As I craft this blog post, I can’t help but think of my colleagues and friends on the west coast who are bracing for Pineapple Express. I pray that everyone remains safe and unharmed from this powerful storm.
On a more positive note, thank you to all who were involved in the JMU visit to the San Francisco Bay area last month. The four JMU students from a 2014 AdWords Business Global Winning Team had a very memorable experience and I am grateful to all who had a role in taking care of my students. On behalf of Ashleigh Rojanavongse, Rachel Lam, Kaci Lassiter, and Lauren Hale, we wish to thank the Googlers and JMU Alums for arranging such an amazing trip. Special thanks to Cynthia Davies Cline (JMU Alum) and Dr. Mary Gowan (JMU College of Business Dean) for their support as well.
As part of the global winning prize package, I accompanied my students for an entire day at Google Headquarters in Mountain View, CA. Ciara O’Donnell handled all of the logistical arrangements while Piotr Heilig, Lindsay Keller (JMU Alum), and McKelle Holyoak were gracious hosts for our visit to the Googleplex.
We enjoyed a variety of informative presentations from Joe DeMike, James Snow (JMU Alum), Jen Reed (JMU alum), Kim Rafeedie, and Ryan Martin. The students presented their AdWords, Social Impact, and Google+ Social Media Marketing campaigns to the Google Online Marketing Challenge team.
Thank you to all of the Googlers who helped make our visit so fun, informative, and memorable. We savored every minute of the experience!
After the Google visit, my students spent two days visiting seven local firms to network with our JMU alumni. I extend my heartfelt thanks to Paul Holland (Foundation Capital & JMU Alum) and his Assistant Angela Baiamonte, for making these visits possible. Through Paul’s efforts my students enjoyed company tours and connected with the following JMU alums:
- Paul Albright, (Captora & JMU Alum)
- Caitlin Friel, (Square & JMU Alum)
- Lauren Kennedy, (Guidebook & JMU Alum)
- David Rabil, (Airbnb & JMU Alum)
- Tim Roche, (Quantifind & JMU Alum)
- Michael Ross, (Visa & JMU Alum)
- Dan Smolkin, (Quixey & JMU Alum)