Brian Grandison

Brian Grandison

Senior Program and Project Manager


Fossil Group, Inc.

Dallas, TX USA


You’re not always going to make the right decision. The path to success is sometimes experiencing failure. It’s about how you persevere and handle that adversity that counts.

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Milestones

Milestones

My road in life has been direct.
Attended The College of Wooster in Ohio where he received his degree in the business of economics.
His first job out of college was working as an admissions counselor at a private liberal arts school, but he was actively looking for career opportunities in the IT industry.
Relocated from Ohio to Dallas, Texas in order to pursue a job opportunity as an IT consultant at Ernst & Young IT Consulting—says this opportunity was his “catapult into the industry.”
Got recruited to work for IBM’s global consulting practice implementing SAP enterprise business software for Fortune 500 companies.
In 2000, he decided to start his own company, BGV Corporation, where he worked as an IT consultant for businesses across the Southwest Region.
While there, Fossil Group, Inc. became one of his clients and he consulted with them on and off for over five years doing SAP and IT project management work.
In 2012, he was hired on full-time by Fossil Group, Inc. as the Senior Program/Project Manager responsible for the delivery of all IT projects.
He now works as the Sr. IT Solution Delivery Manager for Fossil Group, Inc. where he is in charge of all ecommerce and marketing projects.
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Education

Education

highschool
High School
undergrad
Bachelor
Business/Managerial Economics
The College of Wooster
Career

Career

Senior Program and Project Manager

I provide management oversight for the delivery of critical IT projects and programs.

Career Roadmap

Roadmap
My work combines:
My work combines:
Technology
Technology
Entrepreneurship
Entrepreneurship
Learning / Being Challenged
Learning / Being Challenged

Day to Day

My team collaborates a lot so it's not a typical IT role. My role as an IT solutions delivery manager entails me leading my team in creating global websites for Fossil.com. I work with our project team to make sure that they are getting tasks done and meeting goals. I also oversee the move of our development projects into production and ensuring that they meet the needs of our customers when purchasing goods online.

Skills & Qualities Beyond School

Get certifications that would be helpful to you like Project Management Certification (PMP). Have a broad base of IT software knowledge. Always seek to improve your analytical skills.

Advice for Getting Started

Here's the first step for high school students

If you don't have an idea of what you want to do for a major yet, take early electives that will help you pinpoint an interest. Talk to advisors about different programs and what a potential career path would look like.

Recommended Education

My career is related to what I studied. I'd recommend the path I took:

undergrad
Bachelor
Business/Managerial Economics
Hurdles

Hurdles

The Noise I Shed

"Maybe you should try to do something else less risky."

Moving from Ohio to Texas and eventually starting my own company were both really risky moves, but I had to learn to not be afraid to take risks. Do what you enjoy, what makes you happy.

Challenges I Overcame

Single Parent
Single Parent

I was raised by a mother who was a single parent. In the end, this made me strong because it gave me the motivation to do better.

First-Generation College Student
First-Generation College Student

I didn't have any examples of how to go to college, but I had goals and relied on those to guide me.