Executive Mentor Program Celebrates First Year
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Executive Mentor program participants celebrated the success of the program’s inaugural year at an awards luncheon in April. Emceed by senior business students, Cherith Campbell (’15) and Russell Love (’15), the event included remarks from Dave Warner, retired local businessman and co-founder of the program, who presented comments from participants about the impact of the program on their lives and development.
Mentee Kyle Gilligan ('15) said the experience encouraged him to solidify his future plans.
“It really is astounding to me that God would use someone such as my executive mentor, who had no idea about my future academic plans, to bring such a great confirmation," Gilligan said.
“It was a great experience,” Warner said of his mentee. “I know he’ll be successful in life as well as the workplace. He taught me new ways to relate to the next generation.”
Jon North (’92, MBA ’94), vice president for university advancement, presented the keynote address reaching back to his MNU experience and how his mentor, Allen Tollefson, changed the course of North’s life, and still makes an impact today.
“Allen Tollefson chooses to give of himself,” North says. “I’ve heard him say, ‘What you keep is all you will have. What you give, God will multiply.’”
North concluded by urging the mentors to keep investing in others and told the senior students that they should seek ways to mentor others.
Awards for Mentor of the Year and Mentee of the Year, nominated by students and mentors in the program, were presented to Keith Cox (’83), president of North American Savings Bank and Cameron Vande Velde (’15), respectively.
At least one hire was completed as a result of the program. Ryan Campbell ('03) hired Apollo McCullough ('15) for a position at Cohen Financial. While they were not paired as mentor and mentee, they met through the program.
The program is accepting applications for the 2015-2016 school year. Persons with 10 or more years of business experience, the desire to play a role in the development of the next generation of business leaders, and a willingness to invest an hour or two every month in the life of an MNU senior should contact the alumni office or apply at