Looking for our 2017 hosts?
Angie Bauer '11 | HR Specialist (Recruiter), Express Employment Professionals | Tacoma, WA (FULL)
Penny Bordokas P'19 | CFO, JMG Capitol Management LLC | Los Angeles, CA
Taylor Cassell '13 | Associate Project Manager, POSSIBLE | Seattle, WA (FULL)
Jeremy Ciarabellini '09 | Law Clerk to Justice Charles K. Wiggins | Olympia, WA (FULL)
Sean Christensen '94 | Senior Business Development Manager, Microsoft Corporation | Redmond, WA
Kathleen Deakins '79 | President, JayRay | Tacoma, WA (FULL)
Greg Friedman P'16 | CEO, Greycourt & Co., Inc. | Portland, OR
Bill Hunscher P'19 | Partner, TZP Group | Kentfield, CA
Zach Kotel '12 | Experiential Graphic Designer, ArtHouse Design | Denver, CO (FULL)
John MacLeod P'18 | Vineyard Manager, MacLeod Family Vineyard | Kenwood, CA
Dan Marsh '92 | Managing Partner/Founder, Avail | Seattle, WA
Lauren Middleton '10 | ETL Developer, Concur | Seattle, WA (FULL)
Matt Perry '06 | District Director, Office of Congress | Renton, WA (FULL)
Brooke Rapf '02 | Senior Footwear Developer, Nike | Portland, OR (FULL)
Graham Taylor '07 | NW Field Representative, National Parks Conservation Association | Seattle, WA (FULL)
Andrea Tull '02 | Director, Government Relations; Coordinated Care Health Plan | Tacoma, WA (FULL)
Dr. Tom Wuesthoff P'17 | Owner/General Dentist, Thomas F. Wuesthoff DDS, Inc. | Westlake Village, CA
I am a recruiter for Office/Administrative and Accounting professionals in the Tacoma Pierce County Area. I work with local companies to help them find qualified candidates. I spend my days interviewing candidates and coordinating with companies.
Penny Bordokas P'19 | 9 a.m. – 2 p.m., Wednesday, Jan. 13
CFO, JMG Capitol Management LLC
Our firm was a convertible-arbitrage hedgefund but after 20 years we have closed the fund to became a family office. Our team now manages the investments of the general partner with a small trading desk, handles all tax and accounting reporting, coordinates tax, trust and insurance planning's, handle philanthropic disbursements and grants.
I would be able to give an introduction to many areas of finance to see what best fits the skill set and desires of the student. Many people have a desire to be in finance but not sure in what area they would thrive. I started my career on the floor of the stock exchange and then worked in a Broker house Dean Witter (merged with Morgan Stanley). From there I worked at an investment advisory firm that managed pension accounts from large unions and endowments. My last 20 years have been in the hedgefund world moving into family office investing.
POSSIBLE is a leading global digital agency, with 25 offices and over 1,300+ employees worldwide. We offer our clients digital strategy, performance marketing, and creative design to solve problems and grow businesses using intelligent collaboration, creativity, and innovation. As a member of the project management group, our mission is to “sweat the small stuff and plan for the big stuff.” We build the environment and structure that allows our teams to create great work. Students can expect to sit in on a day-in-the-life as I work with project leads to ensure project success within budget, timeline and scope.
The Washington State Supreme Court is the state's "court of last resort" and is asked to review more than a thousand cases each year. Most of these cases come from the state Court of Appeals, though cases can be appealed directly from Superior Court. In the Supreme Court, no witnesses are called or other evidence taken. Rather, the Court hears only legal issues, and decides the case based on the factual record developed in the trial court.As a law clerk to Justice Charles Wiggins, I oversee cases that are assigned to our chambers from the initial petition for review to the moment our (hopefully) majority opinion becomes published. In this process, I conduct all the legal research and writing for Justice Wiggins and make recommendations to him on how the justices should resolve each individual issue before the court.
