Charlie Collier '91
"Some of the best preparation for broad and general business leadership was being the president of Kappa Delta Rho at Bucknell. It was very much like being the president of a business — from managing budgets, to handling the board, to the people management challenges, to the surprise phone calls in the middle of the night."
Small screen success
AMC President Charlie Collier '91 graduated cum laude from Bucknell and earned a master's of business administration from Columbia University, but he traces the roots of his executive training back to fraternity row.
"Some of the best preparation for broad and general business leadership was being the president of Kappa Delta Rho at Bucknell," he says. "It was very much like being the president of a business — from managing budgets, to handling the board, to the people management challenges, to the surprise phone calls in the middle of the night."
His role as fraternity president "provided a transformative management, learning and growth opportunity," he says, and it has served him well. Under Collier's leadership AMC has shed its classic-movie past and reinvented itself as a multi-platform network that boasts heavy-hitting original programming. Big box-office talent fronts AMC mini-series like Broken Trail and The Prisoner, and two of its scripted drama series — Mad Men and Breaking Bad — have garnered critical acclaim along with Emmy and Golden Globe awards.
"What brings any television program through the long and layered process from a creator's vision to the time it finally hits the air can only be described in the context of the many people who nurture and shape the product at every level," Collier explains. "I've had the privilege to work with and for some of the smartest, most creative people in the business."
He started as a national sales rep at TeleRep brokering major market television stations selling inventory. He then moved to A&E because, as he explains, "I wanted to be on the network side, where I could touch the product. I left A&E as the vice president of ad sales and went over to Oxygen as the senior vice president, sponsorship sales. That brought me to serving as executive vice president and general manager of advertising sales for Court TV. Court was my last position prior to joining AMC."
Collier credits Bucknell with providing more than a solid foundation for his professional success. "Bucknell was all about the people and the opportunities outside the classroom for me," he says. "I met my wife, Kristin Hellstedt Collier '91, and many of my dearest friends at Bucknell and continue to be inspired by professors, administrators and fellow students."
Posted Summer 2009