Business Bobcat Q&A: Eric Mayer
Thursday, September 17 2015 12:00am
Name: Eric Mayer
Major(s): MBA and MSA dual degree program
Class year: 2016
Why did you choose Ohio University? :
I chose Ohio University because I knew I wanted a career in sports business and I also wanted to supplement that education with an MBA degree. OHIO is the best in the world at offering that dual degree program, so that drew me here.
How did you choose your major(s)? :
I chose to work in sports because it allows me the opportunity to provide people an escape. Being able to provide people happiness is extremely important to me.
How has your involvement in student organizations/select programs added to your education? :
During my graduate assistant experience last year, I was able to work in the marketing department. Through that I made a lot of great connections with College of Business organizations, including the Schey Sales Centre. Working with undergraduates really supplemented my education because I was able to gain experience managing other students.
What is your favorite class in the College of Business? :
This is a hard question because I enjoyed many of my classes. However, my favorite class has been Organizational Behavior. Dr. Stoner told us on the first day that he was going to change the way we think – and it did. Through his engaging teaching style, I learned so much about how people operate and interact with one another in many different scenarios. It was the hardest class I took during my MBA year, but it was also the most rewarding and the one that I’ll take with me most once I leave Athens.
Which College of Business mentor/faculty/staff member has had a positive influence on your education? :
Jim Kahler (executive director, center for sports administration) for continuing to push me to be a better professional. I also really benefited from having Dr. Raj Agnihotri, the former chair of the marketing department, as a great mentor. He taught me a lot about how to work with others and really trusted me with the work he assigned me.
How has your College of Business experience shaped you as a student? :
My time as a student here has taught me a lot about prioritizing my education both inside and outside the classroom. OHIO has offered me a lot of great opportunities, not only academically, but also outside the classroom. The experience has helped to better prepare for my time after I graduate.
Do you feel prepared to enter the workforce? :
Absolutely. If nothing else, this program prepares you for the workload of professional life. Having gone through the graduate experience here with a more professional tweak than you would get in an undergraduate setting, we are much less likely to have a hard transition to work life and are more prepared to excel in our future roles.
What are your career goals? :
Currently, my goal is to move back to Cleveland to work in sports as an on-field host of a professional team. I would also work in community relations or foundation-side for a sports team.
Where is your favorite place to hang out on campus/in Athens? :
I like hanging out on the sports fields, whether it’s the golf course, softball field, or other intramural fields. Playing sports is my way of taking my mind of the stresses of class and work. Also, any place that has a good view of Athens around sunset. I’ll hang out there because that’s a beautiful view and helps put everything in perspective.
What do you and your friends do for fun on campus? :
We like to go out to eat, and play basketball in Ping.
What is your favorite thing to eat on campus/in Athens? :
I can’t say no to GoodFella’s pizza. It’s just too good.
What do you like best about living in Athens? :
One of the greatest benefits of being part of a small cohort model is that you get to spend a lot of time with the same people. I am very fortunate to be part of a group that pushes me to be better every day and that I like to spend time with.
Why should a prospective student consider Ohio University’s College of Business? :
I’ve witnessed the dedication of the faculty and staff at the College of Business. They are focused on ensuring students are well prepared for job opportunities. Many seniors get jobs pretty early on in their senior year. Athens is a great town and the College of Business is a place where you can really set the foundation for your future.