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

Berg

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

Jordan Berg

Expected Graduation: Spring 2017

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.

Buzzard

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 Buzzard

Expected Graduation: Spring 2016

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.

Herr

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

Daniel Herr

Expected Graduation: Spring 2015

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.

Larion

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

Expected Graduation: Spring, 2015

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.

Laufmann

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

Expected Graduation: Spring 2015

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.

CoLaufmann

Involvement and Activities:

  • Senior Analyst for the Mary Lund-Davis Investment Club
  • Captain for various Intramural Sports
  • Sales Associate for the Adidas Group
  • Chair of the Snohomish holiday food drive

Concentration: Finance
Hometown: Snohomish, WA

Colin Laufmann

Expected Graduation: Spring 2017

Statement of Career Goals:

I would like to enter the finance field and get a job in asset management. One day I want to start my own company in investments, preferably in hedge funds or derivatives, or just manage a portfolio, but really anything could happen at this point.

What do you like best about PLU School of Business?

I love how willing and helpful the staff is. Every class I have taken has had caring and supportive professors who would give up their time to help you if it was needed. They want us to succeed and it shows every day they are in the classroom and outside in office hours or emails. I love every business professor I have had and it is one thing that makes me love my major and the school even more.

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

I like to play sports, especially soccer or football, with friends and play pick-up games with them whenever it is nice out. Also I Snowboard in the winter. Reading is another big hobby of mine. I also like investing and learning about the stock market and all the quirks and fascinations about it.

Lewis

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

Expected Graduation: Spring 2017

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.

McClure

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

Expected Graduation: Spring 2015

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.

Miller

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

Expected Graduation: Spring 2017

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.

KParsons

Involvement and Activities:

  • Operations Intern at the PLU Advancement Office
  • President of PLU’s American Marketing Association
  • Administrative Assistant at Independent Marine Propeller
  • Marketing Intern for Patricia and Company

Concentration: Marketing
Hometown: Vancouver, WA

Kyle Parsons

Expected Graduation: Spring 2016

Statement of Career Goals:

After graduating from PLU, I plan on getting my MSMR degree and have that completed by Spring of 2017. Ideally I would like to end up working as a Marketing Executive for Louis Vuitton in either New York, California, or France.

What do you like best about PLU School of Business?

The best part about PLU School of Business is all the hands on experience you get during your time here. The group projects that are assigned are very applicable and expose you to the real world of business. I also enjoy the professors and how they actually know who you are as a student.

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

The thing that has surprised me the most at PLU is how open and accepting everyone can be. We all come from different walks of life and it is nice to see a community like PLU be so welcoming towards people that are different from them.

KPatton

Involvement and Activities:

  • ESL Volunteer Teacher
  • Grant Research and Writing Intern at Ashland Youth Sports, Inc.
  • Varsity Tennis Team 2012-14
  • Global Development Intern at Promium, LLC.

Concentration: HR/Management
Hometown: Ashland, OR

Katie Patton

Expected Graduation: Spring 2015

Statement of Career Goals:

I’d like to work in an organization like World Vision or USAID and for a company in the Green economy sector that specializes in renewable energy generation. Although I am not a scientist, I am passionate about the environment and preserving the world for future generations to enjoy. I am interested in green marketing for solar energy systems or wind turbines because I would be able to combine my business education with another passion for renewable energy.

What do you like best about PLU School of Business?

Sophomore year I spent a semester abroad in Granada, Spain and realized that I not only loved the Spanish language and culture but that I felt comfortable abroad and wanted to pursue a degree that would give me the opportunity to travel. After declaring a Hispanic Studies minor I knew that a Business degree at PLU would challenge me academically and allow me to graduate with the skills and knowledge necessary to excel in international business.

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

I would tell incoming freshman to get involved right away with a Varsity sport, academic club or volunteer group. It is really beneficial to jump into a supportive network of students that share your interests and it will enable you to make great friends right away. I played Varsity Tennis for two years and made incredible memories and friends that I still treasure today.

Reid

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

Expected Graduation: December 2015

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!

SSuznevich

Involvement and Activities:

  • Vice President of Beta Alpha Psi
  • Young Life Leader
  • Building Supervisor of Olson Auditorium
  • New Student Orientation Guide 2014

Concentration: Accounting
Hometown: Lake Tapps, WA

Sara Suznevich

Expected Graduation: Spring 2016

Statement of Career Goals:

My career goals are to work at a public accounting firm out of college. I want to be happy at a place that is close to home, and know that I am positively contributing to the company I work for and the community that I am in. I hope to go far in the company I work for, but am still uncertain on what that will look like.

What do you like best about PLU School of Business?

What I like best about PLU School of Business are the opportunities they give you to be in leadership positions. There are so many opportunities to step up into a leadership role and contribute positively to the School of Business. I also like all of the resources they give you to succeed. With the Linkedin and resume workshops they make it easy for you to better yourself as a student going into the professional world.

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

I would tell them not to worry about what their major is. Take Gen-Ed classes and talk to as many people as possible to try and see what you would enjoy. Get involved on campus and enjoy your time here without worrying about school too much. Do your best, but don’t compare grades with your class mates or get stressed about your GPA. You will end up where you’re meant to be, and you might as well enjoy the journey while in college with your friends.