CONNECTING ON AND OFF THE FIELD

“I always recommend the company to anyone who asks,” says Mason. “Especially Babson grads.”

Mason was the first Babson alumni to land a role at Experian Data Quality. He started in the company’s Business Development Representative (BDR) Program, a 12-month program that trains and develops talent to become successful in future sales roles within the company. Now a senior account executive, Mason is one of eight Babson alumni in the organization, and has referred some of them—including Israel—himself.

“In our conversation, Clint shared his love for the company and its culture,” says Israel. “He encouraged me to come in for an interview.”

Mason says it’s not uncommon for Babson soccer alumni to connect and offer career guidance and assistance. “We’re keeping an eye on each other, making sure everyone is doing well professionally.”

Mason’s referral helped Israel land a role in the BDR Program in July 2015. A few months later, Israel referred another Babson soccer alumnus, Mike Kollaard ’15, to the program. In March 2016, yet another teammate, Robert Schmidt-Chang ’12, joined the ranks as a senior account executive.

“It only took one connection (with Kevin) for me to find my dream job,” says Kollaard, who says the experience reinforced the power of networking and leveraging Babson connections. “Any type of connection—your teammate or someone you ran into at the ATM—use it.”

With four other alumni working for the company—Daniel Mahnks ’05, Tyler Keane ’11, Shirley Zhao ’14, and Derishai Gordon-Staton ’15—there are plenty of connections to make at Experian Data Quality. Though they don’t all work on the same team within the company, the Babson connections make for strong camaraderie during the workday. “There’s a Babo cheer every now and then in the office,” says Israel. “I take a lot of pride in it.”