Gonzalez Tomas Collat School of Business 2018 spring graduates are leading the pack in and out of the classroom. With a top-notch education at UAB, they’re securing spots with today’s growing businesses.

Industrial Distribution (ID) major Tomas Gonzalez recently accepted an offer to join Mayer Electric Supply’s Sales Trainee Program in Houston, Texas. Mayer Electric, a leading wholesale distributor of electrical supplies, supports Collat students through on-campus hiring events and scholarships for the Charles and Patsy Collat Industrial Distribution program and beyond.

Tomas studied accounting at Jacksonville State University (JSU) before transferring to UAB. When he arrived at UAB, Tomas switched to ID after hearing about the exciting career opportunities for ID grads. Eventually, he found a path in sales.

Mayer’s Sales Trainee Program, in its first year, will expose Tomas to more in-depth sales practices as well as provide experience working with different departments of a regional branch.

Originally from Monterrey, Mexico, and bilingual in Spanish and English, Tomas used his diverse background to connect with the regional sales manager he met on his recruiting trip to Houston.

Tomas says he plans to be a branch manager.

Outside the classroom, Tomas worked at Hometown Bank in Oneonta while attending UAB. He also interned for Poolcorp in distribution sales.

In addition to his work experience, Tomas served as a Collat Business Student Leader. Prior to joining UAB, he served as Alumni Secretary and Treasurer for the Delta Chi fraternity chapter at JSU.

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Tomas is the first person in his immediate family to graduate from a university. He succeeded, he says, because he worked hard to achieve his goals. His advice to other students? “Don’t lose your passion and sight of your goals.”

Tomas also connected frequently with his advisor, Kristen Craig, who was instrumental in facilitating the interaction between Tomas and Mayer Electric. “She was very helpful and gave me great advice and connections,” he says.

In addition to meeting with their advisor, Tomas recommends students attend on-campus networking events to strengthen connections with people in their industry.

“Those connections are very beneficial and will help you in your future career.”