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Frank Fumarola

Frank Fumarola

50onRed

VP Product

Personal Information

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School: University of Maryland -- College Park

Major: Double: Supply Chain Management and Marketing

Years at College Works: 2005 to 2006

Career Information

Company You Work For Now: 50onRed

Title: VP Product

Industry: Technology

Brief Description of Duties / Responsibilities

I manage a team of 13 product managers, designers (graphic, user interface, user experience), front-end developers, and content writers with a common goal of building new products and supporting our entire product lineup. I also line up priorities across departmental lines to ensure the entire organization is operating like a well-oiled machine. As part of the senior management team, I place a large emphasis on promoting a healthy and collaborative work environment, enabling people to produce the best work possible, and making sure 50onRed continues to be on the forefront of ad tech both in terms of our positioning and our products themselves.

What Has Been Your Proudest Accomplishment Post-CWP?

I changed careers 3 years after graduation from manufacturing to technology, and in the 4 years since I have quickly been promoted to the 5 person senior management team of a 60+ person $100mm+ company.

CWP Career Impact

In one sentence, what has CWP meant to you?

CWP taught me how important it is to set expectations for customers and employees alike. Communication goes a long way.

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

Immediately after graduation, CWP definitely strengthened my resume as it showed I was internally driven to accomplish tough goals. It also showed that I had managed people. As time goes by, you will find that CWP isn't as beneficial to your resume as you gain more relevant experience in the industry you are part of. However, by the time this happens, you will likely have leveraged the skills you learned in CWP to give you an advantage in your new found industry. For myself, as a product person, that definitely came in the way of setting clear expectations and communicating them in a palatable way (especially when the message is not good!).

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

How you deliver a tough message shows your character a lot better than how you deliver a good message.

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

Turn 1 year into 3 months.

Advice

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

You will probably want to quit somedays, and that's alright. CWP is like taking 6 different jobs, planning for a years worth of work, and then smashing it all in to 1 spring and summer. It is the days where you are kicking butt that show you why you hit the pavement every day and why you are doing what you're doing. Keep at it and you won't regret it. The lessons you learn will be invaluable.

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?

If your intended industry requires a lot of connections or domain knowledge to get into, you should probably go with target industry internship. If your intended industry just requires aptitude and drive, go CWP.

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

A lot of people are scared to take ownership. As a CWP alumni, you will understand how important it is to assign ownership and responsibility to specific people for critical business tasks. Do not hesitate to ask to own a project that is in the spotlight. If it does well, you can leapfrog in your career. If it doesn't do well, you'll have to ask yourself why and figure out how to make sure you succeed with your next opportunity.

What's your favorite memory from CWP?

For one of our payroll events we went tubing down the river. It was during one of the rougher patches of my summer where I had a very difficult client. It was a great chance to kick back and relax. It was proof that sometimes you just need to change gears for a bit and you'll be able to return to what you were doing in a much stronger capacity.

Last words of wisdom

All work and no play makes Jack a dull boy.

Frank Fumarola