~ Video by Carl Licuanan and Justus Neves/Edited by Manual Martinez

~ Reprinted from FresnoStateNews.com

Presented by the Fresno Advertising Federation (FAF) and coordinated by students in the Public Relations Campaign class of the Media, Communications and Journalism Department, TASTE (Take A Student To Eat) pairs MCJ students with professionals from various Fresno and Clovis media agencies for a day of mentoring, networking and experiencing what their professional lives will entail after college.

It began at 9 a.m. on Nov. 9, with students meeting their mentors for a couple of hours of job shadowing before the networking luncheon at Pardini’s Catering. Alumnus Eric Santos, CEO of Benchmark Intelligence, was the keynote speaker. He talked about how networking and collaboration played an important the role in his career.

A 2011 Fresno State graduate with a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration degree from the Craig School of Business, Santos founded Benchmark Intelligence in 2015, and his team has since taken on clients like Me-N-Ed’s and Deli Delicious. Their product allows restaurant and retail chains to monitor performance and discover new ways to improve customer satisfaction.