At Under Armour (UA) my title is Sr. Manager, Hunt/Fish Sales and I serve as the national sales manager for UA in relation to hunting, fishing and workwear markets. I manage a small, but strong, internal sales staff and 35 independent sales representatives that cover all 50 states. My team sells UA to over 700 accounts that equates to over 1,000 retail locations. My team sells UA's hunting, fishing and workwear products to hunting and gun, archery and fishing shops and ranch type stores. Although my title is technically sales, at Under Armour I work in conjunction with our Sales Operations, Sales Planning, Merchandise Planning, Outdoor Marketing, Retail Marketing, Finance, Legal, Apparel, Accessories and Footwear department to try to provide the best product, the best service and tell the best story to our customers who then will resell the product to a customer. I am the top traveler in our company and my job has taken me to 49 states and several countries in 7 years. I typically spend over 150 days a year attending trade shows, visiting dealers, meeting with our rep teams and occasionally getting a chance to do some pretty cool hunting and fishing trips with contacts I meet through the industry. Before I worked for Under Armour I worked for the Quality Deer Management Association and spoke about deer biology and land management on a daily basis. This position really got my feet wet "in the industry" and lead me to find a company in 2004 that wanted to sell an athletic product to hunting stores. UA has obviously grown a considerable amount in that time and it has been a busy, but fun ride.
I tell people that deciding to go to Clemson was the best decision I made in my life. I'm currently 33 and that holds true. My fondest memory are the friends I made. Every day of my life, I have contact via e-mail, telephone or in person with someone I met during my days at Clemson. I was active in Alpha Gamma Rho (AGR) the Agricultural Professional/Social Fraternity, The Wildlife Society and in my spare time I worked at the famous "Esso Club". I made friends through each of those avenues that I still keep in touch with and some of them are currently involved in my day to day business dealings. For example, one of my classmates that I met back in '97 became a fraternity brother of mine, then a post college roommate and now he sits next to me at Under Armour. Once you become a student at Clemson, you are a part of a very tight knit family that bleeds orange!
Clemson made me who I am today. I arrived at Clemson a shy country boy that liked to hunt. I left with a much different attitude 4 years later. I arrive in Clemson in '95 as a boy and left in '99 as a man. Clemson taught me how to network, how to be sociable and how to manage my time. I knew that i wanted to be in the hunting industry but really didn't know what to major in. I choose Wildlife Biology because I liked to hunt. In addition to my degree, I took enough classes to qualify for minors in Forest Resource Management, Biological Sciences, and finally Marketing. I realized after 4 years that my future wasn't probably going to the science route so I took some marketing and sales classes to diversify my education.
The best advice I can tell anyone in college now is to be as active as you can be. Don't go home every weekend and take advantage of what your school has to offer. College is a lot more than going to class. Be active in student clubs. Go to football games. Go somewhere fun on spring break. Although your GPA is important on a resume, you need to beef it up with activities. Meet as many contacts as you can and remember them. The connections you can make at Clemson will open many doors for you. Take a class that might not be in your major. Most people I know that go to Clemson consider the days they spent in college "as the best years of my life". That statement certainly holds true for me. Most importantly: have fun. Your 4 years (it was a little longer for me) will fly by. Your 10 years after graduation be gone in the blink of an eye . Don't be the one that says "I wish I would have done that in college"