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Erick Worrell

Mass Communications (Advertising + Public Relations), 2007


Senior Director, Business Development at Saxum

Erick Worrell


Briefly describe your career path. 

My career is the direct result of networking and being a good person. After working as an intern for a small production agency, then as a new graduate in a very brief stint for a now-defunct marketing group, I had a hard time getting in the door at a real agency. I worked in retail for several years, meeting as many people as I could, working as hard as I could and always taking time for other people. My first real agency job came from an employee there who had formerly worked with me in retail. He remembered me fondly, called me and told me about the position, recommended me for it and the rest is history. I've tried to return the favor to anyone else I can ever since. My current position at Saxum, in fact, came from reputation and networking as well - I was recommended for it by the very first intern I'd ever hired, who I kept in touch with over the years and helped with her own career development.

Describe an average day in five sentences or less. 

My days are chaotic and I wouldn't want it any other way. I meet people and build relationships for a living, so I'm often out at networking events, speaking at universities or having a meal or drink with a new connection. Then, at the office, I'm a writer, presenter and pitch person (alongside an incredibly talented team and leadership group). My days are constantly shifting between urgent and important, between focused projects and quick to-dos. Four sentences - boom; well, now five.

Meet as many people as you can, make time for anyone who asks for it and never shy away from a challenge.

What advice would you give your college self about pursuing work in your current industry? 

Meet as many people as you can, make time for anyone who asks for it and never shy away from a challenge. Be a good person because it is the right thing to do, not for any other reason. Be relentlessly kind. Be unflappable. Be a good person and surround yourself with good people.

What is a lesson learned at OKCU that you have been able to apply to your career? 

Servant leadership is the key to a great life and a great career. I've taken every obstacle, lesson, opportunity, victory and defeat as a learning experience that can help me be better in my role and make the path easier for those around and after me.

What is the most significant thing that’s happened to you since graduating? 

Marrying my wife, Kimberley Worrell (Mlinar; Class of 2008). I still can't believe she said yes, or that she continues to agree to spend her life with me. The relationship I have with her - the give and take, the working together, the learning from one another, the constant investment in each other - informs everything I do from my career to my personal relationships. She is my very favorite thing.

Where do you see yourself in 10 years? 

I feel like this is the kind of question/answer that gets reprinted after one's untimely demise.

Will I have hair again? I want the choice to have it, but I still think I'll prefer a shaved head. So freeing.

Will I still be at Saxum? I hope so. This is the first place I've ever worked where I can see a long future. I'll do my best to earn my place here, keep their trust, and build our future together.

Will I have kids? Oh boy. You had to ask, didn't you? We'll see. Kimberley and I are still thinking this through. If we knew they'd be as great as Alexis, Mason, Sophia and Natalie (our best friends' kids), I think we'd say yes. But they could be terrors - and that's terrifying.

I just hope my wife and I are together, happy and healthy, doing something we love, surrounded by people who make us better.

What is your favorite OKCU memory? 

To mark an anniversary with my girlfriend (now my wife), I enlisted the help of some of my Kappa Sigma fraternity brothers (Jason Childs, are you out there?) and created a sidewalk-chalk story from my girlfriend's Cokesbury apartment door all the way to her first class. Every five feet or so, there was another message to her, all the way across campus. I think I had flowers waiting for her in her classroom when she arrived.

Come to think of it, I'm pretty good at this stuff. No wonder she said yes! I'm kidding, Kim. I'm kidding.