Alum’s Success Due to Continual Learning

Aug. 25, 2014 - by Britney Lewis

Alum Climbs Ladder of Success 

By Britney Lewis ('16)
Aug. 25, 2014 
pj copy

OLATHE, KAN., -- MNU business administration major Michael Smith (’10), graduated a year early hoping to enter the business world with full throttle. However, he didn’t expect to become vice president for Eagle Employer Services in McKinney, Texas so quickly. Founded in 1999, Eagle Employer Services is an insurance broker and professional employer organization (PEO), specializing in providing workers compensation for contractors.

A normal day for Smith consists of managing the payroll and tax administration for Eagle Employer Services’ clients, filing taxes on their behalf and building relationships with them. Smith is also the webmaster for the company’s website and their blog.

“I couldn’t imagine any other school preparing me for my career,” Smith said when asked about his education at MNU. “The professors at MNU care about the students, and they want you to succeed.”

Like many of the professors at MNU, Michael was stunned with how open they were. He didn’t expect them to talk about their personal lives or share their cell numbers with the class by putting them in the syllabus.

“I distinctly remember Professor Wallentine teaching her students to be different. She taught that our business can and will create it’s own group of followers and free marketing if we provided a unique and excellent product or service, and I have tried to implement this into my company.”

However, according to Michael, the best skill that MNU taught him wasn’t one particular piece of knowledge, but rather how to learn. He believes that no school can teach students everything they need to know for their future career because the business world is always changing and evolving.

“The best schools, though, teach you how to learn on your own, and how to adapt and capitalize those changes,” he says.

Michael’s advice for new grads and seniors is to never stop learning. Whether that is in the form of an MBA program, or one’s own self-directed studies.

“While others are content with their nine-to-five’s and relying on what they already know, the future will belong to those who continue to learn.”

He remembers his experience as a linebacker for the Pioneers and how the 2010 conference championship football team had the desire to never stop working.

“When the competition was tired and stopped working out and training, we had our chance to excel and surpass them,” he says. “Your career will be the same, except the battle is within the mind.”

To learn more about what Michael Smith does, or to contact him, visit their company website: http://eagleemployerservices.com.

Read about MNU’s School of Business at http://www.mnu.edu/undergraduate/academics/business-administration.

Untitled

Eagle Employer Services office is located in a local airport hangar they call the “Mancave.” Due to its uncommon location, many customers and non-customers love stopping by just to hang out. In early August 2014, they were filmed for a TV spot simply for having a “really cool” work environment. 

 

 

 

MNU News

Friday, April 29
Recent News
List
Grid
Archives
SwopeParkRangers
Swope Park Rangers Promote LQVE Haiti Project

Swope Park Rangers Promote LQVE Haiti Project

The Swope Park Rangers soccer club is promoting MNU's LQVE Haiti project at its home opener Wednesday, April 27, at 7 p.m. at Children's Mercy…

Read More
aLabChip-19
Student Solving Real World Problems

Student Solving Real World Problems

Exciting Collaboration Between K-State Olathe and MNU Scientists One of the advantages of attending a small university is the chance to do scientific research with one’s professor. Often something…

Read More
IMG 8280
Pioneer Supports Work with Inner-City Youth

Pioneer Supports Work with Inner-City Youth

Senior Addie Limmex is a consistently high-performing sociology and psychology major who enjoys studying human social systems and how they relate to…

Read More
Brent Moore 7x7-2016
Prof Wins the Night with Creativity

Prof Wins the Night with Creativity

Dr. Brent Moore took first place with his presentation on vulnerability in the creative process at MNU's 7x7 Challenge April 5, 2016. The 7x7 Challenge features seven professors giving seven-minute…

Read More
Symphonic Choir PH2016
MNU President’s Honors Gala Sets Record

MNU President’s Honors Gala Sets Record

The President's Honors Gala, MNU's premier annual fundraising event to benefit student scholarships, raised a record amount of more than…

Read More
Brent Moore Poster
Celebrating Scholarship at MNU

Celebrating Scholarship at MNU

It's Week of Scholarship and students, faculty and staff are learning about research and other scholarly endeavors that happen (sometimes behind the scenes) on campus. Fourteen faculty members'…

Read More
WOS15
Pioneers Aim for 20/20 in Student Scholarship Showcase

Pioneers Aim for 20/20 in Student Scholarship Showcase

Scholarship on display in a fun and unusual way. On Thursday, April 7, at 7 p.m., in Mabee Library, the community is invited to attend the Student…

Read More
IMG 7621use sm
Olathe Chamber Signs Partnership Agreement with MNU

Olathe Chamber Signs Partnership Agreement with MNU

The Olathe Chamber and MidAmerica Nazarene University announced yesterday a partnership that will provide Chamber members, employees and their…

Read More
Baker MidAm 032216 58
Women Pioneers Capture National Title

Women Pioneers Capture National Title

By Scott Barker, NAIA Communications and Sports Information Intern (Box Score | Bracket) No. 2-seed MidAmerica Nazarene (Kan.) capped off its season with a championship title, as the…

Read More
Sports
Sawyerr Highlights Track & Field Performances

Sawyerr Highlights Track & Field Performances

Results | Devan Sawyerr hit national qualifying marks in the 100 and 200 and was named Conference Track Athlete of the Week after Saturday's meet at Tabor...(click title for more)

 
Gameday Central

Gameday Central

BB at Evangel | Springfield, MO | 1:00/3:30 Thu | Gm 1: W 6-0 | Gm 2: W 4-2 Fri | Gm 3 Live Stats | Gm 4 Live Stats The Pioneers took the first 2 of a 4-game series on Thursday...(click title for more)

 
Pioneers Sweep Evangel

Pioneers Sweep Evangel

MNU ended a 4-game skid with a double header sweep at Evangel on Wednesday...(click title for more)

 
Latest Photos
IMG_0348 Bomb squad members show MNU class the squad truck.
IMG_0349 Dr. Jeff DeGraffenreid (not shown) a '96 MNU alum, is Chief of the Fire Department & Dir. of Emergency Services in Olathe.
IMG_0350 Bomb squad members show MNU class the squad truck.
IMG_0351 Bomb squad members show MNU class the squad truck.
IMG_0352 The department is scheduled to receive a new $1.2 million truck soon.
IMG_0357 Squad members are expert firefighters and take extensive additional training to join the bomb squad.