Eagle Business Students Visit Riot Games

By Aron Gideon, Eagle Business Program Director

Each year, students of the Eagle Business program participate in the PromeNade where they write and implement business plans for start-up companies. As part of their preparation for the 2016 PromeNade (April 21 and 27), the students will be visited by the owner of PolarPro, Jeff Overall, who appeared on the last season of Shark Tank and inked a $1 million deal. Shortly after, they will participate in Chaminade’s version of Shark Tank where four Chaminade alumni will serve as the “sharks”. In preparation for this experience, 35 Eagle Business students visited Riot Games, founded by alumnus Marc Merrill and accompanied by alumnus Greg Stefflre, both Chaminade graduates of 1998.

The mission of Riot Games is to be the most player-focused company in the world. With over 2,000 employees in 13 countries worldwide, Riot was named the #13 “Best Company to Work For” by Forbes last year. Headquartered in Santa Monica, Riot Games earns more than $100 million per month in revenue as a game developer, publisher, and esport coordinator, based on their online game League of Legends, which is played daily in more than 145 countries around the world by 67 million active users. The 2015 League of Legends World Championship was played in Berlin’s Mercedes-Benz Arena and watched by 36 million people, a record for any esport event.

The goals of the field trip were:

1) To see how successful an alumnus of Chaminade can be.
2) To learn the importance of all departments to the success of a large company (not just the ones that get the attention, like game design).
3) To see a global company in action that succeeds financially while using a flat, fun, and flexible approach to growth.
4) To hear how Riot Games cultivates human resources through extensive recruitment, training, and cultural development practices.

Sophia Colavitti ’17 said “The trip to Riot Games was a very insightful experience, where we got to see first-hand how to operate a very successful business. Clearly Mr. Merrill and Mr. Beck, Riot Games co-founder, utilized their ingenuity and creativity to create a very cohesive environment for not only their gamers, but for the Rioters (employees) as well.”

When the students arrived by bus, they were greeted by a small army of employees and divided into three groups. The large lobby walls were covered with character artwork and promotional videos. A giant statue of Tibbers and his master Annie waited for them at one end. Aspiring computer programmer, Christian Gideon ’19, said, “I found the artwork very appealing and all the statues amazing. The campus is really nice and I like how the dress is very informal.” The groups proceeded to tour the several acre campus that included six large buildings surrounding an exercise yard with basketball court. It seemed free food was around every corner, in addition to the conference rooms, recording studios, arcade, coffee bar, cafeteria, and movie theatre.

More importantly, students saw evidence of the Riot Manifesto, which includes five main points:

1) Player Experience First
2) Challenge Convention
3) Focus on Talent and Team
4) Take Play Seriously
5) Stay Hungry, Stay Humble (be “humbitious”)

After a tremendous tour of the facility, the students were able to spend time in the Riot Games theatre engaging in a 30 minute Q&A period with Mr. Merrill. On their way out to the bus, gift bags with Riot Games gear awaited each participant. The students left inspired and ready to work. Alec Aronson ’17 said “Riot Games was an incredible experience where we were able to learn about the process of an exciting company in person and meet the co-founder of Riot Games Marc Merrill. It really helped me gain insight into how to create a successful company and taught me the importance of the consumer and employee.”

To learn more about Riot Games visit: http://www.riotgames.com/
To learn more about Eagle Business visit: http://www.eaglebiz.org or email Program Director Aron Gideon: agideon@chaminade.org

Eagle Business Program Partners With LA Times

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Soon Eagle athletic fans will be able to read about their team on the Los Angeles Times website via Varsity Video. The site will showcase original content, provided by Chaminade College Preparatory’s Eagle Business students. Chaminade was one of 15 schools in Southern California to receive the exclusive invitation to join Varsity Video.

Last week, students Jen Harlow ’15, Conner Hoyt ’15, and Alec Neimand ’16  visited the LA Times office building in downtown Los Angeles to discuss this opportunity. The evening began with dinner and talks by the Times’ CEO, Austin Beutner and Deputy Sports Editor, John Cherwa. Times sports columnists, including Sam Farmer and Eric Sondheimer, met with the students and their teacher Aron Gideon to discuss ideas for creating content that represent unique perspectives of Chaminade athletics. After discussions and training for interfacing with the latimes.com website were completed, Eagle Business went on a private tour of newspaper’s three floors.

The students have already begun to build their page. Find the Chaminade tab at Varsity Video at latimes.com in the coming weeks. If you have ideas for interesting athletics stories to tell, email eaglebiz@chaminade.org. To learn more about classes and programs offered by the Eagle Business Program, visit eaglebiz.org. There are nearly 50 members dedicated to Chaminade’s high school business program, which supports year-round enterprises such as Eagle Eye, Eagle Business Radio, and the PromeNade.

Prepared for Life

Sometimes classroom learning is about more than academics. Sometimes it is about preparing students for their future lives in the working world. Aron Gideon’s global economics class does both.

Mr. Gideon’s students learn the theories and styles of leaderships, marketing, and finance; and they prepare for life in the “real world.” They create a portfolio for the end of the semester assessment, which includes career research, a cover letter, resume, thank you note, and interview prep worksheet.

Then, they each take turns interviewing with Mr. Gideon in front of the class for a potential future college or employer. Students find the exercise fun and useful as their teacher-turned-interviewer can be a little unpredictable as an interviewer. His teaching style makes the process entertaining and helps students practice staying professional. About the overall experience, he says, “I have graduates send me testimonials about the value of the activity years after graduation and asking me to resend them the documents we used when they were still at Chaminade.”

Eagle Eye Wins National Title

Chaminade’s student-run business, Eagle Eye, has won the national 2012 Junior Achievement Company of the Year Award!  Five student representatives and Chaminade business teacher, Aron Gideon traveled to Washington, D.C. for the National Student Leadership Summit and competition between 15 student-run companies.

Held from July 30 through August 2, the competition included an annual report, a commercial, and trade fair display with interviews.  The general public was invited to participate by voting for their favorite commercial on Facebook and YouTube.  Eagle Eye generated 943 “likes” on Facebook alone.

Congratulations, Eagle Eye!

To view more photos and video, please find Chaminade on Facebook.

Eagle Eye to Compete in D.C.

It may be summer, but Chaminade’s Eagle Biz students aren’t on break.  They are gearing up for the Junior Achievement Company of the Year Competition to be held July 30 to August 2, 2012 in Washington, D.C.

Competing in a field of 15 student-run companies, Eagle Biz hopes to win the national Student Company of the Year award for their business, Eagle Eye.  Part of the competition includes a public vote for “best commercial.”  People can vote in two ways before August 1 – once on Facebook, and once on YouTube. To vote for Eagle Eye go to eaglebiz.org. The commercial campaign counts for one-third of the competition, so your votes are important!

Eagle Eye is a business operated by students in Chaminade’s Global Economic Leadership (GEL) class, taught by Aron Gideon on the School’s West Hills campus.  The company’s mission is to provide comprehensive sports media services designed to maximize performance and promotion for both coaches and athletes.  Read more about Eagle Eye, and keep up with their latest news at http://eaglebiz.org.