Marriott Alumni Magazine

Summer 2012

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six children and live in London, Ontario, where he enjoys spending time with family and playing and watching sports. 2004 Matthew Allred graduated from the Marriott School with his MBA in 2004 and immediately went to work for the Pepsi Bottling Group in Denver. In 2006 he traded his skis for sunglasses and moved his young family to Atlanta. There he works as a senior partner with executive recruiting firm Hope and Associates, overseeing relationship building to fill human resources positions across the country. Allred and his wife, Maree, live in Loganville, Georgia, with their four children, whose activities keep the family always moving. Anne Burnett is a great example of how accounting skills apply to more than just the business world. A 2004 MAcc graduate, she worked as an accountant for the Utah Association of Realtors for a year after graduation and now stays at home with her three young daughters. Burnett says the organizational skills she learned in the accounting program are valuable in her life as a homemaker as she strives to arrange her busy family’s activities. Her children may be a little more loving than balance sheets. Burnett says one of her favorite parts of motherhood is the unconditional love she gets from her daughters with their hugs and kisses. Burnett and her husband, Russell, recently moved their family to Bryan, Texas. 2006 Karen Campbell, a 2006 accounting graduate, recently took her talents across the pond. She is enrolled in the one-year MBA program in the Saïd Business School at Oxford University in England with plans to graduate in September 2012 and pursue a career in impact investing. Prior to starting the MBA program, she worked for hedge funds in New York and London. Campbell is a member of the Oxford women’s basketball team. She is also an Olympics fanatic, having attended the past two games in Beijing and Vancouver, with plans to attend the upcoming London Games. 2008 Three years into his career, Joseph Pike has already gained a wealth of experience in the human resources world. Soon after graduating with his MPA he joined Hewitt Associates in Chicago, anxious to learn at one of the world’s largest HR firms. Since starting as a learning and development consultant, Pike has risen through the ranks and is an engagement consultant at the merged Aon Hewitt, managing a team with ten to twelve clients. Along the way he worked on and led teams focused on worldwide measurement and internal research. Pike’s current position puts him in contact with Fortune 500 companies to gauge employee satisfaction and then advise leaders on how to better engage their workers. Pike says he loves helping organizations better understand their greatest assets—their employees. He and his wife, Marilyn, live in Highland Park, Illinois. International Success, One Step at a Time A world away from his home in Utah, 1989 master of accountancy graduate Phillip Hutchings is climbing a ladder to global success and sharing his knowledge with Marriott School students. While working with his U.S.-based company Fortuna Consulting in China for nearly a decade, Hutchings noticed that even the most high-end companies were still using bamboo ladders. Hutchings called his friend, the CEO of Little Giant Ladder, and suggested the company expand its efforts. After a few flights across the globe, a joint venture was formed between Fortuna Consulting; Wing Enterprises, owners of Little Giant; and a local Chinese company. Right away, Shanghai Little Giant began seeing enormous success. “We just wanted to get the brand into China,” Hutchings says. “But we began to make inroads into other countries across Asia and the Middle East and are now in more than twenty countries.” The only problem? Neither Hutchings nor his partner, Reed Flygare, speak a second language. They collaborate with local businesses in each new country and have learned enough Chinese to get by. However, when they realized their local employees were having a hard time closing sales, they knew they needed outside help. “Being a Marriott School alum, I knew we could reach into BYU and find some great Chinese speakers with solid business backgrounds,” Hutchings says. He also knew that BYU students had the integrity and maturity to handle an internship in mainland China and that many returned missionaries had experiences closing sales. Shanghai Little Giant hired three BYU interns for the 2011 summer. The results were outstanding. Hutchings soon found that the BYU interns were training local middle management and also gaining valuable international business experience. The program was so successful that Hutchings plans to expand into more countries in upcoming years. “It was an experiment that worked very well,” he says, adding that he loves sharing the experience of working in China with students. Hutchings and his wife, Sarah, have four children and live in St. George, Utah, although he spends about a third of his time in China. A hardcore sports fan, Hutchings has been coaching youth sports for more than twenty-five years, including his daughter’s and son’s softball and baseball teams that became some of the best in the region.

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