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Paul Sucec is a Berkeley College alumnus

Alumnus of the Year and U.S. Veteran Continues Professional Growth at ESPN



Paul Sucec began his career at ESPN in 1997 after serving in the U.S. Army, starting in the mailroom before working his  way up to be Associate Director of Sports Management. After earning an A.A.S. in Accounting at Technical Career Institutes in 2000, Mr. Sucec began taking marketing courses at Berkeley College in Midtown Manhattan.

“I was looking to continue my education, and Berkeley offered me a program that complemented what I had already learned and the ability to expand upon that,” he said.

Earning his B.B.A. in Marketing from Berkeley College in 2002, Mr. Sucec credits his preparation for success to Berkeley College professors.

“The experience they brought into the classroom from the real world helped the class see how this knowledge could be translated into necessary skills,” he said.

While working toward his degrees, which includes an M.B.A. from Regis University in 2007, Mr. Sucec continued to work full-time at ESPN.

“It always came down to prioritizing, less of a social life, using lunch breaks and subway rides to get reading or writing accomplished, really maximizing every free minute outside of work,” he said. “If you really want something like a degree and successful career, you prioritize it accordingly.”

A resident of North Bergen, NJ, Mr. Sucec was called to serve a tour in Iraq with his National Guard unit in 2003, and spent a year in An Nasiriyah in southern Iraq. He has served as a member of Veterans of Foreign Wars, the American Legion, and Disabled American Veterans, and was honored as the Berkeley College 2008 Alumnus of the Year for his contributions to his community.

Up Close with Paul Sucec

What does success mean to you?

Success to me means feeling fulfilled and confident in my life, family, and the choices I make.

How did Berkeley College prepare you for success?

My preparation for success really started with many of my instructors at Berkeley College. The instructors either had worked or were working in their industry of instruction, so they had real-world experience to bring to their students. The instructors took their experiences and weaved them into their lessons.

In which ways do you see yourself being successful in the future?

As you grow older and gain more experience, the goal line can change. Currently my main focus and goal is my family and their happiness.

What advice would you give to college-bound students?

Two key pillars to forming a foundation in your career are to network and read. Network at school, events, where you work, everywhere. Read the trades and news to understand what is going on in your industry of interest, as well as the industries that surround and impact it.

What was your most memorable moment at Berkeley College?

The relationships I created with fellow students that still continue to this day. Also being honored by Berkeley as the Alumnus of the Year in 2008.