40 Under 40 - Kerry Graue
How has having a Springfield College degree impacted you professionally?
A Springfield College degree has such a level of professional clout. You don’t realize it while on campus, but once you leave Alden Street it’s such an amazing asset to have. The education you work so hard for, the professional experiences the school provides you—it all means something in the professional world, especially in the sports industry. I’ve lost count at how many people in the business know what a SC education does for a person, both personally and professionally. Add to that the alumni network who are always supportive towards other alumni and students, it’s a real golden ticket.
Who influenced you when you were a student at Springfield College and explain the role they played in your life?
I wouldn’t be where I am today, or the professional I’ve evolved into, without the unwavering support of some key people at Springfield College. Dr. William Considine took me under his wing and was my adviser for all four years I was on campus. He always had my best interests at heart, never let me think my goals and dreams were out of reach and was always was there for me, no matter what or when. He helped me make what I thought was the impossible, possible.
Professor Robert Accorsi was one of the toughest, most demanding professors I ever had. He knew exactly how to push me to deliver high quality work, consistently demanding greatness. He solidified my passion and desire to concentrate my professional focus on public relations, and made me realize I had what it took to be successful in the industry.
If you could share one piece of advice with today's current Springfield College student, what would it be?
Don’t underestimate the value of networking, and networking correctly. Build relationships and make sure you nurture them. Don’t assume just because you meet once, that these people will be willing to help. The nature of business, and life really, is the power of relationships and who you know. You somehow, someway will ALWAYS run into someone from or with an SC tie. That's just an added bonus!
Who do you want to thank personally for the role they have played in your success?
My mom, who has been my biggest cheerleader since day one, who didn’t question too much when her little girl became a crazy hockey fan and said she wanted to get a degree in sport management. My best friend Jen, who has been my partner in crime through thick and thin for the last 30 years. I’ve really been truly lucky to have a great support system, from my extended family, my friends and mentors.