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Alumni Achievements

Tory Bray, '13

Major: Business & Economics

Current Position: Bray works as a full-time staff accountant for First and Goal, Inc., in Seattle. FGI is closely affiliated with the Seattle Seahawks and Sounders FC. He works on events that take place at Century Link Field, ranging from large stadium events like boat shows, Microsoft Tech Ready, and Supercross competitions, to smaller events such as suite meetings and training camps.

Why Whitworth? "The small class sizes and personal interactions with classmates and professors are what drew me to Whitworth. The campus is beautiful, which was also a big reason why I felt so compelled to attend Whitworth."

Whitworth Activities: "While there, I enjoyed four years of intramural sports and the many athletics events on campus. All of our athletics teams are so good, it's easy to attend events and celebrate with the team after we win."

Influential Whitworth Professor: "The most influential professor that I had was John Hengesh, director of graduate studies in business. His teaching about strategic management in business is foundational to my thinking and working at my present job. He pushed us to understand how a company becomes successful and how to maintain that success over time."

Quote: "My four years at Whitworth were the best four years of my life. Graduating was bittersweet, but it feels even better to have a start on a great career."

Influential Whitworth Experience "I had a great experience during my senior year working with the sports information team, updating live stats for Whitworth Athletics. This opportunity helped me to manage my time and learn several important skills that correlate to my new career."

Career Goals: "I hope to advance in my present field by working toward my CPA."

Here's what some other recent Whitworth graduates are doing with their business & economics degrees:

  • Travis Hartanov is founder and CFO of Krochet Kids International, a nonprofit that empowers women in developing countries to create locally sustainable jobs by making goods that are sold at retailers such as Nordstrom.

  • Megan Fraser received her master's in teaching (MIT) from Whitworth and is now teaching third grade at Otis Orchards Elementary, in Spokane Valley.

  • Erin (Saxton) Pangborn earned a master's degree in accounting from the University of Washington and is an audit associate with the accounting firm KPMG LLP, in Seattle.

  • Scott Donnell graduated from the Acton MBA in Entrepreneurship program, in Austin, Texas, ranked one of the best programs of its type in the country. He is founder and president of Apex Fun Run, a fund-raising-solution company that encourages kids in leadership and fitness.

  • Mike Ogdon is vice president of development at Swiftpage, Inc., a digital communication provider headquartered in Denver.

  • Joshua Breda is a finance support analyst at The Boeing Company, in Seattle.

  • Erica (Johnson) Johnston is a senior revenue accountant at Expedia, in Bellevue, Wash.