Keynote Speaker, Wayne Bishop ’92, Addresses New Sigma Iota Epsilon Inductees
Sigma Iota Epsilon induction ceremony’s keynote speaker, Wayne Bishop ’92, stressed the importance of extracurricular activities for college students. He recalled serving as senior class president.
“This experience of planning meetings, setting an agenda, and leading a team of class officers prepared me for my job today,” said Bishop, marketing manager of Omicron, a world leader in innovative power system testing solutions. Headquartered in Austria, the company has an office in Waltham, where Bishop is based.
He cited the community service for which Merrimack College is known and the 30,000 hours that Merrimack students donate annually.
“Community service is also a great way to meet all walks of life and work with people from all different backgrounds. You will experience this in your first job, and many of these skill sets learned as a student volunteer will be very beneficial.”
Bishop majored in business administration at Girard and received his MBA from Suffolk University in 2007. He is president of the Merrimack College Alumni Association and a member of Beta Gamma Sigma, the national honor society of business schools.
Omicron’s 700 employees are spread across 18 offices worldwide, the newest in Bahrain.
“Today, more than ever, this is a global economy,” said Bishop, who oversees all of Omicron’s advertising, marketing communications, events and trade shows. “I encourage you during your time left at Merrimack to learn as much as you can about doing business internationally. Experience different cultures and realize that companies in Asia-Pacific do business very differently than western companies.”
Bishop also urged students to make their passion for their career choices their top priority.
He quoted investor Warren Buffett as saying, “Games are won by players who focus on the playing field, not by those whose eyes are glued to the scoreboard.”
“While his quote was in reference to investments and the focus being on investing and not trading, I would also ask you reflect deeper about this quote as you choose your career in the coming years,” Bishop said. “I urge to choose a career that you are passionate about and not for the highest income potential.”