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Name: Aric Bremer
Title and company/organization: Sales manager of Zimmer Radio and Marketing Group and public address announcer for Mizzou Men’s Basketball
Job description: As a sales manager, I work with numerous local businesses to put together comprehensive marketing plans that bring a positive return on their investments. As the public address announcer at Mizzou Arena, I announce starting lineups for the Mizzou Men’s Basketball team and try to energize the crowd every time Mizzou scores a big three-pointer or someone throws down a dunk.
Years lived in Columbia/mid-Missouri: 16 years in Columbia
Original hometown: Sedalia, Missouri
Education: Bachelor of Arts and Sciences in communication from the University of Missouri with a history minor
Community involvement: I’m currently emceeing Tigers on the Prowl with Coach Kim and Melissa Anderson. I’ve also hosted events for the Rainbow House and Boys & Girls Clubs and look forward to emceeing more charitable events moving forward.
Professional background: I started working as a radio DJ in Sedalia when I was 15 years old. I started DJing for the Zimmer Radio and Marketing Group on Clear 99 when I was 18 and a freshman at MU. In November of 2005, I started diving into marketing full time with a former division of Woodruff Sweitzer called Ad Express until 2010. In 2010 I came back to the Zimmer Radio Group as an account executive and on-air personality. Currently I serve as a sales manager and do Afternoon Drive from 2 to 7 p.m. Monday through Saturday on 96.7 KCMQ and Classic Clear with Aric Bremer on Saturday mornings from 6 to 10.
A favorite recent project: Serving as emcee for Tigers on the Prowl with Coach Kim and Melissa Anderson is very rewarding. It’s bringing multiple businesses together to serve and reward 10 different charities in Columbia.
A Columbia businessperson I admire and why: Rusty Coats with Big O Tires. He’s so passionate about his work and dedicated to his craft. I’ve watched how his employees care about and respect him, and it’s the kind of leadership we all can hope to learn from.
Why I’m passionate about my job: My favorite thing about my job is helping small businesses gain a return on their investments. Watching businesses you’ve built marketing plans for succeed and grow makes my job worthwhile. I’m passionate about my side job as the voice of Mizzou Arena because I’ve been a Tigers fan my entire life. Feeling like I’ve had some kind of part in a big Tigers win (such as the Kansas game in 2012) is a rush like you wouldn’t believe.
If I weren’t doing this for a living, I would: Be selling time shares on an island in the Caribbean working three to four days a week and soaking in the sunshine.
What people should know about this profession: Building marketing plans for businesses is a real art form. It takes a lot of passion, commitment and belief. What people should know about being the voice of Mizzou Arena is that Bill Self and John Calipari are the two whiniest sideline coaches I’ve had the privilege of listening to for the past five seasons. They complain about every foul call [LOL]!
What I do for fun: My wife, Brandy, and I love to go to the beach; it’s our favorite place. I love St. Louis Cardinals baseball and make my way to Busch Stadium every chance I get. We also love to road trip all across this beautiful country.
Family: My wife, Brandy, and I have been married for six years and have a 5-year-old son, Dane. I also have two older children: Lexi, who is 12, and Carter, who is 9.
Favorite place in Columbia: The MKT Trail. It’s so peaceful and so great alone, with your wife or your entire family.
Accomplishment I’m most proud of: Becoming of the voice of Mizzou Arena back in 2010 was and continues to be a dream job for me.
Most people don’t know that I: Am a lifelong professional wrestling fan.