Southeastern Marketing Breakfast to feature retired Navy Chief Petty Officer
Thursday, April 5, 2018
by: Tonya Lowentritt
HAMMOND – A retired Navy Chief Petty Officer will serve as the guest speaker
at Southeastern Louisiana University’s annual Marketing Breakfast on Tuesday, April
Kimberly King, a 1985 Southeastern marketing graduate, will speak at the event at 8 a.m. in the Southeastern Student Union Ballroom. The breakfast is sponsored by the Southeastern Marketing Association, the marketing faculty and G. Dean Brunson, CPA, of Richmond, Va.
The program is open to students and the general public. Tickets are $12 and can be ordered and prepaid online at tinyurl.com/marketingbreakfast2018 or at the door.
King joined the Navy right out of college after researching possible companies to work for as part of a senior thesis in marketing. That year, King said, “Forbes Magazine” had an article about top companies for employees, and the Navy was listed in fourth place.
King originally joined the Navy as an Aviation Maintenance Administrationman, but later transitioned to the Aircrew program. As a Loadmaster, King flew on C-130, C-9B, and DC-9 transport planes. Her mission was fleet logistics support worldwide, and she flew for nearly her entire 22 years of service.
“My job included loading cargo and passengers onboard the plane and doing the math to make sure it all worked. It was a good, very challenging job at times, and I truly loved it,” she said. “In our capacity, we flew all over the world, supporting every type of mission you can imagine and flying every sort of thing from nuclear weapons, to animals, to hazardous materials. The old slogan, ‘It’s not just a job, it’s an adventure,’ really applied.”
King said the greatest success she had as a veteran was in doing a job that very few women would ever consider doing. She was also eventually able to work as an Aircrew Evaluator and to write procedures to better the job of aircrewmen and fleet logistics support as a whole.
For more information on the lecture, contact the Department of Marketing and Supply Chain Management at 985-549-2277.