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Alumni Highlights

Liz Renteria '16 erenteria.jpg
Accounting and Economics & Finance Double Major Graduate; Member of the Tennis Team; President of Phi Epsilon; Member of SACC, Alpha Chi, Student Managed investment Fund (SMIF), and International Club; Junior Marshal

Liz completed a summer internship in the finance department of B/E Aerospace. As an intern, she used automations and excel to save the sales team seven days' worth of work a month, identified $250,000 of revenue at 100% gross margin for B/E, and created a revenue forecasting model that gave detailed insights into the sources of revenue for the company.

Liz accepted a position as a financial analyst with Deloitte Touch in Australia in their business modelling section, where she helps provide insightful and value-adding support through financial and economic modelling solutions.

Josh Hill '16 joshhillgrad16.jpg
Accounting and Economics & Finance Double Major Graduate; Graduated with College Honors; Honors Council; Dead Athenian Society (DAS); Alpha Chi; Student Managed Investment Fund, (SMIF). 

He said of his thesis:
"It was the most academically challenging and emotionally satisfying project of my academic career. It was the perfect ending to my Catawba experience that has prepared me for the start of my professional life."

Josh accepted a graduate fellowship at N.C. State University, which involves guaranteed employment at a firm of his choice upon completion of his master's degree.

Alex Lee '16 alexlee.jpg
Economics & Finance Graduate; Mathematics Minor; Member of the Golf Team; Business Honor Society; Kappa Mu Epsilon; Freshman Class President

"Catawba has prepared me for the professional world by allowing me to grow and reach my full potential in the classroom and in a professional setting. I have learned new concepts, ideas, and skill sets that have challenged me, and I know that those challenges have prepared me to take on the business world. Majoring in Economics & Finance is beneficial here at Catawba because it allows a student like me to touch on two different fields of study in great detail, while also integrating both of them into one degree. The best of both worlds!"

Alex has accepted an offer with Allscripts Healthcare Solutions LLC in Raleigh to become an associate business analyst. He will be under the supervision and leadership of 2004 Catawba alumnus, Christopher Goff.

Jevgenij Gamper '16 jgamper.jpg
Mathematical Finance and Economics & Finance Double Major Graduate; Member of the Men's Swimming Team; International Student; Who's Who Among Students in American Universities and Colleges; Kappa Mu Epsilon; Creator of the Student Managed Investment Fund (SMIF)

"At Catawba, I was able to realize my full potential in learning, reasoning, creating, and developing ideas of my own and of others. This is essential for running your own business or for being an employee. Being focused on a career in finance, the Ketner School of Business and the Math Department faculty did an outstanding job in preparing me for a career in financial engineering."

Jevgenij is continuing his studies at University of Warwick to earn his Master's and Ph.D. in Mathematical Systems.

Rafal Baran '16 rafalbaran.jpg
Business Graduate with Accounting Concentration; International Student; Member of the Men's Swimming Team; Member of the Student Managed Investment Fund (SMIF), DAS, International Club, and Business Honor Society

"I traveled 5,000 miles to get an education from the Ketner School of Business and I have never regretted that. A tailored curriculum, together with classes made of individual and group work, perfectly prepare one for graduate school and for professional life. The amazing accounting program, which I have been concentrating on, allowed me to get my first-choice internship and be accepted into every graduate school I applied. Thank you KSOB!"

Rafal completed an internship with KPMG, one of the "big four" firms specializing in audit, tax, and advisory services, where he was offered a job after graduation. He also completed an internship with Phillip Morris International in Poland, the main European financial center of the company.

He will be continuing his post-graduate education at N.C. State University, where he is a fellowship finalist as one of the top 7% of applicants and a scholarship recipient.  He will be working toward his goals of obtaining a Master's degree in Accounting with a concentration in Information Technology and passing the CPA exam.

Christian Crifasi '13 crifasi.png
Business Graduate (Management); Cross Country Team Member

"I chose Catawba because of the small atmosphere and the personal attention that you get from the professors. I've always had a passion for business and the quality of the professors in the School of Business is what really drew me in."

lawson.pngGreg Lawson '12
Business Graduate (Information Systems); Baseball Team Member

"I came to Catawba to play baseball and earn a degree in Business Administration. I chose Business to acquire a concentration in Information Systems. I have enjoyed computers since I was young. While others have excelled in accounting or writing, I have excelled in computers and other electronic systems. For some people, programming websites and doing computer work is gibberish; however, for me it is like second nature. My main goal in acquiring this degree was to get into a graduate program to further my education in the Information Systems field. From there, I would like to be a web developer or possibly a game developer. Maybe someday I will be developing Call of Duty 11. For now, I will stick with my Business degree and continue to love working in Information Systems. My father always said, 'if you do something you love you won't be disappointed.' That is what I strive towards."

leroux.pngJessica Leroux '12
Business Graduate (Marketing)

"I chose Catawba to play soccer. When I came to visit the campus, I fell in love! I chose Business Administration as my major because I believe it is going to open a lot of doors of opportunities for me when I graduate in terms of jobs. Marketing was the concentration that I felt I would be best at, and possess the most interest in. I love being creative and coming with ideas to promote products. In the future, I plan to go back home to Toronto and pursue a career in perhaps advertising, public relations, or even human resources."

