In gratitude for their significant efforts in support of students through The Salisbury Center for Career Services and Professional Development, Brian McMahon P’10 and Don Morrison P’07 were presented with the HWS Career Services Award on Tuesday, Dec. 18. The awards were presented at the HWS Club of New York’s Annual Holiday Gathering at the Cornell Club in New York City. Both men have sons who attended Hobart and both generously donated their time and expertise to help students make informed career decisions and gain valuable, real-world work experience.
McMahon is president and chief executive officer at ORION Holdings. Voted a 2010 Media Maven by Advertising Age, McMahon is the only barter executive to have ever received this prestigious honor. He formed ORION in 1996 as the first agency-owned and operated barter company under the IPG Mediabrands umbrella. Under his guidance the company has grown rapidly during the past 15 years, providing barter services to some of greatest companies and brands in the world.
In his son James’ first year at Hobart, McMahon began working with the Salisbury Center for Career Services and Professional Development, taking two interns and hiring two graduating seniors for full-time employment. Additionally, he has served as a Professional in Residence speaker on campus and annually hosts HWS students at his firm as part of the Advertising/Public Relations Day. He also participated in Media Day in New York City.
McMahon resides in Weston, Conn., with his wife Karen. They have three boys, Kip, Matthew and James ’10.
Morrison currently serves as the U.S. Chief Operating Officer for Brand Programming Network (BPN), one of the three worldwide networks within IPG Mediabrands. As such, he is responsible for all account management, planning, strategy and analytics for BPN’s accounts. Prior to joining BPN, he spent six years as executive vice president of Universal McCann Interactive, part of the Interpublic Group of Companies which is one of the top three holding companies in the world. He was previously media director at Amalgamated, and director of media services for Della Femina Rothschild Jeary and Partners in New York City.
A valuable resource to career services, Morrison has hosted annual site visits for students as part of the Advertising/Public Relations Day in New York City, as well as Media Day, and allowed students to participate in job shadows. Last year, he helped with the hiring of a graduating senior.
Morrison has attended Parents Weekend and is a Parents Fund volunteer. He resides in Cold Spring Harbor, N.Y., with his wife, Suzanne. They have three children, Timothy, Kathryn and Donald ’07.
In 2009, the Hobart and William Smith Board of Trustees introduced the Career Services Award to honor and celebrate alumni, alumnae, parents and friends of the Colleges whose commitment and effort through Salisbury Center for Career Services and Professional Development have transformed the lives of HWS students.
The Colleges are fortunate to have an extensive network of alumni, alumnae and parents around the world who work on a daily basis with HWS students to get them internships, answer questions about career options and advise them on career trajectories. This support is a critical component of the HWS student experience.