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Name: Ladson Fishburne '15
Residence: Walterboro, South Carolina
Occupation: E-commerce manager, Jaxco Industries

Winthrop University students always hear about the importance of networking with faculty and staff, peers and people in their chosen industry.

No one knows the importance of networking better than Ladson Fishburne ’15.

Fishburne studied digital information design with a focus on digital commerce at Winthrop. His networking skills as a student led him to a variety of opportunities, including his current job at Charleston Wrap/Jaxco Industries.

Through his fraternity, Pi Kappa Alpha, the Walterboro, South Carolina, resident met Bill Berry, maintenance and contract supervisor and special events coordinator for the city of Rock Hill’s Parks, Recreation & Tourism division. He offered Fishburne a job at Manchester Meadows as a seasonal employee maintaining the park.

“He introduced me to the city and started my whole career,” Fishburne said.

Three years later, Fishburne learned of an intern position through the Talent Pipeline program at the Technology Incubator at Knowledge Park. Winthrop is one of the institutions leading the park, which supports the development and formation of technology companies in Rock Hill. Under Director David Warner, Fishburne handled the Technology Incubator’s marketing, web development, social media and event planning.

“As an intern for the Technology Incubator and Knowledge Park, I was introduced to a lot of local businessmen and women who inspired me and supported me each day,” Fishburne said. “I was involved with several projects and even got to design a billboard that was on I-77. A lot of people can't say that!”

One of Fishburne’s largest projects was the Entrepreneurship Competition in February 2015. The competition, designed specifically for Winthrop and other local college students as well as middle school students, invited students to create hypothetical business models for their ideas, all to identify and cultivate local entrepreneurial candidates.

After his eight-month long internship and graduation, Fishburne returned to his hometown, where he landed a full-time job as a web administrator for Charleston Wrap/Jaxco, a school fundraising company. He manages their e-commerce store.

Fishburne personally thanked College of Business Administration Dean Roger Weikle, Warner, Berry, Stephen Turner (Rock Hill’s economic and urban development director), David Lawrence (Knowledge Park development manager) and Shane Goodwin, principal of Sullivan Middle School.

“Without the intern job at the city and everyone who helped me along the way, I wouldn’t be where I am today,” he said.

Last updated 6/8/2016

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