Jeremy Sherman - WBHS Class of 2010
Jeremy Sherman is a 2010 graduate of West Bloomfield High School and currently works as the Director of Marketing & Growth at SNACKLINS. Jeremy took some time to update our community on his journey since leaving WBHS and he shared some advice for current students.
WB: What have you been up to since graduating from West Bloomfield High School?
JS: After graduating from West Bloomfield High School in 2010, I took a gap year to serve as BBYO's International President. BBYO is a Jewish youth organization with thousands of members across the globe. Each year, an International President is elected by peers and takes a year off before college to travel and visit BBYO chapters around the country and world. In my role with BBYO, I had the honor of being invited to the White House and had a chance to meet with then President Obama and his wife. Serving as the BBYO’s International President was an incredible experience that I've only fully realized now, almost 10 years later!
After my gap year, I went to Washington University in St. Louis where I majored in Business Economics and Political Science. I was very involved on campus and served as Senior Class President during my final year at WashU. In that role, I had the privilege of giving the student commencement speech at my graduation
I'd always had my eyes set on moving to Washington DC, so after graduation I started a job at Deloitte in their federal consulting practice. Over the course of two years, I worked on numerous projects for different government agencies including USPS, Department of Defense, Department of Commerce, and Department of Energy. But truthfully, I got bored pretty quickly, so I moved internally within Deloitte to a group called the Greenhouse. The Deloitte Greenhouse is a small team that designs and facilitates custom workshops for all types of clients across many different topics. It operates much like a start-up, which I loved.
In fact, I loved the start-up atmosphere so much that I decided to make a major change in my career and leave Deloitte to join a tiny company named Snacklins. Snacklins is a rapidly growing snack brand based in Rockville, MD that produces a one-of-a-kind crunchy, airy, low calorie crisp. In 2019, Snacklins was featured on Shark Tank where we secured a deal with Mark Cuban. As one of six team members, I oversee all aspects of marketing including digital advertising, e-commerce strategy, the customer experience, and more. And that leads me to today, where I live with my boyfriend, Michael, and my dog, Oreo, in the Dupont Circle neighborhood in Washington DC.
WB: How did West Bloomfield High School influence your current path?
JS: I think West Bloomfield High School did a great job of exposing me to tons of different subjects and activities, so that by the time I got to college I had a well rounded understanding of different areas of study. Even though I chose to study business and political science in college, I still use things I learned in psychology and Spanish classes at WBHS in my work today. Also, WBHS is a very diverse school with students from all different backgrounds, especially during my time as a student. I think I took that diversity for granted, because as I've grown older and moved away from West Bloomfield, I've learned that most people didn't have the same experience growing up. That exposure has helped me be a better teammate and member of society.
WB: What advice do you have for our current students?
JS: My advice to current students: don't be afraid to make drastic changes in your future career. Oftentimes, the longer you do something the harder it may seem to make a change. But the modern-day career requires constantly learning new skills and reinventing yourself. When I was a high school student, I had a whole plan for my future and thought that by the age of 30 I'd be settled into a career. But as I learned more about the world and myself, those plans completely changed. I went from working at a huge government consulting firm to a tiny snack company, and took a pay cut to do it. Even as I approach my 30th birthday, I'm still not 100% certain of what I want to be doing. So later on, in college or during your career, don't be afraid to change and try new things in order to find something you're truly passionate about.