What you can expect from your visit: We are hosting students on January 12, 2016, for a half-day visit. You will arrive at 8:15 a.m., and I will bring you up to chambers to meet Justice Wiggins. At 9:00 a.m., you will observe oral argument before the court. I will email you some materials a week ahead of time on the case that you will be observing. After oral argument, I will take you on a tour of the Temple of Justice and talk to you about life as a law clerk/young lawyer. After that, we will go to lunch, where I am happy to answer any questions.
Sean Christensen '94 | 9:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m., Thursday, Jan. 14 and Friday, Jan. 15
Computer Science; Business
Senior Business Development Manager, Microsoft Corporation
*Sean will be hosting two different groups of students on January 14 and 15.
Sean is the Senior Business Development Manager for the Enterprise Partner group leading the worldwide enterprise partner strategy for Cloud & Datacenter Platform solutions. Sean leads the enterprise partner strategy for Microsoft’s End of Support products, currently Windows Server 2003 and SQL Server 2005. Prior to this role Sean was the Senior Technical Product Marketing Manager for the product launches of System Center 2012 Service Delivery & Automation (Service Manager & Orchestrator) and Windows Server 2012 Manageability & Automation (Server Manager & PowerShell) products.
Sean joined Microsoft in 2007 in Sydney, Australia as the Operations Consulting Lead and later as the Microsoft Consulting Services Executive for New South Wales, working with Microsoft customers and partners in the commercial & public sectors. Prior to joining Microsoft Sean worked for BMC Software and its partners as a Solution Architect and Professional Services Manager for the Asia Pacific region focusing on Remedy ITSM and Atrium CMDB solutions. Sean earned a B.S. in Computer Science / Business from The University of Puget Sound and holds the ITIL v3 Expert qualification.
While at UPS, Sean was a member of Sigma Chi fraternity and active in Lighthouse Christian Ministries. Outside of work Sean is a father of 4 active children, Cub Scout Leader, coaches Little League baseball, and an active committee member for Snoqualmie Valley Young Life.
Students shadowing me for the day can expect to do the following activities with me:
1) Prepare an executive briefing that will be sent out to Microsoft stakeholders on the results to date of our partner data center & hybrid cloud activities & results.
2) Participate with me in one of my own coaching & networking sessions to experience what this looks like in the real world.
3) Meet other Microsoft team members both informally and in meetings.
4) Lunch on campus and a visit to the Microsoft company store
I lead a team of professionals who provide advertising, marketing and strategic communications services to clients in the Puget Sound area and across the country. Clients include organizations in health care, financial services, real estate development, government and nonprofits.
Greycourt advises ultra-high net worth families on portfolio construction (asset allocation), manager selection and implementation. We would plan to have the student review our detailed outlook for the economy and markets and would discuss how we arrived at our conclusions. Also, if scheduling permits, we would have the student join one of our professionals in interviewing an investment manager. We would provide background material on the manager prior to the visit.
I am a partner with TZP Group, a private equity firm based in New York and San Francisco. We look to invest in growth companies in a variety of industries including consumer and business services. I will give an introduction to private equity investing and investment banking.
In addition to investing, I have spent a good deal of my career conceiving and building businesses in a variety of industries and believe I could be helpful relaying my experiences around being an entrepreneur. Having graduated from a liberal arts college, I think the evolution of my career could be instructive to Puget Sound students as they think about their professional path.
ArtHouse Design is a distinctive studio that is devoted to the creation of beautiful, thoughtful design. We believe that taking time to listen, discover, explore and experiment leads to the most innovative solutions. Approaching new work with a fresh perspective and open mind allows us to exceed expectations. Our design is multidimensional and multidisciplinary and our approach to creative problem solving is the same. From iconic logos to memorable public installations, our projects best communicate our clients’ visions and goals.
ArtHouse is a unique firm with a wide range of expertise. Our ability to develop, enhance and reinvigorate brands, whether in print, packaging or placemaking, characterizes our work. At ArtHouse, we maintain the highest standards for both our work and our relationships with our clients. We are constantly endeavoring to share our passion for the work we do and to make it an enjoyable and fulfilling process along the way.
