Ben Cookinham '18

Ben CookinhamMajor: Marketing
Hometown: Lake Orion, MI

Describe your current job role:

Sales Coordinator for Stanley Black & Decker. I travel, communicate, and meet with key decision makers for The Home Depot. I currently have 23 Home Depot stores within my territory ranging from Rockhill, SC to Asheville, NC.

What professional experience(s) did you have prior to your current job role?

I had the opportunity to intern at Stanley Black & Decker for two consecutive summers. Each internship was unique. I was able to experience roles in both Product Marketing and eCommerce Operations.

What do you know now that you wish you had known about being a working professional?

Be organized and prioritize. Before you start to overwhelm yourself, just make a list. It’s as simple as that. If you write your tasks down as you receive them, it will be much easier to manage your time and responsibilities.

"Before you start to overwhelm yourself, just make a list."

How did PBA prepare you for the world of work?

The people. Take advantage of the leaders within the Palm Beach Atlantic community, but also utilize and network within the business leaders within West Palm Beach. The RSB Mentorship program combined both of those and provided me with life-long mentors.

What advice would you give to current PBA students and/or young alumni who are about to start their first professional full-time job?

Network every chance you get. There are millions of college grads that will be looking for a job when you graduate, but if you network and get a jump start on your “job search” in your freshman or sophomore year, it will prepare you for success in your junior and senior year when you are applying for internships.

Have you been mentored by anyone in your professional field since entering the workforce? If so, what impact has that had on you?

I have been so blessed to have some life-changing mentors in my life. Mike Dougherty, Mark Modesti, Steve Scalici, John Jennings, Jennifer Fonseca, Brian Atkins, Josh Baker, EJ Swanson the list goes on and on, and they are all very different, but all of them have one thing in common…they all have focused on me as a person first, before trying to pour knowledge into my life. I truly believe, that the focus and the interest they had in me as a person, set the foundation for a successful mentor-mentee relationship to be built.