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November 2017 - Collat School of Business
National Alumni Society Member

Ramey HarrellName: Ramey Harrell

Degree(s) and Graduation Year:  MBA, 2006

Hometown: Hoover

Current town: Homewood

Current employer and job: Protective Life, 2VP Consumer Insights

What is your favorite UAB memory? One of my favorite memories is that during our capstone class, my team was presenting our findings and recommendations to our companies CEO. He disagreed with our recommendations and we argued with him for a good 10 minutes during the presentation. The other teams had smooth presentations, but not us, we had to EARN it!

How has UAB impacted your life? I had reached a place in my career where I was going to meetings but not really understanding the fundamentals of business, UAB provided a springboard for my career advancement. It was the perfect fit of knowledge, accessibility, flexibility, and affordability.

What made you choose your current profession? You mean not everyone wants to work for a life insurance company when they are in middle school? I’ve always been interested in economics and the stock market, and have always been a planner. I grew to love life insurance when I really understood and embraced the value we provide to families that go through the worst.

What lessons has your professional life taught you? Oh, lots of good ones. One of the most valuable has been that we can do anything we want with the appropriate level of commitment, focus and priority. You run into trouble if everyone doesn’t agree on the level of priority or focus.

If you were given the opportunity to spend 48 hours with absolutely anyone (living or dead), who would you spend it with and what would you do? I would probably spend it with Plato, and discuss the Republic. I look at today’s political climate and wonder about his insights into the role of government and humanity. I would suggest having this discussion while fishing in the Aegean Sea. I think it would be fun to talk while taking in the views of ancient Greece.

What song (if any) are you listening to? Wilco was just in town, so I’ve been listening to them recently. Let’s go with “Random Name Generator,” which they did as the first song of their encore.

If you could have a new talent, what would you want? I’ve always wanted to be a better guitar player and singer.

Describe your favorite pair of shoes you own now. My blue Puma suede shoes. I’ve had them a long time and I still break them out for my kids soccer games!

I really wish __________ hadn’t been invented. Twitter

Describe your day in a six word sentence. Kids, Surveys, Meetings, PowerPoint, Carpool, Homework.

What do you love most about what you get to do every day? Every day I get to work on projects that help my family, company and community become better. It’s a gift that I get to do so much good on a daily basis!

What’s the closest thing to you that is green? I’m an avid recycler, so I’m that guy that saves my glass bottles and drives to the AEC every month.

Student Alumni Society Member

Reagan BrightName: Reagan Bright

Graduation Year: 2021

Major: Human Resources Management

Hometown: Helena, AL

Why did you choose to attend UAB? I chose to attend UAB because of the vast research opportunities, the amazing ways to get involved, and beautiful campus. The University of Alabama at Birmingham has an amazing city in its back yard. I was drawn to the gorgeous skyline and culture of Birmingham.

Who is the best professor that you have had at UAB so far (and why)? The best professor I have had so far has been Mrs. Turnbull. She makes her classes interesting and fun, and she truly cares about her students. She is both a considerate and enthusiastic professor, and her passion drives me to be passionate in her classroom.

What is your favorite UAB memory? My favorite UAB memory is going through sorority recruitment and finding my home on campus with Alpha Xi Delta. I have made so many memories with so many amazing people. I am fortunate to be a part of such an amazing organization.

How has UAB impacted your life? UAB has impacted my life by showing me how to accept diversity. There are so many people on this campus that come from extremely diverse backgrounds,  have come to appreciate different cultures and beliefs. I have learned so much about myself through these last few months of being on campus, and it has been an amazing experience for me.

If you were on a plane beside your favorite celebrity, what would you do? If I were on a plane by my favorite celebrity I would try to act casual.

What is one of your favorite song lyrics (and who is it by?): I love the lyrics, “Don’t hold a grudge or a chip and here’s why / Bitterness keeps you from flying / Always stay humble and kind,” by Tim McGraw. Those words remind me to always remain positive and to not stress over the trivial things in life.

The store I frequent the most is: Target

Describe your day in a six word sentence: Go to class and watch Netflix.

What word do you overuse most? Lit

The best kind of cake is: Cheesecake

What’s the closest thing to you that is green? My backpack.

Who are the people who make your life better? My friends and family who continually support me.

What is the best advice you ever received? If it doesn’t matter in five years, it doesn’t matter now.