Brian Proud '05
Major: Sport Business
Job Title: Director of Hospitality
Minor: Business Administration
Hometown: Urbana, Ohio
Employer: Pro Football Hall of Fame
I book and coordinate private meetings/events of all types and sizes at the Pro Football Hall of Fame. Visiting the museum alone provides the opportunity for an experience of a lifetime, and helping guests maximize this by also having an event as part of their visit is a rewarding mission.
MY EXCEPTIONAL STORY
Choosing the Best
I have always wanted to be associated with the best, in general, and I felt (and still feel) that Mount Union is the best of all universities of similar size and mission. Furthermore, I felt that Mount Union would not only prepare me well for the business world but would also provide an opportunity to grow even further by being a member of one of the top athletic programs in the country.
Mount Union always seems to be ahead of the curve educationally (e.g. the addition of majors and Masters Programs throughout the last decade, as well as the continual growth and success of the Sport Business program), athletically (e.g. the recent addition of the lacrosse programs and their immediate success), and fundamentally (e.g. having the courage to rename/rebrand the university recently, as well as the amount of expansion/renovation that has occurred throughout the last decade).
Dr. Thoma – He comes from such a diverse background that he is able to provide very unique perspectives that relate directly to the curriculum of his classes. This creates a more well-rounded understanding of his teachings. Additionally, he preaches consistency within many areas but none more so than writing style, especially related to business/professional communication. I personally feel this is an area that is undervalued by those in the 20-40 age range. Accordingly, Dr. Thoma’s persistence with articulating these lessons drives my writing style to this day, which provides an advantage.
My educational path at Mount Union concluded with a full-time internship at the Pro Football Hall of Fame with the Archives & Information Center (the latter of which is now the Ralph Wilson Jr. Research & Preservation Center). Daily filing of articles and photos was the main function, as well as assisting with a variety of research projects for NFL teams, authors, sportswriters, etc. Dr. Thoma and Dr. Kadlacek were both very influential and helpful during this time. As the internship concluded, a full-time Event Facilitator position with the Hospitality Department at the Hall of Fame became available. I then began this position two days after commencement. Thus, the internship was very important and directly related to my career path.
On Campus Involvement
I was a member of the football team all 4 years, including the National Championship teams of 2001 and 2002.
Liberal Arts Tradition
Mount Union’s balanced core curriculum, as well as professor to student ratio, allows students to become more well-rounded overall and better prepared to face the challenges of building a career path and staying the course.
My father still has the same football season tickets as when I was on the team, and we go to all the home games. Also, I and two other Mount Union alumni (Jerry Csaki ’00 and Mike Myers ’09) that oversee the Pro Football Hall of Fame’s Educational Outreach Program present collectively to Dr. Braa’s SPB 100 class each semester in an effort to provide guidance and inspiration to prospective Sport Business students.
When the moment of retirement eventually arrives, knowing that I have done everything possible to make a difference in the lives of others, not only those of my peers and clients, but also those of my children and family members.
Making a Difference
While it is certainly a challenging field, the most rewarding aspect is getting a thank you note/email from a client after a successful event. This is less for personal gratification and more about knowing that my team has been able to make a difference in that person’s life, even if only for a short while. The latter is a very important part of the Hall of Fame’s Mission and Values. Additionally, watching my team members of the Hospitality Department grow and realize what they are capable of is very rewarding.
Be a Believer
David Baker, the current President/Executive Director of the Pro Football Hall of Fame, has been at the forefront of a significant culture shift at the Hall of Fame in the last two and a half years. The Hall of Fame staff is expected to know, understand, and implement the Hall of Fame’s Mission Statement and Core Values. Within this, a simple but powerful statement of David’s is “Be a Believer.” This is a tool that can not only be used in the workplace but in life as well.
Mount Union always seems to be ahead of the curve educationally, athletically and fundamentally.
- Favorite Book?
- "Keeping the Faith: In the Trenches with College Football's Worst Team" by Shawn Fury
- Favorite Quote?
- It would be a boring world if we were all the same.
- If you could try out any job for one day, what would it be and why?
- Punter for any NFL Team. I have always aspired to be involved with the best, and that would provide an athletic challenge like no other, given the high-performance level of athletes in the NFL.
- Favorite game as a child?
- Techmo Bowl for NES
- Favorite Sandwich?
- Italian Sub from Papa Bear's in Canton.