By David Grossman
One thing really stands out about Coulter Wright: he’s the kind of individual who always aims for the top.
Wright is a success story in many ways. Now working in the investment industry in corporate development, wisely buying companies and integrating them, Wright is the right guy for the job.
After benefitting from his studies in the Netherlands and his master’s in finance at the Rotterdam School of Management, he went on to become a vice-president and portfolio manager at AGF Management Limited – a Canadian-based investment management firm.
Also a graduate of the University of New Mexico, Wright thinks highly about his early years in education and talks about his great start at Upper Canada College.
“UCC was an amazing experience – just the perfect mix for me,” says Wright. “I was the competitive kind of person and the school pushed me intellectually, which turned out to be a huge bonus.”
It wasn’t just all studies for Wright, during Grade 9 through 13 at UCC.
His success in the academic classroom also showed on the tennis court. Wright dominated in many high school matches. He was also a member of the Blues squad that won the Conference of Independent Schools Athletic Association tennis team championship.
“Playing tennis at UCC was a lot of fun and I remember learning a great deal,” says Wright, who was also quite active in the sport at the community level.
“My years at UCC were some of the best days of my life,” he says. “They helped prepare me in every way for my life ahead. I loved the sports, academics and friendships that came from my days there. I wish I could go back and do it again.”
His confidence with a tennis racquet led to a favorable outcome that went beyond his teen years, as Wright was the recipient of an athletic scholarship to New Mexico’s flagship research institution in Albuquerque.
An All-American player at the National Collegiate Athletic Association level, Wright preferred playing men’s doubles and was on the team that won the Western Athletic Conference in consecutive years.
Wright stands fourth in career doubles wins at UNM after compiling an 86-36 record between 1990 and 1994. And in 2011, Wright was the recipient of a Tennis Canada Distinguished Service Award after the national sport organization determined he had made a positive impact on the game.
Always looking for ways to help others, Wright chose to pitch in and support the Doug Philpott Inner City Children’s Tennis Fund.
“There comes a time in life when you have to dig deep and help others,” says Wright who, at one time, served as board chairman for the Philpott Fund.
“For me, it’s all about giving back and trying to help inner city children and youth – providing them with an opportunity to play tennis and have fun.”