40 under 40 - Adam J. McLaughlin '00
How has having a Springfield College degree impacted you professionally?
One of the greatest things about Springfield College is the network that opens up to you as a graduate. SC Alumni care about each other. I have not come across anyone who has not been excited about meeting a fellow alum, or who was not willing to open a door or find a way to help out.
Who influenced you when you were a student at Springfield College and explain the role they played in your life?
My time at Springfield was amazing. The business program is not as large as some of the other programs that the College is known for, which made it easier to get to know my professors and fellow students. My classes with Sandi Coyne-Crowley, Dr. Doyle, and Dr. Fiori were a great base for my future endeavors. Coach Simeone was also a key figure during my SC days, as baseball was a huge part of my life during the four years.
If you could share one piece of advice with today's current Springfield College student, what would it be?
Enjoy the experience, because it will be over before you know it. But you are laying the foundations for your career—make sure you find something you are passionate about, as it’s the easiest path to happiness.
Who do you want to thank personally for the role they have played in your success?
Of course, I have to start out by thanking my wife, who I started dating while at Springfield. She has been extremely patient and supportive of my career over the years, and I couldn't be where I am without that support. My parents for laying the foundation of the man I am today. All my Springfield College friends, many of whom I stay in contact with through the help of Social Media, especially my baseball guys, who make sure my head doesn't get too big from an honor like this!!
Finally, I want to thank my friend and high school baseball coach, Mike McDermott, who was a Springfield grad himself, for being the primary reason I attended Springfield. There were several SC grads that taught at our HS (our principal, my swim coach), but McD paved the way through the administration process and financial aid. He always described me as a "Springfield guy", and I hope I can continue to live up to that characterization all the time.