PLU School of Business

PLU SCHOOL OF BUSINESS AMBASSADORS

SOBA

PLU School of Business Ambassadors (SoBA) is a highly selective group of undergraduate students who work with the Dean and Undergraduate Programs Coordinator to promote the school’s programs, activities, and services. Ambassadors present at information sessions, coordinate recruitment activities for prospective students, represent the School of Business at special events, and help promote student engagement within the PLU community and the School of Business. Most importantly, SoBAs share their love for the PLU School of Business. 

The PLU School of Business is always looking for students to become Ambassadors. If you want to share your love of the PLU School of Business please contact Dr. Matt Luth at luthmt@plu.edu or anyone of our Ambassadors. SoBA recruitment is generally held during the spring semester.  Click here to learn how you can be an ambassador


Current Ambassadors:

Name:  Lauren Berg

Expected Graduation:  May 2014

Involvement and Activities:

  • Beta Alpha Psi – Vice President
  • Beta Gamma Sigma
  • Choir of the West
  • PLU Orientation Guide
  • Accounting Intern at Perkins & Co

Concentration:  Accounting

Hometown:  Vancouver, WA

Lauren Berg

Statement of Career Goals:

After graduation, I plan to work at Perkins & Co as a member of the audit team.  I hope to serve on an arts board in the northwest, combining two of my passions – fiscal responsibility and the nurturing of artistic creativity in our youth.

Based on your personal experience, what advice would you give an incoming freshman?

Don't be afraid to take chances.  Choose the major that both interests and challenges you.  Introduce yourself to people you want to get to know.  Be present and active in your life.  As Ken Venturi said, “I don’t believe you have to be better than everybody else.  I believe you have to be better than you ever thought you could be.”

What do you like to do for fun (outside school)?

I have recently had the opportunity to travel!  My oldest brother, Alex, sings in an A Cappella quartet on cruise ships.  Each of the last 4 summers, my family has gone on a cruise with him.  Alex has introduced me to Barcelona, Rome, Venice, Istanbul, Croatia, Nice, Santorini, Mykonos, Athens, Naples, Pisa, the “exotic” ports of Alaska and so much more! In addition, I have traveled with PLU ensembles.  I went to Germany and France in June 2011 with the University Symphony Orchestra while playing my French Horn.  This past March I traveled to Dallas, Texas as a member of the Choir of the West where we sang at the national American Choral Directors' Association conference! Oh!  And shopping – what girl doesn’t love a nice pair of shoes?!?

Name:  Haley Huntington

Expected Graduation:  May 2014

Involvement and Activities:

  • PLU MediaLab – General Manager
  • PLU Athletic Department Intern
  • Marketing Inter for CampusPoint Seattle
  • Communications intern for PLU Office of
    Development

Concentration:  Marketing

Hometown:  Redmond, WA

Haley Huntington

Statement of Career Goals:

Two places I would love to work are either REI or Nike, in the marketing department. Ultimately, where I would really like to see myself is working for a company focused on promoting athletics and/or health and wellness, which I am highly passionate about.

What do you like best about PLU School of Business?

One of the main reasons I came to PLU was the small class sizes and the ability to really connect with your professors and classmates. I feel that the School of Business faculty does a great job of providing a welcoming environment that also really challenges students to learn. The small classes have allowed me to become more confident and participate in class, which has helped me learn so much more than I would have in a class with 200 other students. I also value the opportunities we have to meet and work with professionals out in the business world, which makes the class curricula so much easier to conceptualize.

What has surprised you the most during your time at PLU?

I was most surprised by the faculty’s willingness to go out of their way to help. Even outside of normal office hours, the professors here are willing to make sacrifices to do what is best for their students. Our professors are even willing to come in on weekends to work with student groups, which I think is awesome.

Name:  Casey Laufmann

Expected Graduation:  May 2015                    

Involvement and Activities:

  • Resident Assistant
  • Intramural Soccer
  • Emerging Leaders
  • YMCA Soccer Coach

Concentration:  Finance

Hometown:  Snohomish, WA

Casey Laufmann

Statement of Career Goals:

Whether I choose the finance industry, music industry, or something I haven’t discovered yet, I am open to all possibilities. Regardless of which path I choose, I wish to make a positive impact in my place of work and community in which I live.

Why did you decide to major in business / choose your concentration?

Coming from a business minded family that talks about stocks around the dinner table, a business major was an obvious decision. I started my first “business” at 14 (wedding videography) then another last year (a music imprint) as fun side projects while I am in school. Getting an education in entrepreneurial finance is crucial so I may turn my creative ideas into a reality.

What do you like to do for fun (outside school)?

I make music! I produce dance music tracks in my dorm room, create cover art for each track with Photoshop, then release them via online streaming. To complement the singles, I also have a bi-monthly radio show. When I’m not working on music, you’ll find me in the gym, playing soccer, or snowboarding.

