Evan Yoder — New Media Marketing Student

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About Me

Hey there!

My name is Evan Yoder and I’m a media focused marketing major from RIT. I know how to successfully launch a social media campaign and belt a C#5. I am from Greece, New York- we like to call it the economically stable Greece. F

What I do 

I’m a New Media Marketing student with a specialty in social media content curation, creation, and efficient team management. I additionally have knowledge on search engine optimization, consumer behavior, and brand development.

When I’m not on the job, I love hiking with my dogs, working my way through every recipe in the family cookbook, and singing with my a cappella group (which I run the marketing for).

Where am I Going?

I hope to use my communication and marketing skills to work on the advertising and PR teams for non-profit organizations. I have always made it my mission to spread as much joy as possible and I feel like non-profit organizations provide the perfect avenue to do that! Meeting passionate and powerful people always inspires me to spread their message; that is all non profits are filled with- inspiration!

Please check out my Resume!

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Jonathan Lewis – Management Information Systems and Marketing

Hello Everyone!

My name is Jonathan Lewis. I am a third-year student at the College of Business at Rochester Institute of Technology. Currently I am pursuing bachelor’s degrees in Management Information Systems and Marketing as well as an immersion in Psychology. I was born and raised in San Antonio, Texas. I expect to be graduating May 2020.

Growing up, I had always been exposed to technology. During my senior year of high school I co-managed a project with our technology club to design, build and program a 3D printer from scratch. The experience was overall exhilarating and quite eye-opening. Originally I sought to pursue a degree in Mechanical Engineering Technology and quickly realized it wasn’t for me. Almost instantly, I fell in love with the course work and possibilities that MIS and Marketing could provide and switched into my current path at the beginning of my second year.

Currently, I am a part-time student technician at the NTID Client Services here at RIT, where I am exposed to an abundance of technical issues that my ingenuity and prior experiences allow me to tackle with fruitful results. At my employment, I also have hands on experience managing and operating a complex ticketing system which organizes and sorts our clientele based on criteria such as emergency level, number of users affected and so forth.

In the classroom, I have also had my fair share of learning experiences. I have had the opportunity to design and create two simulated web businesses. I have also contributed to the design and development of an airline database that would make flying easier to micromanage and much cheaper for the customer should they choose to fly separate airline companies on connecting flights.

My short-term goal is to seek out a paid co-op position for summer 2019 in the areas of Database Development, Data Analytics, or Project Management. Long-term I am to pursue a career with a heavy emphasis in database development while also incorporating my marketing skills to hopefully acquire a project management position.

For more about me,

Linkedin

Thomas Nhat Le – New Media Marketing and Management Information Systems

Hello everyone, my name is Thomas Le and I am a 3rd year New Media Marketing and Management Information Systems, dual major. I love to read manga, watch anime, listen to music and cooking with people to share food.

About Me

I chose New Media Marketing and Management Information Systems for many reasons. I chose New Media Marketing because of all the growth in social media in the marketing world. Another reason is to learn more about all the ways to analyze the data that is being collected on us all the time. The ability to see how conversions are made through different channels and see how different sources are getting you more conversions.

I chose Management Information Systems to be able to understand the process that do into making the databases that we work with as well as more knowledge on using them. By knowing more about information systems I can then help bridge the gap between developers and the client to get the system that they need to fulfill their needs.

I have worked on several projects within my classes both in relation to market research by working with The Women’s Foundation of Genesee Valley, a social media marketing plan for Kodak Alaris to expand into China, and creating some basic databases as well by working with Microsoft Access.

Goals For the Future

I would love to be able to travel around the world and try all the various cuisines that they offer. I also want to be able to open a cafe with my family. The cafe will be one that sells freshly made foods from my Vietnamese background that I learned from my mother and foods that I learn about from my travels. I want to be able to share the foods that my mother made for me and to spread more of her cooking to others.

If you want to learn more about me here are some links:

Linkedin

Resume

P.S Click the links for me since this is for a class

Anna Reyes, New Media Marketing

Anna Reyes, An Undergraduate student at RIT.

Hello world! My name is Anna, I am a fourth year student at the Rochester Institute of Technology (RIT). I am majoring in New Media Marketing with a focus of Public Relations and Event Management. I  have sucessfully completed my associates degree in Business Administration at NTID one of th eight colleges at RIT.

All About Me

Fun fact about me, I am trilingual. I was born into a Spanish speaking world, until I started primary education I needed to learn English. At the age of 7 my teachers started noticing that I was behind in class and would follow classmates during activities. My parents took me to an audioligist, where I was diagnosed with hearing loss. Growing up I didnt like to be different. However, as I grew older I learned to embrace my identity and admitted myself into American Sign Language (ASL) courses. I now proudly know three languges and use this skill to build effective communication with different parties.

I have many years of experience as a Teacher’s Assistant for language access from a varied range of ages. Recently, I have assisted many Event Coordinators for special events such as weddings, birthdays, and retirement celebrations. I have also developed a love for creating flyers and advertisements for many different occasions and events using many different tools such as Photoshop and Canva. In school I have had the privilege to get a taste of many different fields within the business world such as Entrepreneurship, Marketing both online and offline, and Accounting. I have experience creating websites through WordPress, Wix and even creating campaigns through MailChimp. I have great experience working with different consumers with varied backgrounds.a Advertisements,

If you would like to get to know more about my career and experience, feel free to check these links

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Shelby Sanchez – New Media Marketing

About me

Hello everyone!
My name is Shelby Sanchez, and I am a fourth-year New Media Marketing student at Rochester Institute of Technology. I was born and raised in Los Angeles, California, where I acquired the love for photography, the beach at sunset or sunrise are my favorites.

