PLU School of Business

PLU SCHOOL OF BUSINESS AMBASSADORS

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:  Jordan Berg

Expected Graduation:  Spring 2017

Involvement and Activities:

  • University Chorale
  • Hinderlie Residence Hall Council – Vice President
  • New Student Orientation Guide
  • Chocolatier at Portland Fudge Company

 

Concentration:  Accounting

Hometown:  Vancouver, WA

Berg

Statement of Career Goals:

With a business degree, the world is essentially your oyster. You can do almost anything and work almost anywhere. Along with my passion for accounting, I have a passion for chocolate and baked goods. I would like to graduate from PLU and work as an accountant at a firm in my hometown of Portland during the day, while learning how to bake in the evenings. The dream is to one day open up a bakery of my own and have the skills and knowledge to run a successful business!

What do you like best about PLU School of Business?

I love the small class sizes and the incredibly intelligent, hard-working and helpful professors. I feel valued and appreciated in PLU’s School of Business, and I know that I’m receiving a renowned education that will help prepare me for my future endeavors.

What has surprised (pleasantly, I hope) you the most during your time at PLU?

The number of events on campus that are geared toward helping you find a job is incredible. From what to wear to an interview to how to write and build a resume to mock interviews and job fairs, PLU teaches not only what you’ll need to know once you have a job, but how to get your dream job in the process.

Name:  Andy Buzzard

Expected Graduation:  Spring 2016

Involvement and Activities:

  • Student Investment Fund
  • Economics Club
  • Boys and Girls Club
  • Tutor at Parkland Lutheran School
  • Relay for Life

Concentration:  Finance

Hometown:  Gig Harbor, WA

Andy

Statement of Career Goals:

My career goals start with finding an internship next summer. After that I would love to be an analyst for a firm in Seattle. Long term I would like to go back and get my MBA. After that, the rest of my career is up in the air, however a dream of mine would be to start my own non-profit when I am a bit older.

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

I chose to pursue a finance degree at the PLU school of business because I have always had a love of trading. From trading snacks as a kid to practicing trading on the stock market  on iPhone apps, I have always enjoyed trading of any kind. This led me to think that it could make a great career path down the road.

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

I think the most surprising thing I have experienced during my time at PLU is the willingness of professors to meet with students. This has been helpful in my classes, but also just for having general discussions about preparing for the future, opportunities in the work place, and just general conversations.

Name:  Daniel Herr

Expected Graduation:  Spring 2015

Involvement and Activities:

  • PLU Football
  • Radio Broadcaster for PLU Athletics
  • REI Marketing Department

Concentration:  Marketing

Hometown:  Eugene, OR

Statement of Career Goals:

I want to be a difference maker in my community. I have had a lot of people invest a ton of time and love into my life, and without those difference makers I would not have achieved what I have. No matter where I end up in my career I want to give back and have a positive impact on the people that I surround by helping them reach their goals and their aspirations.

What do you like best about PLU School of Business?

It’s the people that love. My teachers and advisors have had an amazing impact on my life. I can truly tell that they want each and every student to be successful in all aspects of life. They have pushed me to reach my goals and get to the places I want to be.

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

For me I spent so much of my time worrying about what I wanted to major in and do after college. I spent a lot of emotional energy going back and forth between what I wanted to do. Looking back I wish I would have lived a little more day to day. I think you miss out when you spend too much time worrying about the future and what it holds for you. 

Name:  Aubrey Larion 

Expected Graduation:  Spring, 2015

Involvement and Activities:

  • PLU Varsity Volleyball Team
  • PLU Constituent Engagement Intern
  • PLU Auxiliary Services Accounting Specialist
  • Beta Alpha Psi Accounting and Finance Club

Concentration:  Accounting

Hometown:  North Bend, WA

Aubrey Larion

Statement of Career Goals:

After graduation, I would like to work for a public accounting firm in the Seattle/Tacoma area. I want to work in the field of Audit and sit for the CPA Exam in order to ultimately become a Certified Public Accountant.

What do you like best about PLU School of Business?

I appreciate the fact that the PLU School of Business is so active in involving and promoting students with on campus and off campus activities. The School of Business works hard to ensure that all business students are equipped with the educational knowledge, skills, and networking capabilities to prepare them to be successful in the future. During my experience here at PLU, I have always felt proud to be a member of the School of Business and I encourage others to join as well.

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

I would advise incoming freshman to try to take advantage of all of the opportunities college can provide you with. Your education should be your main priority but PLU provides so many different ways to get connected and find your passions at the same time. I think the thing I most regret is not being more involved with different clubs, organizations, and events held on campus. While four years may seem like a long time, it flies by in a heartbeat and you should make the most of your time here at PLU. 

Name:  Casey Laufmann

Expected Graduation:  Spring 2015                    

Involvement and Activities:

  • Student Investment Fund
  • American Marketing Association
  • Youth Soccer Coach
  • Owner of Wedding Videography Company
  • Investment Operations Intern (Russell Investments)

Concentration:  Finance

Hometown:  Aberdeen, WA

Casey Laufmann

Statement of Career Goals

Simply put, finance is fun. I love analyzing companies and investment opportunities, whether it be a promising startup or a toll bridge in India. I’m a big strategizer and nothing is cooler than seeing the benefits of a successful investment strategy, more so for the stakeholders than myself. Value growth over time allows them to live comfortably and financially secure (one of the biggest causes of stress). The more people I can give that to, the better. If I can find a company or small shop that does this, and holds the same values as myself, I’ll never leave.

