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Meet Curtis Cooper '14, Account Service Representative, Nike NFL Specialty
Meet Curtis Cooper '14, Account Service Representative, Nike NFL Specialty


Curtis found himself at PSU after attending Oregon State for several years. PSU is located in an area that he wanted to be long term and was also closer to where he grew up. Additionally, PSU has countless connections in a number of industries he can utilize.

Through the School of Business he stumbled across the Athletic & Outdoor Industry certificate program and knew he had to be a part of it. While completing the Certificate courses he was able to get a better sense of the industry and more specifically where he wanted to end up within it. Before taking his first position in the industry he spent almost a year working in a retail store while continuing to network and create opportunities. During this time, he explored numerous opportunities within the industry and ended up turning several down to pursue one with the company that he had set out to work for all along, Nike.

When/how did you know you wanted to be in the A&O industry?

I knew that I wanted to pursue a career in the A&O industry when I saw my friends graduating and taking jobs at companies that did not interest them but paid the bills. I wanted something different, a career within a company where my passion for sports and the outdoors was shared amongst all employees and the leaders. That could only be found in this industry.

What is the most valuable thing you learned during the program and/or A&O class?

The most valuable thing that I learned through the program was to look at every interaction as an opportunity because you never know who you might be talking or how they could help you, always be genuine.

How did PSU help you get your foot in the door?

PSU helped me get my foot in the door by allowing me to meet some pretty great people within the industry, not to say that those people gave me a job but they taught me that if I wanted something that I was capable of achieving it. I met people in the industry who helped me network and learn more about the industry which allowed me to narrow down where I wanted to be and what I wanted to be doing.

What is unique about the A&O industry?

The A&O industry is unique in the way business is conducted. There is a sense of work hard, play hard in almost every business that I have had the opportunity to explore. Beyond that I think that the industry is unique because it allows for passionate people to come together to create products they love and those with shared interests enjoy.

What advice would you give to a student who is pursuing a career in the A&O industry?

Work hard and take advantage of every opportunity that you are exposed to while completing the A&O certificate, the instructors and guests are very well connected and recognize talent. They could be your biggest advocate.

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