“Tiffin University was that big step in my life that led me to where I am now,” said Jay Fenik, who graduated from TU in 2002 and earned an MBA in 2005. “The foundation of a great education and the support and challenges of my wife to always be better and give more have given me the life I always wanted.”
He credited his stint as a football player and subsequent graduate assistant coach on the Dragon gridiron as a guiding force in his current job as the Director of Field Sales in U.S. and Canada for Otterbox — an iPhone manufacturer.
“I am using many of my TU experiences as I manage a team, develop sales strategies and partner with sports organizations,” he said. “My job is very similar to my days coaching at TU.”
During his undergraduate years, Jay worked as a peer leader, student ambassador, admission’s assistant and served on student council. As a football graduate assistant, he found that coaching taught him real-life lessons simultaneously as he learned in the classroom.
“I chose TU because of the positive vibe I felt on campus and I recognized from day one that the football team was a hardworking, hard-nosed team that I wanted to be associated with.”
Fenik also appreciated the small atmosphere of TU that allowed him to get to know his peers and professors on an intimate basis. He reminisced about his time living in Friedley Hall, being taught by Professor John Millar, and the growth of the football team during his six years on campus.
After receiving his MBA, Fenik completed a month-long road trip through Colorado, Arizona and New Mexico with friend, Mike Grooms. He then joined Black and Decker where he became district manager after just six years. Fenik moved on to Johns-Manville for two years before joining Otterbox in 2011.
During his time at Black and Decker, he embarked on an online dating adventure that resulted in his marriage to Kristin. Jay and Kristen share a passion of the outdoors, travel and business. They have a 1-year-old son, Flynn, who joins them on all the outdoor and travel adventures as documented in their family blog.
“My greatest accomplishment is that I am living the life that I wanted,” he said. “I have a happy family, I get to travel, live in a location that allows me to spend a ton of time outdoors and I have a job that challenges and excites me.”