Welcome to Spotlight! Every Monday, from now till the competition, we will be spotlighting one of our past organizing committee members, participants, sponsors, or faculty advisors. The information was collected through a survey that was sent out to them.
Today we bring to you, Brian Luong!
What is your name? What were/was your position(s) with CaseIT, and what years were you part of the OC?
My name is Brian Luong! I was part of the Organizing Committee from CaseIT 2009 to 2012 as Team Host, Director of University Relations, Chair, and Senior Advisor.
If you are currently still in school what is your concentration/major? If graduated, what is your occupation/job title? Is your current employment related to your degree?
I am near completion of my undergraduate degree in Business Administration and concentrating in Accounting and Management Information Systems. Upon graduation, my goal is to become a Staff Accountant and obtain my Chartered Accountant Designation. I am currently on a co-op term with Engine Digital as an Administrative Assistant, and handle both accounting and office management tasks, so yes I would say that it is related to my degree.
How did SFU and post secondary studies benefit your career today? In your opinion, how important do you think it is to be involved in school events and why?
I loved being involved in extracurricular activities as it gave me a wealth of soft skills that I could have never gotten from reading textbooks and attending lecture. It was important for me, but I can’t say the same for everyone. To each their own.
How long have you been active with CaseIT? Are you still involved? What steered you to take a position as part of the OC?
I have been active with CaseIT for 4 years. I am not involved in the day-to-day operations of the Organizing Committee today, but I am a member of the Board of Directors who meet periodically to discuss the activities of CaseIT as a foundation. In my 2nd year I was looking for extracurricular activities that would benefit my growth personally and professionally. Upon being presented with the opportunity to become a Team Host in CaseIT 2009, I knew that it was exactly what I was looking for.
If you could sum up the planning and execution stages of CaseIT in one word what would it be and why?
Triumphant: “After pouring in countless hours into an event that is essentially conceptual for 10 to 12 months, there is definitely a triumphant feeling that takes over the body when the four day event arrives.”
What is your most memorable moment from CaseIT?
One of the most memorable moments from CaseIT would have to be in CaseIT 2011 when a few of the Organizing Committee members, including myself, decided to throw on our robes and galavant through the halls of the Pan Pacific at 2:00AM. Something about having little to no sleep brought out the crazy in all of us. Needless to say, I hope it becomes an annual tradition!