I enjoy working with the Student Life Team at RIT as the  Social Media Specialist where I have enhanced my skills in my photography and videography. As the social media specialist, I have had the opportunity to cover special club events as well as informational issues at the National Technical Institute for the Deaf and at RIT. I have produced videos and photos for the Deaf club events, this helps keep our Deaf community up to date on all social and upcoming gatherings. I consider myself skilled in photography/videography and editing as my hobby. I love being creative and trying new ideas, which I have come to understand and can apply with my major. I enjoy creating videos that not only information my audience but can also be entertaining and enjoyable to watch. I have had some success with my photography, winning some awards and participating in skills competitions. I have also done some freelance photography for special occasions and events. My dream is to do more traveling and perfect my photography skills. I would like to return to Italy and explore more of Europe. Videography is one of my favorite mediums to work with because I can be most effective and creative, using different methods to film and making videos that will stand out from others, making it fun to watch and informative at the same time.

Oushin posed on his motorcycle. Credited by Shelby Sanchez

I have had the opportunity to create information videos for the Latin American Deaf Club schedule of events, as well as the Deaf Basketball Association. I enjoy being part of the Deaf Volleyball Association as a player and as a Media Coordinator. I have also been involved with the Tigerfest as Public Relations Assistant. I feel very much in my element when I am producing entertaining and illuminating videos. This is my true passion. My goal is to find a meaningful job in the Multimedia field, producing creative videos, for business, social media, or advertising. Photography is an added skill I can bring to my employer. Finding the right job where I can bring my talents and my creativity will be the most fulfilling career I could ask for.

There is more information about me. Check my resume and LinkedIn . Thank you!

Oswaldo Rosete – Web & Mobile Computing

Hello, my name is Oswaldo Rosete. I am a student at Golisano College of Computing and Information Sciences at Rochester Institute of Technology. I am currently in my final semester, and expect to graduate with a bachelors degree in Web and Mobile Computing and two minors in marketing and digital business.

I’ve always known that I wanted to be involved in the information technology field, and with that goal, I found myself applying and being accepted into RIT. I was originally interested in the software engineering program offered, but I found myself gravitating towards web and mobile computing. I consider myself to be a backend developer, and have a deep interest, and experience with database development. 

Currently, I am working on a web application project for RIT’s Venture Creations, where I am one of the backend/database developers. Venture creations, is RIT’s own technology business incubator, that helps startups at varying stages advance their businesses and ideas. My team, consisting of four other Rochester based developers, and two from Croatia, is working on creating a digital workflow system to replace their current paper trail version. It is definitely one of the larger projects I have taken on, but has so far provided an incredible learning experience. It is my hope, that with the completion and success of this project, that I am able to leave behind a useful and impactful contribution to RIT. 

Upon graduation, I intend to work in the information technology field, with a career as a backend developer, with an emphasis on database development. It is my goal to use my experiences from previous internships and past projects, to secure a position in a software firm. 

See what I’ve been up to:

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Eric Peterson – New Media Marketing

Hello! My name is Eric Peterson and I am currently a senior at RIT majoring in New Media Marketing. My road to where I am now has been quite long. I originally started my college career at Jamestown Community College studying computer science. A couple years later I transferred into RIT’s software engineering program and things didn’t turn out the way I thought they would. My love for technology is still prevalent which is why New Media Marketing was appealing to me.

My interest in marketing stemmed from my love for music. I started playing guitar over ten years ago and have been teaching myself music production and audio recording, mixing, and mastering over the last few years. As a musician, you’re in one of the most competitive markets and the way you market and brand yourself is an essential step when first trying to establish yourself. Ultimately, I want to apply the skills I learned throughout my educational career to involve myself in creative marketing strategies, ideally in the music industry. Some of the work I’m interested in would include: social media marketing, artist promotion, A&R work, event planning, and SEO work.

One of my strengths that sets me apart is my drive. I have been working various restaurant jobs since 2013 and have been working throughout my entire college career. Most notably I was a manager at a local sandwich/garbage plate shop where I learned about managing a team, handling inventory and store orders, and money handling. Currently I am a server at Buffalo Wild Wings where I am learning the importance of providing the perfect customer experience.

Thanks for taking the time to read about me! To learn more you can check out my resume and linkedin pages!

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Ramin Alokozay – International Business

My name is Ramin Alokozay. I’m student at Saunders College of Business at Rochester Institute of Technology. I’m majoring in International Business with two minors: 1) Marketing 2) Advertising & Public Relations.

I very passionate about Search Engine Optimization (SEO), Shopping Cart Optimization (SCO), Google Analytics, Google AdWords, Internet Marketing, Social Media Marketing, Website Strategy, Campaign Advertising, Out of Home Advertising, Digital Advertising,, Print Advertising, and Branding.

My past experience as founder and president of Monroe Community College Cricket Club has enabled me to expand Monroe Community College Leadership and Success chapters and its members. As a president of the club I recruited and managed a team of student leaders and executive board members to effectively plan several events on and off campus. I have planned and coordinated social, fundraising, sports, and community service activities to create a stronger community of leaders on campus. My past experiences in different fields and educational background and volunteering opportunities has always given me the opportunity to perfect my leadership skills.

