Aug. 8, 2012
Graduate takes business experience at Northwest to leading bakery
With the skills she learned while earning bachelor’s and master’s degrees at Northwest Missouri State University, Taryn Hill is embarking on a business career that will start at the nation’s largest bakery company.
Hill, a Bethany native, graduated Aug. 2 from Northwest with her Master of Business Administration and recently obtained a job at Bimbo (pronounced BEEM-bo) Bakeries, the company behind brands such as Boboli pizza crusts, Thomas' bagels and Sara Lee.
Hill laid the groundwork for her future role at Bimbo Bakeries when she connected with a representative of the company during a career fair this summer at the Students In Free Enterprise national convention in Kansas City, Mo. After the rep told her about job opportunities at Bimbo, Hill landed an interview and visited the company’s Clifton Park, N.Y., offices, where the employer offered her a position as a SIFE sales associate in its High Potential Sales Management Program.
The year-long training and mentorship program helps employees develop skills in a variety of areas such as operations, account management and strategic planning. The goal of the program is to develop employees so they are qualified to assume management roles within the company.
Hill will have the chance to do everything from accompanying truck drivers on their routes to planning community events such as an annual walk-a-thon the company sponsors.
“Hearing the representative talk about the different projects and opportunities available was really exciting,” said Hill, who has interests in marketing and public relations. “You learn the company from the bottom up.”
In addition to the skills she learned in pursuit of her MBA, Hill said she is thankful for the range of experiences she had at Northwest, which prepared her for future success with Bimbo Bakeries and in the business field.
While completing her graduate degree at Northwest, Hill participated in SIFE, helping the business organization qualify for its third national contest in as many years, and was a graduate assistant for the Melvin D. and Valorie G. Booth College of Business and Professional Studies.
As an undergraduate student, she was a student employee in the Office of Scholarships and Financial Assistance. Hill was a member of the group that was recognized as the Student Employment Team of the Year in 2011.
“I reference back to that a lot because I learned so much working as a part of their team,” Hill said. “That was a really good experience for me.”
Added Hill, “You always hear people say Northwest is a family, but knowing how everyone is connected here helped me in my job search because I looked for those companies where you could tell everyone worked together well.”
Hill will start her employment at Bimbo Bakeries in September.
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