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#FollowFriday: Ryan Ellis, Google

Friday, November 18 2016 12:00am

From Copeland to Google, alumnus Ryan Ellis reconnected with us to reflect on his experience as a #BusinessBobcat.

Tags: Alumni

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Instagram: @greeneggellis

What was your major at Ohio University?

"I was a Business Marketing major."

What year did you graduate?

"I graduated from the College of Business in 2002."

What company are you currently working for?

"I currently work for Google in Atlanta."

What is your job title?

"I am the Strategic Account Manager for Google Cloud."

How long have you been with this company?

"I‘ve been with Google for about six years now."

How did you land your first job out of college?

"Unfortunately, the effects of 9/11 were still playing out on the economy and the job market was very soft. I knew that I wanted to break into marketing and/or sales, but every company seemed to want someone with at least five years of experience for a marketing manager or field sales representative role. After a lot of persistence, rejection and happenchance I found myself interviewing for a Sales Associate job at a credit union accounting software company. The hiring manager was an OHIO College of Business alumni and I got the job!"

What organizations were you involved in at OHIO?

"I was involved with the College of Business American Marketing Association. I was also a member of the Sigma Phi Epsilon social fraternity and the instructional golf teaching program at OHIO."

 What is your favorite place in Athens, Ohio?

"There is so much to love about Athens, but my favorite place is definitely The College Inn, better known as “The CI.” I met my beautiful and smart wife, Jennifer (Kamb) there through a mutual friend who set us up on a blind date almost 15 years ago. We’ve been happily married for more than 11 years and have two amazing children, Easton and Piper."

What is one piece of advice that you would give to a current #BusinessBobcat?

"When thinking about your professional aspirations and goals, don’t think about where you want to be in two years, or even five years. Think big and look out 10 to 20 years. Life happens fast. While you are working hard making inroads to achieve your goals, don’t be afraid to fail or do something that scares you. Playing it safe and comfortable your whole career is a sure-fire recipe for the status quo, monotony and stifling your true capabilities."