Robert Krauk '12
Business Graduate (Marketing)

"I chose Catawba because of the direct attention you get from the professors as a result of the small class sizes. The Marketing concentration within the Business major is something that is imperative for any company thus it made it a very useful major benefiting me in the long run. Society and the business world are shifting to whoever is able to market and network the best will be the most successful companies."

yarkoni.pngUri Yarkoni '12
Business Graduate

"For me, Business seemed like the most useful field for me to study and I found the major interesting. I liked the professors in the department especially Dr. Slate, my advisor. I studied a lot of material that was new to me. I found what I am studying to be useful with the current events today. I chose Catawba because of the Tennis program and the strong academic reputation that Catawba has. Out of the few schools that I visited, it was the nicest by far to me."

Uri is originally from Israel.

Sarah Matulis '12
Business Graduate (Management); Advertising Manager at Krotos in Edinburgh, United Kingdom

"I came to Catawba not only for the intimate atmosphere, but also for the quality of the professors found in the Ketner School of Business. The faculty not only have a passion for helping the students excel, but they have the experience needed in order to relate what is learned in the classroom to real-world situations. From all that I learned, I feel fully prepared for the fast-paced business environment I will join and leave my mark in."

Sarah now works at a software company in Edinburgh, Scotland that makes software for video games and movies like The Jungle Book and The Avengers.

smogner.pngTomas Smogner '12
Business Graduate (Accounting); On the Men's Basketball Team

Tomas was one of only two students chosen to represent Ernst and Young - Sweden in the International Intern Leadership Conference in Florida in the summer of 2013. Only twelve students were selected from the Nordic countries.

Tomas is currently working toward a Master's degree in Accounting, Auditing, and Analysis at Stockholm University.

touhy.pngMarty Touhy '12
Business Graduate (Marketing); On the Lacrosse Team

"I chose Catawba because I felt like it had a good balance between academics and athletics. I chose Business Administration with a concentration in Marketing because during my freshman year, I took a variety of classes and found the business classes to be the most interesting. I thought about what concentration I wanted to pursue and decided marketing would separate me from other students because companies always need to sell their product or service in order to be successful."

purpur.pngEileen Purpur '11
Business Graduate (Accounting)

"Catawba’s School of Business' excellent teaching faculty provided me with countless opportunities and knowledge to take with me into the professional world. My accounting professors opened my eyes to the hundreds of career pathways within the accounting profession and made accounting exciting. I am so glad that I chose Catawba, because my experience there went far beyond simply academics. As a student-athlete, I feel that I developed important skills that I will have with me for the rest of my life."

leon.pngValerie Leon '11
Business Graduate (Economics); Attending the Roger Williams University School of Law

Valerie was accepted into the Roger Williams University School of Law as a Leadership Scholar and into the honors program as well. Leadership Scholars receive a full scholarship and are selected according to academic promise and potential impact on the legal profession, such as a willingness to serve as role models in their community, help others surmount obstacles, and have a commitment to public service.

chinnis.pngRebecca Chinnis '10
Business Graduate (Accounting) and English Minor

"After graduation, I earned a Master in Accounting from the College of William and Mary. I now live in D.C. and work for Grant Thornton as an auditor. Catawba's curriculum, especially in the area of Accounting, provided the best education for which I could ask, which then allowed me to stand out among my peers when I went on to William and Mary."

gibson.pngGrant Gibson '10
Sustainable Business and Community Development Graduate

Gibson has been admitted to McMaster University's graduate program in Economics. He intends to earn his Ph.D. in Economics. McMaster is a member of the "Group of Thirteen" in Canada. The G-13 is considered "top-tier" and is very research intensive. He received a generous offer to study at McMaster.

beal.pngChristopher S. Beal '10
Business Graduate

“Entering my second year at Catawba, I finally knew that I was on the right track. I was enjoying my classes, I committed to majoring in business administration, I was inducted into the Philomathean Society (a men's service organization) and I began to associate with fellow students who were also committed to being successful and taking the college education seriously. I now realize that there was great value to the extra cost of Catawba education. It was because I was at Catawba that I had support of persons in finding a direction for my life. Because there was an organization like the Philomathean Society available to me, I was given new incentive and encouragement to be successful."

held.pngTyler Held '10
Business Graduate with a Focus in Marketing; Employed with Bloomberg LP Financial News Company in Princeton, N.J.

"I feel that the Business major from a global standpoint is uniting people together now more than ever. The Business program at Catawba College broadened my horizons and helped me become more open-minded. I also chose Catawba because of the soccer team (like a family to me) and the great financial aid package I was offered."

Held is from Virginia Beach, V.A.

lo.pngMai Zoua Lo '10
Business Administration Graduate

"I chose Catawba because it was the right size for me and the fact that classes were small enough where I could get personal help and build relationships with professors and students/athletes. Though Catawba is small, it offers great opportunities for you to pursue your career and you can have fun as well because you’ll basically know everyone on campus.

After college, I plan on working with the FDIC in Charlotte. I will pursue my MBA in a few years."

At Catawba, Mai's interests included Volleyball, PBL, Helen Foil Beard Society, and the Student Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC).