American Marketing Association Ferris Alumni Dominic Hasbrouck is giving back to by starting the Dom Scholarship. Through the Dom Scholarship, new members will enter for a chance to have their dues reimbursed. New members will be asked to fill out a google form by February 3rd. Based on their answers a winner will be chosen by Dominic and notified at the February 6th general meeting. The winner will also have their picture posted on all of our social media pages and have a biography feature on out AMA Ferris blog. Please note that all those participating in the contest have to be 18. To learn more about this opportunity you can DM AMA Ferris or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Below are questions that were submitted to Dominic.
What do you feel AMA taught you?
AMA helped to make me who I am. Before AMA, I was bored, lost, and alone at Ferris. After meeting the group, I gradually had people to hang out, I had places to go, and things to do. But that was only the beginning. The next year I became president, and that’s where the learning really started. I learned what it’s like to have eighty people depend on you, what it’s like to manage money, what it’s like to have goals, and what it’s like to lead. Thanks to AMA, I also flew on my first plane, visited Chicago for the first time, and overcame any remaining fears I had of public speaking.
How many years were you a member?
I was a member for only two years. I came to Ferris as a transfer student, already having an associate’s degree from West Shore Community College, so my junior year at Ferris I was a brand new AMA member. I was then elected president for my senior year. The transition was very quick and my time at Ferris was over all too fast, but I loved every minute of it!
Did you hold an E-board position?
I was the president for a year. My time as president was just as educational as my college degree, but I almost turned it down. When I was running for president, I was also in the application process to become a Resident Advisor at the university. I won the RA position and was offered a job at Cramer Hall. Simultaneously, I also won the presidency for AMA Ferris. I knew I could only do one or the other. I could enjoy free room and board for a year as an RA, or I could lead the premier business organization at Ferris and live broke. It was a hard decision. I eventually found myself sitting at my computer, typing a very long email. That email was to the Hall Director, respectfully declining my job offer.
My year kicked off as president of AMA, and nobody could have made me understand just how stressful it would be. Have you ever tried to work on college stuff during the summer? Yeah, it’s harder than it sounds! And that was only the beginning. From the moment I returned to Big Rapids, it was crunch time. Sunday night, before the start of classes, I was jammed up with my executive board for a five-hour meeting in the College of Business. Every single day afterwards, I was in meetings or working on AMA stuff. The stress was brutal and the hours were endless.
But it was worth it.
I was surrounded by a circle of some of the best people I have ever met. First of all, there was Dr. Laura Dix, our primary advisor. She was incredibly passionate about AMA and wanted us to be the best, but she also let us learn lessons the hard way. We were all scared to death of her, but we also loved her to death. Whenever she voiced her appreciation for our work, our day was made. She motivated us when we felt defeated, and she made us reach higher even when we thought we were winning. One of my favorite memories was seeing her win awards at both Ferris and at the AMA International Collegiate Conference for her work as our advisor. I cried each time. She truly deserved those awards!
And then there was my executive board. Tyler, Katelyn, Jacob, Trevor, Nikki, Shelby, Estelle, Diana, and Shaun were all there during my tenure as president. We spent much of our year in the College of Business, sometimes there ‘til 2:00 AM. We laughed together, we cried together, and worked hard together. I could not have worked with a better group of people! Everyone did their part to make the organization successful. We all wanted to be the best.
When we finally arrived in New Orleans for the International Collegiate Conference, we all wanted to win the award for being a Top 10 Chapter. Secretly, we thought we had it in the bag. Some of us thought we could get Top 5. The day came. The awards ceremony commenced. The chapters and their respective awards starting flashing in front of us. My eyes were locked to the screen. My palms were sweaty. Nothing else mattered except what was on that screen. All those long nights were going to finally mean something. The honorable mentions were handed out, then the screen transitioned to the Top 25 Chapters. And there it was. “Ferris State University” was written on the Top 25 awards slide. All words left my mouth. I thought it was a mistake. It had to be a mistake! A fellow executive board sat next to me. I looked over and saw the tears rolling down her face. I reached over and hugged her. Then, I felt the tears rolling down my own face. It was over. There was no 2nd chance. We didn’t win Top 10.
At first, I felt defeated. I quickly realized, though, that while the awards do matter, while the competition is important, there is nothing that could replace the amazing year I had. I got to work with the best team, I got to spend a year with the best membership, and we did our best work. We fell short of our goal, but we all made memories that will last us a lifetime. AMA Ferris is about learning and becoming a professional. That day, we all became professionals.
What degree did you graduate with?
I graduated with a bachelor’s degree in business administration with a minor in small business and entrepreneurship.
Where you are currently employed and what you do?
I work at SyncWave, LLC out of Scottville, MI. I am the general manager there. We are a small company, so I do a lot of things. I oversee our customer service, I manage our staff, I command our field operations, I help set our annual goals, and I regularly meet with the key stakeholders. AMA prepared me immensely for this job. I learned how to run meetings, I learned how to make plans, I learned how to lead people, all of which I do on a daily basis at my job.
Your reasons for wanting to give back?
I think AMA is an incredible opportunity for any business student at Ferris. Whether someone is looking to make new friends, looking to gain some experience, or simply trying to see if business or marketing is right for them. I do not want dues to be a barrier to someone’s decision. I believe enough in the organization that I want to help someone have a great experience. AMA is awesome! Every business student needs to join right now! It is not too late!
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