In addition, during my time at MCC, I created and ran a Facebook page for American Cancer Society to help raise awareness and encourage people to participate in the Relay for Life Movement Walk. I was able to reach 652 people from the Rochester, Buffalo, Niagara Falls, and Syracuse area.

At RIT, I took part in Campus Clarity and received certification for completing the workshop “Think About It.”

I also I took part and successfully completed the two-day workshop “Emerging Professionals” by RIT Center for Leadership & Civic Engagement and received certification.

This semester, I’m involved in International Conversation Partners program managed by RIT English Language Center . The purpose of this program is to promote cross-cultural friendships and mentoring.

More about me: Link to my LinkedIn

And my resume

Linda Vo – New Media Marketing

Hi everyone, my name is Linda!

I have started my college education at MCC studying Information Technology. Half way through my 2nd year, I realized that I didn’t like coding as much as I thought I did and didn’t see myself working this career in the long run. With the amount of liberal art courses on my belt, I have decided to switch into Liberal Arts and focus on the remaining 60 credits that I needed in general education to transfer to a 4-year school. I knew that I liked some aspect of the Digital world and wanted to pursue something in that field. I have stumbled across the New Media Marketing major at RIT and it’s working well so far as I’m a third year marketing student graduating in May 2020.

I have done a couple of projects in my Marketing classes. I haven’t intern at any companies yet, but that will change; hopefully in the Summer 2019 or Fall 2019. Until then, I will be stacking bananas as a produce associate at Wegmans.

On my free time, I like to take naps and watch Netflix series or movies. I also like to explore different food places as well and I’m a fan of the Marvel entertainment.

After graduation, I want a job as a Digital Marketing Specialist or a SEO Specialist in the Rochester area. In the future with the amount of experience I get in the Marketing field, I’m planning on moving somewhere that doesn’t have snow.

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Franchesca Ramirez – New Media Marketing

Hi! My name is Franchesca Ramirez. I’m in my third year at Rochester Institute of Technology (RIT), where I study New Media Marketing. I was recently transferred from National Technical Institute for the Deaf (NTID), earning my Associate degree in Business. I’ll be graduating in May 2020.

My birthplace was in Chicago, IL and now my hometown is Hammond, IN. I was born deaf and then had surgery for my cochlear implant at four years old. My first language is English and the second is American Sign language (ASL). When I was growing up, I have a chance to experience new things. I have taken a class for photography, Photoshop, iMovie, yearbook, international travel club and learn some web design, 3D animation & picture morphing. I had worked as a Snack Bar cashier/server, teacher aide part- time and a photographer part-time. I have won a contest for my photoshop design to use as the Indiana School for the Deaf advertisement. I did a $20 Business Challenge for my Entrepreneurship course. The challenge was to start a business using $20 out your pocket. I set up ‘Cake Kabob,’ a dessert that has four cake pop in one stick. I did it for one month and made some profit. It was an enjoyable experience to have. My hobbies are many. I like to read, draw, write, crochet, paint, and list goes on.

My objective right now is to obtain a challenging cooperative work experience/internship in a business environment that will allow me to demonstrate my technical, organizational, communication, and leadership skills. Available summer, 2019.

Here you can look at my resume and others links about me.

Linkedin:  http://www.linkedin.com/in/franchesca-ramirez-8a5a29138

Stukent Marketing Certificate: https://home.stukent.com/certificate/a7bedc807c

Nik Montoya – New Media Marketing

My name is Nik Montoya and I am a third year New Media Marketing and Management double major at Rochester Institute of Technology. I am in my third year of classes and have a minor in advertising and public relations.

Coming out of high school I had very little idea of what I wanted to do with my life. In fact, the reason I came to RIT was because of a friend’s suggestion to apply. After receiving my acceptance letter and doing research about the school I found that it would be a great opportunity for me to progress academically and started my first year at RIT.

During my time at RIT I have enjoyed a variety of challenges for both my majors however, some of the work that I’m most proud of includes working with a few other classmates to organize a charity event for an organization called Alyssa’s Angels, in which we raised more money than they had ever received in the organization’s history of that charity event. It felt amazing to put together the event and have it be so successful, and that feeling of fulfillment is something I strive to put into the work I conduct.

I plan on becoming a graduate student through RIT’s 4+1 program and finishing my days of study at RIT in 5 years. I want to focus more on the managing and social media aspects of marketing as these are what interest me most. My future goal is to simply enjoy wherever I work in the future. I believe that working somewhere that aligns with my interests will lead me to be a more productive worker and an overall happier person.

To learn more about me check out these links:

Resume

Linkedin

Aaron Gomez – New Media Marketing

Aaron Gomez, New Media Marketing, Management Information Systems

My name is Aaron Gomez. I am a junior at the Rochester Institute of Technology (RIT) where I am studying New Media Marketing and Management Information Systems. I started college looking to learn digital marketing and found I enjoyed the technology side so much I added MIS as a second major.

Besides classes, I am involved on campus with the Business and Technology Professionals club at RIT. I served first as the communications chair where I sent weekly email updates, maintained the social media accounts, and reached out to sponsors and guest speakers. I am now a project manager leading front-end website development for club projects.

