In a few years, you might see Abby Hennebaul’s name on a State Farm office.
Hennebaul, age 20, from Monroe, GA, graduated in May from the Hull College of Business with a BBA in the Digital Marketing concentration.
She is now in the agent aspirant program with State Farm and should be able to open her own agency in about three years after working closely with an existing agent to get her ready. For that training, she joined Peyton Pettus from Monroe, her hometown.
“I think sales and marketing correlate. I felt like marketing would increase my sales skills. I took one digital marking class and it sold me on it,” she said. “If I had the chance to go back and do it again, I would do it exactly the same way.”
Like many other students, she came to Augusta University to pursue a different degree and then transitioned to business.
Hennebaul was a chemistry major, thinking she would become a pharmacist after graduation. She was drawn to campus because of the quality of the science program, although there were other considerations that factored into her decision to attend AU, such as her fiancé coming to AU to play baseball.
She changed her mind about being a pharmacist after the first chemistry class. She enjoys science, but is not a desk person, she explained.
“I like to talk to people, to be involved. As soon as I switched (to business), I realized where I was meant to be,” she said. “Hull has given me so many opportunities, more than I can imagine.”
Hennebaul graduated in only three years and was inducted this year into Beta Gamma Sigma, the business academic honor society. She was active in the Alpha Delta Phi sorority, holding an executive position for two years.
“I pride a lot of my success to Women’s Leadership Academy. It truly accelerated me in every aspect that I needed growth. It was my favorite part of the Hull College,” she said.