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Anthony Sages and The University of Tennessee at Chattanooga.

February 14, 2011
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Patten Chapel, The University of Tennessee at Chattanooga.

by Anthony Sages

In my current position As Chief Sales Officer and Divisional President of AXA Advisors, LLC, I head a staff of 7,000 financial professionals, 70 branch managers, and 2 divisional presidents. Prior to my career in the financial services industry I attended The University of Tennessee at Chattanooga (UTC) on a football scholarship, earning a Bachelor of Science in Accounting. Two years later, I completed a Master of Business Administration at the same institution.

Founded in 1886 as the private Chattanooga University, UTC has been a part of the University of Tennessee System since its 1969 merger with Chattanooga City College. Today UTC, alongside UT Knoxville and UT Martin, is one of three core institutions comprising the state university system. UTC’s total student enrollment is nearly 11,000 and it fields several teams in the highly competitive Southern NCAA Division I Conference. UTC offers nearly 150 undergraduate majors and concentrations, with highly regarded programs including business, chemistry, accounting, engineering, and English.

UTC also offers pre-professional programs in medicine, dentistry, and veterinary medicine. The UTC College of Business undergraduate business program is highly respected and prominent on the BusinessWeek list of top 100 business schools. One of the distinguishing features of the program is the closeness faculty maintain with students, providing one-on-one counseling that guides them into productive career pathways. The rigorous instruction and practical advice I received from UTC faculty certainly helped me chart a successful career path after college.

An aspect of the UTC business program I admire is its closeness to the Chattanooga business community, enhanced through association with PLUGDIN. Operated by the River City Company in partnership with the Young Professionals Association of Chattanooga, PLUGDIN affords some 20 UTC business students unique opportunities of participating in business networking events, forging ties with some of the area’s most prominent companies. To learn more about UTC and the College of Business, visit www.utc.edu

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