For Erick Long, there is no typical day at the office. As senior vice president of operations & events for the Academy of Country Music (ACM), Long’s responsibilities range from a last-minute request to transform an office into a music studio for a visiting artist to organizing an ACM charity event to overseeing logistics for the star-studded bash known as Country Music’s Party of the Year—the annual Academy of Country Music Awards show.
Long, who also has been an event director for the Avon Walk for Breast Cancer and for Universal Studios Hollywood, says his preparation for the entertainment industry began at Emory & Henry—where he served on numerous student event committees to organize events such as Homecoming and community service activities. He also credits widely diverse coursework, including courses in religion, French (his major), Japanese, Spanish and literature, as broadening his mind and challenging him to think creatively.
“The community at Emory & Henry allowed me to shine and to develop the skills that I still use today in my career,” says Long, an alumnus and former staff member of Up With People, a global educational organization that promotes intercultural understanding, leadership development and community service through the performing arts. “And the academic experience was amazing. When I feel challenged in my job, I look back to my professors at Emory & Henry and how they challenged me. If I could get through that, I can do anything. I received a wide breadth of education at Emory & Henry.”
Hometown: Horsham, Penn. (born in Maryville, Tenn.)
Current City: Los Angeles, Calif.
Occupation: Senior Vice President, Operations & Events for the Academy of Country Music
Advice to current students: “Take it all in. There’s so much that Emory & Henry has to offer. There’s so much education you can take in and so many organizations and activities you can be involved in. The more you’re involved, the more you’ll be involved in your career. These experiences will help you in the long run.”
Extra-curricular activities at Emory & Henry:
Alpha Psi Omega National Theater Honor Society
Alpha Phi Omega National Service Fraternity
Pi Delta Phi French Honor Society
Blue Key Honor Society
Sigma Alpha Kappa Fraternity
Campus Christian Fellowship
Student Activities Board