Four years of college has led me to one nutty idea — making peanut butter. Pintful stemmed from Tim Ferriss’s 4 Hour Work Week and one of my best friend making homemade peanut butter. During our wild ride, we’ve sourced and automated all manufacturing, distribution, and finances. And not to mention, successfully funded a $10,000 Kickstarter!
What started out as one project has turned into a business with one of my best friends. I’ve learned to hold myself accountable when working remotely, the ability to communicate clearly and effectively, and lastly to believe in my digital marketing skill set and myself.
Whitewater presented unprecedented scale and diversity of opportunity. My four years of phenomenal professors across the disciplines pushed me to expand, challenge, and adjust my worldview. UW-Whitewater showed me what I love to do, gifted me with a love for learning, and surrounded me with a wealth of inspiring peers and lifelong friends.
Working remotely with a team of 14 from all over the world, in a luxury industry, exposed me to a drastically different lifestyle and people. This opportunity allowed me to deepen my social media skills and learn the world of Facebook Ads. I’m grateful for the time I spent with the team, whose work gave me a glimpse into the challenges and rewards of the startup lifestyle.
Being abroad for 4 months allowed me to reflect and redesign my entire life. During the journey I experienced many new cultures, rejuvenated my health by losing 30lbs, and become a world traveler. One of the best decisions in my life was choosing to study abroad, an experience I believe everyone should pursue.
I’m thankful for the opportunity my favorite Uncle gave me at Astro Insulation. Many days consisted of the sales grind — prospecting and cold calling. Exposing myself to these skills were important because it made me realize that I’m passionate about people and relationships.
gener8tor challenged me to get out of my comfort zone. I developed networking skills by recruiting and managing all communication for 250+ startups. Four months of preparation came down to one day of successful execution at the 2017 OnRamp Insurance Conference, held at Soldier Field. The trust my teammates placed in me did wonders for my confidence in my project management skills.
U-Rent-Em Canoe Livery was my first experience managing employees. Having a team of 10+ taught me to earn respect of others through doing what is right, not what is popular. Handling cash flow, managing equipment, and scheduling employees taught me to make important decisions very quickly. My two summers in “H-town” created life-long friends, and laid the foundation for my business ethics.
Working on a startup and living with some of your best friends seemed too good to be true, and it was. After the leadership and financial issues settled, the startup and friendships ended. Not only did Intern Betas help me expand my social media skills but taught me the importance of trust in a business.
My first real taste into the startup world and digital marketing. Hunt Butler allowed me to self-teach the basics of customer discovery and the foundation to building an online community. This experience also helped build my entrepreneurship skills by teaching me how to construct an effective formal business plan and elevator pitch.
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