Alumni Profile: Grant Bowden

Name: Grant Bowden
Degree(s) Earned: Business Management, Business Marketing
Graduation Year(s): 2011
Current Profession: Business Development Manager – Shopper Events (Bentonville, AR)

We’d love to share more about your professional success with our current and future students – please describe your career path to this point as well as your current profession:
Over the past two years while at Shopper Events, I had the opportunity to work directly with some of the largest CPG companies in the world, such as General Mills and Kellogg’s, to plan and execute in-store marketing strategies. I also had the opportunity to spend 14 months on the Marketing floor, on-site at the Walmart Home Office, helping develop strategic marketing platforms and activations for all new store openings. Walmart is the largest retailer in the world with $469 billion in sales last year.  I’m currently transitioning into a sales role and will be working with suppliers, specifically in the consumer electronics, entertainment, and general merchandise categories, to develop relevant in-store marketing activations.

How did your experiences in the Breech School of Business prepare you for your professional career?
Looking back at my time at Breech, some of the most valuable lessons that helped prepare me for my professional career were centered on time management. I was fortunate enough to be involved in many things, including: serving on the Breech Student Advisory board, playing for the Drury Men’s Soccer team and participating on Ad Team. Being involved in many different parts of Drury was a great practice for managing multiple projects simultaneously with my current job.

Were there any specific courses or areas of study that were especially useful to you?
I really enjoyed Kay Osborne’s Non-profit class. It helped me have a better understanding of the opportunity to transfer business knowledge back into the community through charities and non-for-profits. I also enjoyed Dr. Petty’s senior level courses, which provided a great baseline for ethical business practices.

Do you have any favorite memories inside the Breech building?
Dr. Rohlf’s classes.

What advice would you offer to a new student beginning their course of study in the Breech School of Business?  
Spend time with the professors talking about your interests and industries/ jobs that could potentially be relevant matches.