Daniel Bellis Interview

Name: Daniel Bellis
School: Vanderbilt University
Current Position: Consultant
Company: Farmer & Company


Could you give a brief description of your current job and responsibilities?

At Farmer & Company, we work with advertising agencies and advertisers to effectively manage the remuneration of the work being done. My role as a consultant is to analyze the fee structure and workload to provide actionable insights aimed at optimizing the productivity of the agency/client relationship.

How has your experience in NextGen helped you in your current position?

My experience in NextGen gave me such great responsibility and exposure that I was able to develop the business sense, analytical capabilities, and practical skills set on which I rely on a daily basis.

What kind of connections have you made through your involvement with NextGen?

NextGen provided me with an extensive and high powered network of industry leaders, the likes of which I would not have access to for another 15 years on a standard career path. Additionally, the Marketing EDGE staff and fellow NextGen Alumni are not only an incredible support structure during the program, but also lasting professional connections and friendships.

What advice would you give to someone considering participation in NextGen?

The first few years after graduation are largely about gaining experience that opens up the doors to your long term career path. The NextGen program is unrivaled in its ability to provide that experience needed to jumpstart your career. While it may seem risky, have faith in yourself that this time next year you’ll be infinitely more marketable than you would be via a standard entry-level position. 

If you could only use one word to describe your NextGen experience, what would it be?