1. Who at Haverford impacted your life?
There were two faculty members who had a huge impact on my life: Mr. McBride and Dr. Peck. I wasn't a Lifer at Haverford; I came in ninth grade. I was a student-athlete throughout my time at Haverford. I played basketball all four years. Mr. McBride was my math teacher and the head basketball coach at the time. He was instrumental in enabling me to go to Haverford, and also in terms of challenging me to be my best in both academics and athletics. Dr. Peck was my English teacher for two years, and he really taught me how to write and think critically. He was probably one of the toughest teachers I've ever had, but he taught me how to write. I continue to use those skills today.
2. You work in commercial banking, but community service also plays a big role in your life. What drives you to give back?
I grew up in West Philly — I didn't come from a privileged background. What drives me is the fact that someone gave me the opportunity to attend Haverford, and I want to give those same kinds of life-changing chances to others. There are a lot of people who are like me, who have high potential and their own idea of success. They just need others to understand where they're coming from and to help them out. I love helping people when I can, and I want to make a difference while I'm here on Earth.
Along with my colleagues at Wells Fargo, I volunteered at Cradles 2 Crayons to make packages for kids in low-income areas. Through work, I also led a team to raise money for the Lupus Foundation. Personally, I support WorldVision, an organization through which I've sponsored a little girl in Africa since 2009. For five years, I served on the board for Friends of the Children, an organization in Portland, Oregon. It's a paid mentoring program where they assign friends to spend time with kids with high potential in low-income areas.
3. What do you do as a commercial banker?
I help entrepreneurs and small businesses continue to be successful and meet their financial goals. I help give them the capital, financing, services, and advice to help them continue to operate and grow. For the past four years, I've worked in the automotive industry, helping dealerships all over Pennsylvania. There's an element of helping people and giving them the tools to succeed, which keeps me engaged. I also like problem solving, and handling issues on a day-to-day basis keeps me sharp.
4. What life lessons did you learn at Haverford?
I got a very good foundation at Haverford. The School gives you a work ethic – if you don't have one, you won't last very long. The teachers taught me the importance of hard work and how to study. Going to Haverford gave me the opportunity to challenge myself. I learned that you always want to put yourself in opportunities where you can be challenged. I also learned how to be disciplined – that really came from being a student-athlete. There are a lot of things that you have to balance as a student-athlete, so you learn about yourself and what you're capable of. I also learned gratitude. Not everyone gets the chance to go to Haverford. It's not the norm when compared to other schools, in terms of quality, academics, resources, and overall experience. I think the School does a great job of grooming boys to be leaders.
Dy Cameron '96 is a vice president and commercial relationship manager for Wells Fargo Dealer Services's Division. Prior to working in automotive banking, Dy spent eight years in commercial banking with Wells Fargo and its predecessors working with small to mid-sized companies in various industries. Dy has a bachelor of science in business administration from Bucknell University and is a former player of the men's basketball team.
Pictured above is Dy, kneeling on the right, with The Haverford School's basketball team in 1996.
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