Nikki Kraft ’08
Supervisor, Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas City, pursuing an MBA from the University of Kansas

“My experiences with the Students in Free Enterprise (SIFE) Team were definitely the most impactful and memorable of my time at Jewell. The organization provided an opportunity to network, strengthen my project management skills and learn important communication and leadership skills. The lessons I learned have proved invaluable in my professional career.”

 Alumni Achievements
Shane Spencer09
Shane Spencer '09 was named to Forbes magazine's Top 30 Under 30 in Real Estate. He also was honored as the 2011 Student Entrepreneur of the Year from the Institute of Entrepreneurship and The Kauffman Foundation. Shane is a graduate of the inaugural class of the UMKC Entrepreneurship Scholars Program and founder of Green REIT, a real estate investment trust with assets based in renewable energy and green technology.
Anthony Shop05
(pictured in middle) completed an MBA from The George Washington University School of Business in Washington, D.C. He and three other students teamed up to win $25,000 in the annual George Washington Business Plan Competition. They will use the money to launch their start-up business, Lead Drive, software for car dealers.

Stuart Bascomb ’63
received the William Jewell 2011 Alumni Achievement Award. He is chairman and CEO of QualSight, Inc., that maintains agreements with more than 750 refractive surgery centers. The CPA also is a founder of Express Scripts, Inc., a Pharmacy Benefit Manager that is a six-time Forbes Platinum 400 “best performing publicly traded corporation with revenues of more than $1 billion.
Deana Thomas96
was named a Fellow of the Healthcare Financing Management Association. She is director of accounting at Lake Regional Health System in Osage Beach, Mo.

Susan Chambers ’90
was named to Fortune magazine’s “50 Most Powerful Women” and the Executive Dream Team in 2011. Susan is executive vice president of Wal-Mart Stores, Inc., overseeing recruiting, training and retention initiatives for more than two million Wal-Mart associates worldwide. She also is responsible for global security, aviation and travel, food safety and security, and risk control. She is a William Jewell Trustee.

Ashley Billinger, CPA ’08
Financial Examination Specialist, National Association of Insurance Commissioners
2009 graduate of the College of William and Mary, Master of Accounting degree
Previously worked as an auditor at KPMG LLP in Kansas City, MO

“When I think about what impacted me the most during my time at William Jewell, the accounting professors immediately come to mind. As they do with all of their students, Professor Hawkins and Professor Bell took a personal interest in my success, both inside and outside of the classroom. Their expertise and talent gave me a solid foundation in accounting that has greatly benefited me in my career. In addition, they encouraged me to engage in something I am passionate about: educating others about financial literacy. As a student, I created and gave presentations to diverse groups of people, ranging from high school students to battered women. The perspective I gained from these experiences will stay with me for the rest of my life.”

Nick Clark ’07
New York, N.Y. 
IMG - Senior Account Executive 
Responsible for the management of GE's Olympic marketing program and the development/implementation of sponsorship initiatives to build brand awareness around the Olympic Games

“My most memorable academic experience at Jewell was the marketing capstone course I took with Professor Debbie Scarfino my senior year. We were grouped in small teams and tasked to complete market research for a Kansas City company. Throughout the semester we worked closely with the organization to determine what assistance they needed and how we could improve their communication systems/tools. At the end of the semester our team presented to their board and employees. I took many valuable lessons from that experience.”
Joel Bryce ’07
Master’s of business administration student, Harvard Business School
Previously worked as an analyst at the Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas City

“Just after listening to a campus lecture by Tony Campolo on social justice, Dr. Kelli Schutte, Business and Leadership Department chair, asked me if I had any interest in taking my studies of international development and economics outside the classroom. She encouraged me to consider taking a lead on starting a micro-loan facility in Northern Mexico with a couple other students. I received funding through the Hall Family Foundation to visit Mexico and explore what would be required to start the facility. In my senior year, the facility administered its first loan and continues to administer loans to small business owners today.”
Michael Webb ’90 
Vancouver, Canada
Executive Vice President, Human Resources, HSBC Canada/Bank Executive Committee member 
Previously worked 16 years in Hong Kong, 3 years in Singapore, 1 year in India

“In my freshman year, I chose accounting as my major; however, after attending Dr. Michael Cook’s 100-level course in economics, I was hooked on business administration and eventually graduated with a degree in business administration and economics. Dr. Cook was a real inspiration to me and to this day we stay in contact.

Jewell is a phenomenal institution that facilitated a broadening of my understanding of the world and helped me feel comfortable in the global community. I spent a semester abroad at Harlaxton College in England, which opened my eyes to the world and eventually made my decision to work overseas an easy one.”
Emily Gooden ’09
Kansas City, Mo.
2010 graduate of the University of Notre Dame, master’s of science degree in accountancy
Audit associate, KPMG in Kansas City, Mo.

“My experience at Jewell that most impacted my life occurred during an accounting course that required participation in a service-learning project. The Students in Free Enterprise (SIFE) Team was working on a financial literacy project, pairing with M&I Bank and the Liberty Public School District, to teach local third graders about spending, saving, investing and donating. I worked with students for four weeks, teaching the fundamentals of financial health. It is one thing to follow a course of study to benefit my skill set, but it is not meaningful unless I can use those skills to benefit the needs of others. As a result of this experience, I am always looking for ways to use my knowledge in a beneficial manner for my community.”
Brian Bockman ’89
New Orleans, LA
Partner, BFG Design Firm in New Orleans, LA.

Brian Bockman was recently featured on Introspective Magazine's web site, His work has also been featured in Architectural Digest, Metropolitan Home and other magazines. While a Jewell business student, Brian's year in England studying Baroque music and medieval art and architecture was the inspiration for him to pursue architecture. He and two partners own BFG design firm in New Orleans. Click here to read Introspective Magazine's article about Brian.

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