Luis Ramos ’07

Luis Ramos

  • Leadership Program Participant, Fifth Third

A 2007 graduate with degrees in both management and marketing, Luis Ramos (MI) relies on the accounting, finance, communication, and marketing training he received at PCC. “PCC’s classes have definitely given me the tools I need to succeed in the business world,” he said. Luis started with Fifth Third Bank as a bilingual customer service representative, and in less than a year he was promoted to supervisor of the bilingual team in the corporate office.

Now as a Leadership Program Participant at Fifth Third, Luis is currently in a two-year accelerated career program designed to shape the organization’s future leaders. “The program consists of four 6-month rotations among different departments to develop a stronger perspective and broaden my experience in the banking industry,” he said.

“God brought me to the Leadership Program through a referral from a peer manager. I was encouraged to apply, and after an intensive day of interviews, God granted me the privilege to serve in this role. Hundreds of applications are received every year, and it is a great honor and responsibility that God chose me to serve in this program. I am excited to see what God will continue to do as I walk in His guidance.”

“I sincerely believe the greatest gift PCC has given me is character training. I believe we as Christians have a great responsibility to submit to our government and authorities because the world is always watching us. My character, respect for authority, and discipline have given me an advantage in the eyes of senior management,” he said. Indeed, Fifth Third honored Luis with the company’s most prestigious award—the Horizon Award—given annually to only a few of several hundred nominees in recognition of outstanding job performance, teamwork, community involvement, and adherence to Fifth Third’s core values.”

“I keep the award at my desk as a reminder that God can do great things,” Luis said. “Working in the business field has opened my eyes to the fact that we need more men and women that would stand up for Christ and do the right thing. Honesty, integrity, accountability, and respect are becoming rare, and we need to show that through Christ we can shine in this world and make a difference.”

PCC Management grads are serving God in a variety of businesses including Fidelity Investments, Edward Jones, Prudential Securities, J.C. Penney, 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.

Ken Davis ’02

Ken Davis

Thinking that he had received a junk e-mail, Ken Davis (’02, Management and Marketing) almost missed the “out of the blue” offer to work at Microsoft. How many people get an opportunity to work at Microsoft within months of job searching? God had instilled in Ken the desire to work for a tech company like Microsoft ever since he became a fan of their products.

“God’s provision has been evident not just to land this role, but also to land each position leading up to and after it,” Ken said.

“God laid down different experiences in my path, which helped me build all the needed skills over time,” he said. “I believe God puts those desires in your heart so He can lead you there and show you His goodness.”

Ken attributes the training he received at PCC to helping him succeed as a financial leader. “The one highly underrated class I took was Business Writing,” he said. “We learned critical tips on how to be concise, to focus on ‘you,’ and to organize ideas on paper and in presentations effectively. I find myself continually referring to the principles I learned in Business Writing.” He has received compliments from companies on his written communication style, as well as frequent requests from colleagues to proofread executive e-mails. “Speech and English classes were helpful as well. Written communication is becoming a lost art, but it separates you from the pack as a communicator.”

Besides knowledge, PCC instills character in students by requiring class attendance and teaching students to dress sharp. “Discipline is often not expected in a secular institution,” Ken said. Bible classes also taught him to strengthen his faith and knowledge of the Bible and to sustain his faith for a secular business world. “Because a lot of eyes are on you as a leader, it’s that much more important to draw on principles from the Bible to show consistency, character, proper ethics, joy, and enthusiasm in your everyday work,” he said.

Ken observed that his teachers demonstrated that they wanted to be there instead of needed to be there; they poured themselves into the students’ learning journeys. “Their dedication provided an example of how I needed to show up to work ‘wanting to be there’ with a sense of gratefulness, passion, ownership, and responsibility,” Ken said. What he learned while at PCC made earning his M.B.A. seem like a review.

After four years at Microsoft, Ken saw the Lord open the door to pursue a new opportunity. The experience he had accumulated equipped him to become the senior director of finance for Updater, a new startup company based in New York. Updater created a brand new app that can be compared to Uber—but for movers. The app organizes personalized and very detailed mobile checklists to minimize the stress of moving. With this company, Ken provides strategic insights directly to the CFO and manages Updater’s financial planning.

Ken is often reminded why God brought him this far. “God opens moments for me to be a blessing in someone’s personal life,” he said. Beyond an in-depth knowledge of finance, accounting, and business, there is also the social aspect of gaining trust, having influence, being insatiably curious, and interacting effectively with people at all levels.

“Because of the trust we’re given, executives find that we provide a listening ear,” he said. “It’s an awesome opportunity to practice my faith by seasoning the conversation with empathy and a faith-based perspective. I believe God arranges leaders in business and Christians to cross paths for such moments.”

With the character traits for success and the fundamentals of business that he learned along the way, Ken was equipped to excel. “I put in a lot of extra hours, but it was also one of those career-building, God-provided learning experiences,” he said.

Paul Bunke ’93

Paul Bunke

  • 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.”

Jonathan Kho ’05; ’07 MBA

Jonathan Kho

  • 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.”

David Luna ’94
  • 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.”

Dewayne Turner ’94
  • 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.”

Uri Meyers ’97

Uri Meyers Marketing

  • Southern California Operations Manager, Enterprise Rent-A-Car

Management grad Uri Meyers (’97, CA) is the Enterprise Rent-A-Car Group Operations Manager for Southern California. His department is responsible for over 400 of the company’s city and airport car-rental facilities, from San Diego through San Louis Obispo. “Every day presents new challenges,” Uri said. “Some days I am meeting with our corporate team to design and implement new airport projects, other days I am meeting with landlords to discuss rent and lease terms. And some days I spend in the office strategizing with senior management on the direction of our group.”

Uri began working with Enterprise as a Management Trainee in 1997. “I had just graduated with a Management degree from PCC, and was unsure of what I wanted to do with my life,” Uri said. “I believe God led me to Enterprise, which presented me with a fantastic management training program where I could work my way up through the ranks, since Enterprise only promotes from within. I started as everyone does—renting cars.”

Over the next several years, Uri received promotions that led him to a position with the accounting team, then to become Regional Vehicle Repair Manager where he spent 5 years managing a fleet of 4,000 cars. He was soon promoted again to Regional Operations Manager with oversight of 30 branches, then to Group Operations Manager in south Florida with oversight of 200 branches. “I was extremely blessed to be very successful in that role, which presented me the opportunity to assume the top operations career at the largest group in the company,” Uri said. “It is extremely challenging, but I am thankful to have been very well prepared to handle the demands that come along with a job of this caliber.

“PCC’s programs taught me discipline, strategy, and focus. These are three aspects of my job that are invaluable. There are always many challenges in my environment, but I was trained to analyze those challenges and identify the ones that need immediate attention and which ones can be delegated to others. In the business world, discipline, strategy, and focus are three aspects that are invaluable to a company. I left PCC with all three of those pieces firmly in place, which set me up for success at Enterprise.”

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

Charlene Macalus ’99
  • 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.”

Brandon Loveridge ’01

Chris Callahan

  • 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.”

Jason Tisland ’06
  • 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.”

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