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A Mentor For Life

January 7, 2014 by Editor in Features with 0 Comments

By Ken Jubie ’04


pete360ezinePeter Dillon ’12 is living the young-alumni dream. He has a full-time job at software company Autotask, Siena basketball season tickets and a mentor he can rely on for advice and support.

While Dillon’s career is off to a great start – he’s already been promoted – the marketing major turned account manager credits a Siena scholarship with setting him off on the right foot.

A native of Brunswick, N.Y., Dillon received the Michael Hickey ’83 Scholarship, which is awarded each year to a graduate of Tamarac High School, who demonstrates need and a strong collaborative spirit. Dillon met Hickey, a software executive who became the Siena College Executive-In-Residence, during the annual scholarship dinner. Their relationship has flourished
ever since.

“We kept in touch,” said Dillon. Through email and meetings, they discussed career goals and life after college. Hickey
 liked Dillon’s proactive approach and enjoyed mentoring his scholarship recipient. “I got just as much out of it, if not more, than Peter did.” Hickey said.

Funding a scholarship at Siena is Hickey’s way of repaying the College for its support during his days as an undergraduate, but his contribution is as much time as it is treasure. “I wanted to focus on giving back, helping others and mentoring,”
Hickey said.

When graduation approached, Hickey did more than offer advice. He helped Dillon land his job as an Autotask account manager for Latin America. Dillon’s time spent studying abroad in Spain and ability to speak Spanish paid off. He’s since been promoted and now manages accounts in the southeastern United States.

“It felt good because
I know that if he didn’t have confidence in me, he wouldn’t have passed my name on,” Dillon said. “I can’t thank him enough.”

Now that he’s part of the workforce, Dillon has moved from being a student and scholarship recipient to one of the newest members of an alumni network that is committed to helping future generations of Siena students, just as Hickey helped him.

“One of the best things about Siena is that the alumni take care of their own,” Dillon said.

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