Ted Bennett ’05
Hardware Team Manager, Marvell Semiconductor Inc.
He graduated just a few years ago,
but Ted’s already leading a team of
engineers to new frontiers in technology.
His group creates the blueprint
for Marvell application processors —
including one for a new tablet students
can use as a textbook. Lead designer,
system architect, team manager: it’s a
challenging job, but Ted loves it. That’s
important, he says. “Find a career in an
industry you enjoy. I see a lot of people
who, after graduating, decided the field
just wasn’t what they wanted.”
JWU’s role in your career Because of JWU’s internship programs
and alumni connections, I got an internship
at Intel. This really jump-started my
career. I was able to prove myself, and
got offered a full-time position.
Greatest JWU influence Dean Frank Tweedie was one of my first
professors at JWU, my advisor, not to
mention a great guy. He really helped
decide my education and career path.
Favorite website Between working in the handheld
business and personal interest, I spend a
lot of time on www.phandroid.com.
Career milestone Becoming a manager. I was a senior
engineer, but this new challenge meant
responsibility and decisions for the
Favorite quote “I’d rather be hated for who I am, than
loved for who I am not.“
— Kurt Cobain
Carolina Pavez ’06
Carolina’s father told her, “Doesn’t
matter what you do, do it right and be
the best.” The Venezuelan native took
those words to heart. “My biggest
challenge was to be part of the TV
industry in the USA,” she says. “With
a lot of work and sacrifice, I gained my
place.” Carolina’s life changed when she
enrolled at JWU. She got an internship
at Telemundo, which led to a job.
Then she was promoted to marketing
producer of the company’s Branded
Entertainment department. “Hispanics
are changing our communities and
economy,” she says. “The industry will
need more and more big ideas to reach
that target.” Carolina is right at the
forefront, helping provide those ideas.
Defining career moment The first time I watched one of my
creations on national TV!
JWU’s role in your career Because of JWU, I had the
opportunity to make my internship
site my actual workplace.
Advice for new grads Take advantage of your internship. It’s
your passport to a good job.
Favorite quote “Believe in yourself and you can achieve
greatness in your life.” — Judy Blume
Sean Brock ’00
Executive Chef, McCrady’s and Husk, Charleston, SC
The future is all about growing local,
says Sean. “More people are going to
start paying attention to where their
food comes from.” The Food Network’s
“Challenge: The Next Great Chef”
and James Beard Award winner should
know. That’s exactly what he’s doing
at his hit restaurants. He believes it’s
not sustainable for chefs to order food
from all over, so he improvises daily,
mostly with fresh produce he grows at
a 100-acre organic farm nearby. “We
start piecing the recipes together. It’s
like a game of Jenga. Given Sean’s
stellar New York Times review, it’s a
game he’ll win
Favorite JWU memory My first class was stocks and sauces.
I learned so much in that class; things
that I still use on a daily basis. It’s the
backbone of cooking.
Lessons learned at JWU
Being a chef is much more than just
cooking. The sooner you realize that,
the better chef you’ll be.
Managing work and life balance My work is my life and my life is my
work. I made that decision 10 years ago.
There’s no turning back now!
Marshall Freeman ’06
President and CEO, Creative Music Group Inc.
Marshall’s always looking forward.
He’s helped coordinate Super Bowls
and MTV Video Music Awards, and
choreograph Redman and Sisqo
concerts while he was still a student.
Now, he manages artists he believes will
change music. “My vision for the future
of entertainment is getting music back
to when it was true and authentic,”
Marshall says. He’s helping Seba, City of
God, Elijah King and other artists make
that happen. “If you can align yourself
with artists you truly believe in, the
so-called work is the easy part,” he says.
Career milestone Signing my first artist to a recording
label. This was a huge accomplishment.
Favorite JWU memory Helping to plan university events
and activities. Welcome Week and
Homecoming were always my favorite.
Career guru Managers like Johnny Wright, who has
really paved the way with his branding,
marketing and corporate structure.
Managing work and life balance I am very fortunate to be doing my
ultimate dream job, while making
a living. I find excitement and joy in
doing what I love the most: music.
Favorite quote “As long as you keep your head to the
sky, you can win. Be optimistic.”
— "Optimistic," by Sounds of Blackness