We recently caught up with John Gelardi (pictured on the left, above), a December ’14 graduate from CSB who double-majored in Business Administration with a concentration in Marketing, and Film.
How do you feel about your educational experience at Cameron School of Business?
CSB was great and geared towards getting students ready for the job market. I loved that the professors had so much interest in their students’ success and invested time in seeing every student succeed after graduating. CSB made me feel ready.
What was your favorite thing about the marketing concentration?
I’m a shy person, and with the marketing concentration (at the time), you had to split some of your course load with classes focused on sales. I was constantly pushed outside of my comfort zone with sales exercises and presentations, and that alone had an immense impact on my maturation, both personally and as a young professional.
What are you up to now?
I am now running a video production company with a lifelong friend and business partner. We’ve been making video game music videos on YouTube for about nine years now. We helped pay our way through college by doing this and within the last two years, we have gone full time. Our company, JT Machinima, is set to announce a partnership soon, hit 1 million subscribers on YouTube and move into a downtown office.
Right after graduation I had worked for a local marketing company called Huify as a Community Director; this opportunity can be credited to an internship I had landed previously thanks to Business Week!
What are your hobbies and interests?
My hobbies include video games, cheering on the Pats, and going on adventures with my fiancée and dog.