40 Under 40 Class of 2009

Michael Ravosa

Michael Ravosa

Age 32: Associate Vice President, Financial Advisor, and Certified Financial Planner Certificant, Morgan Stanley

Michael Ravosa is bullish about life.

“I’m in the stock market, and the bull and bear are always going at it. The chips are not always stacked in your favor, so you have to work through adversity and go forward,” he said.

The former captain of Longmeadow High School and American International College football teams knows that getting to the goal demands change. “Most people get nervous when they hear the word,” he said. “But change is a good thing.”

Ravosa went to college via a football scholarship and has forged ahead on and off the playing field as president of the board of directors of American International College’s Varsity Club, the only non-trustee of AIC’s Capital Campaign Fundraising Committee, a member of the board of the YMCA of Greater Springfield, and at Morgan Stanley in Springfield, where he serves as an associate vice president, financial advisor, and financial planner certificant.

AIC’s Varsity Club is composed of athletic alumni, and its annual Spring Fling was born under Ravosa’s leadership, along with other valuable initiatives. Ravosa believes in supporting students and says that, in order for Springfield to regain its vitality and for positive changes to occur in Western Mass., people need to focus on youth.

That’s why he spends so much time working with the YMCA and AIC.

The 32-year-old has received numerous awards from a variety of organizations, including the March of Dimes. But his focus is always on the next game. “I want to help out and be part of things getting better and better,” he said.

He is thankful for his wife, Theresa, who is his “backbone”; his 9-month-old daughter, Caterina; and his parents, who served as role models and taught him to engage in daily self-examination.

“I always like to push myself to do more,” he said. “I evaluate myself on a daily basis and ask, ‘what did I accomplish today?’”

Which is most certainly a bullish attitude.

—Kathy Mitchell