CAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo., Oct. 7, 2015 — Southeast Missouri State University alumnus Justen Meyer of St. Louis, Missouri, goes to bat for the St. Louis Cardinals every day, ensuring the organization remains atop baseball’s best, in a league of its own.
Justen is the manager of Group Sales for the Cardinals, and has been with the organization since 2005. In his current role, he engages organizations, such as local nonprofits, corporate-employee-recreation clubs, social clubs and professional groups, encouraging them to use Cardinals baseball as a means to achieve their daily objectives.
“As the manager of Group Sales with the St. Louis Cardinals, I get to work with nine account executives that build relationships in the community throughout Cardinals Nation,” he says. “As a part of the Cardinals Front Office, I am an ambassador for one of the best brands in St. Louis and in all of professional sports. I am fortunate enough to work for a great organization, in a great city that is passionate about the sport and for an ownership group that truly loves the game of baseball.”
At Southeast, Justen earned a Bachelor of Science with a major in sport management and a minor in business administration. He also holds a Master of Business Administration from Lindenwood University. He credits Southeast for helping him land his current position.
“I began to network and ultimately landed my internship with the Memphis Redbirds, through a former teammate at Southeast,” he says. “While at Southeast, and specifically on the football field, I was surrounded by coaches and teammates that refined my work ethic and character that certainly contributed to my success with the Cardinals and in my personal life.”
Justen says he chose Southeast because of the football program.
“I chose Southeast because of the opportunities provided through football and the athletic scholarship,” he says.
His favorite memory at Southeast came on the football field during his junior year.
“My favorite memory was in September 2002, when we beat Middle Tennessee State University, a Division I-A (now called FCS Bowl Division) school,” Justen says.
In his free time, Justen can be found watching sports, traveling, working out, trying new restaurants, spending quality time with his wife Katie and following his heart through volunteering.
“After losing my father to pancreatic cancer in 2004, I started volunteering with the Pancreatic Cancer Action Network. For the past five years, I’ve been a core volunteer with the St. Louis affiliate and currently serve as the affiliate chair. I met my wife through the organization back in 2011 when she worked at the national office in California,” he says.
To Southeast students Justen offers this advice: “Don’t be afraid to try new things, meet people and step out of your comfort zone while at Southeast. And don’t forget to support those athletic teams, especially football,” he says.