Hi, my name is Ben Kates.
I am a junior at Temple University’s Fox School of Business. I am a Management Information Systems major and Digital Marketing minor. I am actively involved in Temple University’s chapter of the American Marketing Association, exploring all aspects of marketing. I am honored to have been chosen to serve as the Director of Media Relations for the 2014-2015 school year. In this role, I will work on social media, our website and blogs, as well as graphics and video creation. I am also a Peer Instructor in a one-credit University Seminar that covers all majors in the Fox School of Business. My work in the seminar is focused on helping other students explore their professional interests and development. For me, this is a richly rewarding experience. In addition, I am a mentor in the Fox Mentorship Program, helping freshman and transfer students transition into Fox.
I work in the Center for Student Professional Development (CSPD) at the Fox School of Business. I enjoy helping students with their professional development certification process, meeting employers and working in an office environment with 8 great full-time staff members.
This summer, I had the opportunity to intern at Lincoln Financial Group. It was a rewarding experience in which I got to fully understand social media in the financial services industry. I created a cohesive training deck for our financial advisors and wholesalers to become familiar with best practices on LinkedIn and Twitter. I also posted to and tracked the engagement on the Lincoln Financial Distributors LinkedIn page.
My interests also go beyond academics. I am an avid longboarder and during my first semester at Temple I co-founded the Temple University Longboarder’s Club (TULBC). As the President, I help recruit new members, coordinate events and trips and help spread the “stoke” of longboarding. Being able to take an important hobby of mine and turn it into a fun on-campus organization is very gratifying.
My experience creating and editing videos in Final Cut Pro as well as my experience using Photoshop to create and edit graphics are skills that help me with my marketing projects, my work with the TULBC and my coursework.
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