Business Horizons

Where Are They Now?

 

LZimmermanLauren (Zimmerman) August
BH Class of 2000
Indianola HS

What is the best memory of your Business Horizons experience?
Making great friends and the end of the week presentation – it was exciting to present a product we had worked so hard on all week to a panel of real business people.

What is the greatest learning experience from BH that you still use today?
I learned how fun business could be!  Before BH the idea of working in the business world scared me but I learned that a job is what you make of it.  Creativity can not only make your job more fun to do but it can really be an asset in the work place and make you stand out.  People who do their job by the book are rarely noticed, it is the people who enjoy their job and make it more exciting that succeed.

What have been your career experiences since BH?
Had internships with Menace Soccer, Iowa Association of Business and Industry Foundation and Grubb & Ellis|Pacific Realty in college.  Got my real estate license to work in commercial real estate.  Started work at Terrus Real Estate Group in 2005 as an assistant to the Managing Director of Transaction Services, became a Transaction Advisor then an Account Manager and I am now Vice President – Corporate Leasing.


Adam Carroll

Adam Carroll
BH Class of 1992
Indianola HS

What is the best memory of your Business Horizons experience?
My best memories involve the connections I made at Business Horizons.  The people I connected with were incredible.  Not just the industry advisors but the students from all over the state.  I met one of my best friends at Business Horizons and we ended up being roommates in college and in each others’ weddings.  The learning experiences are fantastic and still pale in comparison to the networking opportunities the week provides. 

What is the greatest learning experience from BH that you still use today?
The greatest learning experience I received at BH was to not go with the flow.  We worked on creating the perfect sandwich company and were relying on what other people were telling us they were doing.  The group that excelled thought completely outside the box, went very creative with the company, and profits soared.  BH also forces you to work as a cohesive unit.  The ability to work with other personalities, team-building and communication skills fostered at BH are three qualities you just won’t get in high school or college.  I rely on those constantly! 

What have been your career experiences since BH?
My career experiences since BH are extremely varied.  When I graduated from college, I wasn’t sure exactly what I wanted to do so I experimented in several different industries: radio advertising, print advertising, high-end clothing, public speaking, business consulting and coaching.  My passions are public speaking and financial literacy so four years ago I started a company that delivers a financial literacy program to college students.  I’ve presented in almost every state in the U.S. to over 100,000 students.  I also co-authored a book titled Winning The Money Game.  My passion for financial literacy also prompted me to start a mortgage company that also focuses on education of our client base.  It’s called Four Legacies Mortgage and we encourage people to focus on their four legacies: money freedom, time freedom, relationship freedom, and service freedom. 


Paul CrawfordPaulCrawford
BH Class of 1991
Fort Madison HS

What is the best memory of your Business Horizons experience?
My best memory from Business Horizons was working on our team television commercial. We had to assemble a burger in time to music. The burger was two days old by the time we filmed the commercial, but the film crew commented that it looked the best of all the food that had been used up to that point!  I still have the tape of all the commercials and it was great working with all of those creative students from throughout the state.  It was a lot of fun, and provided me with a great background that I have relied on throughout my career.

What is the greatest learning experience from BH that you still use today?
Learning to effectively work with a diverse team of people is one of the skills I still use today. I have worked on a lot of teams and committees. The experience of working with a group, under the time constraints we had, taught me how to work with people to get the best from them to meet tight deadlines.

What have been your career experiences since BH?
I have spent most of my career working for non-profit organizations. My first job after graduate school was as the Services Coordinator for the Iowa Farmers Union, in which I coordinated membership recruitment and educational programs. After that, I worked primarily in fundraising and event planning for both the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation and the Alzheimer’s Association. In October 2006, I transitioned away from fundraising by taking a position as a Label Account Manager at Communications Data Services. In this position, I serve as a liaison between publishing companies, our company and the binderies that print and mail magazines to subscribers.


Kim GloverKGlover
BH Class of 1986
Van Buren HS - Keosauqua, IAKim Glover
  
What is the best memory of your Business Horizons experience
The lifelong friends I met that week.

What is the greatest learning experience from BH that you still use today?
The team atmosphere that BH created among all the students was a great learning experience and is something I still use today, even more than ever!  In my current role, I lead large enterprise wide teams in sourcing events to improve process efficiencies and decrease costs.