A student shadowing me may get to come to a client meeting, a site visit or simply take in the day to day tasks of a design studio. I am an environmental graphic designer who actively leads projects from initial concept to completion.
John MacLeod P'18 | 8 a.m. – 1 p.m., Wednesday, Jan. 13
Vineyard Manager, MacLeod Family Vineyard
Spend a morning at MacLeod Family Vineyard and learn about grape growing and sustainability. We will then travel 45 minutes north to Mauritson Family Winery where we will meet the winemakers and learn about marketing, wine making, careers and business of managing a small winery.
John graduated from U.C. Davis with a Geology degree and immediately began working for Chevron Exploration. During his career at Chevron, he met his wife, Marjorie, and asked her to Sonoma for their first date. The rest is history. John continued working for Chevron for 31 years, raised two great kids and commuted 144 miles a day. John finished his career at Chevron in August 2014 as an Environmental Geologist. On weekends, John worked in the vineyard, had fun with the family, and attended extension classes at U.C. Davis and Santa Rosa Junior College in viticulture. In his first year of retirement, John is working on certifying the vineyard as sustainable, working diligently in the vineyard and helping Marjorie and George sell wine.
Avail Partners is a technology consulting agency transforming the way business leaders take advantage of cloud economics. Avail evaluates vendors daily on performance, price and contract terms for Infrastructure-as-a-Service, data center hosting, cloud platforms and networking services. The agency provides market intelligence, solutions design and IT/revenue analysis, while protecting against disruptive vendor sales tactics by providing client anonymity. Avail's methodology results in time savings, confidence in due diligence, cost containment and increased revenue potential for clients. Business students looking at the field of cloud computing are coming to market at an ideal time. In just the last couple years, we've seen the industry interest in cloud computing shift from technological exploration to business rationalization. Our company is interested to hear how graduating students see the world, and if business training in college is adequately preparing them to link business drivers to the potential outcomes of cloud computing.
Lauren Middleton '10 | 8:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m., Tues. Jan. 12 or Wed. Jan 13*
Mathematics, Computer Science
ETL Developer, Concur
*Lauren will be hosting two different groups of students on January 12 and 13.
Student spots have been filled.
Concur provides travel and expense management products to over 20,000 different clients with the goal of making the process of traveling for work and submitting expenses as seamless as possible. I work on Concur's internal Business Intelligence teams which makes data available for Concur employees to build reports and do analysis on many of Concur's business processes. I'm an ETL developer which means I spend most of my time writing SQL and digging into all types of different databases. I also work with the business on a day-to-day basis: gathering requirements for new functionality, participating in larger architecture designs and troubleshooting existing code.
I serve as Congressman Smith's District Director. Our office focuses on constituent services, including casework and community outreach. I oversee all aspects of the office and students can gain insight into the work we do in the community. Feel free to contact me if you have any questions.
Nike is a sports footwear and apparel company. I work in footwear development, which is an engineering/project management role within the product creation process. When students come to visit they can expect to learn about how to build footwear, how the product creation triad (design, marketing and development) interact and how the product creation process - how a 2D design gets conceptualized, made into samples for review and then brought into production.
National Parks Conservation Association is an organization working to advocate on behalf of our National Parks and sites managed by the National Park Service. I am a field organizer, working to generate support for parks and mobilize local activists who can advocate for our parks. Students can join us for our weekly 9AM call where we talk with staff members across the nation about ongoing issues, current needs and projects. From 10-12 the student will shadow me to learn about what my day includes, and then we will end with a lunch meeting.
I oversee all of the government relations for my company. I serve as the liaison to all of our local, state, and federal elected officials and analyze public policy (legislation) and regulation for my company. I develop our company's public policy and budget priorities, and implement an effective advocacy strategy. The job shadow experience will start in my Tacoma office, and then we will travel to the State Capitol (Olympia) to attend legislative hearings, briefings, and meetings with legislators.
We operate a large comprehensive general dentistry practice. Visiting students interested in the possibility of a career in dentistry will get an excellent idea of what it takes to operate a dental practice. We can also give them hints and suggestions on getting into and succeeding in dental school.