Young achiever

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Alumnus Ryan Ewing receives Excellence in Achievement by a Recent Graduate Award.

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.

Continuing involvement

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.”