SUU In View (Alumni Magazine - Spring 2003)
Heather Latteier ('02 family and consumer science). Since graduating from SUU in May, Heather is enjoying a story book beginning to what is sure to become a very successful career in retail management. Immediately following graduation, Heather moved to Orem, UT, to begin training to become a manager at Abercrombie and Fitch. Within a few weeks she received a promotion to assistant manager and on July 24th was promoted to manage the store in College Station, TX, overseeing a $5 million a year business. Her hard work and dedication has continued to pay off, as she was notified in October that she will once again be moving this time to Houston, TX, to manage an even larger store in 2003. She said, "I thought you might be interested to see where an education from a little school like SUU can get you."
Jamie Woodmansie ('02 communications) from Draper, UT, has begun her career as the Morning Show Producer for a television station in Idaho Falls, ID. In addition to her duties as producer, she will be teaching the seasoned staff how to operate new equipment the station just obtained. Of her experience at SUU Jamie says, "SUU prepared me well with knowledge, opportunity and hands-on experience for the "real" world that I know I wouldn't have found anywhere else. My professors taught me skills that have prepared me to be marketable right now through the experience they've had doing the job in the business world. Moreover, I know they were concerned about my education and future. I was a transfer student, so I had experience at another institution, and I know I made the right decision in coming to SUU."
Derek Bohne ('90 business) has recently accepted a position with the American Financial Group, an agency of Beneficial Life Insurance Co., as an Associate Manager. Following a successful experience with MONY as an agent and Associate Manager for the past 11 years, Bohne's recent appointment with American Financial Group makes him responsible for training and development of new agents. Additionally Bohne currently serves as a national committee member for the National Association of Insurance and Financial Advisors.
B. Lee Hurren ('88 foreign language and literature) has joined the faculty of Francis Marion University in Florence South Carolina, as an assistant professor of education. Hurren returns to Francis Marion where he attended before receiving his B.A. in foreign language and literature from Southern Utah University. Subsequently he received his M.Ed. degree in secondary Education from the University of Nevada, Reno where he is currently a Ph.D. candidate in education.
Dennis M. Sponer's ('92 political science) company, Scripnet, is among the fastest growing privately owned companies in the country. Founded in 1997, ScripNet has revolutionized workers' compensation by introducing leading technology into the claims process and managing costs at the Pharmacy level. This technology has allowed ScripNet to experience growth that has earned a place on the 2002 Inc 500 list as the 34th fastest growing private company in America. With a 3,536% sales growth within its first 5 years, ScripNet also ranks as Nevada's leader in private business growth. The company's success is based on a core set of values and prides itself on absolute integrity and trustworthiness, excellence in customer service, and the promotion of a rewarding work environment. "ScripNet joins an elite group of companies that are making a significant contribution to the U.S. economy. A ranking on the Inc 500 has often been an early indicator of future accomplishments on a global scale," said Inc Editor John Koten. Companies previously listed on the Inc 500 include Oracle, Microsoft, Patagonia and Domino's Pizza. The company's goal, according to Dennis M. Sponer, "is to never have an injured worker angry and in pain, or unhappy with a pharmacist because he or she is unable to get needed medications. We accomplish this goal by providing personal service including a customized on-line system and toll free help desk." It was just two years ago that Dennis was recognized by the Las Vegas Review-Journal as one of their top 40 businessmen under 40 years of age.