Logan White ’19 Global Access Point – During the 2017 Summer, I was given the opportunity to work as a Marketing Intern for Global Access Point. I would first like to thank Shane Fimbel who gave me the opportunity with GAP. Secondly, I would like to thank Roland Morin and the C.I.B.E for their endless support of me and my Wabash brothers. Last, but certainly not least I would like to thank the Lilly Endowment. Their support for Wabash is endless and I am grateful for their generosity in everything that they do.
Global Access Point is an LLC that designs, builds, and manages data centers and network infrastructure for large enterprise and global telecommunications and cloud providers. GAP also is creating co-work space within Studebaker’s old manufacturing buildings. I was able to tour the construction site and do some market research on cowering space and different parts of building such a great addition to the South Bend community. During the summer, I worked on various projects that enabled other companies, along with GAP, in their success. One of my favorite projects was researching the E-sports industry. I spent two weeks digging into this industry, an industry that is untapped. The E-sports industry is currently on its way to being a multi-billion dollar industry. I worked alongside, Oliver Page, the other intern, and another Wabash alumnus, Matthew Dudevior. During those two weeks we aimed to figure out what makes the E-sports industry so successful and how GAP could be a part of it. The goal of it all is to bring E-sports to South Bend and let it flourish here.
While in South Bend, the most important lesson I learned was to not do stuff for yourself. Global Access Point has built an extremely successful company, but never sacrificed their morals. This company was built on helping others. The COO, Shane Fimbel always says “If you’re a giver, then you’ll love GAP.” That was the statement that made me commit to a Summer in south Bend working with GAP. As a young, business-minded, student, one of the most important things to me is helping others. In South Bend, I spent a summer working to help small to large companies continue their success. While doing so, I was working with a company that cares about others and the community. Values that I think everyone should strive to hold dear to them and make known to those around them.
Once again, thank you to everyone who made this opportunity possible. It was a summer full of hard work, learning, and a lot of fun!