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Pivot to Success: Emory Attig

EKU alums Emory Attig and his wife, Betsy, named their first-born son Boone.

Seven years after graduating from EKU and now living eight hours away, Emory Attig’s blood still runs maroon. Just how dedicated is he? The former Colonel defensive lineman and his wife, Betsy (Keithley) Attig, ’11, named their first-born son Boone.

“He was named after Daniel Boone,” Attig said. “He got his first picture with the statue at Homecoming this past year.”

On the field and in the classroom, the Georgia native said, his alma mater helped teach him what it takes to be successful. After graduating with a bachelor’s degree in communications studies, Attig started graduate school and took a job at the University of Maryland’s athletic department development office. However, he had also learned that finding success meant following his dreams, and he soon realized they didn’t lie in sports administration.

“I just realized I wanted to do something else,” he said. “So I took a position with an outdoor furniture manufacturer and later landed a position at American Office.”

American Office is a contract furniture dealership that represents over 300 manufacturers, and it is the largest distributor of Herman Miller furniture in the mid-Atlantic. In his role as an account executive, Attig was responsible for more than $8 million in sales in each of the last two years.

He married Betsy in May 2014 and they welcomed little Boone into the world two years later. Between his success in business and his family connection, it’s safe to say he’ll never forget his roots at EKU.

Published on October 02, 2018

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