When Grant Wittstruck 2008 transferred to Morningside College, he didn't know what he wanted to do for a career. But just a few years after graduating, he helped start a company that now has offices in Iowa, Florida and Louisiana.
Grant started college at a state school. He said he had fun there, but he had a better experience during his three years at Morningside.
"Every teacher knew me by my first name and actually cared about me as a student, which is a pretty rare deal," he said.
At Morningside, Grant majored in photography and minored in advertising and mass communication. Since he hadn't yet chosen a profession, he just took classes that interested him. One of those classes was web design.
That class came in handy when Grant got an internship as a webmaster for Powell Broadcasting. He did so well that the company hired him when he graduated. At first, he managed several websites and did ad sales. Then he began to offer creative services to other companies, helping with everything from websites and social media to print projects and videos. The creative services piece really took off.
"Probably two years into it, we started to brand my department as iCast Interactive, kind of as its own entity," Grant said. "Once we got to that level, we started adding people. We added several full-time sales personnel, graphic designers, web developers and videographers."
Now iCast Interactive joins Powell Broadcasting as one of 14 companies in The Powell Group Corporation. Grant oversees daily operations in Sioux City; Panama City, Fla.; and Baton Rouge, La.
"I've grown as the company's grown," he said. "It's a pretty cool deal."