Coming into college, Courtney knew she wanted a business degree. Marketing quickly caught her attention because of its wide range of opportunities and the diverse skillset needed to be successful. In her current role as a senior account executive for the advertising company Valassis Digital, she is able to combine her love of sales and travel into her career.
Courtney travels all over the southeast United States each week, to meet and build connections with current and potential clients for Valassis Digital. She views relationships and people as her driving force in life and work, and she is grateful she has been able to build meaningful relationships throughout her career. “Sales is really about making those relationships. I’ve met so many great people in every position I have been in, and that’s what keeps me involved.”
Especially impactful to Courtney are the mentors she gained from her time at UGA and from her career in marketing (most of whom are fellow Bulldogs themselves). “Being a UGA grad, you make a fast connection with people,” she says. “Coming out of college is not an easy transition, so having people to kind of help and guide you has been instrumental, especially for me and my career.” Courtney strives to reciprocate the guidance fellow alumni offered to her – by connecting with recent UGA graduates, she builds relationships with younger alumni to pass on that which has been so instrumental for her.