Why did you choose Hodges University to further your education?
Professor John Meyer and former Hodges President Dr. Terry MacMahan both introduced themselves to me at a university function. We discussed all that Hodges offered, and to whom I should speak with at the main office. I did not attend the function with the goal of that dinner being the start of my completion of earning a college degree.
What challenges and/or obstacles did you face while obtaining your degree?
My job at the time was very demanding. I was working 65 hours per week, doing homework and attending classes.
How did you overcome them?
By keeping a steady pace. I just kept going and that was easy because I could tell that I was being educated. I could tell that I was already able to make better and more professional decisions.
Describe your experience at Hodges University?
The time in which I attended Hodges was a unique period for the university. The staff had a chemistry, which fostered the student body and created a well-organized learning environment. You could ask the librarian a question and if she did not fully understand, she would ask the professor for clarification then provide the best resource. At other universities, the librarian would have done nothing. I understand that approach because an education is something one should achieve for oneself; however, the education process reinforces that others have significant participation if one is to be successful.
What is your favorite memory?
Despite the challenges of working hard, all of the classes were inspiring. We were learning and covering new ground every day. The professors really encouraged the student body to participate each day, too.
Who was your favorite professor while you were at Hodges and why?
Leonard Ferenz and John Meyer are tied for this title. Both professors put everything they had into the lesson without making it stressful for the student body. They actually cared that we were learning.
What is the one thing you wish you would have done or taken advantage of during your time at Hodges?
I had no idea that Hodges had a department for veterans. I would have utilized that resource.
What is your current profession and where do you work?
Currently, I do water purification for commercial and industrial applications. I started my own business, O3 Hygienics America.
What led you to your current position?
My experience at Hodges encouraged me in a way that I could operate a business and be successful.
How has your Hodges experience had an impact on your career and who you are today?
Hodges has given me a foundation and an exposure to a wide variety of base knowledge that allows me to navigate the process of business with specific knowledge of water treatment.
What advice do you have for current Hodges students?
Keep a steady pace. Despite the setbacks, keep the priority of your education in the front as that is the tool to solve the other issues.
What would people be surprised to know about you?
My first college level classes were English as a Second Language I at Tidewater Community College in Virginia Beach and Intro to Algebra I in 1995. I had to request special time off from the military while on shore duty to attend the classes. I graduated with my master’s in 2010, so my educational effort was not a short-term commitment.