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Connor Braden ‘16

Exploring Links Between Athletics and Entrepreneurship

A student athlete from Lafayette, Indiana, Connor was originally attracted to Green Mountain College’s adventure education program. Then he took an introduction to marketing class and immediately saw how a sustainable business degree could support his interest in athletics and entrepreneurship.

“I started my college career at Perdue University but it was a big school and I felt a bit lost there,” says Connor.

At Green Mountain he competes on the tennis team and his academic performance has been stellar—he was recently named to the Athletic Director's Academic Honor Roll.

In singles play this season, Connor is in the midst of a 13-game win streak and last week he helped lead the Eagles to a 9-0 shutout victory over MCLA.

“The business major gives me the background to go in so many different directions. I can see myself as manager of a company or an entrepreneur. I’ve given serious thought to managing my own tennis center some day.”

With GMC’s emphasis on sustainability, Connor also knows he’s on the leading edge of business practice in the U.S.

“To me sustainability means cutting down on waste and operating more efficiently. It just makes bottom line sense.”

By Kevin Coburn

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