Career Spotlight: James W. Stuckert

Today’s guest post comes from CareerCat, the official blog of UK Alumni Career Services.

Written by Caroline Francis

We recently spoke with Mr. James Stuckert about his career and asked him to share a bit about his professional journey. Mr. Stuckert is extremely active on campus volunteering on many committees and attending annual campus events.

Mr. Stuckert received his Bachelor of Science Degree in Mechanical Engineering (1960) and a Master’s Degree in Business Administration (1961) from UK. His first job after college was with Cummins Engine Company in Columbus, Indiana. After a few years, Mr. Stuckert realized that his true passion was the stock market and finances. Subsequent to interviewing several firms, Mr. Stuckert joined W.L. Lyons & Company. After just six years, he became a partner of the then merged J.J.B. Hilliard, W.L. Lyons & Company. He was responsible for equity trading at Hilliard Lyons prior to assuming the roles of Chairman and CEO in 1995. He has served on the Board of Directors of Hilliard Lyons, Inc. since its incorporation in 1972 until his retirement as Chairman of the Board in 2003.

As for advice, Mr. Stuckert shares repeatedly “Don’t get discouraged. Keep going. Do what you love!” He also encourages everyone to watch Steve Jobs’ inspirational Stanford graduation speech. When hiring, Mr. Stuckert says that he always tries to find candidates who are self-starters and those who have “moxy” – the ability to look at a situation and figure it out. As a manager, he has mentored many young professionals and uses six tenets as a guide. These tenets transcend many industries.

1) Clients are first and foremost

2) Maintain uncompromising Integrity

3) Keep it Simple

4) Hire and invest in the best

5) Do the right thing right

6) Utilize a teamwork approach

Mr. Stuckert is a Past President of the National Alumni Association and still remains on the Board of Directors. In 1980, he received the Distinguished Service Award for Exceptional Service to the University of Kentucky Alumni Association.

Mr. Stuckert serves as Chairman of the Board of the University of Kentucky Development Council. He was the Chair of the Capital Campaign recently concluded, which raised over $1 Billion for the University of Kentucky. Mr. Stuckert also chaired the Corporate and Foundation Committee for the new William T. Young Library Campaign in the early 1990s. Mr. Stuckert is a UK Fellow.

Mr. Stuckert was inducted to the Alumni Hall of Fame at the University of Kentucky Carol Martin Gatton College of Business and Economics in February 1997. He was also elected to the University Of Kentucky Hall Of Distinguished Alumni in May 2000, and was inducted into the School of Engineering Hall of Fame in April 2002.

As of July 1, 2009, Mr. Stuckert was appointed to the University of Kentucky Board of Trustees for a term of 6 years. His wife, the former Diane Vittitow of Owensboro, along with their three children, Steve, Susie and Scott, are all graduates of the University of Kentucky.

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