"That demanding experience as a young person has had a profound influence on my career," says John, now President of Operations and Technical Services for NBCUniversal. He is responsible for TV, film, and digital operations — including in-studio and external productions, food services, and security.
The Page Program is our signature strategy for cultivating the next generation of leaders in media development and production. Talented college graduates from diverse backgrounds spend a year as ambassadors of NBCUniversal — working in 12-week rotational assignments that build their marketing, programming, and business skills.
"Pages truly are NBCUniversal’s face to the general public, show guests, and employees," John says. "No other media company has a program like this, and it truly makes the experience of visiting NBCUniversal unique."
When John started as a page, NBCUniversal was simply the NBC Television Network — but both the company and his role have since grown dramatically. "I was given the opportunity to move around the company and work in many different areas — including finance, affiliate relations, local sales management, production, and operations," he recalls.
"Some of my most memorable assignments ranged from working as a production assistant on the 1988 Seoul Olympics and on the Studio 6A desk where Late Night with David Letterman was being taped," John says. "To this day, as I walk through the studios, those memories come rushing back as if they were yesterday."
Many media stars with household names — including Regis Philbin, Eva Marie Saint, Willard Scott, Kate Jackson, and Ted Koppel — started their careers as NBC pages. "Our goal is to develop young individuals into the leaders of the future, using the opportunity of unparalleled, early access to the media industry as our tool," John says.
With its admission rate of only 2%, the Page Program creates a pipeline of well-qualified, connected talent for us to work with. Based on the unique experience pages acquire, we place 75% of our program participants directly into full-time positions.
"Being a page taught me how important relationships are in business," John adds. "But even more than that, it’s the importance of hard work that I’ve taken with me."
John now uses his leadership position to help today’s pages along — another instance of the camaraderie he built over the course of that formative year. "I am very proud to say that I worked as a page," John concludes, "and having gone through the program, I never lose sight of where I began."