Communication Critically Important to Business, Alumnus Tells Students

“I’ve always been a talker,” Dan Lopez ’09 told students in Professor Kristen Eichhorn’s COM 490 class. He talked about his journey from graduation to managing the marketing and business development of a national company.

“I’ve always been a talker,” Dan Lopez ’09 told students in Professor Kristen Eichhorn’s COM 490 class. He talked about his journey from graduation to managing the marketing and business development of a national company.

Dan Lopez ’09 is a pro at making the sales pitch, a skill he sharpened at SUNY Oswego and continues to hone at his job with a fast-growing Central New York startup called Plowz & Mowz.

The on-demand snow plowing and lawn mowing service has been a huge success, starting with eight plow subcontractors in Syracuse in 2013 and growing to 1,600 plows in 34 cities from Anchorage to Boston today. The company added 300 plows in Boston late last year, just in time for winter storm Juno to drop more than 2 feet of snow in January.

“The communication department at Oswego was really great at getting you to use your brain,” he said. “They’re pretty good at outside-the-box thinking.”

—Edwin Acevedo M’09

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