Homecoming: TIER Talks

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Reaching the Masses: Meet Alumni Social Media Influencers
11 a.m. - noon, Saturday, Oct. 9

Chenango Champlain Collegiate Center Multipurpose Room

This event is free and open to all.

The ability to communicate with large audiences and drive consumer behaviors is no longer exclusive to movie stars, professional athletes and politicians. Social media have given rise to a new generation of influencers.  Although they don't have star power in the traditional sense, they've leveraged platforms such as Facebook, Twitter and Instagram to reach people to push products or advance causes they're passionate about. At our upcoming TIER Talks session, meet alumni who have built social media followings in order to grow their businesses or effect social change. We'll also explore the macro-level effects of social media and what tomorrow's influencers could look like.


Armand Khatri '09Armand Khatri '09
Partner Manager, Pinterest

Khatri manages financial services at Pinterest, gathers people through investing, food and events, and mentors via iMentor and the Association of National Advertisers. He founded Tracksu.it, and worked for Tumblr, Federated Media and Performance Bridge Media. Khatri helped launch Binghamton University's chapter of the professional co-ed business fraternity Alpha Kappa Psi, and The Binghamton Marketing Collective, a networking group for Binghamton University alumni who are working in marketing and related fields. Follow him on Twitter.

Chris Strub '07Chris Strub '07
CEO, I Am Here, LLC

Strub is a trailblazer, a futurist and a storyteller who loves pushing the limits of social media. As the first man to Snapchat and live-stream in all 50 U.S. states, his inspirational story has been featured on television, radio and in newspapers around the country. Strub's unique experience with youth nonprofits nationwide makes him a one-of-a-kind resource in the social good space. See more at TeamStrub.com.

Sydney Sherman '17, MBA '18Sydney Sherman '17, MBA '18
Senior Community Development Manager, Serhant

A native of Binghamton, Sherman is community manager of SERHANT. Ventures and its associated brands. She maintains social media accounts for Sell It Like Serhant and Big Money Energy — communities with more than 50,000 subscribers combined and she provides customer support and engagement with the goal of fostering a unique, supportive and valuable community of sales enthusiasts. Her insights are an integral part of new product development as SERHANT. Ventures seeks to reshape the future of sales. Before joining the company, she earned an MBA with a specialization in marketing from Binghamton University then spent four years fully immersed in the field of higher education and academic advising. A lifelong dancer, she is passionate about health and wellness and spends her free time teaching others to lead healthier lifestyles. See more at the Serhant website.