B.S. Business Administration (focus Marketing) / Minor in Speech Communication
Current Position and Company:
President – Marion County Chamber
What brought you to Fairmont State University?:
I was given a scholarship for Speech & Theatre. After two years, I switched to Business but kept a minor in Speech Communications
Were you a commuter or a resident?:
What activities were you involved with as a student?:
Theatre / Speech Tournaments / Student Government / FSU Broadcasting station
Of all the classes you took, what is the one class you would recommend everyone take? Who taught it? Why would you recommend it?:
I think everyone should take some type of marketing class. At every stage of our lives we are always “marketing” something whether it is ourselves, our children, our beliefs, our businesses, or our community, and the basic concepts of marketing is part of everyone’s lives.
Did you have a favorite professor, staff member, coach, or mentor who really impacted your life?:
BJ Sherman, who is now deceased, was very instrumental in my Communication degree and Dan Weber was a great mentor. He got me involved in Theatre productions which has helped me throughout my whole career.
Share your best college memory.:
Winning the M.M. Neely Oratorical Contest my Senior year. Incidentally, my son came in 2nd place in the same contest 35 years later.
What do you remember most vividly from your time at Fairmont State?:
The beautiful layout of the campus and the welcoming feeling that was always there.
Describe Fairmont State in three words.:
Welcoming, inclusive, safe
What do you wish you had known before graduating and entering the "real world"?:
Just because you have a degree, the jobs are not going to find you in most cases. Don’t be afraid to put yourself out there and never give up.
How did your experience at Fairmont State shape your career path?:
? I made a lot of local connections that I could always count on to be there for me. Being a commuter and not living on campus, I forced myself to get involved so I could have a true college experience.
What advice or insight do you have for Fairmont State alumni and students interested in your career field?:
I never set out to work for a Chamber of Commerce, but it truly is the best combination of both my major and minor. I work with the business community everyday while marketing Marion County as a great place to work, live & play. I am incredibly involved in the non-profit world since most chambers are non-profit organizations. My best advice is to get involved in the community where you reside. It truly will open career doors so don’t limit yourself. Volunteering and serving on boards and committees is a great way to learn about your community and meet influential local leaders.
What is the last book you read? :
Blowout: Corrupted Democracy, Rogue State Russia, and the Richest, Most Destructive Industry on Earth by Rachel Maddow
List 3-5 fun facts about yourself that most people probably wouldn’t know. :
I have been on 8 cruises and love to see the world while cruising
I was on the set of the soap opera The Young and Restless in LA, watched them film an episode and met all the soap stars
My family and I won the Mexican, one day, version of The Amazing Race in Cozumel
I spent an afternoon with Terry Bradshaw, former Steelers Quarterback, while he was in Pittsburgh on a promotional tour. By the way all his friends call him “Bubba.”