By Joshlyn Thomas, HRSM Communications
“I’m a teacher, that’s the way I see myself,” began Chris Asouzu, Regional Director of Finance for Global Spectrum at Colonial Life Arena.
Connecting experiences inside the classroom to outside in the industry go hand-in-hand according to Asouzu, a 2007 Master of Science in Sports and Entertainment Management (MSEM) alumnus who has been sharing his broad range of wisdom for many years.
As Regional Director of Finance, it is his job to create new accounts and put them in place for Global Spectrum. The partnership between Colonial Life Arena and Global Spectrum has resulted in over 10 years of sold out concerts, jam packed sporting events and the residence of exotic animals during circus performances.
The Nigeria native credits his success for the last 13 years in the industry to going back to school at USC to receive his third and final degree as Master of Sport and Entertainment Management.
“I see my first two degrees as nothing if I was going to be in this industry,” Asouzu stated. “The two years I spent getting my masters in SPTE was just an eye opener for me.”
The partnership between Global Spectrum, Colonial Life Arena and the SPTE Program has been an enriching experience in itself. There are more graduates from the USC’s SPTE program than any other program in the country. To date, over 60 students have been awarded full time positions with Global Spectrum.
“We are proud to say we’re Gamecocks in the Global Spectrum company,” Asouzu remarked.
Asouzu advises USC students to be broad based, build a reputation and enhance it. He shared his experiences of learning about the industry, taking advantage of the university and working with people who have many years of expertise under their belts.
“I went back to school to see what it’s all about, and boy, did I make a good mistake.”