Graduate in Marketing...
What kind of experiences at LSSU best prepared you for what you're now doing?
While at Lake State I was the President of the LSSU chapter of SIFE. It was a great learning experience in applying business fundamentals in the community through programs and projects, as well as in event planning, project management and maximizing positive group dynamics.
What kind of opportunities have you created for yourself with a college degree?
My education, the foundation of my occupational skills, has helped me to continually worked my way up through different positions to get where I am now. I have networked with nation-wide companies, through SIFE, and I have created a name for myself in the community through my involvement in local organizations.
Did you take advantage of any career-related internships or jobs before you graduated?
SIFE provided me with as much of a stepping stone as I could have asked for. I made contacts with, and learned from some of the most successful business people in companies throughout the U.S.
What attracted you to the degree you graduated with, and what your short/long term professional plans are?
Lake State is a local University that gave me the option to earn my education while be located close to my family. My short term goal is to gain as much experience as possible in the community and to possibly continue my education toward a Masters Degree. I’d like to continue my work within the city and take advantage of opportunities to be more involved in local politics. In the long term, after I’ve made myself as competitive as possible in my field (marketing), I’d like to move, to get a job at a medium to large size company and work more with individual products or brands as opposed to marketing a company itself.
Do you have specific projects underway (that you can share) that might interest the public?
I am involved in the planning of Soo Co-op Credit Union’s 50 th Annual Meeting. As a Credit Union, our organization is owned by our members and as part of the structure of the Annual Meeting, our members vote for the board that will be making decisions on their behalf. Because we’re member-owned, our members are much more involved and we’re accountable to them, not as a business, but as people that serve them. For this reason, I’ve gained great experience in the rare dynamic of business that is people, not-profits.