Honors Program Ninkasi Site Visit

In late November the Business Honors Program had its fall site visit at Ninkasi. Students toured the ever-expanding facilities and heard from Cofounder Jamie Floyd, Chief People Officer Cheryl Collins, Communications Director Ali Fishner, and Chief Financial Officer Nigel Francisco.

Getting to talk to so many people at Ninkasi was insightful because each had his or her own role in making the company a success. It was great to see how far Ninkasi has come, and hear about where it’s going next.

Some of the things students were surprised to learn is that Ninkasi has its own recording studio, an artist in residence initiative, and that one of its goals is to own the entire block that its facilities currently occupy.

After the site visit students went to Tacovore, another local business in Eugene’s Whitaker District, and had lunch. The trip was another great example of the close-knit Business Honors Program experience in which students undertake business site visits and educational opportunities together, learning from each other via reflections on their shared experiences and developing lifelong personal and professional bonds.

Story by Katie Breeden ’17. Breeden is a junior studying business administration and digital arts and president of the UO Entrepreneurship Club. In summer 2016, Breeden will be continuing classes in Eugene and interning with Drive Creative Agency. She will graduate in spring 2017.

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