What have been your career experiences since BH?
I received a BA in Economics and Business Administration from the University of Iowa in 1991.  I started in the manufacturing industry as a Production Planner and Buyer for a small company in Iowa.  I have remained in the Procurement/Sourcing field my entire career and now develop commodity strategies and negotiate supplier contracts as a Principal Commodity Manager at Rockwell Collins, Inc. in Cedar Rapids, Iowa

 

 


 ShariNaughton  
Shari (Hunold) Naughton
BH Class of 1986
Marquette Catholic High School – West Point, IA

What is the best memory of your Business Horizons experience?
There are so many…..all of the amazing people I met from across the state!  Some of us ended up going to college together, and several still remain great friends today!  ….. touring Townsend Engineering.  What an amazing company! …. Winning the MESE computer simulation game!  Some victories you never forget!

What is the greatest learning experience from BH that you still use today?
Prior the BH, I thought business was all about crunching numbers.  Business Horizons opened my eyes to all of the different aspects of business: creativity, problem-solving, decision-making, leadership, managing people, networking, production, meeting goals and deadlines.  These are all skills I have used not only throughout my career but also to advance my career. 

What have been your career experiences since BH?
I lived in Indianapolis for 5 years and managed homeowners associations and rental properties, as well as leading the companies marketing initiative.  Since moving back to Iowa, I have headed up marketing for a microbrewery restaurant and managed a symphony box office.  In 1999, I started working at ING in Des Moines, managing a variety of teams, leading projects, and participating on leadership teams.  Currently, I am a Certified Six Sigma Black Belt, responsible for leading change in our business across the U.S.  to make it easier for our customers and our employees.  


Molly Schroeder
BH Class of 2003
Western Dubuque HS

What is the best memory of your Business Horizons experience?
Meeting people who had similar interests to my own. I also loved working with a group and having free reign over our decisions. It was also very cool to stay in the dorms on campus and pretend, for a week, that I was an actual college student! 

What is the greatest learning experience from BH that you still use today?
I would say the biggest lesson I learned at Business Horizons is how to work with people who have different backgrounds and ideas than my own. Sometimes it can be difficult to come to an agreement in a group and Business Horizons (and life) definitely require you to give a little and take a little when you can. I also really learned the importance of delegating tasks and prioritizing work. You can have a million great ideas, but if you don’t come up with a plan on how to accomplish your goals and implement your ideas, they aren’t worth anything.
 
What have been your career experiences since BH?
I graduated from Clarke College in Dubuque, Iowa with my bachelor’s degree in History/Pre-Law. I am now working there full time as an admissions counselor recruiting students from all over Iowa. I am also currently working towards my MBA at Clarke College. My ultimate goal is to continue moving up the ladder in higher education and eventually working as a Director of Admissions or Vice President of Enrollment Management.
 

Dusky Terry

Dusky Terry
BH Class of 1992
Greenfield HS

What is the best memory of your Business Horizons experience? 
Throughout the week at BH, I met and worked with people from across the state with differing backgrounds and personalities.  Getting to know them, learning to work with them as a team, and making friends was a memorable part of my experience.  I learned a lot about business and about people during that week.
What is the greatest learning experience from BH that you still use today?
The single greatest experience for me was learning that you have to be willing to take risks when you’re working in a highly competitive environment.  I’ve found that to be true in private business as well as in politics.  BH helped me understand at a young age the importance of risk taking and learning from mistakes. As I look back now, the experience was a bit like a high school version of “The Apprentice” in that we worked as teams to compete in private business – only the difference is that no one ended up working for the Donald.
What have been your career experiences since BH?
Since BH, my career has included stints in Iowa’s business, political, and public policy arenas; and many of the skills I learned at BH apply to each of those sectors.  I graduated from UNI with a degree in Public Administration and joined Tom Vilsack's gubernatorial campaign in 1998.  I served seven years in the Governor's office as a senior policy advisor overseeing Vilsack's policy and legislative agenda.  After an unsuccessful bid to become Iowa Secretary of Agriculture, I spent another two years working on political campaigns before I transitioned to the private sector.  I joined Central Iowa Power Cooperative (CIPCO) as public affairs strategist in 2008 with responsibilities in corporate communications, public policy, and business outreach.  Based on my experience at BH, I applied for another great ABI Foundation program - Leadership Iowa - and completed that in 2009.  In 2011, I was elected Mayor of Earlham. 

 

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