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Joanna Sabato 

Marketing


Joanna Sabato is wearing a paler shade of black these days and we’re proud of this Oiler who now works as an employee of the Cleveland Browns. 

 

During her time at UF, Joanna was most impressed by the opportunities to practice the skills she acquired.  Perhaps the most valuable opportunity was an internship at Cox Communications in New York. This allowed her to make lasting connections that would later help her obtain a position after graduation.  Another valuable experience was presenting at a small business expo hosted by the Small Business Development Centers of Ohio. Joanna, along with fellow business students, had worked to develop a complete business plan for a local company. She stated that the skills and knowledge she gained during this experience were invaluable. 


“I learned how important it is to really understand your client; what and how they do things, and then think of ways to help them to increase their business,” she added. She also recalled that, “Working on this project really gave me a 360-degree view of being on a team.” Joanna indicated that all of the team members were able to naturally learn group dynamics including how to effectively collaborate, delegate and meet deadlines.

 

Joanna enjoyed working with athletics and especially loves branding and listening to the voice of the customer. This led her to pursue a marketing related position. It was a strong cover letter and resume that won Joanna a position as a Corporate Partnership Manager with the Cleveland Browns. In this position, “I work with our Corporate Partners such as Pepsi, Sherwin Williams, Snickers, Yuengling, and Ford to develop integrated marketing solutions for prospective partners which will utilize our in-stadium signage, television, radio, digital, and print assets, Sabato explained.

 

Joanna encourages grads to seek out companies that can help you grow, but more importantly, find something you are passionate about so that you can be yourself and find a mentor that can teach you how to grow. As for networking, she expressed that students shouldn’t get stuck in their comfort zone; they need to meet people beyond their circle of friends. Joanna stated that every day is a networking opportunity. “You never know who can help you out later”. At UF you are a big fish in a little pond and there is an extremely supportive staff to help and mentor you.” 


Casey Pritts 

Business management

Marketing

Casey Pritts.jpgCasey Pritts came to The University of Findlay with dreams of landing a job in Marketing. After graduation, she applied for a marketing position at Target but quickly found herself accepting a position as an Executive Team Leader of Human Resource for Target.  In fact, they were so happy with her that they asked "where can we get more people like you?"


She credits her success to her experiences at UF.  Casey expressed that her marketing skills have helped her with understanding the needs of different audiences.  Pritts indicated that her skills translate well in the field of Human Resources, "I work with a variety of different people from interviewing to helping individuals that are having difficulties; my internship experiences prepared me through the ability to tailor my message to each person based on the situation." Knowing SAP was also beneficial for her in this position.  Target is new to SAP and recently implemented the software.  Having learned it while at UF, Casey was able to assist in the training of personnel.  


Pritts also credits her internship experiences to building her skill set.  She said that "Many times you have to start at the bottom at an internship.  I appreciated the fact that I learned a lot and was able to get that experience under my belt before I graduated.  You start off at a better pace when you already have the 'grunt work' done." 


The faculty go out of their way to help students build a strong resume prior to graduation. Casey speaks highly of Dr. Chris Ward stating that she "can't begin to describe how much she has helped me.  She is someone I can aspire to be like, a true role model".

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