CLAgency Alumni Spotlight: Robert Koons

Robert graduated in December 2016 with a major in Economics and a minor in Management. He managed the Global Studies department for a year, while with CLAgency. Robbie was always known or his great sense of humor and constant enthusiasm – especially during CLAgency parties!

I’m about to begin my career with Hormel Foods as a Consumer Product Sales Representative. I am responsible for the sale of Hormel Foods grocery, meat and deli products at various retail outlets. Additionally I am responsible for the distribution, shelving, and merchandising of all Hormel Foods products at these locations. I live in Bethlehem, PA and will until the completion of my training. Things I enjoy doing for fun include hiking, going to sporting events, and playing sports.

How did you get to where you are now?

I spent some time to figure out the following: What am I good at? What do I want to do? What industry(s) do I want to work in? Where would I like to see my career move? Once I figured out the answer to those questions I applied for jobs that met my criteria. After multiple interviews with multiple companies, the choice to start my career with Hormel was pretty clear.

I started in a small town of around 5,000 people in central Pennsylvania. I come from a very loving family anchored by my father who is a copier salesman and my mother who is a school teacher. I always wanted to experience life outside of the small town so as soon as I got the chance, I did just that by attending the University of Minnesota. The most valuable part of my college experience was the jobs and internships I held during that time. The experience and skills I gained through those coupled with my academics brought me to where I am today.

What role did CLAgency play in your undergraduate career?

The Account Executive for CLAgency was the first position I held that I wouldn’t consider to be “busy work.” It allowed me to be creative, do meaningful work and it connected me to a lot of great people.

The biggest thing CLAgency did in preparing my for post-grad life is that it helped teach me to tell a story. You can do the best groundbreaking work in your given field, but if you fail to translate that work in a meaningful way to others, it may keep you from reaching your full potential.

Some lessons I learned are as followed:

1. Don’t be afraid to go out of your comfort zone

2. Work hard at what’s in front of you even if it isn’t something you consider to be important

3. There are a lot of very talented people so you should try to work with them as much as possible and learn from them.

 What is your vision for your professional career?

I don’t necessarily have dreams of being a CEO or anything like that, but I would like to leave every position or assignment I had in better shape than I found it. I’d also like to leave a good impression with the people I’ve worked with along the way.

 

We’re so happy to see Robert following his passions and making awesome impacts in his community – way to go!!