Movie premieres, Hollywood meetings, jet-setting around the world - when most college graduates dream big about their future, they probably don't even imagine the things that have become Maria Pacheco's reality.
The College of Business graduate, who finished her degree at PSU in 1998, has developed a very successful career in the mobile games industry. Beginning with Sprint in Kansas City as manager of games and entertainment, she has worked as a marketing professional for companies such as JAMDAT, Electronic Arts, and Vivendi Games. Today, Pacheco is a consultant with NextGen Marketing Group, a worldwide consulting firm that provides services for mobile gaming companies.
Having such a high-powered career that has taken her around the world, Pacheco says she's never forgotten her roots in Kansas, where she grew up and received a quality education.
"I've learned so much and had so many experiences that have helped with my confidence," she said. "If I could say anything to students about getting to where they want to be, it would be to stay flexible. You never know where your career could go if you are willing to try new things."