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Young alumni spotlight: Garrett FitzGerald ‘13

By Garrett FitzGerald ‘13

Author bio

Major: Public Relations and Marketing
Nominated by: Coryn FitzGerald ‘15
Recognition area: Leadership- Garrett started Home Front Alliance upon graduating in 2013. The company provides premier technology solutions in the post-secondary education market for nonprofits, for-profit companies, state governments and military branches. Garrett built his company from scratch and created a tool for veterans and colleges called CollegeRecon. He partners with the American Legion, the country's largest veteran service organization, and powers their entire education center with the technology he began building at the University of Dayton.

I believe the lessons I learned at UD helped shape the way I look at the world. My work in the classroom helped build the foundation I needed to create and expand a business from nothing. My life and the relationships I forged while outside the classroom around UD’s campus certainly helped me grow into someone who is comfortable in social settings and has ensured me a comfort level in high-stress situations with potential business partners.

The key to any college experience is to not waste your time. Everyone hears “it goes by fast,” but you never really understand how quickly it goes until you’re sitting at UD Arena waiting for your name to be called at graduation. Campus was a great chance to not just learn in the classroom, but to expand my network, meet lifelong friends and improve my ability to interact with others around me. The key to success in college and outside is relationships, and I credit a lot of my growth in that area to my experiences at UD.

I spend the majority of my time working on continuing to build out the business I started four years ago, but outside of work, I love to travel the world, ski in Colorado and play basketball. I also spend time with family and keep in touch with my closest UD friends.

“No matter what obstacles are thrown at him, he pushes through with determination and confidence. He has taught me that as long as you believe in yourself and are passionate in what you do, you can make the world a better place.” - Coryn FitzGerald ‘15

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