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PCC graduates and students use their training in remarkable ways. Read about how God is using them in their field of study.

PCC’s business department gives students a solid education grounded in practical application. Well-qualified faculty share their own real-word business experience. Graduates use their knowledge to serve God at companies like Verizon Wireless, Ford Motor Company, Chick-Fil-A, Cole Hann, Electrolux, and many Christian ministries.

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Spencer Frey ’12 grad

Spencer Frey

  • Grand Opening Supervisor

“I just sell chicken,” joked Spencer Frey (’12) when asked about his job responsibilities. But in reality, the 26-year-old alumnus has a lot more on his plate than chicken.

The ink on Frey’s business management degree had barely dried when Frey accepted a Team Member position at a Chick-fil-A in Macon, Georgia. His dream had always been to own a business, so within two months he had created a plan that would enable him to compete in a program offered to internal candidates pursuing a franchise with Chick-fil-A Inc. “I was accepted into the Leadership Development Program after 2.5 years of working my way up in a restaurant, and have had the great pleasure of traveling nationwide opening new restaurants,” he said.

But Frey’s journey to becoming a grand-opening supervisor at one of the fastest-growing food chains in the United States began several years earlier. Frey arrived at PCC as the typical freshman—eager to learn—and keeping an eye out for his future wife. It didn’t take long for him to meet Lexa (’11), another business management major. The two married after graduation, and today Frey credits Lexa with his success. “When I look back to my time at college, the big things that come to my mind are first, and foremost, meeting my beautiful bride and second, the biblical business degree I received.”

“The education and experience I had in Pensacola more than prepared me for my career,” he said. “I learned the importance of business and the various elements it takes to be successful. I had professors who genuinely cared about my growth and performance both in the classroom and in my spiritual life.”

Less than two years after being accepted into Chick-fil-A’s leadership program, Frey has helped open restaurants in ten different states. “I typically spend 4–10 weeks at an assignment where I coach and consult the franchisee on opening the new restaurant,” he said. “This has tremendously grown and stretched me to be more competitive as I pursue having my own store one day.”

At each new restaurant, Frey and his team start from the ground up. “Depending on the week, I could be interviewing new candidates, meeting with vendors and negotiating contracts for the restaurant, consulting the operator on various aspects in preparation of the grand opening, meeting with the general contractor to make sure construction for the new restaurant is on track, and creating systems to help ensure the business is organized and set up once open,” he said.

While Frey enjoys the excitement of life on the road, he still plans to operate his own restaurant. “I have the opportunity to cultivate young men and women and challenge them daily to be the best version of themselves,” he said, “As an operator, I would love to carry on that legacy by giving people the same opportunity I was given. I hope to produce future leaders—inside or outside of CFA—by giving them real responsibility that will grow both them and the business.”

“Chick-fil-A’s mission is to glorify God by being a faithful steward of all that is entrusted to us and to have a positive influence on all who come into contact with Chick-fil-A,” Frey said. “Our mission statement says nothing about being number one in quick service restaurants or any type of sales goals. Obviously, we have those; but it’s a lot more than selling chicken—it’s about having a great influence on both our guests and employees. I’m proud to work for such a great company that has core values that align with my own.”

Senator Garrett Mason ’06

Senator Garrett Mason

  • Maine State Senator

When Garrett Mason (’06) graduated from PCC with a degree in business management, he had no idea that in a few years he would be running for senator in his home state.

Garrett was working as an administrator for a hockey organization when Maine passed a sales tax on hockey tickets. “It was the first time I really realized how government influence can affect your everyday life,” he said.“I found out my senator had voted for a package that made my taxes go a little higher than they needed to be, and I decided to run against him.”

In 2010, Garrett campaigned with one promise: to keep the government from interfering with people’s lives. After being elected, Senator Mason kept his word. “My first term in office we were able to pass the largest tax cut in state history—it took 70,000 people off the tax rolls entirely,” he said.

Senator Mason also wanted parents and students to have a choice in their education. “I’m a huge advocate for school choice, and one of my first bills was a bill to allow charter schools in the state,” he said. Currently, Maine has six charter schools, offering parents a choice in their children’s education.

Although Mason never planned a career in politics, he realized that there was still more he could do. In 2014, he ran for his third term in the Senate, this time being elected Republican Senate majority leader. “We’ve noticed a big shift to conservatism, he said. “This is the second time that we have controlled the Senate over the past five years.”

Senator Mason started an internsship program with the Maine Senate Republicans for people who would like to get their start in politics. Last year, nine PCC students participated in the internship, with three returning to work full time at the state capitol. This year, Senator Mason and the Senate Republicans will again host interns for the summer.

In the spring, he returned to PCC and spoke in Strategic Organizational Leadership, Political Science, and State and Local Government classes, encouraging students interested in politics. “There are plenty of places to get involved—it doesn’t have to be with a party; it doesn’t have to be with a candidate; there’re a lot of causes out there,” he said. “Just be active early, and be active often.”

Mason’s vision hasn’t changed since he first took office.“I want to make sure that as we go forward we’re setting Maine up to be a great place to live and to do business. And you can do both of those things at the same time,” he said.

Brad Cansler ’95

Brad Cansler

  • Electrolux Major Appliances-North America

In his management roles with Electrolux Major Appliances-North America, the world’s second largest appliance manufacturer, accounting and management graduate Brad Cansler (’95) is entrusted with bringing change where needed in the organization. “The company sends me where they need to see changes made to processes and organization,” he said. “I work with people to identify where we are failing, and I have the authority to make changes in the organization in order to get results.”

In ten years with Electrolux, Brad has won multiple awards for his service and money-saving strategies. He has held a variety of key management positions in America and Europe, including Financial Analyst, Product Manager, Product Marketing Manager, Logistics Financial Controller, Global Process Design Manager, Deployment Manager, and Network Optimization Manager.

Most recently, he led a project to move the company’s Chattanooga, TN, warehouse to a new 600,000 square foot warehouse in Atlanta, GA. Most impressively, Brad’s team managed the transition so seamlessly that there were no business blackout days, which earned him an award from the company CEO.

“The most rewarding part of working in business is seeing ideas and processes come together in a way that drives profitability," he said. "The teamwork required in order to make everything work is exciting and fulfilling.

“If I had not been at PCC and had the kind of instruction I received there, I do not believe I would have been as successful in my career. The combination of business, accounting, and computer skills—applied from the foundation of a Biblical worldview—is one of the most powerful combinations any business-minded professional could have. Looking back on my studies at PCC, I believe I was challenged to work harder and achieve more than I would have in any other place. When I left PCC, I was accustomed to working hard in every area to achieve my goals. PCC, the teachers, and the instruction I received were a gift from God.”

PCC business grads serve God in a variety of businesses including J.C. Penney, Edward Jones, Fidelity Investments, Prudential Securities, and Shell Oil, as well as Christian ministries. Well-qualified faculty share real-world business experience for a solid education grounded in practical application. Visit the Business Department page for more information.

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