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Candace Kantz ’96

Bachelor of Science, Business Administration/Marketing

Candace Kantz ’96

Entrepreneur Candace Kantz began working at an advertising agency the day after her 1996 graduation from Gannon University. She had interned at the ad agency, which was arranged through her University faculty advisor. After spending years in advertising and marketing, her extensive background is paying off as Kantz now operates a growing company, CSK Advertising, LLC which she started in 2015. CSK Advertising is a media planning and buying advertising agency.

Prior to starting her own firm, Kantz worked primarily as a media director, media buyer, or marketing director for various agencies. She also earned an MBA from Duquesne University in 2003. Looking ahead, Kantz anticipates seeing her company continue to grow, and being able to provide her employees with a flexible lifestyle to enjoy their family and friends in addition to being working professionals.

As with so many of her fellow alumni, Kantz fondly remembers the Homecoming Parade. She also remembers Jill Slomski’s classes as being her favorite, and is so grateful that she had internships every year to help set her on the path to success. Membership in Phi Sigma Sigma rounded out her Gannon experience. Kantz’s advice to current students is to believe in yourself – and take advantage of an internship every time you can!

When not running her business, Kantz enjoys spending time with her husband, Kurt, and two daughters, Myra (8) and Miranda (5). Her hobbies include traveling, boating, ATV riding and shopping. She and her family reside in Zelienople, PA, just north of Pittsburgh.