Featured Alum Profile 2015: Pavel Los
I am from the Czech Republic where I live now with my wife and two daughters just outside of Prague.
Prior attending Arapahoe Community College I had the privilege of studying English language at the Spring International Language Center on the ACC campus in Littleton. I was very fortunate and Spring School offered me a scholarship support to complete my English studies which was obviously a prerequisite for studying at ACC. The original plan was to stay in Denver for 6 months, learn English and then return home to the Czech Republic; however the city, school environment and mostly people I met meant that I stayed in Denver for over 4 years, before returning home in April 2000.
I have graduated from Arapahoe Community College in 1999 and while studying there I used many opportunities to network and learn beyond the classroom. I met many great local small business owners and entrepreneurs in the Sales Professionals International club which organized their weekly meetings on ACC campus. I attended presentations from various speakers and played an active role in running the club. I was contributing to the school newspaper The Rapp Street journal, both writing articles and selling advertising. Last but not least I worked in the school cafeteria, which was a great working environment and gave me the opportunity to earn few dollars and meet other students and faculty outside of the classroom.
I was blessed to be taught by very supportive teachers both at the Spring school and at ACC, who created great learning environment. I focused on marketing and managed to acquire good understanding of the subject and right after graduation I started to work as an administrative and marketing assistant in Spectrum Advertising, a promotional product agency in Lakewood.
In April 2000 I returned home to the Czech Republic and managed to land a job in the retail part of Shell, for which I work to date.
First I started as a marketing support to the loyalty programme manager developing communication materials to support the Shell ClubSmart loyalty scheme. After a couple of years I became the Brand and communications manager for Czech and Slovakia running all major fuels activities, launching new fuels such as Shell V-Power and providing full communication support to the business.
In 2007 during a marketing team re-organization I moved to London first as a Global Media Agency coordinator and later as a Global Below The Line Advertising manager. I worked with many top class advertising agencies and developed communications that was used in many markets around the world where Shell is present.
In 2012 I moved again back home to Prague and became the Marketing Manager for Shell retail in Central and Eastern Europe. These days I manage large marketing organization across 6 European markets and inspire the team to develop world class marketing initiatives that deliver significant impact on the bottom line.
I still occasionally visit Denver and meet with friends I met while living in the area. Every time I am there, I find time to visit ACC, even if it is just a walk through the hallways to remind me the times I spent there. I am proud of every day I spent in Denver, at Spring School and at ACC where I met so many great people. This period of my life formed my future, my career and my ability to navigate in the extremely complex world of international business.
Written by Pavel Los
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