With graduation season quickly approaching, many seniors worry about whether or not they will secure a job. Penn State student Matt Ferri is already one step ahead of the game.
Originally a management major, Ferri (junior-corporate innovations and entrepreneurship) decided it was time to make change while he was working out at the gym.
“I decided that instead of trying to go after big companies to get sponsorships, I would create my own,” Ferri said.
Once his change of major was approved, Ferri said he started to pick his professors’ brains to get as much business advice as possible.
He said what really helped get his idea off the ground was the advice he received from his supply chain management professor, Felisa Preciado.
Preciado took an interest in Ferri’s plan to create his own fitness business and the two still meet to discuss future plans, Ferri said.
“Ferri Fitness is still a small business but I have a lot of respect and admiration for him,” Preciado said. “Many students are still figuring out what they want to do with their lives and Matt has already took a major step forward in his career.”
Preciado said Matt will be giving a presentation to his supply chain management 301 class the last week of school. In the presentation he said he will be discussing what he learned in the class and how he has applied it to creating Ferri Fitness.
Britni Daddario (junior-economics) has also assisted in the creation of the business and has been a major support line for him, Ferri said. Daddario has helped with designing T-shirts and producing a website.
“Matt is so passionate about this company and I think part of it is because he’s so passionate about fitness as well,” Daddario said. “He puts the same amount of effort into this company as he does into his fitness regimen.”
Ferri is constantly looking for new ways to help grow his business, Daddario said.
“He’s worked so hard to build this company up and seeing it come to fruition has been nothing short of inspiring, and I couldn’t be more proud.” Daddario said.
Ferri Fitness officially opened two weeks ago. Both Ferri and Daddario have been busy promoting the company and athletes through social media and are even considering a YouTube series, Ferri said.
“My life has always been consumed by fitness but now it’s more than an obsession, it’s a lifestyle,” Ferri said.
Prospective athletes of Ferri Fitness participate in the “Left Right Repeat Obstacle Mud Run” which involves competing in local shows and hiking the 2,200 mile long Appalachian Trail, Ferri said.
“My goal is to not only create a support line for these amazing athletes, but also to put them in the spotlight for a change and be able to sponsor them to the best of my abilities as well as have them become fitness icons for others to look up to,” Ferri said.
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