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Rod Coleman

Director of Project Management

Rod Coleman
Director of Project Management

AIKEN, SC

A “Project X” style party was almost hosted at my house once … without my knowledge. My parents were going on vacation, and just days before, they left another friend’s mom called to ask about a crazy party supposedly happening at our house. Needless to say, my parents made me stay with my best friend and they kept the keys until they returned. I still have no idea how that happened.

In high school, I worked as a cook at Pizza Hut and learned to pay attention to detail. For example, if someone says they don’t want pepperoni, you better not put pepperoni on their pizza unless you want it thrown back at you from across the counter. I think I’m a better project manager now because of this; I almost never get scopes thrown at me.

I knew business, marketing and maybe entrepreneurship was in my future after joining Distributive Education Clubs of American (DECA). I’d get such a rush running our Frappuccino and hot chocolate stand in the mornings.

CREIGHTON UNIVERSITY/BELLEVUE UNIVERSITY

During my junior year as a marketing major, Kim Mickelsen, Bozell’s CEO, was one of my professors. I give her credit for piquing my interest in advertising; we hadn’t covered the promotional aspect of marketing much at that point. Then Kim exposed us to commercials and real-world examples, and when Bing held a contest asking individuals to come up with a promotional plan, she assigned it to us as our final project.

Everything came full circle when I ended up working for Bozell five years later.

I received my Bachelor of Science in marketing from Creighton and then went on to get my Master of Business Administration from Bellevue University. I realized quickly after graduating that I’d have to work a lot harder to get anywhere in life.

Pro tip: If you want me to work extra hard, you should bring me cookies. I can be bribed to do almost anything for cookies.

LIFETIME FINANCIAL GROUP – FINANCIAL ADVISOR AND MARKETING ASSISTANT

I thought that being a financial advisor would be a good fit because I liked business, finance and marketing. I especially wanted to help underserved individuals become more financially literate. I learned pretty quickly, however, that the business is generally working with people who have money and I wasn’t helping the individuals who needed it most.

I learned to take initiative when I saw areas lacking. For example, I knew there were more marketing initiatives we could be taking advantage of, so I typed up a marketing plan and sent it to the VP. He was impressed. We implemented a lot of the ideas, and I was made marketing assistant and financial advisor.

A Facebook business page was one of my suggestions. It took a lot of back and forth before compliance understood that hearing from customers and customer feedback would be a good thing.

EM GEAR – MARKETING MANAGER

As a subsidiary of Dae Seong Manufacturing Co., I got to travel to South Korea often for new business presentations and factory tours. Surviving these presentations was probably my greatest success. Public speaking was never my favorite thing to do, and I was careful to learn the culture and not offend. For instance, younger individuals must pour drinks with two hands when serving an older individual, and they should turn away when drinking alcohol in the presence of elders as well. Needless to say, it definitely helped me get more comfortable with public speaking and presentations.

I also found my love of Maekju – soju and beer mixed together.

I left this position mostly out of curiosity. I wanted to know what agency life was like, and my responsibilities here prepared me well to take the position of project manager at Bozell.
 
BOZELL – DIRECTOR OF PROJECT MANAGEMENT

Winning the Leo (our version of “employee of the month”) three times within my first year of employment and being promoted to director of project management would be considered my biggest accomplishments,  but I still have to say not falling off the ladder while helping Ernie change lightbulbs is my proudest achievement.
 
Words to live by: Thoughts become things.

Rod's story

AIKEN, SC

A “Project X” style party was almost hosted at my house once … without my knowledge. My parents were going on vacation, and just days before, they left another friend’s mom called to ask about a crazy party supposedly happening at our house. Needless to say, my parents made me stay with my best friend and they kept the keys until they returned. I still have no idea how that happened.

In high school, I worked as a cook at Pizza Hut and learned to pay attention to detail. For example, if someone says they don’t want pepperoni, you better not put pepperoni on their pizza unless you want it thrown back at you from across the counter. I think I’m a better project manager now because of this; I almost never get scopes thrown at me.

I knew business, marketing and maybe entrepreneurship was in my future after joining Distributive Education Clubs of American (DECA). I’d get such a rush running our Frappuccino and hot chocolate stand in the mornings.

CREIGHTON UNIVERSITY/BELLEVUE UNIVERSITY

During my junior year as a marketing major, Kim Mickelsen, Bozell’s CEO, was one of my professors. I give her credit for piquing my interest in advertising; we hadn’t covered the promotional aspect of marketing much at that point. Then Kim exposed us to commercials and real-world examples, and when Bing held a contest asking individuals to come up with a promotional plan, she assigned it to us as our final project.

Everything came full circle when I ended up working for Bozell five years later.

I received my Bachelor of Science in marketing from Creighton and then went on to get my Master of Business Administration from Bellevue University. I realized quickly after graduating that I’d have to work a lot harder to get anywhere in life.

Pro tip: If you want me to work extra hard, you should bring me cookies. I can be bribed to do almost anything for cookies.

LIFETIME FINANCIAL GROUP – FINANCIAL ADVISOR AND MARKETING ASSISTANT

I thought that being a financial advisor would be a good fit because I liked business, finance and marketing. I especially wanted to help underserved individuals become more financially literate. I learned pretty quickly, however, that the business is generally working with people who have money and I wasn’t helping the individuals who needed it most.

I learned to take initiative when I saw areas lacking. For example, I knew there were more marketing initiatives we could be taking advantage of, so I typed up a marketing plan and sent it to the VP. He was impressed. We implemented a lot of the ideas, and I was made marketing assistant and financial advisor.

A Facebook business page was one of my suggestions. It took a lot of back and forth before compliance understood that hearing from customers and customer feedback would be a good thing.

EM GEAR – MARKETING MANAGER

As a subsidiary of Dae Seong Manufacturing Co., I got to travel to South Korea often for new business presentations and factory tours. Surviving these presentations was probably my greatest success. Public speaking was never my favorite thing to do, and I was careful to learn the culture and not offend. For instance, younger individuals must pour drinks with two hands when serving an older individual, and they should turn away when drinking alcohol in the presence of elders as well. Needless to say, it definitely helped me get more comfortable with public speaking and presentations.

I also found my love of Maekju – soju and beer mixed together.

I left this position mostly out of curiosity. I wanted to know what agency life was like, and my responsibilities here prepared me well to take the position of project manager at Bozell.
 
BOZELL – DIRECTOR OF PROJECT MANAGEMENT

Winning the Leo (our version of “employee of the month”) three times within my first year of employment and being promoted to director of project management would be considered my biggest accomplishments,  but I still have to say not falling off the ladder while helping Ernie change lightbulbs is my proudest achievement.
 
Words to live by: Thoughts become things.

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years in industry

7 years

years at bozell

3 years

client experience

  • Cue Broadway
  • Greater Omaha Packing
  • Omaha Performing Arts

Rod's Hometown

Aiken, SC

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