Eddie loved his time at the school and says it was the best time of his life, so it was an easy step for him to join the RSGCA Alumni Association back in 2014. He moved into the role of President in the summer of 2020, not knowing that he would spend at least his first year leading the association from his computer screen.
“It’s not exactly how I imagined things would be, but it’s been really interesting,” said Eddie. “We figured we’d be back in person in time to have our big mentoring and networking event in May, but as time went on, we realized that we weren’t going back anytime soon. That’s when we had to step back, figure out our new goals and objectives, and how we would deliver value digitally.”
The first step was moving the RSGCAA meetings to Zoom, which has led to a massive increase in participation. Without the members having to rush to campus at the end of a long workday, it has been an easy and successful transition. Eddie has a great relationship with RSGC, and ensures that the meetings are effective and efficient by having his team come prepared.
“I’ve told them: ‘Don’t come to the meeting to brainstorm; brainstorm in your portfolio group and then come tell us how we can support you.’ So, they’re meeting on their own and coming back to us, which has been really beneficial when it comes to time management,” said Eddie, who works as Senior Relationship Manager of Enterprise at Flinks. “I think that’s how we’ve really excelled. Everyone is chipping in outside of our regular meetings. We’ve all had to pull up our socks and do this as a team to lead the ship. It takes a village.”