I spent my last summer participating in the Saunders Startup Program. I conducted market research interviews and developed the business plan.

Looking ahead, I have another co-op and year of college before graduation. I am considering career paths that align with both majors with possible roles including becoming a digital marketing specialist or business analyst.

Take a look at my resume and connect with me on LinkedIn.

Nicholas Rudar – Marketing

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Hello! My name is Nicholas Rudar but I go by Nick and I’m a marketing student at Rochester Institute of Technology (RIT) in Rochester, New York. I will be graduating in the spring of 2020.

I was born and raised in the Los Angeles area in California. I was born deaf and was implanted with a cochlear implant at the age of two. I’ve learned to overcome the challenges of not being able to hear perfectly and work with what I have.  I’m fluent in both English and American Sign Language (ASL) and have a high proficiency in the Spanish language. When I’m not at RIT, you can find me checking out local gems whether it be a coffee shop or a state park.

I’m aspiring to be a skilled marketer in the field of social media marketing and help small businesses overhaul their presence online such as updating their presence on social media and making their websites user friendly. I’m eager to learn other areas of marketing that I haven’t had much experience in such as email campaigns, Search Engine Optimization (SEOs), website layouts, etc.

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Resume

Andrea Green-New Media Marketing

Hello, my name is Andrea Green! It’s not easy being green, let me tell you. People always think you know anything and everything about Kermit the Frog. When I’m not trying to live up to my family name, you can find me in one of Rochester’s many hipster coffee shops studying.

 I’m a third-year New Media Marketing undergraduate at Rochester Institute of Technology who recently transferred from Monroe Community College. I’ve lived in Rochester all my life and honestly wouldn’t have it any other way. Being a local, I’ve taken advantage of the many opportunities Rochester can provide. 

This ranges from shadowing marketing professionals in companies like Xerox and EagleView, to being the Social Media Manager and Marketing Intern for Abbott’s Frozen Custard, and now working as a Marketing Coordinator for the Student Auxiliary Services at RIT. I’ve gained a plethora of knowledge about marketing like understanding social media marketing, content creation, website design, copy writing and much more. As a Marketing Coordinator, I’m currently learning even more about social media marketing and analytics. I’ll hopefully be going on a co-op this summer to gain even more experience as I continue my education.

In the future, I hope to obtain my MBA with a concentration in analytics. I want to advance my knowledge so that I can eventually help my dream company, Southwest, create successful data driven marketing campaigns.  

To learn more about my professional life, work, or the best Rochester coffee spots, feel free to visit these links:

Let’s connect!

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Jarad Trinca – New Media Marketing

My name is Jarad Trinca, I’m a third year New Media Marketing major from Syracuse, New York. I currently work for RIT Sportszone as a camera operator filming RIT sporting events. I will be graduating early in the fall of 2019 and plan to get a job in the social media industry.

Have a look at my insane Resume as well as my cool Linkedin page where you can find videos and graphics I’ve made!

About Me

I like watching sports and I’m pursuing a job in the sports industry. More specifically I want to create social media content for a sports team. I love to create videos and graphics in my spare time as well as do some photography on the side. I’ve had experience in various marketing sections as well, including Social Media, Search Engine Optimization, Shopping Cart Optimization, Segmentation, and Target Market. In addition to marketing, I’ve adapted many skills in filmmaking and photography over the years. I’ve been immersed in video editing and camera operating years before I arrived at college. I’m proficient in many programs from Adobe Creative Cloud including: Premiere, Photoshop, indesign and media encoder. I take pride in my work and I embrace learning so that I can sharpen my skills and gain experience which will help to achieve my goals I’ve set for myself. My hobbies include playing basketball, golfing, and doing a podcast with my roommates. I love to create, whether its a video or graphic or even a podcast, it’s what I’m most passionate about and I hope I get a job that allows me to do that.  

Emma Riggi- New Media Marketing

I’m Emma Riggi and I am currently in my last semester at RIT majoring in New Media Marketing with a minor in Communication.  I started out as a Communication major with a Marketing minor and a couple of years into my time here at RIT decided Marketing was a better major for me.  I have always been intrigued by social media and advertising, which led me to New Media Marketing.

I grew up in a small town in New York by the name of LeRoy (Jello was invented there) and it is where I have lived my entire life.  I liked growing up in a small town surrounded by family and friends and it’s also where I started my first job working at the local library.  Now, I work on campus at the Note Scanning and Scheduling Offices.

Over the summer I interned as a Marketing Assistant at the Genesee Country Village & Museum in Mumford, New York.  I got to attend quite a few of the museum’s special events, which I worked on social media calendars and posting suggestions for.  At the events I was able to post live from their social media platforms. I also did some marketing research, created press releases and developed some customer experience surveys.  It was a great experience that allowed me to work in a lot of different aspects in marketing.

I still have a class and internship to finish up before I receive my diploma over the summer, but will be walking the stage and saying goodbye to RIT in May.  After graduation I hope to find a full-time job at a social media marketing agency.

To learn more about me please click the links below!

https://www.linkedin.com/in/emmariggi

Morgan Merrick – Inclusive Experience Designer

Summer in NYC

I’m an interdisciplinary designer with a passion for visual product and experience design. Currently, I am a senior Industrial Design at RIT pursuing a minor in Marketing. I will graduate in May whereupon I hope to work for a small design firm to streamline customer experiences and create engaging designs.

