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Wildcat Spotlight

October 13, 2010
Where Are They Now? Ryan Hubka

Ryan Hubka, class of 1999, began his career at Pacific University before transferring to Linfield for his final two years. He was a key component of Linfield’s 1999 Northwest Conference championship team. Earning all-NWC first team honors as a senior, he hit .342 with 34 runs, 34 RBIs, 11 doubles and five home runs. He shares the Linfield single-game record with three doubles against Eastern Connecticut, and once scored five runs in one game against Northwest Nazarene.

What are you currently doing today?
I am a Senior Vice President, Portfolio Manager and Branch Manager with Morgan Stanley Smith Barney in Lake Oswego, Ore.

Walk us through a regular day of work for you.
My day begins at 5 a.m., and I’m in the office at my desk around 6:30 or 7.  As a discretionary investment manager, my day revolves around the markets somewhat, but the majority of my morning is spent meeting with and talking to clients, educating them on the current capital market conditions and rationale that I'm using to invest their assets.  Additionally, I am fortunate to have an office of over 40 colleagues who may need assistance on any array of possible situations, so my availability is paramount to their needs.

Afternoons are spent with both clients and colleagues, as well as receiving and evaluating research that's been gathered and presented to me by our staff members.  After 11 years in this career I've learned that no day is regular, that there is never a dull moment, and my job is anything but typical.

What type of leadership skills did you learn at Linfield that have helped you in your job at Morgan Stanley?
Linfield gave me courage to be myself, think independently and be passionate about things that I enjoy and believe in.  Thoughtful leadership is something that takes courage and a willingness to take ownership in what you believe in.  My time at Linfield gave me the ability to learn, formulate opinions and have the courage to be convicted in those opinions.

If you had one piece of advice or one thing to tell Linfield's senior baseball players what would that be?
Appreciate your time at Linfield and the ability to be a part of the baseball program.  Its an honor and a privilege to wear the uniform, and its something that a lot of old guys like me still cherish long after we are done playing.  The skill sets you are developing will serve you in life long after your baseball career is over.

What was your fondest memory at Linfield?
Winning the Northwest Conference baseball title in 1999.

How would you describe the impact Linfield baseball made on your life?
Being a part of the Linfield baseball program taught me how to be a part of a team, and how to work within a group toward achieving a common goal.  If everyone is focused on the same thing, then success is only a matter of time, not a question of possibility.

How closely do you still keep in touch with the program?
I try to stay involved as much as I can.  My wife and I have three kids ages 4, 5 and 6, so finding extra time in our lives is difficult.  This past season, I was able to take my son to his first Linfield baseball game, and along with my dad (Alan Hubka, Class of '68), Cole and I were able to see Linfield qualify for the World Series by winning the championship game of the regional tournament.  I hope to be able to continue my efforts to support the program long into the future.

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Ryan Hubka
Led injury riddled Linfield team to 1999 NWC pennant

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