Zack Nobinger

He graduated in Spring 2009 with his Master’s Degree, and even studied abroad in Germany and helped coach the Forensics team during his time at UNC Charlotte. Now, he works at an PR agency with four offices around the United States. Meet Zack Nobinger, Vice President at Taylor Strategy.

What was the best thing about your time in the Department of Communication Studies?

Networking with teachers and classmates - one of whom helped me land my first full time PR gig, ultimately launching my career in the field.

What are your words of wisdom to current students in the Department of Communication Studies?

You're never smarter than anyone else until you've done something to prove it. Then, when you're really good, you won't have to tell anyone. They'll tell you.

What would you tell someone considering becoming a student in the Department of Communication Studies?

While the degree is the final goal, don't forget to use your time in the program to refine other skills like writing, decision making and persuasion. Those learnings are the ones that will separate you down the road.

In what ways did your time in the Department of Communication Studies have a large impact on you?

It provided me with an international view on everything from social issues to sports, and undoubtedly made me a more well rounded executive.

In what ways did your time in the Department of Communication Studies have smaller impacts on you?

I discovered the Teriyaki Chicken at Toyama - game changer.

Why did you choose the concentration you did within the Department of Communication Studies and how has that choice been the right one?

Ultimately I chose my concentration thanks to a generous scholarship program that made my time at UNCC more affordable. But years later, it also left me with skills, perspective and friendships that are truly invaluable.

What else should people know about you?

They should know the only thing more important than a job well done, is taking the time to celebrate it with friends and family - preferably with a cold beverage in-hand.

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