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

Try everything at least once. Risks are rewarded, sometimes not in the way you want but you learned something. Go in with a positive attitude because your attitude changes the outcome. Communication can be the sole cause of problems as well as the sole solution. Humility creates a greater, longer-lasting impression than any other cool thing you did. I have trouble with all of these but I’ve learned to recognize it and make an effort to improve.

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

PLU is widely regarded as one of the best schools in the Pacific Northwest, especially for finance. Not many within the younger generation realize that. I certainly didn’t. Once I started venturing out into the “real world,” I met executives, business owners, and portfolio managers that have done incredible work. They either graduated as a Lute or wish they were one.

Name:  Jennifer Lewis

Expected Graduation: Spring 2017

Involvement and Activities:

  • Ignite Ministries – Public Relations Officer
  • New Student Orientation Guide
  • Graphic Design and Content Management at Lewis Design

Concentration:  Marketing

Hometown:  Keizer, OR

Jennifer Lewis

Statement of Career Goals:

At this point in my education, I may not be certain about the exact path I will follow, but I hope to finish my schooling here at PLU with a Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration concentrating in Marketing or Human Resources and Management with a minor in Graphic Design. I want to use the culmination of my education, internships, and work experiences to go into Christian Ministries as a marketing director for a church, charity, or other global organization.

What do you like best about PLU School of Business?

Narrowing down the good qualities of the PLU School of Business is a difficult task, but if I were to choose one thing I like best, it would be the people. The faculty has an all-around determination and dedication to the university and the students that I admire greatly. Their passion for education even beyond the field of business is inspiring. I am also overjoyed by the welcoming attitude of the other students as part of a community of teamwork and collaboration, not competition.

What has surprised (pleasantly, I hope) you the most during your time at PLU?

Since I first stepped foot on campus, I have noticed a difference in the community here in comparison to other schools – students and faculty alike want to be here. Almost everyone enjoys being at PLU and will go out of his/her way to smile, hold the door, or answer a question. Basically, I am constantly reminded that a community like PLU isn’t an everyday thing. We are lucky to be here, and I want others to know that with Pacific Lutheran University comes a welcoming environment.

Name:  Allison McClure

Expected Graduation:  Spring 2015

Involvement and Activities: 

  • PLU Varsity Tennis – Team Captain
  • Student-Athlete Advisory Committee
  • Emerging Leaders Mentor
  • Webpage and Database Manager for PLU Academic Internships
  • Internship at Interstate Distributor Co.

Concentration:  Accounting

Hometown:  Richardson, TX

Allison McClure

Statement of Career Goals:

After graduation, I plan to go into public accounting and continue learning about the financial industry. My lifelong dream is to work abroad, providing startups and individuals in rural areas with financial advisory services and the means to becoming fiscally responsible!

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

I founded a public relations startup in high school, and learned from that experience (read: many failures) how important it was to understand an organization from all angles. Studying accounting lets me “translate” numbers into real, applicable change.

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

Go on adventures and eat good food! I’ve been bit by the wanderlust bug, and have really enjoyed exploring Washington as a Texan in the PNW. (Favorite trips include hammock camping in Oregon and snowshoeing up in the Cascades.) When I’m not out and about, I am often caught watching Food Network and dreaming about being a master chef.

Name:  Caitlyn Miller

Expected Graduation:  Spring 2016

Involvement and Activities: 

  • SVP of Operations for American Marketing Association
  • Student-run Academic Journal Reviewer
  • Study Abroad Planning Assistant
  • Student Advisor, Grader, Office Assistant

Concentration:  Marketing

Hometown:  Dallas, TX

Caitlyn Miller

Statement of Career Goals:

My goals are to finish my undergrad, complete an MSMR, and then get a PhD before becoming a professor of marketing.

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

I chose to study marketing because, in my opinion, it is one of the most versatile majors. I have watched friends who studied marketing go on to work for NASCAR, cruise lines, aquariums, and several of them run their own businesses now. Marketing is prevalent in every field of work. So if I ever decided not to teach, I could always go somewhere else. I also enjoy the challenge that business courses provide, and personally, I think marketing is fun.

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

Meet the professors teaching in your major as soon as possible. You will feel better walking into class on the first day if you already know the person teaching, and you will have a better idea of whose class you want to take in the first place. As an added bonus, your entire college experience is made better when you realize that the vast majority of college professors are kind and interesting people, and not out to get you.

Name:  Jessica Reid

Expected Graduation:  December 2015

Involvement and Activities: 

  • Beta Alpha Psi – Treasurer
  • Mentor at Elmhurst Elementary
  • VITA (free tax preparation services) Volunteer
  • Operations Manager at Heartland Automotive Services

Concentration:  Accounting

Hometown:  Tacoma, WA

Jessica Reid

Statement of Career Goals:

My career goals are to be a successful practicing CPA, loving the firm that I work with. Regardless of where I am working, I wish to make a positive impact in my profession and my community.

What do you like best about PLU School of Business?

There are many things I like about the PLU School of Business, but to narrow it down, I would have to say the thing that I like best is the relationships that I have built while being here. The relationships I have are with people that I see every day; they are in classes with me, in Beta Alpha Psi, and many of them outside of school as well.  I am very pleased to add these smart, talented, and charming people to my network. This couldn’t have been accomplished without the small and intimate classroom setting. We are like a family here in the School of Business and I love that.

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

My advice to freshman would be to get involved early and often!!! PLU has so much to offer and you have to be willing to reach out and grab it. You know how they say “A closed mouth doesn’t get fed”, well that couldn’t be more true! If you are not willing to actively participate in your time here at PLU, you won’t get much out of it. You get out what you put in!