I first started my education at RIT as an engineer before deciding that design was my true passion, so I switched to Industrial Design and have used the breadth of the major to explore design principles like graphic design, animation, graphical user interfaces, and web design.  Throughout my design experience, I have held leadership positions and worked with teams to push meaningful experiences and superior design.

I have had the opportunity to work for a couple firms to enhance my design skills. I first had the opportunity to work as an interaction designer for a marketing firm that creates paper pop-ups and promotional campaigns for large clients like Samsung and Apple. It was a unique experience that allowed me to work on an inter-disciplinary team to create interactive products.

Furthermore, I also have a love for fashion and technology and seek to merge my skills through the application of graphical user interface and interaction design.

As a result, I had the opportunity to work for Kate Spade New York last summer, where I was able to work on the design team to conceptualize and develop accessories and luxury handbags. I got to work alongside fashion stylists and visual designers.

Thus, my education and experiences have developed my skills as a designer and pushed me to become a creative, out of box thinker. Following graduation, I hope to pursue a design position at a company where I can create influential consumer experiences. Check out some of my work or view my resume. Also, feel free to reach out and connect on LinkedIn!

Frank Barletta – Industrial Designer

(that’s me)

My name is Frank and I’m a design student from Syracuse, New York. I’ll graduate in May with an industrial design degree from Rochester Institute of Technology. Industrial design is all about combining artistic skills, technical skills, and critical thinking to solve problems for commercial products and other physical items.

We are taught the design process and design thinking, which it turns out, can be applied to any situation, be it graphic design, user interface design, exhibit design, interior design, etc. I never really explored the other design majors or really any other kinds of design before choosing industrial design. It made me wonder for a bit there if I made the right choice. For example, this past year I became really passionate about graphic design, specifically typography and identity design. I was a little worried that my love for industrial design was fading by comparison. 

As I’m nearing the end of my undergraduate design education though, I learned that design is fundamentally universal. The principles between graphic, industrial, all of them really, overlap tremendously. I realized that my love for industrial or even graphic design was really a love for visual communication. Conveying ideas through type, shape, color, texture, all of it are what I love about design, not simply just designing shoes or furniture, or magazine spreads.

That being said, I’m happy with my degree because it has allowed me the flexibility to explore as many avenues of design as I can before I graduate. I’ve had the opportunity to work in corporate and freelance settings and have grown as a designer and professional. I am excited to continue looking for full time positions in the industrial design world where I can practice my skills and explore new ones.

You can take a look at my resume and website to get a feel for the professional and academic experiences I’ve had in design, as well as the work I enjoy doing. Also, feel free to send me a message and connect over Linkedin.

Tyler Hatch – New Media Marketing & Sales

My name is Tyler Hatch and I am currently a fourth-year new media marketing student at Rochester Institute of Technology.

I have been a four-year member of the Men’s Varsity Soccer program at RIT and am looking to bring my natural competitive, ambitious, and hardworking personality to the sales industry after I graduate.  With thorough experience creating marketing/advertising campaigns, internet and social media marketing, and professional communications, I have a very strong technical marketing background. Along with my marketing experience, I was a two-year photography major at RIT, so I am great with a camera, and I am also very experienced using Adobe Photoshop.

I am interested in going into the sales industry because all my life I have been a natural salesman without realizing it.  I have always been an extremely outgoing, friendly and charismatic person who is a natural leader and is great at accomplishing both team goals and individual goals.  I know that with my personality, work ethic, and ability to make connections, I could have a very successful career in sales.  Looking in the far future, I would love to start up my own company that focuses on personal development and growth because that is something I have always been extremely passionate about and wouldn’t feel fulfilled without trying.

The sales industries I am currently interested in pursuing after college are Software Sales, Pharmaceutical Sales, Medical Device Sales, and Advertising Sales.  My goal is to find a company that I love working for surrounding me with great people who allow me to grow on a constant basis and create the life I’ve always dreamed of having.

https://www.linkedin.com/in/tyler-hatch-60372313a/

Kelly LaMon – New Media Marketing

Hey! Kelly here, a current student at the Rochester Institute of Technology from Long Island, NY. I’m in my final semester of undergrad studies, pursuing a career in digital marketing.

College has been a journey for me, to say the least. I began at SUNY Geneseo, where I completed the majority of my liberal arts coursework. In the fall of 2016, I transferred to RIT to study Dietetics and Exercise Science. A year later, I decided business was a more desirable career path, and switched to the New Media Marketing Program at Saunders. Health and fitness are still two passions of mine, reflected by my minor in Nutritional Sciences. Although my path in college hasn’t been quite straightforward or predetermined, I’ve learned an incredible amount along the way!

I gravitated towards New Media Marketing in particular due to its integration of analytics and modern-day technology with innovation and creativity. In today’s world, every business must be up to speed with digital marketing practices in order to maintain fierce competition. The opportunities in this field are quite vast, paving the way for exciting possibilities.

Along with my studies, I’ve been heavily involved on campus and with the greater Rochester community. I have held leadership positions as a sister of Delta Phi Epsilon sorority, in which I coordinated philanthropy events for ANAD, and later served as the Vice President of Programming. I have also been an active member of Irish Roar, RIT’s first and only Irish Dance club, and have danced competitively in years past. Lastly, I’ve held several on-campus jobs, including being a Marketing Assistant and currently a Recreation Attendant at RIT’s Student Life Center.

