Fred Snow, a Clayton State University alumnus from the Master of Business Administration program, has taken his career to new heights since graduating in May 2013.
Snow has been part of Hella, an international technology company, for 20 years now, serving currently as the vice president to the U.S. automotive aftermarket division. After his MBA graduation from Clayton State, Snow was selected for Hella’s Learn Engage Accelerate Drive (LEAD) program, being one of the three selected from North America, out of 50 participants chosen internationally from their pool of approximately 29,000 employees.
Snow’s desire for knowledge spurred him to purse the MBA program at Clayton State. He attributes his success in the LEAD program to Clayton State, in that not only did he sharpen his ability to work with diverse groups of people, but the MBA also aided in the development of his public speaking skills.
The MBA program allowed Snow to, “deal with public speaking, under pressure, with little practice or warning,” much like the actual challenge that was given to him when, on the eve of a presentation to Hella’s Board of Directors, his group decided at last minute that Snow should be the one to present. The board was interested and selected the plan Snow presented, and are now in the process of executing the plan. Snow and many others of his team members remain connected to the project.
Snow’s thriving intellect particularly enjoyed Dr. Gary May’s capstone class, in the way that it pulled, “everything in the program together” just as the MBA program helped hone Snow’s ambition, intellect, and experience into accelerating his pursuit to the capstone in his career; to run a company.