Nick Spencer’s parents didn’t attend Indiana State. Nor did his high school friends. That is one reason Spencer decided the Terre Haute campus was for him. He enrolled in 2012.
“All my high school friends went to Indiana University,” Spencer said. “I wanted to go someplace different. I thought that going somewhere where I knew almost nobody would be a great opportunity to branch out and meet new people.”
Spencer also got a big boost on his career path while at State. Although he recently received his degree in business management, Spencer is already a top performer for Sigstr. He started working for the company in August as a business development representative.
“Sigstr is a SAAS (Software as a Service) company based out of Indianapolis,” Spencer said. “Our main focus is unlocking employee Email Signatures as an owned marketing and content distribution channel. ISU is a Sigstr customer.”
Spencer’s job is to present high quality opportunities to the sales team. “I mainly prospect organizations and reach out through email marketing campaigns.”
Interested in computers and technology since an early age, Spencer said it was at State he discovered the sales field and learned how computers, technology and sales seem a natural combination. “I didn’t become interested in sales until the second semester of my freshman year when I decided to declare it as my minor.”
It was while he was still a student at State that Spencer was discovered by his employer Sigstr at the Techpoint Sales Bootcamp. “The Bootcamp was held for the first time that summer,” he said. “The program allows students to get a closer look at the Indy tech scene, prove themselves and earn jobs.”
Students from universities around Indiana apply and are selected to work at four different Indianapolis tech companies for a span of six weeks. “Through this program I learned valuable sales experience that was very beneficial as I started my career,” Spencer said.
His four years at Indiana State also prepared him, Spencer said, by teaching “great time management skills, working with teams and getting involved with the community.”
While at State, Spencer was active in the Kappa Alpha Order, was vice president of the Interfraternity Council and was sales ambassador for Scott College of Business. Among the professors who greatly influenced him, Spencer said, are “Dr. David Fleming, one of best professors out there; Dr. Evan Kubicek, because he opened my eyes to tech startups; and Bo Mantooth, an incredible leader and role model.”
Among his treasured university memories are “the close friends that I made, Free Pizza Fridays and Homecoming, as well as working with great people at the offices of Fraternity and Sorority Life and, most of all, when my younger brother got initiated into my fraternity.”
Spencer’s younger brother, Jack Spencer, was unsure of a college choice until he visited his older brother at Indiana State during his senior year in high school. That sealed his decision and Jack Spencer entered State with a major in finance. He also chose his older brother’s fraternity.
“When he got initiated, it was a pretty awesome feeling, because we were essentially brothers in more ways than one,” Spencer said.
Born in Indianapolis, Spencer’s earliest ambition had nothing to do with computers or sales or technology. “I wanted to be a cowboy,” he said. “Unfortunately, my cowboy days are behind me. Nobody needs the ‘fastest hands in the Midwest’ to save any damsels in distress or collect a bounty on a local outlaw anymore.”
Now a Broad Ripple resident, Spencer said he is quite happy at the direction his life has taken and the importance that Indiana State has played in it.
“ISU was a great experience. I made some spectacular memories and some lifelong friends,” he said. “I’m a firm believer in everything happens for a reason. I have a hard time believing that if I went to a different school I would have ended up where I am now.”