Manhattan Bridge | Dumbo, Brooklyn

Outside of RIT, I have had the privilege to intern for Rachel Aschalew, a successful real estate broker based in Brooklyn, New York. Her company, RARE, is a fusion of high-end real estate and lifestyle expertise. I helped curate reports for management, marketing content and blog articles for her website. This was my first chance to apply knowledge from Saunders in a legitimate business setting. Working in New York City was a rewarding experience – one that I hope to continue in the future.

To learn more about me, check out the links below!

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How a drawing I made in kindergarten got my startup to Silicon Valley

Zack Banack at the Great New York State Fair ’18

Hi, my name’s Zack and I have a story. This is a story about video games, losing a best friend, and becoming business partners with Gwyneth Paltrow.

This is a story that will resonate with those who have that inescapable, suffocating desire to make things — anything.

But, most importantly, this is a story about viewing failure as a means of self-improvement.

Allow me to introduce myself.

Who is Zack Banack?

I spend my mornings in the classroom, my afternoons working, and my nights making passion projects. Some people call me an “entrepreneur”. I don’t care much for that term; the internet has tainted that label for me.

I’m a Management Information Systems student studying at the Rochester Institute of Technology (‘19) in Rochester, New York. I’m getting my minor in Marketing. Even though I’m working towards a business degree, my true passions lay in creative developments. I love web and mobile, game making, and software engineering.

Make time to make things

I’m always making new things. For example, in early 2019 I created 2020 Colors. 2020 Colors is a color encyclopedia for designers and marketers. This website renders unique and information-heavy pages for over 16 million colors.

2020 Colors, your knowledge base for all things color

Why did I make this? Because I wanted to see if I could.

I’m always trying to one-up myself. But, sometimes, that means I bite off more than I can chew. Most of my side projects fall through the cracks, but some become businesses. This is where my MIS degree comes in handy.

Like any good adventure, mine begins with Super Mario

Growing up, I was fascinated by video games. It wasn’t so much the games themselves that I fell in love with. Rather, the concept of controlling characters in an alternate world piqued my interests.

I grew up with a Nintendo 64, a Game Boy Advance, and a wild imagination. From the moment I put my hand on a joystick, I knew that I wanted to craft my own story. I was dead-set on making video games.

How to (not) make video games

Being ten years old and without access to a computer, I thought video games were consecutive drawings, much like that of animation. I was under the impression that every possible “frame” had to be drawn individually. It was an absolutely absurd assumption in hindsight, but that’s exactly what I did.

I hand-drew hundreds and hundreds of storyboard frames.

I couldn’t fit all my childhood drawings into a single image if I tried.

My work wasn’t perfect, it wasn’t pretty, and there was no way of actually playing these so-called games. Although, I felt like I was doing something to get closer to my dream.

You can read more about my “paper games” in the long-form, picture-filled blog post, From Crayons to Coding.

Each one of these games used about an entire ream of paper and a pack or two of markers or crayons. My parents didn’t get mad at all the resources I went through, but rather praised my creativity and dedication.

There’s fun to be had in being technical.

Even at such a young age, I tried to be realistic in my design. I would add in menus, character selection screens, naming systems, flowcharts, and so on.

If you want to learn how to code, make video games

Fast forward a few years and I eventually did learn how to make games! I discovered a piece of software called GameMaker. It’s still around today, over a decade later. And, it’s more powerful than ever.

GameMaker was my first step into the world of programming. Making video games is a great way to learn computer logic as games are goal-oriented in nature. Break down the components of a complex game and learn to make them one-by-one.

The more I made, the less I drew. But, I paid homage. In 2010, I released a PC game called Paper Dreams. This game was special because all the sprites were drawn with crayons or markers on paper and then scanned to my computer.

Paper Dreams is colorful and hectic.

Paper Dreams and its sequel were reflections of my childhood, where I wanted so badly for my drawings to come to life for me to play with.

I released over thirty games and published them to play on Game Jolt. Most aren’t very good now that my age (and skill levels) are older. But, I take pride in them. Some of them were even quite popular! In fact, TimeStill was featured on G4TV’s Attack of the Show.

Just a glimpse at some of the 30+ games I’ve made. Most were two-dimensional and inspired by the 8-bit era.

Remembering my roots: the coolest project I’ve ever made

Keeping with the hand-drawn trend, I prototyped a project that real-time transforms photographs of doodles into playable games. Had something like this existed when I was six, my world would have been transformed. Now, I want to create tools for the dreamers, the six-year-old mes.

I highly recommend watching the video below. It’s one of my favorite projects to date.

The tools you use don’t matter

Self-branded as “The Most Accurate Snow Day Calculator”

In 2014, I took home the Technology Alliance of Central New York’s “Student Technologist of the Year” award for my work on the iPhone app, Whiteout Watch.

Whiteout Watch is now defunct, but it was a service for eager school-aged children. During winter months, it would deliver next-day probabilities of snow days in school districts. With almost 90% prediction accuracy, I was branded “The Snowman” by local news. You can read more about this project on the Syracuse.com article.

But here’s the thing: I made the Whiteout Watch utility in GameMaker, a piece of software meant for video game development.

