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Patrick Manders, Carry the Torch

We recently chatted with Patrick Manders ’06. He is the current school record holder outdoor in the 800m (1:52.16) and sixth all-time outdoor conference scorer with 58.75 total points. He graduated as the school record holder in the 500m, 600m, 800m (current), 400m (outdoor). He is still in the top 10 all-time for the indoor 400m. He was also a three-time NAIA National Qualifier. Enjoy our Q&A with Patrick.

What do you feel is your greatest work accomplishment?
Marathon has been a great company to work for and presented numerous challenges to me over the years. I truly enjoy developing people on the teams I’ve supported and seeing others succeed. I’m also very proud to have had the opportunity to work with my wife to create a successful business. It has definitely been a challenge over the past few years, but has certainly strengthened our bond for one another and has demonstrated a strong work ethic to our children.

What do you like most about the current career path you have chosen?
Marathon has presented our family with a lot of opportunities over the years. While some roles have been challenging, they all seemed to have built on each other. I wholeheartedly enjoy working on teams that are operations-focused that work towards a common goal.

Why did you choose Tiffin University?
While I was accepted to seven other universities, I choose Tiffin because of their business school and my ability to still participate in athletics.

Do you have a favorite TU memory?
Being part of the track and field team that won four consecutive conference titles.

What does being a TU graduate mean to you?
Even though we are small university our students are doing great things in the world!

What life or career advice would you give to current students?
Enjoy your time at school but remember that hard work and resolve are ultimately what will make you successful in life. Take some risks early in your career, and rely on your education and support network to guide you through any periods of uncertainly.

Were you the first to attend college in your family?
All three of my brothers attended and graduated college. Two of them also graduated from Tiffin University (Jason 04’ & Brad 09’).