Chad Hahler

Chad Hahler

Software Solutions Specialist, A&B Business Solutions
Sioux Falls, SD
Business Administration, 2014

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Q&A with Chad:

Describe your current educational or professional pursuits.

I am currently the software solutions specialist for A&B Business Solutions. A&B Business Solutions is a premier business equipment sales and service company that has expanded to now provide managed print, managed document, managed IT services, and anything else used in today’s business world. My current position provides me the ability to meet with business owners and community leaders throughout our company’s entire territory of South Dakota, North Dakota, Nebraska, Minnesota, Iowa, and Wyoming, to consult them on their business needs. I find solutions to inefficiencies and provide products and services to help their business expand, grow, and increase profitability.

This fall, I intend to return to USD as a graduate student in their online master of business administration (MBA) program as well so that I can further my education and continue developing the skills I need to be a great leader in my company and community. My long-term ambitions are to follow my own entrepreneurial spirit and use my knowledge gained over my career to assist and provide mentoring to recent graduates and entrepreneurs to achieve their goals within their own careers.

How did your USD experience influence your career path?

My experience at USD shaped my career path by showing me exactly what I am passionate about and where my strengths truly are. When I arrived at USD, I had received the USD Law Honors Scholarship and was declared a political science major ready for a career in law. Within two years at USD and working with the amazing faculty and the academic advising staff, I had realized that I was not enjoying my studies and was jealous of some of my classmates who were taking business courses and studying management and researching corporate strategies. After being introduced to some of the faculty within the Beacom School of Business and taking a couple classes, there was no doubt in my mind that I wanted to pursue a career in business. USD also gave me the opportunity to network and connect with like-minded entrepreneurs, business leaders, and aspiring business-people like me.

Tell us about your proudest achievement.

My proudest achievement is not one singular event or recognition. In fact, the achievements that I am most proud of in my life thus far all take me back to my time at USD and have really set me on a great path since graduation. Being able to work a job while also getting my degree took a lot of time management and sacrifices at times to prioritize my obligations. I am also proud of my commitment to Sigma Alpha Epsilon and my fraternity brothers, as I was able to honor the traditions of the house and contribute to helping any member however I could. When I left USD after four years, my proudest moment was the feeling of overall achievement that I had successfully managed academics, fraternity, campus activities, and work. I am most proud of all the friends and connections I made during my time because I was able to reach out to them for help and offer my help to them; they are all still huge parts of my life today.

What was your USD experience like? Were you involved in any campus organizations or activities?

My USD experience included some of the most fun times of my life and shaped me into the person I am today. When I arrived at USD, I knew right away that I would be challenged academically and personally to evolve into the best version of myself over the next four years. I joined Greek life and became a member of Sigma Alpha Epsilon (SAE) my freshman year, which was the best decision I ever made. Being involved in an organization that so highly valued education, leadership, philanthropy, and community service is what brought me out of my comfort zone and allowed me to pursue my goals. I continued my involvement by holding several positions within SAE such as recruitment chair, social chair, and Dakota Days chair. Along with being a member of Greek Life at USD came the amazing opportunity to join countless other organizations like Colleges Against Cancer and Dakotathon. I would not trade my time at USD for anything in the world, and the friendships and contacts from my time there are going to last a lifetime.

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