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Wesley Whatley

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Wesley Whatley graduated from Stetson University in 2002. During his time at Stetson University, Wesley was a J. Ollie Edmunds Scholar and lived in the honors house his freshman year. When looking at colleges, Wesley listened to his parents' advice. "I followed my passions and auditioned only for schools with strong music programs, and that led me to Stetson University," said Wesley.

After his junior year, Wesley interned at Artemis in New York City for six weeks. The internship helped him develop his love for music business and New York City, which led to his current position as a creative director for Macy's Parade & Entertainment Group. In this position, his responsibilities include, directing the parade marching-band program, producing and directing large production numbers for the annual Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade, producing music recording sessions for Macy's 4th of July Fireworks Spectacular, and overseeing the casting for events. In addition to working for this extravagant company, Wesley is a two-time Emmy nominee and a 2011 Emmy Award winner.

Emmy nominations were never on Wesley's mind; no one at Macy's had ever been nominated prior to the 2009 recognition following the 2008 production of "I Believe," which Wesley composed for Kermit the Frog. Wesley also wrote "Yes, Virginia (There's a Santa Claus)" with Bill Schermerhorn, the Vice President of Macy's Parade & Entertainment Group, for the 2010 Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade.

"That night at the Emmys was the culmination of years of learning. I'm so grateful to the Stetson University community."

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