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Business Graduates

Jake Wood

Jake Wood

What I do now:   Director of Sales & Marketing at CenturyLink Center

My work/job consists of:   I’m responsible for the day to day operation of the Marketing Department for a 14,000-seat event venue.  I lead the marketing plans for concerts and I’m also responsible for sales of an inventory of luxury suites, premium seating memberships, and advertising locations. 

Path to my current career position (how I got from the past to the present): I started with SMG as an Intern in 2010.  I worked my way up as Intern, then Marketing Assistant, Marketing Coordinator, Marketing Manager, and then Director of Sales & Marketing; I served as Interim General Manager for the facility from Sept – Oct of 2014. 

How I got to LSUS (or why I chose LSUS): I chose LSUS because of the small class sizes and the attention to my personal success that a smaller university would provide.

Fond memories of LSUS: Participating in the LSU Shreveport Bass Fishing Team and representing our team on ESPN.

LSUS faculty who helped me:  Too many to name, but Dr. Karen James, Dr. Michael Brendler, and Dr. Michael Meeks are three who played incredible roles in my time at LSUS.

How LSUS helped me succeed:  I always knew I was able to get in touch with any faculty or staff member with any needs I had to continue my educational success.

Advice to college-bound students:  Escape your comfort zone, educationally and socially. You’ll never regret it.

Advice to someone who wants to enter my field:  It’s not always as glamorous as you’d think. We work long hours and in a high-stress environment, but the results are always incredibly rewarding.

Tips on choosing a major or career:  From what I’ve seen, your major doesn’t define your career, so study what interests you and gain experience where your career aspirations lie.

My toughest professional challenge:  You’ll find a myriad of personalities in the professional world. The toughest challenge is finding a happy medium so you can work well with them all.

My toughest personal challenge:  Finding an ideal work/life balance; it’s a daily challenge to work to live, and not live to work.

Successes (honors, awards, etc.) in my life:  Greater Shreveport Chamber of Commerce 2014 Class of Top 40 Professionals Under 40.

I’ve learned this from life: Find what makes you happy. The power to change your environment lies within your own hands and as cliché as it sounds, “Love what you do, and you’ll never work a day in your life.”

What I’d be doing if I had all the time in the world:  You’d find me underwater scuba diving…somewhere tropical.