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Ian Brennan

Sales Consultant

Sports Management

Graduated in 2013

Explain your career path

As a sales consultant for FedEx Office, I support Fortune 500 companies with Corporate Print solution and support, while managing relationships with clients within the companies.

What was your major at Southeast and what led you to that?

I graduated with a degree in Sports Management. While I don’t work in Sports, the degree prepared me on how to deal with various types of business, project management and communication skills that have helped boost my career.

Why did you choose to attend Southeast?

I transferred in 2020 from a small school here in KC. I specifically went for the Sports Management degree, as a way to enjoy what I was studying.

Who influenced you most during your time at Southeast?

Nate Saverino- Nate was leading the Sports Marketing program and I worked as an intern for him. Nate made work fun and gave great feedback and always had good ideas and encouraged me to not be afraid to think big.

Share your best college memory.

2010- Henry Harris and the RedHawks beat Souther Illinois-Carbondale. We traveled to the Gabe and had a blast!

What is the most important thing you learned while you were at Southeast?

I think that communication is key to success in any field. That non-verbal communication can say more than any word. And knowing your business and what is important is key.

What is your greatest professional accomplishment?

I think it has to be my success with FedEx Office and the relationships I have built with my peers and clients.

How did your education at Southeast prepare you for what you are doing today?

Communication, how to present, and event management were stressed when I was in school, it has guided me through many relationships at work and is a reason why I have had success.

What advice would you give current students or recent graduates interested in pursuing a career in your professional field?

Never burn bridges and network. Take chances and request advice from your peers and those you strive to be like.

What do you wish you had known before graduating and entering the "real world"?

SEMO prepared me well! If you are always learning and the “real world” will be less scary.


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