James Cudney, '99
Senior Vice President, Information Technology at The Madison Square Garden Company
When I graduated from Moravian College in 1999, I wasn't exactly sure where I wanted my career to land; however, I was certain that having top notch communication skills would be the most important tool in my toolbox. Whether you run your own business or work in someone else's company, knowing which communication style or medium is the most appropriate is paramount to being successful. Choosing to major in English at Moravian was what I thought would give me the best chance to fine tune my verbal and written skills so that I could achieve whatever goals I set. In the last 15 years, these skills were the primary reason why I have been able to lead and manage technology organizations (... perhaps some technology skills, too!) as well as partner with my business colleagues to help grow and sustain our many brands and operations. In my current role as Senior Vice President, Information Technology at The Madison Square Garden Company, I still rely on the basics that my college professors taught me and am grateful to be part of such an amazing collegiate institution. My best advice to all current and prospective students is to take the time to listen, to be open-minded and to find a mentor who will help you figure out your own path. Every day of your life will include both the status quo and a few surprises... how you choose to react to them and who you choose to guide you through them will determine your success and happiness.