A Conversation with Dr. Sewell
What do you like most about your career?
“The thing I like most about my career is sharing my sales and marketing experience with my students. With over 25 years of teaching experience in the areas of marketing, management and economics, I have a broad knowledge of how each discipline works together. I also have over 40 years of sales and marketing experience to draw upon to apply what I am teaching in the classroom. I have continuously been in some form of sales and marketing since I was 15 years old and have also been teaching full-time for over 20 years at the college/university level during that time.”
Why did you choose your discipline?
“I have been in marketing and sales for over 40 years. When I was 15 years old I wanted to get a job to start saving money for a car so I started working in my family’s sporting goods business. Since my father had started out working for his father as a small engine mechanic, that I where I started. At the end of the summer, our shop foreman came to me and asked how I liked working in the shop. I told him it was “ok” and he said “so you really didn’t love it did you?” and I said “not really”. Then I asked him why he was asking. His response was “because you tore up about as much as you fixed back here…have you ever considered a career in sales?” The following week I moved to the front of the store and my father gave me a $30k budget and told me I would be in charge of the water ski and sporting goods department. From that point, I went to college and eventually was a real estate regional sales manager and a sales manager for my family’s boat sales division and currently am currently a licensed real estate agent.”
What is an interesting fact that others may not know about you?
“I was a zombie in a low budget horror movie with my son. It was filmed in my hometown of Pittsburg, Texas and was actually sold in Wal-Mart and still shows up on the Chiller movie channel on TV.”
- Doctorate Secondary & Higher Education (EDD), TAMUC, 1995
- MBA, Baylor University, 1985
- BA, Business Administration, Baylor University, 1984
Activities and Awards
- Member of Texas Association of Realtors, Member of Academy of Business Research.
- Nominated for University Service Award (2019).
- Sales & Sales Management (MKT 367)
- Channels of Distribution (MKT 386)
- Marketing Promotion (MKT 366)