Podcast: Service as Successful Leaders of Character with Degas Wright ’85

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This episode features an interview with Degas Wright, CEO at Decatur Capital Management, and West Point class of 1985.

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Degas talks about his experience transitioning out of the military, founding DCM, and his philosophy behind becoming a successful leader of character.

Degas served as Corporate Treasurer for the Metropolitan Atlanta Rapid Transit Authority (MARTA), managing its reserve funds. He studied econometrics and received a Master of Science in Economics from the University of Texas at El Paso. He served as a Captain in the U.S. Army after earning a Bachelor of Science from West Point. Along with founding Decatur Capital, Degas is also currently a CNBC contributor and is featured on CNBC’s Fast Money Half Time Report.

Episode Timestamps

(02:10) Degas’ West Point experience
(08:40) Transitioning careers
(19:21) Founding Decatur Capital Management
(26:04) Degas’ leadership philosophy
(33:18) Involvement in Do More Together and AOG


Degas Wright’s LinkedIn
Decatur Capital Website
Degas’ Artwork

Ian Faison’s LinkedIn

“Service is where I start as a leader. And I know that this was something that was instilled in me when I watched my father during his military service. I learned that when I was at West Point, the example of the upperclassmen assisting me with the swim test. Service is so critical for our leadership, for a leader’s journey. And if you don’t have service, you’re not going to be successful as a leader.”

—Degas Wright ’85

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