Generation HU - Young Alumnus of the Month

FEBRUARY 2015

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Eric Swayne '02 

Eric Swayne graduated from Harding in 2002 with a BA in Communications Management. While at Harding, Eric participated in Homecoming musicals and Good News Singers.   He was a member of Chi Sigma Alpha and Pi Sigma Epsilon. He also spent a summer with the Chorus touring through Europe and another interning for Brann Forbes in Dallas.

After graduation, Eric married his wife, Larissa and has since had three children: Lukas, Corina and Asher.  He spent 10 years in digital agencies in media, strategy and analytics for companies including TM advertising, Brann, RAPP, Rockfish, and M/A/R/C Research. He is currently working as the VP of Product and Marketing at MutualMind, a company involved in social analytics.  He is the leader of the company’s roadmap, channel partner and customer marketing. Eric is also heavily involved with Social Media Club of Dallas and is on the board of Digital Dallas as the VP of partnerships. He is a proud ambassador for the Dallas startup ecosystem.

In November 2014, Eric started DrawAttention along with his co-founder.  They make stickers that turn the back of your laptop into a white board, and have had incredible traction as a start-up with little capital. He is also currently writing a book titled Scientist to Storyteller: How to Narrate Your Data due out in February 2016.  Eric has presented at many conferences including SXSW, eMetrics, IBM InterConnect, Dallas Digital Summit, and many more. One thing Eric has found to be useful in his career is the more you carefully and considerably grow a strong professional network, the more secure you are in the professional world. He advises students to strive towards a well-curated network as it has helped him achieve success in many areas of his career. 

Many professors made a significant impact on his life including Dr. Jack Shock, Dr. Stephen Frye, Dr. Larry Long and a few more. Dr. Cliff Ganus challenged him during chorus, growing his love for music and camaraderie.  Eric says,” Harding was an incredible and deeply formative experience for me. Part of that is the nature of everyone’s college years, and part is the unique environment and culture that is Harding. Aside from being the place where I met my wife (easily the best part of my HU life), Harding was a place that gave me a space to learn and grow in an ecosystem saturated with God and His presence. That time gave me perspectives and people that still greatly affect how I perceive and share my journey with God. I also got to be a part of the absolute best college basketball crowd anywhere in the nation – bar none.”

Check out Eric’s start-up here:       http://www.drawattention.co

Past Honorees

JanuaryAustin Light  '06
DecemberJulie Neely '04 and Rachel Newbill '08 
NovemberKathleen Larkin '11
OctoberNick Michael '10
SeptemberEmily Owens '14 and Marcy Yoder '12
AugustScott Huddleston '07
JulyZach '13 and Jordan '12 Roddenberry
JuneSarah-Jane Bedwell  '05
MayLyndsey Ruble Nuckols '05
AprilSeth Fish  '08
MarchMaura Brumley  '12
FebruaryMatt Owen  '03

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