraternity Council, participating in the University’s ROTC Unit, and playing varsity track and field and football. But he also placed emphasis on his studies.
“One of the best lessons I learned from the Fox School is that business is multidimensional,” Mr. McIntyre explains. “There’s more to a deal than communication and salesmanship; it has to make sound business sense. Accounting, marketing, and risk management are all integral in the process.”
He first tested this multidimensional concept as a student worker in the University’s Office of the Disabled when he helped organize the largest wheelchair sport spectacular in the United States at the time.
“I realized I had a talent for pulling people of various skillsets together to create a successful outcome,” Mr. McIntyre says. “We had over 500 athletes participate, and thousands of people attended. I was not only awarded the Sol Feinstone award for outstanding business school graduate as a result of this event, but I met my wife in the process — we’re still married today!”
Throughout his career, Mr. McIntyre has continued to leverage this talent, surrounding himself with people who excel in key business disciplines and can multiply his company’s effectiveness. He’s also taken plenty of risks along the way.
“I left a high-paying job at Xerox to pursue a new opportunity with a smaller company,” says Mr. McIntyre. “I started my own company in 2002 and was the happiest guy in the world for taking that risk. Then, after 13 years, I sold the McIntyre Group to Arthur J. Gallagher. All these risks have paid off for me.”
Over the years, Mr. McIntyre has remained heavily involved in Temple as both a donor and a leader. He counts his election to the University’s Board of Trustees in 2013 among one of his greatest personal achievements.
“Without Temple and the assistance that I received as an undergrad, I wouldn’t be half of what I am today.”