Marketing Director At 365 Grand Club Properties — College of Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics
Degree: Technical Computer Graphics
Graduated in: 2002
Explain your career path
After graduating in December of 2002, I was hired by a local advertising agency in Cape Girardeau, Red Letter Communications, Inc. I focused on video editing and motion design. After spending nearly four years with RLCI, I took a video editing position at Visiontracks, Inc., located in Fenton, MO. There, I worked in conjunction with Mosby & Elsevier creating medical videos to compliment their medical books. I moved to Colorado Springs with my wife in 2010 and started working in a restaurant, because I couldn't find a job in video editing or production. Over the years, I worked on several projects for the owner of the restaurant. After many years working side jobs for the owner, he hired me to be the Marketing Director for all of his properties in Colorado Springs: The Mining Exchange Hotel, Springs Orleans, MX Market, MX Spa, Johnny Martin's Car Central, The Famous Steak House, The Antlers Hotel, Sportivo Primo, The Piccadilly Bar, Fit 365.
What was your major at Southeast and how would you characterize the quality of that program to prospective students?
Technical Computer Graphics
Why did you choose to attend Southeast?
I am from Cape Girardeau and always loved going to SEMO football games. I always loved the SEMO campus.
Who influenced you most during your time at Southeast?
Dr. David Baird
Share your best college memory.
A great college memory was making a final digital short during my senior year. Dr. Baird gave me great freedom in its creation. It helped form my ongoing love for video and post production.
If you were in Greek Life, the Honors Program or any other student organization, please tell us about that experience and how it impacted you.
Post production: video editing, motion design
What is the most important thing you learned while you were at Southeast?
Beautiful Amazing Campus
Describe Southeast in three words.
Well rounded education
What is your greatest professional accomplishment?
Flying to Axum, Ethiopia and shooting a documentary about the search for the oldest living man in the world. Though the documentary got caught up in post production, the experience was a life changer for me.
How did your education at southeast prepare you for what you are doing today?
My education at Southeast gave me a well-rounded understanding of design, from print to digital, as well as proper ways to put those elements into action in post-production.
What advice would you give current students or recent graduates interested in pursuing a career in your professional field?
Be bold, and be prepared to explain why your education at SEMO can provide unique skills to the entity for which you engage. You can hold your own against your peers from the so-called "top schools." Be proud and let it show!
What do you wish you had known before graduating and entering the "real world"?
Life isn't always fair. You have to fight for what you want and continually up your game, if you want to be successful in the "Real World".