Brendan Leake: I Chose Success

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I Chose Success

Scorpion: Brendan Leake

Major: Business Administration

Graduation Date: May 2013

Recent Success: Began his career at the Las Vegas Global Economic Alliance

Favorite Professor: Ray Specht, part time business instructor
I always knew I wanted to get into business, whether it was in finance, real estate, or economics. I chose Nevada State College, because the tuition costs at my university were climbing almost every semester. I set out to look for a change of scenery and a four-year college that would be more affordable and closer to home. That is when I learned more about NSC. Everyone I talked to at the college was so helpful and it really seemed like they cared about their students.

A graduate of Green Valley High School in Henderson, Nevada, Brendan Leake knew his pathway to a future in business was college. In order to successfully complete his four-year degree and launch his career, Leake made the choice to transfer to Nevada State College early in his college experience.

After completing his Bachelor of Science in Business Administration at Nevada State College, Leake began working fulltime as an Economic Development Coordinator for the Las Vegas Global Economic Alliance (LVGEA).

I was hired at LVGEA shortly before I graduated from NSC. My current projects are centered on the economic development of our city; answering questions about state incentives and facilitating any introductions that need to be made for companies.

In addition to starting his career, Leake is currently pursuing a Masters of Finance with a concentration in investments and securities from Southern New Hampshire University.

The best advice I can give to current students is to try to do as many internships as you can. Also, connect with professionals in your field of interest early on. You only need to have that one chance or opportunity to happen, and as long as you take advantage of it, you are in!

Prior to graduating from NSC, Leake participated in an internship program focusing on redevelopment with the City of North Las Vegas. Benefiting from on-campus speakers, Leake was also introduced to his current employer during a business class.

I would not have the job I have now if it wasn't for my Current Events in Business class with Professor Ray Specht. The CEO of the Nevada Development Authority, now the Las Vegas Global Economic Alliance, spoke to our class one night. After the presentation, I introduced myself to him and got his contact information. A few months later when I saw that NDA was rebranding to LVGEA, and hiring additional employees, I contacted him right away so that I could be on the list of potential hires. It was the connection that I made at NSC got me in the door.