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Brody Gilliand

Spend a few minutes with a fisherman, mountain biker, and Schey Sales Centre member



What is your hometown?
Cutler, Ohio

When did you start your college search?
In fall 2016. It was the beginning of my senior year in high school. 

How did you find Ohio University?
I live 30 minutes away and many kids from my high school went here.

What do you remember from your college visit?
I loved the campus and the energy that came from all of the students. It felt like home to me. I also loved everything my student ambassador and faculty member shared during my visit at the College of Business.

Why did you choose OU?
It was the perfect location for me and I loved the campus. The size was big enough for opportunities but not too big that I would get lost in the crowd. The energy Athens put off was incredible.



What are you studying? How did you come to that?
Marketingmanagement information systems, and sales. I found a love for sales through my experience in the Schey as well as the sales courses I have taken. That love for sales paired very well with many of the soft skills from a marketing degree. Finally, I found a passion for technology in my first MIS class, which led to me picking up that major.

Reflect on your Cluster experience.
Cluster was a challenging experience and pushed me outside of my comfort zone, ultimately helping me grow a lot in a semester. I had to make tough decisions, work in groups of people I had never met, conduct professional presentations, and turn copious amounts of research into a comprehensive report that solved problems. It was an experience as close to real world as it gets.

How else are you involved on campus?
I am in the Ralph and Luci Schey Sales Centre where I have had multiple leadership positions and compete at the national level in sales competitions. I am also in Select Leaders where I develop my professional leadership skills and capabilities with a group of like-minded students from all majors across the College of Business.

What is your graduation year? What do you want to do after graduation?
2021. After graduation I want to join a late stage technology start-up or a large technology company and work in sales. 

Share about your advisor? Your Career Coach?
My advisor has been incredible even with my rare college track. I came in with a lot of credit hours so my path has been slightly different due to early graduation. My advisor has always been more than helpful in making sure I am completing the correct things at the correct times. I can go in and see her anytime I want and I always leave feeling confident in my next steps. I go to Greg Scott (Schey Faculty) a lot when I’m looking for advice and he always makes me think of things I wouldn’t have on my own. This allows me to see new things which usually leads to making me feel very confident in the decisions I am making. Greg has helped me stay on the right path since I came into OU.

What’s a classroom lesson that has stuck with you?
Doing work you’re passionate about makes you really, really good at what you do. The best teachers I have ever had were passionate about the things they taught, and it leads to an unmatched learning environment. I have found through internships that this isn’t something that just applied to teaching. Some of the best salespeople I have watched are some of the most passionate people you will find. 

Favorite campus landmark? Place to study? Place to eat? Coffee?
On-Campus Landmark: College Green – So much energy from everyone but also a very relaxing spot to put up a hammock. I also love Richland Bridge because I love fishing in the river beneath it. I also love the Ridges because of the rich history and spooky vibes you get from being around the place. I guess I just love everything! LOL... Off-Campus Landmark: top of the hill on a mountain bike path in Stroud’s Run (you can see all of Athens from the top)... Place to study: 4th floor Alden Library – I love how busy and productive the space feels. It motivates me to work hard... Coffee: Court Street Coffee because of its location (right next to Copeland) and Donkey Coffee, amazing quality and service and I love supporting small businesses.

What is your favorite thing about Athens, Ohio?
I just love that everyone is so connected to the school and how much everyone loves OU. It truly feels like a big family here and that is something I really value.



If you had to shadow one person for an entire month, who would it be?
Travis Pastrana

Would you rather have a rewind button or a pause button on your life, why?
Rewind – It would give me confidence to do a lot of fun crazy things.

If you could live in any sitcom, which one would it be and why?
Workaholics – The characters are so funny and are always being goofy and having fun.

If you had your own talk show, who would your first three guests be?
Alexander Bowers, Lil Dicky, Jeff Bezos

If you can instantly become an expert in something, what would it be?
Investing and Motocross

If you could visit any place in the world, where would it be and why?
The Egyptian Pyramids – I think they are beautiful and the history within them is incredibly interesting to me

Favorite season and why?
Fall – good temperatures, beautiful views, good holidays

Favorite genre of music?
I am probably the most widespread person you’ll ever meet when it comes to music. I love everything – country, rap, rock, punk, etc. 

Favorite music artist?
Linkin Park or Roy Woods or Alan Jackson

What is one thing you can’t live without?
A water bottle

Do you have a celebrity look alike?
Not sure

What TV show would you guest star in?
Nitro Circus

What are your hobbies?
Fishing, hiking, mountain biking, riding dirt bikes, weight lifting, and video games



If you have questions about the Ohio University College of Business and want to message Brody, you can email him. If you're ready to learn more, plan your visit.



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