Success Matters - Ryan Zellner
Marketing and PR Coordinator, Ampirical Solutions, LLC
BA in Communications, 2014
Southeastern Communications graduate Ryan Zellner utilizes his creativity, communication skills and marketing mindset daily in the cutting-edge technical field of electrical engineering. As Marketing & Public Relations Coordinator for Ampirical, he enhances the image of the firm and its services through advertising, public relations, marketing, recruitment, communications and event management.
Ryan chose Southeastern to pursue his undergraduate education for one reason: opportunities. “I saw opportunities to excel in the classroom, opportunities to get involved on campus and in the community, and opportunities to make a difference,” explains Ryan.
A huge benefit of attending Southeastern is the small class sizes that allow for direct interaction with instructors, and Ryan also was impressed by the curriculum of the Communications department.
“You’re more than just a number at Southeastern. Professors know you by name, provide praise when you are succeeding, but also provide guidance when things get rough,” Ryan says. “Being able to have support like that is one of the main reasons I chose Southeastern as my college of choice.”
Ryan’s communication program featured professors, academics and real-world experiences that went above and beyond to prepare him for his future career. The communications field is constantly changing, and most communications/marketing professionals now have to utilize graphic design techniques in their marketing efforts. Ryan says his program prepared him to be a well-rounded individual and helped him learn how to adapt to constant changes in the industry, such as this.
“Overall, my degree has not only helped me learn how to adapt to changes in my current job, but has provided me the knowledge and skillset to push through challenges, work under budget requirements/pressure, and convey a company’s message through various outlets.”
Ryan credits his involvement in campus life activities at Southeastern for improving his overall college experience. Ryan served as president of Kappa Sigma Fraternity and was active in Student Government Association and Order of Omega. He also worked in the Office of Student Engagement. “Those experiences played a vital role in the development of my leadership, communication and cognitive abilities, as well as providing friends I can count on for a lifetime,” he says.
Ryan knows Southeastern is unique because of its family-like atmosphere and the opportunities it affords students. He states,“It is not a coincidence that the word “pride” is used to describe a group of lions. I have pride in my school, I have pride in the students that continue its legacy, and I have pride in the opportunities Southeastern has afforded me.”
Ampirical provides automated 3D design of transmission and distribution systems while protecting the reliability of the electrical grid. Ryan loves his career and the fact that team he works with helps him grow as a professional and individual.