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Brian Allen

Brian Allen

Mr Greens Produce

Senior Buyer

Personal Information

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School: Northern Illinois University

Major: Corp Communications

Years at College Works: 2004 to 2005

Career Information

Company You Work For Now: Mr Greens Produce

Title: Senior Buyer

Industry: Food and Beverages

Brief Description of Duties / Responsibilities

Negotiate fresh produce purchases daily, coordinate logistics for produce loads. Manage vendor relationships.

What Has Been Your Proudest Accomplishment Post-CWP?

Seizing opportunities as they were presented.

CWP Career Impact

In one sentence, what has CWP meant to you?

Any thing is possible.

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

If your going to explore a new opportunity such as CWP you have to put the time in.

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?

Bill & Teddy Dunhum were just good people, and took a chance on college kid trying to run a business. Without that job I'm not sure if my college works time would have been as great.

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

Hard work pays off.

If you had to come up with an one line slogan for CWP, what would it be? :)

Work for the best to become the best.

Advice

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

Push yourself, if you don't you will never know your limits.

Many college students struggle to choose between an internship specific to their target industry or doing CWP. What advice would you give them on this subject if they wanted to enter your career field?

College Works is great for any career.

What's your best advice for someone interested in entering your career field?

Always be honest with growers, shippers and customers, if you want to develop a trustworthy relationship. Working with highly perishable goods all parties must feel comfortable trading with each other.

What's your favorite memory from CWP?

Mexico

Last words of wisdom

Try anything once, and if you enjoy it try it again.