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Ed Kiernan ’96

What is number one on your bucket list?To attend the FIFA World Cup in Brazil in 2014

Who is your hero?My dad. He was the youngest of seven children in a very rough and tumble Hell’s Kitchen, NY. He rose above all of the adversity, crime and corruption around him and parlayed that into a successful career in law enforcement. He is and always will be one of my best friends.

What is your biggest pet peeve?People who are late!

In a meeting with your peers is your phone on the table, in your pocket or purse, left at your desk or in your car?Always on the table—I like to be available 24/7.

What is your favorite movie?Hoosiers

What is your favorite kind of sandwich?Genoa salami and cheese with lots of Frank’s Red Hot from Primanti Bros. in Pittsburgh, PA.

What is your usual bedtime?I go to bed at 9:30 p.m. and am up at 5:30 a.m.

Do you dance in the car?No, I save all my dance moves for special occasions! I just sing.

What was the occupation you wanted to be when you were a kid?I wanted to be a quarterback for the New York Jets.

I wanted to be a quarterback for the New York Jets.Does winning a dance contest to be on MTV’s “The Grind” count? Spring Break 1992 in Daytona Beach, FL — I told you, I save my moves!

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University Alumni Spotlight:
Ed Kiernan ’96

Major While at Mount Union: Sport management and international business
Original Hometown: East Palestine, OH
Current Job Title: President and Founding Partner, Engine Shop 

I am the president and a founding partner of an international sports, entertainment and lifestyle marketing agency with clients including: Mercedes Benz, Johnson & Johnson, OMEGA, Tiffany & Co., Bud Light, ESPN, Corona and AT&T. We specialize in creating and producing integrated event-based programs for our clients while focusing on digital, social and mobile extensions to create deeper and broader engagement between brands and consumers.


Small College Feel
The outstanding reputation and close-knit, small college feel was very appealing to me when choosing to attend Mount Union. I seem to work well in that type of environment and would have been lost in the shuffle at a larger institution.

Access to Professors
The student-to-faculty ratio at Mount Union, as well as student access to professors, makes the University much different than other colleges. For example, during my freshman year, President Harold Kolenbrander was my mentor and very instrumental in my early development at Mount Union.

Helpful Professors
I have a lot of gratitude for both Dr. James Thoma and Dr. MaryEllen Lloyd. Both took a special interest in me and helped navigate Mount Union early during my freshman and sophomore years.

Mount Union Memories
Rollerblading to class, studying by the lakes, parties above “The Pharmacy” and Mount Union’s first NCAA DIII football national championship in 1993 in Salem, VA are among my best memories of attending Mount Union.

Life After College
My first job was as the director of global operations for the PGA Tour’s Championship Management Company.

I interned with Championship Management Company my sophomore year and continued with them part-time until graduation. I owe my good friend and fellow alum Tim Wicinski ’94 for opening that door for me. I’ll be forever grateful for his help.

Helpful Organizations
I was a brother of Sigma Alpha Epsilon.

Lifelong Friends
During my time at Mount Union, I had an opportunity to experience a variety of classes and events. Because of the liberal arts nature and background of Mount Union, I feel I was better prepared for the real world.

Dormitory Living
I lived in McCready my freshman year, “New Dorm” – now the Hoiles-Peterson Residence Hall my sophomore year and above “The Pharmacy” after that.

Lifelong Friends
I still keep in touch with many of the friends I made at Mount Union. Some of them are my greatest friends.

Future Goals
One goal I have is to own an NFL franchise.

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