Class of 2019 Outcomes: Michael Estrella-Gero Finds a Future in the Furniture Industry

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With another successful commencement behind us, High Point University seniors have kicked-off prestigious career paths around the world at Fortune 500 companies, international service programs, public school systems, top-tier law, medical and graduate school programs, and many other esteemed organizations thanks to their journey at HPU. Here’s a glimpse of one extraordinary senior from the Class of 2019: 

Name: Michael Estrella-Gero

Hometown: Freehold, New Jersey

Major: Business administration and minors in sales and marketing

Post-graduation plans: Estrella-Gero joins Christopher Guy & Rene Cazares (RC Furniture) as a sales ambassador in Boston, Massachusetts. He visits existing clients to promote and sell the two furniture lines, prospect potential clients and introduce them to the companies.

How HPU helped you get there: “HPU has amazing professors with practical experience that teach through those real experiences. Classes were interactive and encouraged students to solve real problems companies face. I used the Office of Career and Professional Development to make my resume stronger using proactive language and modifying the layout. I also utilized PurpleBriefcase, HPU’s job listing website that connects students to internships and careers, which ultimately led to my current job.”

Most impactful mentor at HPU: “Professor Larry Quinn. I had him for several classes and as an advisor for the club I held an executive position in. He took me under his wing like he did many students, and he let me compete in the National Collegiate Sales Competition in Kennesaw, Georgia, as a sophomore.”

Most impactful moment at HPU: “My most impactful moment at HPU was serving as the vice president of philanthropy chair for the Professional Selling Club, where I worked with the Boy’s & Girl’s Club of Greater High Point to provide Thanksgiving meals to local kids and families. This was an amazing opportunity to help the community and develop my professional selling skills.”

Advice for underclassmen: “Always stand out. HPU teaches valuable lessons on how to set ourselves apart from other applicants. Always reach out and follow up, a handwritten thank you card leaves a lasting impression.”

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