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Alumni Spotlight

Learn more about Radford University alumni - where they are now, what they are accomplishing, and why their connection to Radford University is important to them.


Joshua Taylor ’13 is the Marketing and Sponsorship Sales Manager at The Greenbrier Resort – marketing and selling sponsorships for the resorts major sporting events.  The recreation, parks and tourism graduate says that he is passionate about promoting the resort and his hometown.

“I grew up in this area, so selling this place is like second nature to me.  There has been so much history on our grounds; it is hard not to get excited about it.  Just recently, the New Orleans Saints built a training facility for their summer training camp here.  We have so much going on, so much growth here; it makes The Greenbrier the ideal place to be.  I care passionately about this resort and the surrounding area,” says Taylor.

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“I never had a big plan for my career, nor did I have everything mapped out.  Each job has been a leap of faith.  Yet, there has been a common theme of building and growing organizations and taking some risks,” says Colony Brown ’91.

Brown is currently the Vice President of Marketing and Communications at ZERO—The End of Prostate Cancer.  “Our mission is in our name, we want to end prostate cancer.  We plan to achieve our mission through advancing research, encouraging action, providing education and supporting men and their families.

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After John Lyon ‘91 graduated from Radford University with a business management degree, he answered an employment advertisement by Central Parking System, a national parking company. That one application led to an unexpected decades-long career.

“The parking business is an industry that is not known to many people.  It is an industry that provides the opportunity to experience many areas of business.  It allows you to wear many hats and expose yourself to several disciplines.  I happened upon this industry just by applying through an advertisement many years ago.  I have not left since,” says Lyon.

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“Volunteer when you can because it may not seem like it is beneficial for you at the time, but the connections you build will really help you in life. If you have the opportunity to volunteer take a risk and do it. Pay it forward,” said Nathan Charlton ’09.

Today, Charlton is the Director of Operations for the Atlanta Silverbacks. He coordinates the team’s pre-season and season travel and game schedules. This can be difficult at times since the Silverbacks rent time for games and schedule around other organizations using the same facility. Charlton is also in charge of writing player’s contracts.

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“My biggest take away from Radford was the relationships.  Everyone will get the degree which is important, but, what you do with the relationships you make as a student—that is what matters,” says Mike Dolinger ‘91.

As a student, Dolinger played on the soccer team and was involved in Greek Life.

“Both of these experiences taught me many valuable lessons.  On the soccer team I was able to find my internal motivation and learn to always strive to do my best.  In the fraternity, I was on the leadership board.

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