Current Position: Director, Marketing Operations - Cessna Aircraft company
Hometown: Valley City, ND
Please describe the path you took from graduation to get to the job you have today:
I started in an entry level marketing position with Cessna. Size and complexity of company has allowed me to
continually advance within Marketing to positions of ever-increasing responsibility. Have always sought out new
opportunities and responsibilities, often volunteering for "extra duty" and never afraid to take on a new challenge
or step outside my comfort zone. I've always sought out new learning opportunities, always accepting new challenges,
particularly those that offered the opportunity to work with people from different disciplines within the company
or industry. All efforts for achievement and fulfillment are for the benefit of the team I work with.
What is the best part of your current job?
Having the honor of working with some of the most outstanding Sales and Marketing people in the world. To
direct a massive, critically important Trade Show involving multiple facets and experience the details coming
together like a puzzle is very fulfilling.
How has your education from the University of North Dakota helped you in your career?
I feel it has helped immensely. I left UND feeling I had the very best Aerospace education available. It
instilled a level of confidence that prepared me to enter the business world and excel. I have always been
proud of my North Dakota heritage and my diploma from UND. It always boosts one's morale to hear the name of my
University mentioned on a regular basis in everyday business dealings. And, even though I did not choose a
flying career, having my license and ratings has also been a significant plus to my career.
What advice would you have for student in the aviation program today?
Don't limit your career aspirations to being a pilot. If you are certain that is definitely what you want -
that's great - be the best pilot you can be. Before you make that career decision, however, give consideration to
the other avenues and career choices open to you in Aerospace - particularly with the extensive, outstanding
education you have obtained at the Odegard School. Weigh in considerations of what your life will be like five,
ten, twenty years down the road - where would you prefer to live; what will your family situation be; etc.,
then make your career decision. Focus on it and go for it!