Stories and Successes

Student Profiles

Alicia BoothAlicia Booth, Class of 2014

  • Hometown: Spokane, WA
  • Major: Business Administration with concentrations in marketing and international business and management
  • What activities have you been involved with at Carroll? I have been very active in the Gold Team and in campus ministry.
  • Why business? There is a wide variety of classes to choose from as well as numerous job opportunities upon graduation. It is a great major to help you learn more about what you truly love and want to pursue in the near future.
  • What do you like about Carroll and the business department? I love the community that is built due to the small size of Carroll. Here you are a name and not a number. It matters greatly to me that my teachers know who I am and want me to succeed and are proud of me when I achieve all they knew I could.
  • What kind of internships have you been involved in? Montana Club Spring 2013, Washington Trust Bank Summer 2013
  • What do you plan on doing after graduation? I am really interested in event planning. But I also believe that having a triple concentration will also open many doors of opportunity.

Jake Wilson, Junior

  • Hometown: Billings, MT
  • Major: Business Administration with concentration in Marketing
  • Why business? It is a very versatile field with many applications.
  • What do you like about Carroll? I enjoy the atmosphere, small size and location.
  • What do you like about the business department? I like the diverse and challenging courses and friendly and knowledgeable professors.
  • What do you plan to do after graduation? I plan to go into the insurance industry and learn to be an agent. Working in an internship this summer will prepare me for this position.

Dennis MikelonisDennis Mikelonis, Class of 2014

  • Hometown: Boise, Idaho
  • Major: Business Administration with a marketing minor concentration
  • What activities have you been involved with at Carroll? I played on the Men’s Basketball team at Carroll College.
  • Why business? I feel that business leaves many doors open for possible positions after graduation.
  • What do you like about Carroll? Smaller student to teacher ratio. It is a close knit community.
  • What do you like about the business department? I like the business department because you get a good opportunity to develop relationships with the teachers.
  • What kind of internships have you been involved in? CEO’s assistant at Idaho Trust Bank (total wealth solutions)
  • What do you plan to do after graduation? I'm planning to pursue a career as an investment banker or stock broker.

Tom Yaremko, Senior

  • Hometown: Happy Valley, Oregon
  • Major: Business Administration with a marketing concentration and Criminology
  • Why business? Opportunities
  • What do you like about Carroll? Class size and teachers are always available to help.
  • What do you like about the business department? It gives you the skills like public speaking that can be applied in real life.
  • What do you plan to do after graduation? Begin my career in either law enforcement or sales.

Tanner MarkhamTanner Markham, Class of 2014

  • Hometown: Spokane, WA
  • Major: Business Administration with a concentration in Marketing and Accounting
  • hat activities have you been involved with at Carroll? Grateful Saints co-chairman, IMPACT team member, 3 time intramural volleyball champ
  • Why business? I chose to study business so I could still be involved in the medical field by going into medical device sales.
  • What do you like about Carroll? The professors here work their schedule around us (the students). To What do you like about the business program? (Beth Schoyen) switched the class schedule around for me. What student at a big school can say that?
  • What do you like about the business department? You learn real life application skills.
  • What kind of internships have you been involved in? Accounting Intern at Berreth Smith Associates in Spokane Valley, WA
  • What do you plan to do after graduation? I knew from the beginning that I wanted to go into a technical sales job. I had started out looking at pharmaceutical sales jobs, and then moved my interest to medical device sales. As a freshman I was actually a Biology major, and have always loved both science and business. That's why I was really interested in the medical device field. However, after pursuing that option for awhile I began to look at other technical sales jobs and opened my doors to other options. NALCO Champion is a company that Carroll has began building a strong relationship with, and with the help of Nisan Burbridge of Career Services I was put in contact with a Carroll grad named Zach Zosel who passed on my resume to a manager in Wyoming.  After two rounds of interviews they formally sent me an offer on April 28th as their District rep III (Sales Associate), and I couldn't be happier to start my career with such an awesome company!

Megan Gretch, Senior

  • Hometown: Great Falls, MT
  • Major: Business Administration with concentrations in marketing and finance
  • Why business? I chose business because of how applicable it is to everyday life. I have always been interested in business strategies (how and why businesses make the decisions they do).
  • What do you like about Carroll? Carroll has amazing faculty and staff that truly care about your experience, not only in college, but in life.
  • What do you like about the business department? The business department offers incredible opportunities to take what you learn in the classroom and then apply it in the real world. It is not about just reading or text books but about applying that knowledge. Also, the relationships you build with the business professors is invaluable. The small class sizes allow for personal relationships to be built. The professors learn what your interests and goals are, and they assist you in any way possible to help you achieve those goals. The professors make the department!
  • What do you plan to do after graduation? I have a job with Mountain View Meadows doing marketing and office management. I plan on going to graduate school in a year or two.

Ben Nearpass, Senior

  • Major: Business Administration and Psychology double major
  • Hometown: Billings, MT
  • Why business? I chose business because I really like to broad range of skills and abilities it teaches. It will allow me to keep my options open and choose a job best suited to my skills.
  • What do you like about Carroll? I like how small Carroll is. I also like the Catholic identity of the school and the fact that it also helps you become a better person.
  • What do you like about the business department? I really like the faculty. Only having 5 or so professors allows for a much more personal relationship with them.
  • What do you plan to do after graduation? I plan to be an State Farm insurance agent.

Majors and Minors

Alumni Outcomes

  • Vincent Kalafat, '03, CPA, passed all four parts of the CPA exam on the first sitting, received his law degree from Notre Dame, and is currently practicing at Wachtell, Lipton, Rosen and Katz in New York as a tax attorney.
  • Jeff Simcox, 07, has earned his law degree from Seattle University.
  • Jay Pinkerton, '00, is working for Deloitte Touche.
  • Kelly Blake, '00, is working for Arthur Anderson.
  • Amy Wendelburg, '98, is an accountant for PricewaterhouseCooper in Spokane.
  • Jason Chang, '93, went to MIT to obtain a graduate degree.
  • Tim McHugh, '96, went to law school at University of Montana.

Alex Rincon

Alex 'Papu' RinconA 2007 graduate of Carroll`s business department, Papu is the founder and owner of four0six, a speciality clothing store in downtown Helena.  A native of Salt Lake City, Papu enjoyed his experiences in Montana so well that he wanted to find a way to call it home. Papu wanted to combine his business education with his interests in art, music and creative thinking. After earning his business degree, Papu started four0six and has grown and developed his business into a popular business in Helena and the surrounding areas.

The business department interviewed Papu in the fall of 2010 to reflect on his experiences at Carroll:

What have you found to be the most useful things that you learned while at Carroll? "It's important to develop your own ideas and go 100% with them, expand on the theories and do every project as if it were your own."

What classes did you find to be the most useful? "Marketing"

How did you get the idea to start four0six? "I wanted to create a brand that revolves around art, music, and the quality of life in Helena"

What kind of challenges did you have in starting up your business? "Financing, getting the capital to turn your ideas into reality. It is important to capitalize on everyone`s specialized abilities and to use connections."

Do you have any suggestions to students who may want to start a business right out of college? "Use your ideas and go 100% with them and capitalize on everyone`s strengths"