Name:  Nels J. Forde

Expected Graduation:  May 2014

Involvement and Activities:

  • Beta Alpha Psi – President
  • 8 Years Active Duty in Marine Corps

Concentration:  Accounting

Hometown:  Madison, WI

Nels Forde

Statement of Career Goals:

My five-year plan is to have four years’ experience of public accounting under my belt and to have a difficult decision to make; to continue in public accounting or to move to private industry.  My rate of success and prospective professional development opportunities will be the deciding factors.

What do you like best about PLU School of Business?

I have deeply enjoyed getting to know each and every classmate I have met at PLU and the School of Business in particular.  Beta Alpha Psi and the accounting program have introduced me to a network of brilliant, professional, charismatic, young men and women which I have the privilege of calling my friends.  This is made possible by the small size of the student body and classes.  At PLU School of Business I don’t feel like a number but a member of a community.

Based on your personal experience, what advice would you give an incoming freshman?

Explore all your options by talking with as many people as you can.  Get to know them so you can get to the root of their motivation rather than relying on a list of canned questions that elicit canned responses.  Find people with whom you have similar interests and keep in touch, develop a friendship.  Then, after taking in all the information you’ve gathered you can rely on your gut instinct and do what feels right.  Don’t be hasty, but don’t deny what your heart wants.

Name:  Ben Kaestner 

Expected Graduation:  May 2014

Involvement and Activities:

  • Varsity Football Captain
  • Fellowship of Christian Athletes
  • Volunteer at Lister Elementary
  • Statement of Career Goals:

Concentration:  Finance

Hometown:  Snohomish, WA

Ben Kaestner

Statement of Career Goals:

I would like to be a successful businessman enjoying what I do, while making a positive impact on the people I am around as well as the community. My dream is to be in a leadership position not only making better employees but building character in people as well.

What do you like best about PLU School of Business?

I love that the professors have real world experience. They can explain ways to have a successful career in business while giving me real world examples of opportunities I can attain.

What has surprised you the most during your time at PLU?

What has surprised me the most during my time at PLU is the deep relationships I have formed with the people here. Not only have I made lifelong friends in my classmates, I have also formed personal relationships with some of my professors.

Name:  Camille Carlson

Expected Graduation: May 2014

Involvement and Activities:

  • PLU Concierge
  • Intramural Basketball
  • Hospital Volunteer
  • Retail Associate

Concentration:  Marketing

Hometown:  Newberg, OR

Camille Carlson

Statement of Career Goals:

My dream would to be to get involved in the marketing department of an athletic apparel company. Hopefully I can make my way up in the company and my ultimate goal is to become an international advertising executive.

Based on your personal experience, what advice would you give an incoming freshman?

Now is your time to try anything. Just go for it! If you want to try out for a sport, do it. If you want to be a part of a club, sign up. There's no harm in trying. Get involved and you won't regret it. Also, you must be willing to put in the hard work now, in order for it to pay off later. Just know that this is the time to invest in a better future for yourself.

What has surprised you the most during your time at PLU?

The amount of resources that are available for PLU students to take advantage of has pleasantly surprised me. Once you are accepted into the school business and have chosen a concentration, schedule an appointment with your advisor. These people truly care about your future and want to help you make the most of it. They are the ones to talk to about internships and will help you get connected!

Name:  Becca Holtgeerts

Expected Graduation:  May 2014

Involvement and Activities: 

  • PLU Varsity Volleyball Team
  • Student Athlete Advisor Committee
  • Volleyball Coach at 253 Elite
  • PLU Fitness Center Employee

Concentration:  Management

Hometown:  Everett, WA

Becca Holtgeerts

Statement of Career Goals:

Along with my Business major, I am studying Sport Psychology and Personal Training. I plan to pursue a career that combines my interest in Business with my passion for health and fitness. I would also love to continue coaching volleyball.

What do you like best about PLU School of Business?

I love that I have been able to build relationships with my professors and fellow students. During classes, professors get to know you personally, and are great resources. If I have a question or a problem, I know that I can go to them for help. The school is small enough that your professors know you, and it is so helpful to have that network. Additionally, I met other students while taking my business core classes and made lasting friendships. By the time I took my upper division courses, I often would know most of the people in my classes. I love that I have been able to get to know many awesome people through my experience in the School of Business.

Based on your personal experience, what advice would you give an incoming freshman?

I would tell an incoming freshman that they don’t need to know exactly what they want to do, or what they want their concentration to be. Take some of your core classes and see what you like before you decide. Also, don’t be afraid to change your mind. I thought I wanted to be a marketing concentration, but decided to change to management last year. I think a lot of the time freshmen think they need to set a plan and have everything figured out, but you don’t. Be flexible and see where your classes and interests take you.