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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.