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Which groups or activities were you most involved in at ASU? What did you gain from that involvement?
I attended ASU on football scholarship from 1973 to 1977 for Coach Frank Kush. I consider those the glory years of not only Sun Devil football, but Sun Devil sports overall. In 1975, the football team went 12-0, defeated Nebraska in the Fiesta Bowl, and was voted co-national champions. Our track team won the national championship in the same year and our baseball, wrestling, tennis, golf and basketball teams were all elite programs in that era.
Between practicing twice a day, three times a week, during the school year, and the other rigors of balancing athletics and academics, there wasn’t much time to be involved with fraternities or clubs. I considered my football teammates to be my fraternity brothers and have great bonds to this day as a result of my experience there.
While on athletic scholarship at ASU, I attended the College of Business and earned a bachelor’s degree in general business. Although I wrecked my knees playing football and didn’t realize my dream of becoming the best wide receiver who ever lived, I did get a job with the Johnson & Johnson Companies upon graduation and started my career. I’ve been able to raise three beautiful kids in Los Angeles.
How did your education at ASU prepare you for your current job or business?
The education I received at the College of Business has proven to be invaluable as a foundation for my development in business. I quickly discovered that I in fact had learned some things on my first job at Johnson & Johnson. I remember early on while in training we were talking about elasticity and inelasticity of products and I realized that I had covered that in an economics class. Over the years I have drawn on much of the teaching I received while at ASU.
Additionally, my coursework gave me a methodology for studying and grasping new concepts. The confidence I gained while in school has been a pillar of my success and development as a business professional. I have worked for corporate America and was a founder in two businesses, the most recent of which had a payroll for 500+ employees and achieved $65 million in gross sales. I was able to easily adapt in both large corporate and small startup environments.
How did ASU help you achieve your dream?
I have always been very proud of my ASU connection and my degree. I live in Southern California and everyone knows I’m a Sun Devil guy. Through my experience at ASU, I’ve developed lifelong friends and business relationships both with athletes and students. I have never felt intimidated walking into a room with other professionals and know I can complete at any level. ASU gave me a platform to start my career in business and do many things of which I am proud.
Tell us about your involvement with the ASU Alumni Association.
Currently, I am a board member of the ASU Alumni Association, where I enjoy working with others and keeping my pulse on what’s going on at ASU. It’s a great way to stay connected and contribute in a meaningful way, as well as developing great relationships. Prior to this term, I served as a board member of the W. P. Carey School of Business and also found that extremely rewarding.
What are three “can’t-miss” ASU experiences every Sun Devil should participate in?