Don’t let tools dictate what you can and can’t do. Push the perceived boundaries of the tools you’re using. Work smart, not hard. Right? Just be sure you don’t get overly-comfortable and put off learning new tools when necessary.

Coming full circle

Video games got me into coding. Coding got me making projects (like Whiteout Watch). Making projects got me a job making video games.

I don’t make games as a hobby much anymore. But since late 2015, I’ve worked as the lead front-end HTML5 game developer for a small studio. I’ve impacted over a million lives through my work across various genres. I’ve made everything under the sun from casual games to children’s educational games to casino and high-stakes games, and am even starting to tip-toe into MMORPGs.

If you couldn’t already tell, I’m an advocate of getting code in classrooms. Programming is an invaluable skill for people of all ages. Through a side project of mine called The Step Event, I’m creating educational game development content and creating the tutorials I wish I had when I was starting.

Without the desire to create video games, I wouldn’t have gotten the same exposure to programming. I was given an outlet to see my imagination come to life.

Writing code has already taken me so far. It’s allowed me to create entertainment as well as products to solve some of the world’s modern problems.

Next, you’ll learn about my most ambitious project to date, Afterbox.

Afterbox and my debut on Apple Music’s original series, Planet of the Apps

Mid-2016, I was contacted by a talent agent asking if I wanted to seed investment pitch Whiteout Watch for an upcoming show about app developers.

I declined the offer to pitch Whiteout Watch. I countered the offer with Afterbox, a service I was prototyping from my dorm room.

Afterbox is an end-of-life preparation service… Quite different from the calculator toy.

I believe in silver linings

My greatest accomplishment resulted from my greatest loss.

My RIT roommate, my best friend, Matthew, lost his life unexpectedly our sophomore year. This event instilled in me the harsh reality that young adults are under-prepared for what they’re leaving behind.

As a then-20-year-old, creating a business surrounding such an often-viewed unsettling topic (death) raised some eyebrows.

I set out to change the stigma in the most non-intimidating way possible. Through Afterbox’s friendly user experience, I got people thinking about the fragility of life without scaring them. Here’s promotional materials for the app.

Might as well go big

Me and Gwyneth Paltrow. (I’ve lost 120 pounds since this picture was taken!)

In the summer of 2017, I starred on Apple Music’s reality show, Planet of the Apps. Episode 9, Might as Well Go Big, documented my journey founding, developing, and getting grant-funding for Afterbox, LLC.

I pitched my prototype to celebrities and influencers Jessica Alba, Gwyneth Paltrow, Gary Vaynerchuk, and will.i.am.

Lightspeed Venture Partners gave Afterbox financial support and invited me and my co-founder, Noah Chrysler — better known as the personality behind the RIT Newsman — to join their 2017 Summer Fellowship program.

The Summer Fellowship program was invaluable. Noah and I participated in hands-on activities and weekly assignments honing in on the markets Afterbox would be penetrating. The experiences provided us with real-world examples of how to acquire customers and build a sustainable business. The Fellowship was a rich collaborative environment with a plethora of resources, both capital, and networking.

One of our mentors, Jeremy Liew, wrote a lovely Medium article about Afterbox: Supporting student founders like Zack Banack at Afterbox.

Palo Alto, California

Noah Chrysler (left), Zack Banack (right). Photo credit: Sugandha Dubey

With a little budget and big ambitions, Noah and I grew a 7-member-strong team under tight deadlines. We wanted Afterbox live on the App Store to download alongside the worldwide August 8 episode premiere.

This was such a grandiose opportunity, something we could not pass up. Hundreds of thousands of eyes would be on Afterbox. We’d never get exposure as concentrated as this again. We needed to make the deadline.

We missed the deadline.

Our entire team put in a tremendous effort, but it wasn’t enough. The scope of the project was too large. More importantly, I wasn’t fit for being a founder. I wasn’t prepared for how much blood, sweat, and tears there would be.

I thought I could “just” start a company. But there are no “justs” in Silicon Valley. This made me grow a larger appreciation for the startup scene and work ethic as a whole.

While Afterbox is offline for the foreseeable future, I still receive emails weekly from fans of the show thanking me. They tell me they’re grateful for getting them to “finally” create a last will and testament. Regardless of service tangibility, the world is a slightly better place now. Although, it’s still missing dear Matthew.

The consistency in my life has been from coding

If isolated, each “chapter” of my life seems so distinct and separated. But there are definitive segues bridging the gaps.

  1. Childhood creativity made me want to make video games.
  2. GameMaker got me coding and helped me launch Whiteout Watch.
  3. Whiteout Watch got my foot in the door to bring Afterbox to the masses.
  4. Afterbox failed, but I came out a stronger person with more self-awareness.

Even though I see those four points laid out, I can’t possibly predict the fifth point. Sure, I can take some wild guesses based on what projects I’m currently developing. But it’s the unpredictability of life that’s almost refreshing to me.

I spend so much time immersed in computers and math. I know precisely the inputs required to produce specific outputs in the digital world. Human life, desires, and emotions in the 21st century aren’t as mechanical as the computers we use. It’s true that behavior can be predicted to an extent. But for the time being, we’re still just bags of flesh trying our best.

If I had to summarize this bio with a single sentence, it would be the following: Be grateful for what you have but be hungry for more.

That’s all (for now), folks!

Thank you for reading! I’ll leave you with some links.


