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David Settanni ’09

Pays it Forward

David Settanni ’09 (economics) was 11 years old when he started investing, using his birthday money. His first investment was in Getty Oil, which split soon after to form Getty Realty Corp and Getty Petroleum Marketing Inc. As a result, Settanni’s initial investment nearly doubled. Fast forward a few years and Settanni is studying economics at Purchase. The financial crisis occurred during his junior year, which became the basis for his Senior Project. After graduating cum laude, Settanni worked at the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics as a Field Economist and then went into business with his father as a financial and tax advisor.

He specializes in financial planning and asset management, efficiently managing clients’ portfolios. He also understands the importance of paying it forward. He is a Board Member of Special Kids of NY and a member of the Young Adults Group at Blessed Sacrament in New York, NY. He hasn’t forgotten his Purchase family either, and is a regular presenter at Alumni Association hosted events such as Navigating Market Volatility During the COVID-19 Pandemic and Creating a Legacy: An Introduction to Gift Planning, designed to help fellow alums become more financially savvy.