Class of 2010
Independent Alum of the Day
Born and raised in North Branch, Michigan, Amanda House grew up a small-town girl with big world aspirations. After losing her mother to cancer quite young, she dove head first into her studies and hobbies. She took eight dance classes, was in the band/drum line, played volleyball and captained the varsity soccer team. She also participated in forensics and National Honor Society, and starred in the fall musical during her senior year.
Amanda always wanted to be an actress, but her priorities changed when a scout reached out to her soccer coach junior year. Playing soccer in college became her ultimate goal. Adrian College was the perfect place to play and still get a world-class education, not to mention being able to keep up with all of her other hobbies.
Amanda successfully graduated with her bachelor's degree in business administration. During her time at Adrian, she joined the choir, worked in the Adrian Philosophy Department and in Academic Services as a tutor, all while playing soccer and helping to re-install an Adrian Varsity Dance team (which she also served as the captain of during her senior year). She dove straight into anything and everything that Adrian College had to offer. She participated in the American Advertising Federation, Alpha Chi, Theta Alpha Phi, Phi Eta Sigma and Student Government Association. She was even awarded the Dawson Scholarship for her junior and senior year!
After college, she started her advertising and marketing career with Ziebart coordinating a multitude of projects. She had a brief interlude where she worked as an Account Executive for the ad agency, Campbell Ewald. For two years she handled clients such as OnStar, Owens Corning, and briefly Cadillac and Hartford before returning to Ziebart.
Amanda remains very active in sports by playing soccer every week, and volleyball, softball, flag football, and the occasional kick ball game. She is also actively involved in an organization called Camp Casey.
The memory of my mother is my key motivator. She instilled an independence in me that I will forever be grateful for. She taught me to be my own woman, to not apologize for being exactly who I am, and to always be kind to others. Life is fleeting, so I live my life with a goal of happiness, and if I can do that by being successful in my job, helping others, giving back, and living for the beauty of each day, then I will know I have succeeded.
My latest accomplishments
I have been with Ziebart for 7 cumulative years. I was originally working in marketing and supporting the franchisees and have since shifted to franchise development. I earned my Certified Franchise Executive designation from the International Franchise Association within a year of applying. More importantly, I've played a pivotal role in revitalizing the development efforts for Ziebart, and accomplished record growth in franchise sales for 3 straight years. By restructuring the process and overall marketing approach, I have been a key component to the resurgence of sales in the U.S and Latin American markets.
Next big goal
I am constantly striving to beat my professional goals, so another record year is on the horizon as well as eventually running the department. But more personally, I travel so much for work and have been blessed to see many states and several countries, but it is always work focused! So, my next big goal is to travel internationally, for fun!
Why is choosing your own path important?
Choosing your own path is important because it is simply that, your own! You only get one life and no one is going to live it for you. No need for apologies or excuses, your timeline is undetermined! Choose your path, change your path as often as you want, just always do it for you!
Favorite place on campusPhilosophy Department, Academic Services, and The Merillat
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