Stephen D. Kempisty
What skills did you gain that you found to be advantageous from being part of the group?
Definitely participating in the research team and some of the studies that took place (opened my eyes to the entire process), also the extensive writing was instrumental in building a foundation for business writing and my graduate work.
What have you been doing since you graduated?
From 1997-2001 I worked in Investment banking operations (CreditSuisse|First Boston), Structured Finance Research (Standard&Poors), and then at eSpeed an online bond trading firm. In 2001 I relocated to South Florida and made the switch to Online Media & Marketing at eDiets.com. After eDiets I took a position at an interactive consultancy/agency - Flatiron Media.
What are you doing now?
Currently I am VP of Business Development for an Interactive Agency in NYC (Flatiron Media). Personally I handle the Agency business, consulting work for a few clients, and assist in ad sales when appropriate. I am based out of a virtual office in SE Florida and travel several times a year for conferences, summits and client visits. In addition to my "dayjob" I am an adjunct faculty member at the University of Phoenix teaching classes in Management, Marketing/Advertising, and Organizational Behavior and a subject matter expert (SME) that assists in curriculum design for Advertising and Media classes.
Do you have any tips for current lab members?
Work hard, keep an open mind about all areas of business and psychology, and make and keep as many contacts along the way - they can be invaluable to your career in the future.