Ryan Ewing, ‘05 business administration (finance),
was named the recipient of the Excellence in Achievement by a Recent Graduate
Award for 2014 by the NAU Alumni Association Board of Directors. Ewing received
the award for his community service and volunteerism, his school spirit, and
excellence in his career.
Ewing is a graduate from The W. A. Franke College of
Business, and is currently working for Amazon as a senior manager in worldwide
manager technical training.
“It’s a fantastic honor,” Ewing explains. “I’m happy
to represent the university as a distinguished recent grad. I’m just so
thankful for the opportunities that I’ve had and the experiences that have
helped me get to where I am in my career today.”
The college experience
Ewing’s engagement as a student at NAU played a
large role in his selection for the award. He was a member and vice president
of the Associated Students of Northern Arizona University (ASNAU) while also
serving as a lifeguard at the Wall Aquatic Center. Furthermore, he was involved
in the Delta Tau Delta fraternity, through which he experienced a myriad of
campus activities, fundraisers, and philanthropy events.
“Activities outside of the classroom helped me, and
those experiences gave me the confidence to do that in my career as well,”
Ewing says. ”Learning to be flexible and to take on new challenges was one
experience in particular at NAU that has helped throughout the last ten years.”
Along with his excellent education and hands-on
experience, Ewing cites the professors and faculty within The W. A. Franke
College of Business as huge influencers in his success. “The faculty either
came from the field or worked closely with people in different business
professions, and brought a lot of good experience and insight into the
classroom that helped as well,” Ewing says.
In his work for Amazon, Ewing is responsible for
developing new managers in terms of their technical skills and professional
development. He is most proud of the six months he spent in Europe
standardizing the training program for the Worldwide Operations Associates for
five different countries.
It was Ewing’s responsibility to bring together
disjointed operation systems and standardize their practices. His work improved
the processes that were already in place and created new ones. He considers it
one of the biggest projects in his career.
Despite his success abroad, Ewing still loves coming
back to Flagstaff and staying informed about programs and changes within the
school of business.
“I still really enjoy returning to Flagstaff and seeing
the energy on the campus and how it’s changed, and the exciting things that are
happening,” Ewing says.
Ewing has been a guest speaker in NAU classes and
distributes NAU scholarships to high school students as a part of the Volunteer
Alumni Network. As he moves forward in his career, he advises current and
future students to take advantage of all the opportunities that NAU offers.
Although he worked to be engaged on campus, he believes that he did not utilize
all the chances that the business school offered him.
“All of their
programs are great avenues to focus more and receive a breadth of experience,”
Ewing says. “My advice is to be involved on campus, and take advantage of the
opportunities within the college.”