By Ebony Woodbury
Tyree Ramsey, a Stevenson first-year student, walked into the Brown School of Business and Leadership on Sept. 28 to find a surprise. He walked away with a lead on a job.
Ramsey had stepped into a “Business and Breakfast” social event sponsored by the School of Business. After leaving the event, he said he planned to get back in touch with the event’s host, Sean Durgin of Advance Business Systems, which is located in Cockeysville, but also has offices in Rockville and Frederick.
Ramsey was excited about Advance Business Systems because it’s an IT job and part of his major.
Durgin, who has worked at Advance for 27 years, hosted the social event to talk with Stevenson students about open positions while enjoying breakfast pastries. Advance Business Systems is a family-owned technology business and is actively recruiting for sales and information technology positions.
“Everyone is a part of the family in Advance,” Durgin said. His starting position with the company was a Service Technician, and later he was promoted to Team Leader.
“I never stopped growing with the company after that,” he said.
Breakfast pastries attracted students to his table, but Durgin’s positive attitude kept them engaged. One by one students gravitated toward the table and several left with positive impressions.
William Moore, a senior business administration major, saw an advertisement about the event and decided to attend in hopes of learning more about the company. Moore said he aspires to learn about the business aspects of video games in his professional career.
“I learned about the services they offered. IT, hardware, sales, sort of streamlining their clients’ operations,” Moore said.
William Leonard, a senior English major was walking to the library but decided to stop by the table.
“I see here a good opportunity for students who want to work in the tech field,” Leonard said.
“I think particularly our cyber security majors would get a lot out of this.”
Leonard was pleased to see Stevenson hosting job events in person since the pandemic and expressed his hopes to attend more events like this.
Durgin advised students who want to be successful in their careers to always put their best foot forward regardless of whether they feel capable. Students should show their supervisors what they are capable of and always go the extra mile. Durgin said that going above expectations played a vital role in his success with Advance Business Systems.