Alumnus a Tireless Mentor for CAS Students

Posted on: February 25, 2014

CAS-Connect-Alumni-WP2Alumnus Roger Tremblay has given back to the College of Communication Arts and Sciences in a number of ways, including serving on the CAS Alumni Board. However, he says he gets the most personal satisfaction from helping students, which is why he was back on campus last week.

Tremblay, who earned both his B.A. ('70) and M.A. ('71) degrees in Advertising from MSU, was one of the many alumni who participated in CAS Connect, the college's largest interactive career event, which took place Feb. 21 in the first floor hallway of the CAS building.

Besides participating in the career fair, Tremblay helped students prepare for the event by holding a prep session the day before CAS Connect on "How to get that first job."

Tremblay told students there are two reasons someone will hire you: first they think you have talent and can bring something to the organization and second they just like you, "so be likeable when you walk into an interview."

Employee recruitment and hiring is something Tremblay knows a lot about as an executive recruiter who specializes in the media business. He also is the principal and co-founder of PointClear Search, a media-recruiting firm that identifies great talent and builds strong teams for its clients.

Tremblay, who grew up in the Detroit area, spent more than 35 years in the media industry working in sales management and general management for publications such as The Wall Street Journal, Southern Living, Texas Monthly, Chicago Magazine and the Media Networks division of Time Inc.

He later partnered to form Kelly/Tremblay & Company, which became the largest single-office independent representative firm in the United States. He joined Allen Austin Global Executive Search in May 2008 as a senior partner and established a successful practice in marketing, communications, advertising and media. In 2012, he co-founded PointClear Search. That same year, he joined Throne Media as executive vice president, a position he currently holds in addition to being the principal for PointClear Search.

Tremblay, who now lives in Dallas, Texas, has been a member of the CAS Alumni Board for three years. He also is a board member on the Dallas/Ft. Worth chapter of the MSU Alumni Association.

The first time Tremblay visited MSU's campus was in high school for a football game. It was then he decided, "I was never going to go anywhere else. I just sort of fell in love with the place."

He started out as a finance major, but that changed when he pledged Lambda Chi Alpha as a freshman and the pledges had to sell ads in a program. Tremblay said he sold more ads than anybody had ever done before. "I thought, this is simple. I like this, so I changed my major and never looked back."

This past fall, Tremblay received the MSU Alumni Association's Alumni Service Award, which is presented to alumni who have demonstrated continuing outstanding volunteer service to MSU and/or meritorious public service on a local, state, national or international level.

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