On October 23, EHS will host our fourth annual Alumni Leadership Day. This event gives seniors an opportunity to hear from a variety of alumni regarding their respective careers.

Based on their occupation, each alumni member sits on one of eleven panels. Every senior rotates through two panels in the morning, and the day concludes with a roundtable lunch.

Read about our Sports alumni panelists below.

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Brian Friday '04

Private Wealth Advisor, Goldman Sachs

BA, Economics, Rice University

A typical work day consists of reading financial market and economic news in the morning, managing current client investment portfolios, private banking, and/or estate planning needs throughout the day as needed, and making efforts to develop relationships with prospective clients when possible. Just as the financial markets change every day, so do the daily tasks of the job. Teamwork is critical to long term success in this role. The work/life balance is generally dependent upon the firm you work within this industry.

This job is enjoyable for someone who is self-motivated, enjoys investing and analytics, and values building personal relationships. Advice for someone entering this field would be to familiarize yourself with financial markets and economics, and express interest in learning the business of wealth management to those currently working in it.

Jen Savery '07

Fellowship of Christian Athletes

Bachelor’s Degree, University of Mississippi

Jennifer graduated from EHS in 2007 and matriculated onto The University of Mississippi where she was enrolled in the Sally McDonnel Barksdale Honors College. Majoring in English with an emphasis on Creative Writing and a minor in Sociology, Jen moved back to Houston and taught upper school English and Creative Writing at Second Baptist School. After marrying her husband, Joe Savery, Jen traveled with him while he played professional baseball and continued to teach Creative Writing as an online course for Second Baptist. When Joe retired, Jen resumed her role as full time teacher for two years. Since June of 2017, Jen has served on staff with Fellowship of Christian Athletes in Central Houston. As a mom of two boys, Jen loves that her job is furthering the gospel and seeking to see that every coach and athletes in the city of Houston is transformed by Jesus Christ through the vehicle of sports. Still a lover of literature and writing, she is currently working on a novel and loves spending time with her boys (George, 4, and Scott, 1 and a half), her husband, and their beloved dog Polly.

Geoff Marolda '07

NCAA Football Official, CFO West, and VP of Sales and Marketing, Information Network International

Bachelor’s Degree, Sewanee: The University of the South

As an NCAA football official, I travel every weekend in the fall to colleges and universities across the country and every week is something completely new. I have officiated in the backwoods of Louisiana where they didn’t have painted fields and worked in a capacity crowd in NRG Stadium.

Officiating is a great way to stay involved in the sports you love and an excellent way to stay in shape and create a second income. I began officiating in the lower levels of middle school and junior-varsity and worked my way up over the course of five years.

There is a lot more to officiating than showing up on game day. A typical work week (in season) consists of film review, peer and supervisor evaluations, and rules testing. In season, we use Sundays and Mondays to review our previous game film. We review every play and study our movements in addition to the actual play. Our most important job is to know where to be watching and what to be watching for. We also receive grades on every play on a scale of 1-7 as well as comments. Tuesdays and Wednesdays typically involve group discussions within our organization and with other local officials. Coupled with travel, collegiate officials (all sports) will spend approximately thirty+ hours a week preparing for a competition.

In my full-time profession, I am VP of Sales and Marketing for the records management company, Information Network International. I oversee a team of approximately 50 people in sales and project staffing roles and maintain a list of corporate and government accounts to whom I sell software, staffing and consulting services. In my spare time I’m a Vice Chairman in the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo and serve on two committees (Poultry Auction Committee and Grand Entry Committee). Lastly, I serve as the Head Official for the annual Blonde v. Brunette flag football game, a powderpuff game for young professionals to raise money (over $300,000 in 2018) for Alzheimer’s awareness.