Eran Belo, B.B.A International Business and Marketing ‘11, Director of Business Development, SafetyPay
Born and raised in Israel, Eran Belo was recruited to play soccer for West Texas A&M University, but after one semester he decided to accept an offer from St. Thomas University soccer coach Felix Mets, and moved to Miami, FL.
While at STU, Eran served as the captain of the soccer team and led them to their first national championship appearance. Excelling both on and off the field, he was first team All-Conference in academics and athletics for two consecutive years. He was also on the Dean’s list, received the Coach’s award and was nominated for the Champion of Character award two years in a row.
Eran graduated with honors from St. Thomas University, receiving his Bachelor of Business Administration in International Business and Marketing in December 2011. He is an avid volunteer in the Jewish community, and currently serves on the board of the Holocaust Memorial, and coaches soccer at the Hebrew Academy.
1. You went from recent college graduate to Director of Business Development at SafetyPay in less than two years. To what do you attribute your rapid success?
Consistency – since day one at the company I come to work every day with the approach that I have to prove myself. In reality, after three months on the job I was already promoted (and twice more since then), but I still have the mindset of the intern who got the chance of his lifetime.
2. What did you learn while at STU that has helped you in your career?
Leadership is arguably a born quality, but I believe that every leader needs a trigger. STU gave me the platform to shine. The experience as captain of the soccer team was priceless and surreal. A class like Personal Branding with Professor Gringarten is a “real-life” preparation. The ability to express yourself in a competitive multicultural environment is a key asset I took with me from STU.
3. You are very involved with the South Florida Jewish community, and are an avid volunteer. Why do you feel it is so important to give back?
Being far away from home can get you naturally detached from your roots, but staying involved in the community can give you a “home” feeling. I try to do things for a cause and with an agenda, while believing nothing is more valuable than contributing your time. The role at the Holocaust Memorial is the least I can do to commemorate my beloved grandparents. Educating people about the Holocaust is imperative to ensure it won’t happen again. The position as a soccer coach is a sheer passion for the game – I think I have more fun than the kids. I’m very content with my life right now and couldn’t be more thankful. Giving back keeps humble and makes me appreciative of what I have. Nonetheless, over the years I learned that giving back to society is more rewarding to the giver…
4. What advice would you give to a recent STU graduate who is looking to jump-start his/her career?
Think ahead of time. If you are a freshman, think like a sophomore. By the time you are a senior, you will be ready to go into the corporate world. If you are approaching graduation and don’t have a LinkedIn account, updated resume and an internship in sight – you are not ready!
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