Life on Tap: Business Development, Sales & Entrepreneurship | October 13 | Christendom College

Career Development

Life on Tap: Business Development, Sales & Entrepreneurship | October 13

storeySteven Storey (’00) — Customer Success Coach

Steven Storey (’00) is a customer success manager, who has spent fourteen years applying himself to the sales and consulting industries. He explained how Christendom distinguishes people from their peers, saying that alumni are “happy, likeable people who you can respect.” He emphasized the importance of respect and ethics in the workplace, and how Christendom serves as a training ground for developing character.  Additionally, Christendom students have the advantage of critical analysis and logical presentation.  “We learn why things are the way they are,” he said, and graduates also “stand out in terms of communication, whether it be verbally or written.”  These three characteristics – a wholesome, well-tempered personality, the ability to look a level deeper and ask ‘why,’ and the habit of logical argument are always desirable, but especially good for sales.

mcmahonBen McMahon (’04) — CEO, BSM Properties

Ben McMahon (’04) is the CEO of BSM Properties. McMahon gave reflections on the importance of character in the workplace, and praised the college’s atmosphere of integrity.  After ten years of working in construction, he found that lies were among the most disheartening but frequent things to hear as a boss.  “Honesty is always an advantage,” he said. “Never lose this, and don’t put on airs.  People prefer honesty, especially within the workplace.”

doughtyRyan Doughty (’10) — Business Development Manager, Cisco Computer Networking

Ryan Doughty (’10) is a business development manager for Cisco Computer Networking. He noted the attractive social aura Christendom grads have, and remembered being constantly called out by his coworkers at immixGroup as someone pleasant to work with, a trait which he attributes to finding Christ in the Eucharist. The relationships he developed enabled him to apply to and be accepted to his current position at Cisco, a process where interview skills proved essential.  According to Doughty, the key to a successful interview is to learn how to sell the liberal arts degree and he credits his education with helping him be more easily trained, hardworking, and well-rounded.  “If you can sell that,” he said, “you have what it takes for sales.” After emphasizing the importance of hard work and trustworthiness, he reminded students that life in the workplace is directly impacted by what they take from the college years. “The things you take from here will transfer to the work where you’re going to go,” he said. “What you do right now will help you later on, in whatever career you have.”


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