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Amanda Byers ‘13

Sales Specialist · Business Launcher · Success Manager


“Menlo is in an area that is invaluable to your future careers. Any industry or any company that you can imagine is at your fingertips for both internships and future jobs. Menlo also has a really strong Alumni network that is willing to help students, both at Menlo and once you’ve graduated, get to a place that they want to get to. You just need to remember that it’s going to take a lot of hard work to get the opportunities that you want.”


Amanda Byers, formerly Amanda Utpadel, is proof that hard work, strategic networking, and dedication can yield immense rewards for college graduates. In her Business Ethics class, a group project inspired her to interview Nokia’s Head of Marketing Bret Murray, who became an advantageous mentor throughout her career. After various jobs in the marketing industry, she worked her way up to be Amazon’s Advertising Account Executive in Seattle where she sells Amazon Advertising, a marketing program used by different companies to promote their products on the Amazon marketplace. There, she enjoys an ever-changing position with relationship management and travel opportunities. Her future goal is to become a mentor in the programmatic advertising industry and to continue making meaningful connections with others, both inside and outside her career. Her most fond memories from Menlo College are those made when creating her now life long friends. After classes, she would attend countless sports games to support them, and years later she is still able to support them at their weddings.

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