Forty members of Mays Business Student Council traveled recently to Chicago. They toured several companies, including marketing agency commonground, and visited company co-founder and managing partner Sherman Wright ’92, a 2010 Aggie 100 recipient.
Wright says his Aggie education continues to impact his entrepreneurial spirit and the business he started in 2004. “It was important to show the students that the Aggie Spirit is alive and well in Chicago â€¦ The ideas of thought and servant leadership play an integral role in my approach to entrepreneurship, management and relationship building and have had a dramatic impact on my success. Three key areas we focused on during the Mays Business School student council visit included the idea that students don’t have to take a traditional career path to be successful, diversity and inclusion are important in building a winning team and knowing how to best leverage the power of the Aggie Network is essential step in building lifelong relationships.”
Junior finance student Bryan Lothrop called the visit to the company “truly a highlight of our Chicago trip â€¦ After being in boardrooms downtown all morning, it was an excellent change visiting the more relaxed, creative and dynamic environment of commonground.” Lothrop says the students particularly enjoyed seeing the advertising work commonground did for its clients, which most had seen on national TV. “Seeing an Aggie have such success inspired all of us because we could relate to Sherman from an Aggie perspective,” he says. “It was very special to see an alumni do something that has such an impact on such a large scale. Sherman was an excellent speaker, a great role model for all Aggies and is truly a great entrepreneur and leader.”