Alumni Profiles

Our business alumni have taken time to reflect on their DeSales experiences which describe their time as a student and their personal challenges and achievements. We hope you find the information interesting and helpful. 

The Division of Business encourages our business alumni to obtain a copy of the Alumni Profile Template linked below and please submit a completed profile and photo to Verdiana.Quinn@desales.edu.

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Stelacone, BJ - Class of 2003

 

BJ Stelacone 
Account Executive
Reading Royals Professional Hockey Club
35 N. 6th Street, 1st Floor
Reading, PA 19601

Why I Do What I Do:  I have always had a great passion for sports and I love working with people. Since I deal with both sports and people on a day-to-day basis as an account executive, I can combine both of these basics into one.

Birth Place: West Wyoming, Pennsylvania

High School: Wyoming Area

Higher Education: Wilkes University & DeSales University '00 - '03

Accomplishments:

  • Played one year of collegiate football for Wilkes University; named Special Teams MVP.

  • Member, Sport Management Society at DeSales University.

  • Member, SGA

  • Member, DeSales Planning Committee (student representative)

Jobs Held In College: Worked for the lovely Joyce Rhoads in the Business Department and also worked for the wonderful Peggy McGinn in the Admissions Office.

Hobbies: Softball, bowling, golfing, hanging out with friends, and attending all types of sporting events.

Favorite Music: Just about every kind except Country.

Sports Personalities: Michael Jordan, Derek Jeter, and Ricky Williams.

Courses I Loved: Facility Management, Sports Marketing and Promotions, The Governance of Sports, Marketing 201, and Sales Management.

Greatest Achievement: Obtaining a job in my field immediately after graduation.

Biggest Disappointment: Appearing in two district final games and losing both times.

Career Goals: To hold either a management position or director position within a sports organization.

Influential People: My mother - She raised my two sisters and I while working two jobs for the last 12 years or so. My sisters were always there for me and played the role of Mom when my mother couldn't be there.

Favorite Quote: "Today is a good day; God has given me this day to use as I will. I can waste it or use it for good; What I do today is important because I exchange a day of my life for it; When tomorrow comes today will be gone leaving in its place something I have traded for it; I want it to be gained not lost, good not evil, success not failure in order to not regret the price I pay for it; Because the future is a whole string of nows!"

Greatest Challenge: Finding a good job in the sports field right after graduation. Most companies wanted experienced people; and I lacked experience coming right out of college.

Best Advice Received: Move away to school and relocate later. - Thanks Michelle

Advice I Would Give: Whatever it is that you do or are asked to do - do it to the best of your ability. Do not walk away thinking that you could have done it better. Walk away knowing that you did it the best you could. Get out and meet people, use networking to your advantage. Get involved with on-campus activities. They look extremely good on your resume, and it opens another door of conversation when interviewing for jobs.

Toughest Obstacle I Overcame: Losing my grandmother and cousin in the same year.

What I Liked Best About DeSales: The people, professors and the atmosphere. I always felt right at home at DSU. Everyone was so nice and friendly and the professors were not just teachers, they were your friend as well.

What I Miss Most About DeSales: Working part-time work study jobs and my friends that are still there.

What I Miss Least About DeSales: Campus Police and the food (at least when I was there). Why couldn't that new student center be built while I was still there?

Advice for Present DeSales Students: Enjoy College while you are still in it. Once you are out, you will wish that you could go back to sleeping in, staying up late, and partying every weekend.

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