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Alumni Stories – Alex Rodriguez

South Hills Alumni, Alex Rodriguez
“I would describe South Hills as ethical, exceptional, and unique. There is nobody like South Hills; they're just exceptional.”
Q: Describe your current role and your duties and responsibilities.

Alex Rodriguez: I'm an International Sales Manager at All Traffic Solutions in charge of networking to find new pipeline routes to grow our bottom line and expand our international market share. I also take charge in developing incentive programs to motivate our distributors to sell our goods effectively in their respective countries. I also travel constantly with my distributors to train their sales staff to sell our products.

Q: How did South Hills prepare you for your career?

Alex: If it weren't for South Hills I wouldn't be where I am today. They taught me the basics ranging from how to properly write a sentence to learning how to deal with difficult situations and conflict to time management and effective scheduling. All these things prepared me to be where I am today.

Q: What did you do after you graduated from South Hills?

Alex: Immediately after I graduated from South Hills, I took a job at First Quality Baby Products in Lewistown. I began working there as a temporary employee and, worked my way to being hired permanently and ultimately was promoted to a line leader position. After that, I went to work at Bonney Forge Corporation in 2013. I worked there for almost two years as an International Sales Representative and developed my current skill set. Again, thanks to South Hills I was able to implement everything I learned at that job which helped me get promoted. After my successful tenure at Bonney Forge, I was hired by All Traffic Solutions, which is where I'm at today. I started as an Inside Sales Representative; but, due to my skill set and track record, I progressed and moved up to the position of the Accounts Manager and eventually, I was promoted to become our company’s first-ever International Sales Manager.

Q: Why did you choose South Hills?

Alex: I chose South Hills because of their reputation. They are a well-known commodity for giving you the right education and the tools needed to succeed in life. When I decided to go to school, I needed to go somewhere where I could trust their full program and that they had what it takes to prepare me for success. South Hills fit that criterion.

Q: What was the most valuable lesson — inside or outside the classroom — you learned at South Hills?

Alex: The most valuable lesson I learned was that you should stay true to your values. Stay true to who you are and develop a path based on what you're interested in and what you're good at and are passionate about, and expand on those things as you move forward with your education.

Q: Where did you do your South Hills Internship and what did you learn there?

Alex: I did my internship at QWiK Rock radio station (Magnum Broadcasting). My most valuable internship experience was learning to work in marketing and dealing with several different projects all at once. I also learned to be prepared for the unexpected. It was a great way for me to get my feet wet.

Q: What advice would you give to someone thinking about going to school?

Alex: The best advice that I can give anybody is to be positive, grind it out, and believe in yourself. If you are in school, there’s a reason you're there. Use that reason as your motivator, day in and day out. My reason was my family because everything I do is done for them. That's my passion, and that's what carried me through the tough times. Being aware of your purpose will take you to the next level.

Q: What was your favorite memory of South Hills?

Alex: My best South Hills memory was participating with my teammates in the business plan project, a required part of the BAMM program. It was quite an interesting experience. We did a lot of running around looking for information and research involved. We worked together as a team and depended on each other to get the job done. Making our final business plan presentation in front of our teachers was also a unique experience for me, and I will never forget it.

Q: If you could describe South Hills in three words, what would they be?

Alex: I would describe South Hills as ethical, exceptional, and unique. “Ethical” because they teach you to understand what being ethical really is, as they teach you what's right and what's wrong. “Unique” because there is nobody like South Hills and “exceptional” because, well, they're just exceptional.

Q: Do you have any advice for incoming or current students?

Alex: Just go after your dreams, and don't make excuses. My recommendation is to just go for it. You can always have a million excuses why not to do something. Just make up your mind, stick to it, and you will make it.



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