Megan Arnone has a need for speed.
A 2007 graduate of Southwestern Central School, Arnone received her bachelor’s degree from the State University of New York at Buffalo and has been serving as Harley-Davidson of Jamestown’s marketing manager since October 2012.
“I’ve had some really cool experiences here, just getting to know the biker community,” Arnone said. “From a professional standpoint, when I have a huge event, and thousands of people come, it’s really exciting.
In addition to event planning, Arnone also handles the dealership’s marketing and advertising activities, as well as graphic design duties, fundraising initiatives and community development programs.
“I think the most rewarding moments, are when I’m dealing with our outreach demographic, which for us is women and young adults(anyone under the age of 35),” Arnone said. “When I see them in our dealership I enjoy going downstairs and talking with them. And (a few weeks ago), we had two women buy motorcycles, and it was just so cool to talk to them, and they were just so happy. It’s like their dream is coming true. This is a really passionate field.”
Since moving back to Jamestown three years ago, Arnone has discovered a new passion, craft beer.
“My friend, Heather, and I, run the local chapter of what is a national nonprofit organization called Girls Pint Out,” Arnone said. “Our chapter, which services Erie (Pa.) and Jamestown, has about 70 active members.”
The mission of Girls Pint Out is to build a community of women who love craft beer. According to Arnone, this organization goes beyond the social aspect of enjoying craft beer and educates members on different aspects of the craft beer process.
“We’ve hosted beer pairing dinners, what kind of food goes with which kind of beer, what kind of glassware you should use when serving, how you make beer,” she said. “We have also looked at it from an operations standpoint, what goes into managing a brewpub or brewery.”
“We’re very community minded and try to give back whenever possible and that’s an area that we will really be expanding on, especially as our chapter grows.”
And the feeling of community is what brought Arnone back to Jamestown after college.
“Everyone is so friendly here (in Jamestown). I find it’s really easy to branch out and get to know new people. I think Jamestown is a wonderful place you just have to be open-minded about it and open to new experiences and say yes to things you wouldn’t normally do.”
This is part of a series focusing on students who have received scholarship assistance from the Chautauqua Region Community Foundation and have returned to the area to live and work. If you were a scholarship recipient and want to share your story, contact Sarah Marciniak , 661-3390 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Current high school seniors or college students interested in learning more about the scholarship opportunities available through the Chautauqua Region Community Foundation can learn more here. Applications are now available for the 2015-2016 school- year and are due June 1.