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Charlene Macalus (’99 grad)
Strategic Sourcing Manager, Cliffs Natural Resources

“Cliffs Natural Resources is a global mining company that supplies the steel industry. I am responsible for managing the end-to-end sourcing process for high dollar supply contracts. The core process includes requirements gathering, establishing a baseline, conducting market assessments, soliciting and analyzing bids, and negotiating and implementing the contracts.

“The courses I had at PCC provided a foundation of knowledge on a broad scope of business topics. Having this broad training has allowed me to have a more systemic perspective because I understand how all of the components of businesses are integrated, a critical aspect to good decision-making. Also, PCC’s biblical training is very relevant with regard to business ethics.”

David Luna (’94 grad)

  • Retirement Education Consultant, Fidelity Investments
  • Earned Series 7 investment license

“Fidelity is the largest 401(k) provider in the United States. My role consists primarily of traveling to our 401(k) clients’ workplaces all over the country to educate the employees about their workplace retirement savings plan in both English and Spanish. When not traveling, I work from home coordinating education meetings, making travel arrangements, and handling administrative responsibilities.

“PCC’s Management program provided an introduction to the many different aspects of the business world, including Accounting and Finance, Securities and Investments, Business Law, Marketing, and Speech and Business Communications. Additionally, PCC taught me to bring my faith into the business world. As a result, my co-workers know who I am and what I stand for. They seek me out when they need assistance from a spiritual standpoint.”

Jonathan Kho

Jonathan Kho (’05 Management/Marketing grad; ’07 MBA)
Sales Manager, PT Kuark International (Jakarta, Indonesia)

“Our company publishes the leading science education magazine for children called Kuark Science Comic. We also organize the biggest annual science competition for elementary students, with 78,000 students participating this year. I am responsible for the sales of the magazine in Indonesia. Through this company, I have the opportunity to improve the education level of elementary students in my country.

“PCC’s Management program has shaped me not only to have a good attitude and Christian work ethic, but has also equipped me with the necessary skills I need to be a good sales manager. Furthermore, my accounting and finance classes help me analyze sales data and trends. I will never regret my decision to get my MBA at PCC.”

Paul Bunke

Paul Bunke (’93 grad)

  • Financial Advisor, Edward Jones
  • Earned Series 6, 7 investment licenses

Awards/Honors:
Morgan Stanley Dean Witter National Sales Director Award; Sales Excellence Award

“My responsibilities at Edward Jones include acquiring new clients, and once acquired, my duties include portfolio management, retirement planning, risk management, college planning, and more. I have the opportunity to make a difference in the lives of others by inspiring them to better manage their finances. This not only gives the organization a better result, it makes everyone involved feel more fulfilled.

“Most importantly, PCC’s Management program taught me that we cannot manage ourselves, much less others, if we do not have a relationship with our Creator. This thought is emphasized at PCC in its Christian approach to everything that is done on campus. In addition, PCC’s striving for excellence in everything resonates in the Management program.

“Management majors should not take for granted the moral guidance that comes with a PCC education. If I had to choose again, I would not choose a so-called ‘accredited’ school and sacrifice that guidance.”

Chris Callahan

Brandon Loveridge (’01 grad)

  • Senior Property Accountant, Wells Real Estate Funds
  • MBA: University of Oklahoma
  • Certified Public Accountant

“I develop financial statements for a portfolio of Class A commercial office buildings in the Northeast United States. I’m also responsible for tracking $4 billion of fixed assets in our software program, and I spend a significant amount of time communicating with property and asset managers regarding the operations, capital projects, and leasing activities at the properties.

“Wells’ dress code is business professional. Becoming accustomed to dressing well at PCC helped me fit in with the environment we have here.

“The Accounting program provided a strong foundation in accounting fundamentals, many of which I use every day. The most valuable part of PCC’s training was how to research, work in teams, develop personal discipline, and handle disagreements constructively.”

Dewayne Turner (’94 grad)
Branch Manager, Piedmont Plastics

“Piedmont Plastics distributes all types of plastics, as well as materials for the graphics industries. My branch is responsible for the state of Alabama, as well as a portion of Mississippi. I hired another PCC graduate for the Outside Sales Position, and he is doing a great job.

“PCC’s Management classes provided a solid foundation to base my management philosophy on. Basing our training on biblical principles was key for me in the training at PCC. Having a strong work ethic was also emphasized at PCC.”

Jason Tisland (’06 grad)
Insurance Agent, State Farm Insurance

“I worked in the logistics/transportation industry for 4 years, but just recently made a career change. After much testing and qualifying, I am in 6 months of training before I will be taking over a State Farm agency in central Pennsylvania. I will have the opportunity to offer protection to thousands of individuals and families, and also provide them financial security for their future.

“The Management courses prepared me for what being an agent is all about. In my prior career, I was enjoying work, but really felt that I was missing out on the management aspect that I had been educated for. Being an agent is more than just selling insurance and financial services, it is managing a small business daily and being held responsible for my performance, and my employees’ performance as well.”