Andy Potash ’66 knows how to stay busy.
It started at Cornell, where he was a two-sport varsity athlete playing both sprint football and lacrosse, while also being in a fraternity and serving as the senior class president. Prior to his final year on East Hill, he worked a summer internship with Bayly, Martin, & Fay (now part of AON) and accepted a job with the company immediately following graduation.
Potash spent the next 28 years in the retail insurance brokerage industry in a variety of roles, but when he turned 50 in 1994 he began to feel the need for a change.
“Fifty was the only birthday that ever bothered me,” says Potash. “I decided I needed to do something else, but found out I was too cheap to buy the red sports car of my dreams, and my wife [Andrea ’66] told me that I could do anything I wanted – other than getting a new wife.”
And with that Potash began reaching out to Cornell coaches, looking for student-athletes with “most improved player qualities.” In the end, he found four – Kristen Ferguson (field hockey), Taylor Gladd (field hockey), Rob Lincoln (swimming) and Taylor Reed (field hockey) – making up half of the company’s entire 2018 summer internship group.
“All four were terrific contributors,” says Potash. “The four of them really proved my thesis. They were driven. They were persistent. They were fearless. They were results oriented. All my colleagues and I just loved them. Rob was the only rising senior, and we’ve hired him and four other varsity athletes to join us full-time after they graduate this Spring as a result."
“I learned so much,” says Reed of her time at Bikelane. “My partner Katie Shum (a Cornell applied economics and management student) and I spent a lot of our time researching the market and we interviewed over 100 business owners about their marketing challenges. We ended up creating a wireframe for an app for both small business owners and their customers to use, and we were informed at the end of the internship that Bikelane is going to invest in our product idea and start building it out. Walking away having created an entirely different product with Katie, which Bikelane is actually investing in immediately, is so much more rewarding than anything I could have ever imagined from an internship.”
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