Auburn alumnus Yoav Bruck gives back through Auburn International Mentoring Program

Published: June 01, 2021

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During the 2020-21 academic year, Auburn alumnus and Israeli Olympic swimmer Yoav Bruck mentored Auburn hospitality management graduate student Alexandra Howard through the Auburn International Mentoring program with the Office of International Programs.

Bruck, owner of Issta Sport and Kenes Tours in Tel Aviv, Israel, received his bachelors in public relations from Auburn in 1994 and his MBA from Tel Aviv University in 2000. His company, Issta Sport, is one of the leading sports travel/hospitality companies with a big portion of the business running in Europe, and Kenes Tours is the leading inbound travel operator in Israel. His years of experience and expertise proved highly beneficial and rewarding to his student mentee.

"I had the opportunity to engage in personal and down-to-earth conversations with a true professional who is successful internationally," said Howard. "My mentor, Yoav shared great advice and ways to set me apart in my career. It was a true pleasure getting to know him and we will definitely continue the mentorship and friendship for years to come."

The Office of International Programs is thankful for Bruck's dedication to educating and encouraging Auburn students that are seeking career opportunities outside of the United States through the AIM program.

"I was happy and proud to share my knowledge, advice and recommendations with a bright, dedicated and hardworking Auburn student,” said Bruck. “It was beneficial for both sides I believe, and as an Auburn man, I will always help Auburn in any way I can."

The AIM program pairs select, motivated students with successful alumni living abroad for a meaningful one academic year mentorship. This relationship allows students to explore the opportunities and realities of living and working abroad with expert advice from a fellow member of the Auburn Family.

To learn more about the AIM program, visit the Office of International Programs’ website by clicking here.

Submitted by: Kalani Long

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