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Ben Albers

Ben Albers

Grimco

Corporate Manager

Personal Information

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School: St. Louis University

Major: Entrepreneurship

Years at College Works: 2010 to 2012

Career Information

Company You Work For Now: Grimco

Title: Corporate Manager

Industry: Advertising

Brief Description of Duties / Responsibilities

5 months in currently - working on a rotation through each department to learn the foundation of the business.

What Has Been Your Proudest Accomplishment Post-CWP?

Making it to Cancun! Twice! I was very happy to finish in the top-3 in the MO-KS-NE division my intern year, but I was even happier to have success in a new role as a first-year District Manager.

CWP Career Impact

In one sentence, what has CWP meant to you?

CWP - a difficult, but rewarding, way to ensure a job after school.

How did your CWP experience impact your career? Immediately after graduation? Now?

Without a doubt, CWP was the reason I landed this job right after graduation. While it is different than the painting industry, it helps you view each business problem analytically to discover the best approach. You start thinking like an entrepreneur!

What do you want to tell your clients about what it meant to work with them and how it has helped you get to where you are today?

My 2010 clients Lee and Cher Curtis: I hounded you every single day for 2 months and you finally let me paint your house. When we got there, the wood was so damaged it required 2 more weeks of prep. We couldn't get half the windows open because they had previously been painted shut. We painted all the way up to the day before you went on a month-long European vacation and were sweating the whole time. After all that, you still invited me on the last day of the project and asked me about my experience with CWP and how it was setting me up for my future. As a freshman in college, they thought it was my MBA project at SLU. Even after all that trouble, I never felt more confident and took that into every single client's house the rest of the summer.

What was the greatest lesson you learned from your CWP experience?

Time management - I am usually complimented at the office for attacking projects so quickly. Building a schedule the right way is the easiest path to stress-free success.

Advice

What advice do you have for potential CWP participants? Current CWP participants?

Potential participants: consider exactly what sort of experience you would like to have. What are you looking to gain out of the internship? If you're into marketing, chances are you won't be sitting around in a boardroom discussing what would make a funny Super Bowl commercial. It's time to consider what a career will look like after you graduate college and ask yourself, how are you going to set yourself up for success? If you want a real taste of entrepreneurship, the safest place to start is CWP. Current interns: stop being an idiot and listen to your District Manager.

What's your favorite memory from CWP?

Windsor and Cancun... without a doubt

Ben Albers