Honors Program Banquet

At the end of May, the Lundquist College of Business Honors Program held their annual banquet to acknowledge the achievements of the graduating members. Students and families in attendance celebrated and reflected upon all the accomplishments of the 2014-2016 cohort.

Scott Allan was the keynote speaker for the banquet. He split his speech up into three stories: his personal story; his experiences at Hydro Flask; and what he called “everyone else’s story.” Allan’s own background included the challenges and hardships that molded him into a successful executive, and how he went from working in high tech in California to a consumer goods company in central Oregon. Anecdotes from his time at Hydro Flask reflected on what it takes to maintain excellent company culture and how to recruit the right employees. Scott ended his inspiring speech by telling honors students to keep an open mind as they created their own story and to enjoy the ride that comes along with working in business.

Deb Bauer, the college’s Honors Program director, expressed her gratitude for the students graduating, the hard work they’ve put in over the past two years, and how they all have incredibly bright futures. Bauer also gave out two awards. The first was the Academic Achievement Award, which was given to senior Katie Wight. Following Wight’s recognition was junior Sahar Petri, who received the Leadership Award.

Mike Holland rounded out the three student speeches with a presentation that was equally funny, heartwarming, and informative. He discussed the friendships that he made while in the program and the challenges of taking classes with 34 other motivated students–all while going through an entertaining slideshow of past memories.

The event was certainly a night to remember. There was much appreciation for Scott Allan, Deb Bauer, the students, and the comedy show that was Mike Holland’s senior speech. This year’s banquet demonstrated the significance of the Business Honors Program and the high level of success of its students.

Story by Joe Hiefield ’17. Hiefield is a junior studying business administration with a concentration in finance and a minor in economics. He serves on the University of Oregon Investment Group management team and will be interning in Seattle with Meridian Capital Group. Hiefield will be graduating in spring 2017.

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