Jamin McGinnis

Jamin McGinnis

Class Year


Current home

Chicago, Illinois


Theatre and Communication

Current Position

Marketing Manager at Breakthru Beverage Group

Jamin McGinnis ’06 works as a marketing manager at Breakthru Beverage Group, where he implements the development and execution of sales and marketing programs for brands in the adult beverage industry.

At Carthage, Mr. McGinnis participated in multiple student organizations, worked as a tour guide on campus, and was a member of men’s track and field. He believes his involvement at the College helped him manage his time, so he can focus on his career while also taking time to volunteer in the community. 

“The thing I enjoy the most about my career is servicing and helping the underserved communities and often overlooked demographic customers and consumers in our industry: African Americans, Latin Americans, and the LGBTQ+ communities.”

Jamin McGinnis, ’06

How did Carthage prepare you?

“My time in front of an audience on the theatre stage and in public speaking classes gave me the tools and confidence that I use every day in all aspects of my career.”

How has your liberal arts education benefitted you?

“Due to Carthage’s welcoming environment of well-rounded and multi-involved students, I learned the importance of time management while overtaking multiple projects and still being able to balance personal life interests like volunteering and playing sports.”

Why did you choose Carthage?

“I fell in love with Carthage the moment I stepped out of my parents’ car on my initial college visit. The A. F. Siebert Chapel, the N. E. Tarble Athletic and Recreation Center, the lake, and the faculty and staff made me feel at home from day one.”

What opportunities were made possible because of your Carthage experience?

“The best opportunities I experienced at Carthage were the opportunities to lead and collaborate. Whether it was my involvement in Greek life, working in the Office of Admissions as a tour guide, or participating on the track team, leadership was always on the forefront of my personal growth.”

What Carthage professors played a part in your success and how?

“There were so many professors who made such a positive impact on my Carthage experience: Prof. Daniel Scholwalter, Prof. David Brunn, Prof. Neil Scharnick, Prof. Jon Bruning, and Prof. Leslie Cameron. Because of them, I always felt supported on a personal level. I was more than a number. They were my support team and family.”

What role have the values in Carthage's mission, "Seeking Truth, Building Strength, Inspiring Service — Together" played in your life?

“The Carthage mission has played a critical role in who I am. I am strong believer that giving back to the communities in which we live is the rent we pay for the opportunity to enjoy this great country. My recipe for life is: work hard and be the best version of yourself, celebrate life early and often, and give service as much as you can — it’s what it means to be a Carthaginian.”

What's your favorite Carthage memory?

“Some of my favorite Carthage memories are mostly time spent with friends: eating dinner in the Caf, and playing bags and beach volleyball between classes and finals. I also cherish the time I spent in J-Term classes, track meets, and theatre performances. I have endless great memories that shape who I am today.”

Tips for current Carthage students?

“Take risks and be bold early on during your career. Never be afraid of getting a “no.” With persistence, planning, and hard work, the “yes” will eventually come.”

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