Josh Christie ‘02 currently serves as Vice President of Engineering for ChannelAdvisor, a global software company headquartered in Research Triangle Park, N.C. that provides cloud-based e-commerce solutions for retailers and manufacturers to manage and optimize their sales across online channels such as Amazon. He recently received a 2015 Triangle Business Journal 40 Under 40 Leadership Award. These awards recognize outstanding professionals under the age of 40 for their contributions to their organizations and to the community.
Reflecting on his career choice, Jon Clemmons ‘08, who earned an undergraduate degree in business administration with a concentration in finance, recalled a quote from baseball great Yogi Berra: “‘When you come to a fork in the road, take it.’” “After completing an internship with a financial firm and another with a minor league baseball team,” Clemmons said, “it was time to decide which road I was going to take. It was either pursue the business side of baseball, or
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Career-savvy college graduates recognize that one must embrace both challenges and opportunities to achieve professional fulfillment. One such young alumnus was Daniel Malechuk ‘03, who graduated with a business management major and a Spanish minor and has spent the past eleven years clambering up the corporate ladder.
Kristin Murphy, global competitive sales intelligence manager for SAS Institute and an alumna of NC State, has been actively involved with the Park Scholarships program for the past four years.
Shaunis Mercer ’02 explored several majors before landing in NC State’s College of Management, where she completed a degree in business management. Although she concentrated in human resource management, Mercer said she enjoyed the diverse curriculum the college offered. Years later, when starting her own law firm, and in her current role overseeing juvenile defenders, she fully realized the value of her undergraduate coursework.
Sitting in her guidance counselor’s office, high school senior and star athlete Georgia Davis Brown ‘06 looked over the blank application before her – and slid it back across the desk to her counselor, incredulous that she had what it took to be selected for a Park Scholarship.