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Andrea Nay ('99)

Andrea Nay ('99)


1. Basic Information:

Name: Andrea Nay
Title: Photojournalist
Organization: Andrea Nay Creative
City: Tipp City State: Ohio Country: USA

2. Educational Record:

At Marietta College:
Graduation Year: 1999
Major(s): Marketing
Minor(s): Leadership
Certificate(s): Writing
Honors/Awards: Phi Beta Kappa, Student Body Vice President, Adair Prize, Sherrill Cleland Prize in Leadership

Degree after Marietta College:
Area of Study: English Composition & Rhetoric
College/University: Wright State University
Graduation Year: 2006
Honors/Awards: M.A.

3. Describe your organization and what you do in this organization (job responsibilities, recent projects, work environment).

After graduating from MC, I worked in sports event management at the highest level. In Ohio, I executed contract promotions for sponsorship clients of Mandalay Sports Entertainment’s Dayton Dragons (an affiliate of the Cincinnati Reds). With the PGA TOUR, I coordinated hospitality for media, players, sponsors, and volunteers at marquee events including THE PLAYERS Championship, TOUR Championship, and World Golf Championships - Accenture Match Play Championship. I've worked with tournaments in California, Florida, Georgia, Hawaii, Ohio, and Oklahoma and sponsors including Accenture, American Express, Anheuser-Busch, Kohler Co., MasterCard International, Microsoft XBox, and Shell / True North Energy.

Along the way, I always had a camera handy. I've been blessed to visit some of the most scenic spots in the world, and my sports background has given me a unique behind-the-scenes view of premier events. In 2006, I turned my attention from planning events to documenting them. I now work with art buyers, news editors, and publishers as a professional photojournalist. In this capacity, I've flown with the Blue Angels, covered musicians, and captured pro and college sports.

As an artist and entrepreneur, I manage every aspect of my own business including accounting, contract negotiations, prospecting, and vendor relations. I like to say that I never have the same day twice.

4. Briefly discuss how "leadership" plays a role in your professional field.

My career has required me to interact with everyone from a down-on-his-luck groundskeeper to a Fortune 100 CEO to Tiger Woods.

My definition of leadership is being aware of your surroundings, understanding human behavior, and knowing how to make the most of any situation for the betterment of all parties involved. In the world of professional sports and media, this means juggling the goals, management styles, and personalities of journalists, players, spectators, sponsors, vendors and volunteers.

When interacting with so many different personalities, the question is not whether conflicts will arise but how efficiently and gracefully I’m able to handle them.

5. Briefly discuss how the McDonough Leadership Program prepared you for this professional field and leadership challenges.

McDonough’s academic curriculum and accompanying extracurricular programs were invaluable in helping me understand my own communication and management styles and those of others and how our goals, personalities, and tendencies fit within the larger picture. Today, I feel confident walking into any situation and being able to quickly gauge the motivations and temperament of the others involved, determine how we can reach common ground, and walk away feeling that we’ve accomplished something great together.

Perhaps even more importantly, the McDonough Leadership Program instilled the importance for corporate responsibility. Working with programs like Marietta Community Service Day, MC Baseball Community Day, and an after-school tutoring program at the Washington County Library shaped the way I looked at the relationship between businesses and their surrounding communities. One of the primary reasons I chose to work with the PGA TOUR was its commitment to giving. The organization has raised over $1 Billion since 1938 for over 2,000 different charities. Today as an entrepreneur, I’m continually striving to find new ways to volunteer, serve as a mentor, and incorporate cause-related marketing programs into my own business plan.

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