Casey A. Edsall ’16, ’18 graduated from Shenandoah University in 2016 with a Bachelor’s degree in business administration. Immediately after completing his undergraduate degree, Edsall enrolled in the Master of Business Administration (MBA) program at the Harry F. Byrd, Jr. School of Business.
Edsall’s relationship with Shenandoah was formed when he came to visit campus. “In high school, I was recruited to play lacrosse for Shenandoah, so I came on an overnight visit,” said Edsall. “During my stay, I got to see how beneficial the small classroom size would be for me, gained insight on how prestigious the Byrd School of Business is, and just fell in love with the campus and surrounding area.”
During his time at Shenandoah, Edsall enjoyed being a member of the lacrosse team and bonding with his fellow students and professors, while at the same time solidifying what he wanted his future to look like. “My education at Shenandoah has helped me identify which career path I wanted to pursue, as well as equip me with the knowledge and tools I needed to excel,” said Edsall.
Upon arriving, attending, and graduating from Shenandoah in his undergraduate years, Edsall began to better understand what allows Shenandoah to thrive and be an effective educational institution. “Shenandoah provides a great education in the classroom,” Edsall said. “But the opportunities they provide to take theory to practice and apply those concepts in the real world are beyond comparable to other small schools and even some larger universities.”
Edsall had the opportunity to go to the College Football Playoff National Championship game twice and most recently went with a group of Shenandoah students and faculty to the PyeongChang 2018 Olympic Winter Games in North Korea.
Along with graduate school, Edsall currently works as the marketing coordinator for Nerangis Management Corporation. “I directly initiate and execute community activities and programs with the goal of increasing community awareness and building profitable sales for the Nerangis companies,” said Edsall. Nerangis Management Corporation is an award-winning company that owns and operates several successful businesses and properties. Specializing in restaurant and hospitality business development and operations, Nerangis Management Corporation currently owns and oversees operations for multiple businesses in and around Winchester and Frederick County, Virginia, including the Alamo Drafthouse Cinema, Greene Turtle Sports Bar & Grille, and Country Inn & Suites hotel.
Edsall says the most rewarding part of his job is, “I really enjoy working with nonprofits in the area through my position, and being able to set up fundraiser events with them so that they can use the funds to help the community.”
Edsall’s advice to students is: “Network as much as possible. Get involved with the community, go to your local Chamber of Commerce events, and volunteer your time through non-profits, coaching youth teams, or any other similar opportunities. When you do meet someone new, make sure you have a business card on-hand and be sure to follow up with that person. Having a large and diverse network can help lead to job opportunities, business opportunities once you are employed, or could even develop a friendship.”