The Campus Activities Board is very proud of the leadership it provides, connecting learning to life. See a few of our successful alumni and their highlights below!
Position, Organization: Graphic Designer, People Who Think, LLC
Major/Graduation: B.A. Graphic Design, 2019
Victor Betancourt, CAB’s former graphic designer and undergraduate assistant, now spends his time as a graphic designer at People Who Think, LLC. in New Orleans, Louisiana. During his four years at Southeastern (2015-2019), Victor obtained his B.A. in graphic design while balancing his roles in CAB. He credits CAB with preparing him for his career by giving him a diverse range of skills relating to his position, and an improved ability to work as a team member. He says he learned to communicate within a team, to take responsibilities outside his position, and gained an ability to contribute to a team in any way possible. In addition to interpersonal skills, Victor says he learned to work with tight deadlines and how to quickly problem solve in high-pressure situations. Today, Victor uses the skills he gained in CAB daily as he tackles the wide range of jobs he is tasked with in his job.
Position, Organization: Owner, Bra la Vie in Hammond, LA
Major/Graduation: B.S. General Studies, with a focus in Marketing, 2018
McKenzie Tolson held several leadership positions with CAB in her two years on the Executive Board. McKenzie is now the proud owner of Bra La Vie, a Fine Lingerie Boutique and Bra Fitting Salon in Hammond Sqaure Mall. Bra La Vie’s mission is to make every woman feel beautiful in their own skin.
During her time with CAB she learned a lot about time management and organization, as well as a lot about marketing. Working there taught her about stuff that she didn’t even realize she would use every single day, from simple things such as how to use an online marketing software, Canva, to bigger things like how to respond professionally to customers and/or superiors. Working at CAB was more than a student worker position, because she learned about herself and what her strengths were so she could apply those to any job she had in the future. “Honestly it is one of the greatest places I’ve ever worked.”, said McKenzie.
Position, Organization: Production Coordinator, The Spears Group
Major/Graduation: B.A. Communications, 2016
Reggie Cockerham, CAB’s 2014-2016 Production Tech, now works as a Production Coordinator for the Spears Group. As Production Coordinator with The Spears Group, he supports all productions owned by the company along with those Spears Group is hired to produce. Events Reggie worked on include Dîner en Blanc, La Fête du Rosé, The National Fried Chicken Festival, and the One Time in New Orleans Story Booth at Essence Fest, Voodoo Fest, Collision Conference, Wrestlemania, and others. Reggie credits CAB with preparing him for his current production job by helping him become more familiar with A/V equipment, inventory management, event setup and take down, working as a team, critical thinking, and so much more. He says Campus Activities Board is “basically an on campus Event Production Firm ready to make the impossible possible through planning and logistics.”
Position, Organization: Project Manager / Graphic Designer, Legnd Marketing Group
Major/Graduation: Master of Business Administration, 2018 | B.A. Graphic Design
Alyssa worked for CAB in a multitude of areas from an Event Manager, Graphic Designer, to the Graduate Assistant, between 2013 and 2018. Alyssa now works for the Legnd online web and marketing group as a web design project manager and graphic designer.
Position, Organization: Owner/CEO of The Highland Group
Major/Graduation: B.A. Criminal Justice with a minor in Sociology, 2016
During his time at Southeastern, Stephen served as the Marketing Manager for CAB while completing his degree in Criminal Justice with a minor in Sociology. After college he decided to obtain my real estate license. January 1, 2017 he became a full time agent with Berkshire Hathaway and he began representing individuals on real estate transactions. In 2017 he was recognized by Berkshire Hathaway as "Rising Star" for closing 5.8 million in real estate volume his first year in the business. In 2018 he was awarded "Leading Edge" by Berkshire Hathaway for selling another 35+ Properties his second year in the industry.
He then created his own real estate group while at Berkshire Hathaway and took his team 100% independent May 2019 after 3.5 years in the business. His company specializes in entry level investments, assisting first time homeowners, and mortgages. Highland Group also opened a marketing division to aid his clients & affiliates with various projects. In his 3.5 year career his company has sold 90+ properties. Despite the success of The Highland Group and his team, his greatest achievement is the ability to help his clients grow their wealth through sound real estate investments. Real Estate has drastically changed his life and helping others make sound financial decisions has been one of the greatest joys of his professional career.
He credits CAB with teaching him how to interact and communicate with a variety of people, which drastically helped him with his real estate career. It also honed his problem solving skills which directly correlates with the real estate industry.
Position, Organization: Marketing Event Planner, Hollywood Casino - Baton Rouge
Major/Graduation: B.S. Business Management & Human Resources, 2016
As the Marketing Event Planner at Hollywood Casino Baton Rouge Julie plans and executes multiple events and promotions throughout the year. She just recently planned a festival for the 25th Anniversary celebration and the annual New Years Eve celebration at Hollywood Casino. Her favorite part of her job is working with entertainers. She was able to work with the Louisiana Music Hall of Fame to induct the 2019 American Idol winner, Laine Hardy.
Working for CAB has prepared her in many ways from budgeting, planning, to working with a big team. On a daily basis she uses skills she learned from CAB in her current professional position. Julie is forever grateful for the friends she made during her years at CAB. She might reside in Baton Rouge but she can't seem to stay away from Hammond or the beautiful campus of Southeastern.