merchandise
Justin Kauffman
he/him

Merchandise Director

4rd Year Student
Hometown: Mechanicsburg, PA
Majors: Finance
Minor: Business Law (LEBUS)

Previous THON™ Involvement

THON 2020: Dancer Relations Committee Member
THON 2021: Merchandise Captain (Special Events Sales)
THON 2022: Merchandise Director

Why did you want to become a director for the largest student-run philanthropy in the world?

I wanted to become a director because this organization has done so much for me. My parents always told and challenged me to give back, and to make something better for the community around me. I have always taken that to heart and continue to be humble. This organization is my everlasting passion, because the kids and families involved in this tremendous fight are my heroes, and I will do anything in my power to ease their burdens.

What are your main responsibilities as a Director for THON 2023?

My main responsibilities include running our retail store located at the Penn State HUB, as well as an online shop. I work with 19 captains, and about 50 committee members to ensure proper order management, inventory counts, distribution, and other business tactics. We also evaluate our performance through social media, as well as using forecasting and data analytics. We would not be able to be successful without everyone involved.

What is your favorite THON memory?

My favorite THON memory would be my first time seeing THON. I was eager to get a taste of THON since my Sophomore year of high school, and my teacher finally let me go my junior year. Walking up the concourse steps and seeing all of Penn State together as one was something truly special. This memory will forever be with me, and it was when I realized Penn State is HOME. I am forever grateful to be a small part of our fight against childhood cancer.

As a director, what are you most looking forward to for THON 2023?

I am looking to continue building upon our successes from last year, fix our weaknesses, and create a better place for the future volunteers of THON. I love to look at our successes and continue to build upon them so that we can dance in celebration.

Favorite Quote?

Entitled to Nothing, Forever Grateful

Are you involved in other organizations that benefit THON?

N/A

What are you involved in outside of THON?

N/A

What are your plans after graduation from Penn State?

Seeking a full-time position in the Finance industry.

If you were an animal, what would you be and why?

I would say an Australian Shepard because I can be very sweet but also have lots of chaotic energy.

Is a hotdog a sandwich? Explain your reasoning.

Heck yes, it is, a lot of things are sandwiches, but just have different types of meat.