Our annual Careers in Sport Symposium is slowly — yet surely — approaching (Saturday, October 12th). Leading up to the big show, we will highlight a few of our alumni/panelists so you can learn more about their respective, wide-ranging experiences. Today, get to know Kevin Ferris.
Where you’re from:
I am originally from Marcellus, New York, where I attended Onondaga Central High School.
Major/minor(s) at IC:
Major: Sport Media
Best IC memories:
The best memories I have at IC are with the people that make the college so special. There are plenty of events that come to mind over the years, but it is collection of those events — spent with the life-long friends I made at IC — that make it all so special and memorable.
Current professional position/title:
I am currently the Tournament Manager for The Golf Connection LLC, which is a golf marketing company that provides event management, consulting, public relations, resort & destination marketing, and direct marketing solutions.
How you got there:
The owner and president of The Golf Connection is Tom Jaronski who is an Ithaca alum. Tom was in need of a full-time intern in the spring of 2011, and luckily enough, he found that I would be fitting for the position. I have stuck with the company ever since, increasing my roles almost daily.
Most valuable skill/trait:
If there is one skill, or trait rather, that has helped me get to where I am, it is perseverance. There are many times in your career — and in life — when you are faced with challenges and adversity, but finding strategies to overcome those challenges and continuing to strive for success makes it that much more gratifying.
Best piece of personal advice to fellow IC students:
The best piece of advice that I can provide for current IC students is to put yourself out there — and be open to learning new things. It is very difficult in this market to not only know exactly what you want to do with your career, but to land the ideal position out of college. So be open to challenging yourself with new experiences and make the most of all opportunities that are presented to you.
It is unpredictable where your career and experiences will take you but if you truly apply yourself, you will not only find your experiences more rewarding, but much more insightful on the necessary steps to get to where you want to be.