  • Check out my personal blog, where I post interesting stories and coding tutorials. One of my most popular posts is about a mysterious Nickelodeon animation that went missing for over 30 years, Clock Man!
  • View some of my open-source projects on GitHub.
  • Learn how to program video games. If you ask yourself “how are video games made?” or “how do I make video games?”, look no further than The Step Event: game maker resources.

Rachel Ferrara – Digital Marketer turned Educator

Hi there! My name is Rachel Ferrara and I’m New Media Marketing student at Rochester Institute of Technology. I’m currently in the last semester of my undergraduate career and also have a Management Information Systems minor.

Outside the Classroom

Besides spending most of my time studying, I’m also involved in a lot of on campus organizations. I’m a sister of Alpha Xi Delta, a social sorority, and I’m also a brother of the co-ed professional business fraternity Delta Sigma Pi. When I came to college I wanted to be involved in organizations and clubs that would provide a space for me to be social, gain leadership opportunities and experiences, and contribute some good for the community. In both my sorority and fraternity I’ve found these things and more. I can’t imagine my college experience at RIT without the memories I’ve had with my brothers and sisters.

I’ve been involved in a lot of other groups on campus as well that aren’t greek. My sophomore year I worked with the New Student Orientation team as an Orientation Leader to help freshmen students adjust to life in college and at RIT. The following year, when I was a junior, I worked for Residence Life as a Resident Advisor or RA in the NRH dorm. Being an RA was by far one of the most rewarding experiences I’ve had in college. Seeing my residents change from day one freshmen to now sophomores is incredible. I still keep in contact with many of them even though I’m no longer their RA.

Marketer Turned Educator

Although I’ve spent my undergraduate career in pursuit of a marketing degree, after numerous co-op experiences and my experiences being involved in campus life, I’ve decided to pursue a graduate degree in Higher Education. A lot people have asked me what that degree means. Does it mean I’ll be a professor? or a Dean? Well, no. Starting out, most people with a masters in Higher Education will work in smaller positions as academic advisors, admissions personnel, or dorm directors. Student success is what’s most important to me so I hope that after getting my degree I’ll be able to work as either an academic advisor or academic coach for students. Without having those people in my own college journey, I wouldn’t be as successful as I am today. Giving back to others by being in that leadership role is the least I can do. Eventually, I would also like to be an adjunct professor, for either business or education classes depending on the university that I’m working for.

Looking to know more? Check out my Resume or LinkedIn

Michele Judkins, New Media Marketing

Me, completely lost in the city of Venice and very happy about it…

Hey there, I’m Michele! Full disclosure, I always feel slightly awkward writing about myself so let’s go ahead and dive right in…

I began my academic journey pursuing a psychology degree at MCC, but quickly realized I had a knack for marketing, and have since turned psychology into an immersion. I started my New Media Marketing degree at RIT about a year ago and look forward to making these, “apply for graduation” emails into a reality this fall of 2019. I’ve impressed myself by remaining on Dean’s List with a massive credit load every semester and working close to full time. It’s all about surprising yourself with strengths you didn’t know you had.

The stars aligned during my second semester and I found myself completing my co-op requirement at a startup digital marketing company, created by none other than an RIT alumni. I’ve been learning from a founder that cares deeply for our clients and does not believe in delivering a sub-par product. She sets high standards for digital marketing and I feel grateful to be learning from a master of the craft, while simultaneously attending a highly regarded university–packing my brains with as much knowledge as possible!

I choose New Media Marketing for the opportunity to do a bit more micro writing and to explore the visually creative avenues built in, such as creating a stunning UI or engaging display ads. I love diving into Google Analytics to see what’s working and what needs improvement. In the age of instant gratification, we get to see the fruits of our labor quite fast–one small bonus for our distraction tortured generation.

Come graduation this Fall of 2019, I hope to have improved user experiences through my work, and to have discovered as many ways as possible to report competitive marketing gains to clients.

A heftier goal of mine is to do some lengthier writing one day, it would be an absolute dream to write a sci-fi series.

That’s about all, folks! Most of my work experience is for you to find out on your own. If interested, check out my Resume and LinkedIn.

Samantha N. M. Wagner – New Media Marketing

My name is Sam Wagner and I am a New Media Marketing undergrad student at Rochester Institute Technology. Currently, I am in my third year, expecting to complete my four-year degree at the end of this term. I have a minor in Advertising and Public Relations.

About Me

My experience includes working my past two summers as a part-time intern with weCreate Website Design & Marketing, where I learned and developed skills in SEO, copy-writing, and digital marketing. I have also worked as brand ambassadors for numerous companies, including BANGS Shoes, Pura Vida Bracelets, and Serengetee, promoting the brands and their products across numerous social media sites. Currently, I am the marketing assistant for the RIT Press. Here, I conduct market research for new publications, manage social media accounts, and do digital advertising for current and new publications.

Looking towards the future, my plans include continuing my education as a graduate student. I hope to be accepted into the Market Research graduate program at Michigan State University for the upcoming fall term. This would be a one year program, letting me complete both my undergraduate and graduate degrees in a total of four years. After graduation, I would like to work on gaining experience in the social media marketing field. My end goal is to work in the music industry, as part of Spotify’s marketing research team. Spotify is one of my favorite companies and their marketing research has put them at the top of the music streaming industry. Working there would fit my interests and hobbies best.

To learn more about me and my professional life, feel free to visit these links: