To understand how UBS advisor Antwyne DeLonde came to be as committed to philanthropy as to his wealth-management career, it’s best to start at the beginning.
DeLonde grew up in San Antonio with his mother and three siblings and then went to Norfolk State University in Virginia. During college, he decided to explore his future with the U.S. Air Force (which he’d been exposed to in his hometown, where this branch of the military has a large presence).
But he wasn’t exactly sure where to find the USAF local office and ended up at an Army recruiting station. He joined up officially in April 2001. “Then Sept. 11 happened,” he said, “and here I am, thinking ‘what timing!’”
As part of his eight-plus years of service, he did a tour in Iraq for 15 months, working with gunners protecting civilian truck drivers. He also finished his finance degree. “Being in the infantry at Fort Benning was so far from the finance world. It was a great experience and really matured me,” he explained.
His first on-the-job training in the finance field was as a cash teller for Bank of America. He moved on to personal banking and then tried to get hired by the bank. That didn’t work out, but cold calling and emailing other firms, including Merrill Lynch, did. DeLonde got himself a slot in its Paths to Achievement program — which targets current and former service members to become advisors — and moved to Baltimore in 2007. He joined UBS in nearby Hunt Valley in 2011.
With actor Hosea Chanchez (star of the show “The Game”), his good friend and client, he co-founded the youth empowerment program Watch Me Win. “This was driven by [Chanchez]. We went into different communities in major metropolitan areas to hold tours, and we visited schools in impoverished communities to host rallies and do other work,” he explained.
The two visited the White House to join then President Obama in recognizing the importance of mentorship. “The goal is always to help good people become better people, and by [doing] that, you hope the process drives the results of others joining together — which has a direct impact on your community and the surrounding communities,” said DeLonde.
Current Charitable Work
Today, the advisor serves as a mentor through the UBS-SEO College Scholars program. Sponsors for Educational Opportunity includes individualized advising, international experience, leadership development, internships and career preparation. To date, 225 UBS employees have volunteered with scholars at on-site career skills workshops.
According to UBS, its cohort of 121 young men of color has a 98% retention rate, which is a key indicator of college graduation. This summer, 10 scholars have six-week UBS internships in New York and New Jersey.
“It’s so important to give young people opportunities to have as successful lives as their counterparts have in other communities,” DeLonde said. “I’ve always been looking at the fact that, given my background — not being from an affluent family, not having had many opportunities early on and not having many resources provided — I have a lot to share.”
The advisor and his wife, Mary, are on a committee of the Ronald McDonald House in Baltimore, and he coaches basketball at the Boys’ Latin School of Maryland.
“I’ve always wanted to make sure that, as my mom did, I instill the importance of giving back and giving more of oneself to others,” the advisor explained, adding that he’s happy to pass on “the philanthropy gene” to his son Antony.