Tiffin University 2013 graduate Brandon Hall was a student of life before obtaining a college degree. Following a brief stint after high school at North Carolina State University, his father recruited him to a manufacturing position at Mayflower Vehicle Systems in Norwalk, Ohio. By the time he was 25, there were 650 people under his management.
Eventually, Hall left to join Gorman-Rupp’s Mansfield Division. Just eight years into his career at Gorman-Rupp he was promoted to plant manager, where he set up the layout of additions to the plant that saved the company $4 million. He also oversaw the inventory/assembly production move without interruption to customer service.
He was recently chosen as one of Richland County’s emerging leaders under the age of 40 for his successful career and service to the community.
“Being chosen as one of the ‘10 under 40’ made me feel pretty good. I normally just do the best I can for my family, my work team, my community and myself,” Hall said. “I see it as my duty to do it. Being recognized for it feels great and motivates me to work harder.”
Hall’s hard work has continued into his free time. His two sons are involved in baseball, basketball and soccer, and that prompted him to become a coach for several youth teams. He also is a director on the Ontario Youth Sports Board.
“It is great that I get to spend time with my kids and watch them grow up,” he said. That quality time with his wife and children is important to him, especially after he spent a number of years working 60-70 hours a week.
Even though life was rolling along at full speed, Hall always realized the importance of a college education. When he decided his time had come, he chose Tiffin University’s Bachelor of Art in Business and Organizational Management for the curriculum and the convenience.
“Being a part of the cohort, and getting to really know my classmates was the best part,” he said, noting how much he learned from interacting with other non-conventional students who work full time.
Having the degree has positively impacted him in several ways including sharpening his accounting and finance skills, helping him relate to and communicate with his employees not to mention additional self-pride.
“I understand many of the reports I work with much better after my classes,” Brandon said.
“Many of my classes have helped with the process of how to those you work with better and how to evaluate myself to be a better communicator and manager,” he said.
Hall has chosen to continue his education with the pursuit of an MBA from Mount Vernon Nazarene University.