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Bellevue Alum Helps Keep St. Kitts Safe

Posted on August 29th, 2014 by

Bellevue Alum Helps Keep St. Kitts Safe

By Dan Silvia, Communications Manager

It’s never too soon to start planning your winter vacation getaway, so now is a good time to move St. Kitts (formally known as St. Christopher) and Nevis to the top of your list of destinations. Carnival officially begins on Christmas Eve on the two Caribbean Islands.

Plus, you’ve got friends in high places there.

Celvin Walwyn, who earned his bachelor’s degree in Criminal Justice Administration from Bellevue University in 2007 and followed up with his master’s degree in Security Management in 2008, is the Commissioner of the The Royal St. Christopher and Nevis Police Force.

Walwyn was prompted to return to school for several reasons. He needed to obtain certification recognized by his then-employer, the Orange County, Fla., Sherriff’s Department. One of his colleagues, Carlos Torres, was attending Bellevue University at the time and pointed him to the school. He also wanted to be a role model for his children.

WalwynandWife“I went back to college again because my first child was entering college,” said Walwyn, who had previous credit from the University of the Virgin Islands in the late 1970s. “I wanted to show her it could be done. Today, my daughter has a master’s degree from University of North Texas and Mary Hardin Baylor University. Of my four daughters, two are college graduates and two are enrolled in college.”

The Bellevue University experience has been a family affair for Walwyn. His wife, Antoinette, holds both a bachelor’s and master’s degree in Security Management from the University. Orville Hudson, a friend of the Walwyn’s attended at the same time and earned a bachelor’s degree in Criminal Justice.

“The three of us graduated together,” Walwyn said. “My wife is now a security consultant for Walwyn International Network and Orville owns a nursing home in Houston, Texas. That is what I enjoyed most, reaching back and bringing two people to the front with me.”

Walwyn is a native of St. Kitts, although he left the island at 13-years old in the 1970s before returning as Police Commissioner in September of 2011.

“My career has been impacted greatly (by my Bellevue University degree) because I have not only theoretical tools, but I am able to apply practical applications in real life, in my every day affairs in law enforcement,” he said. “I was always looking for solutions and was very proactive in patrols and crime fighting. The lessons learned at Bellevue placed me in the forefront at Orange County Sheriff’s Office. I no longer thought like a deputy, I began thinking like a leader and began paving the road for that eventuality.”

Walwyn is currently pursuing his Ph.D. with Capella University.

“My dissertation, of which I am almost complete, is a phenomenological study on what factors influence Florida State Troopers in Orange County to enforce the DUI statute,” Walwyn said. “The momentum of the master’s program from Bellevue motivated me to continue in the furtherance of my doctoral education.”

 

Say Hey There! BU Alum Launches Social Media Firm

Posted on August 22nd, 2014 by

BU Alum Launches Social Media Firm

By Dan Silvia, Communications Manager

 
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Got your attention now? Mikala Harden hopes so. Harden, who earned her Bachelor of Arts in Leadership from Bellevue University in 2009, has recently launched Say Hey There Social, a social media and community engagement boutique that advocates for authenticity, simplicity, relevance, and the power of storytelling.
Harden“I’ve set out to stand out,” Harden said. “Long-term, I want Say Hey There Social to be a firm that is known for not only producing killer work, but also being very involved in the local creative community, including the arts and entertainment scene.”
A desire to lead is what brought Harden to Bellevue University and her academic program of choice.
“I am not one of those people who always knew exactly what they would do,” Harden said. “I didn’t always envision being an entrepreneur, but I have always been a leader. That natural drive within me is what initially attracted me to Bellevue’s leadership program: and today I can’t think of a more influential scholastic resource that led me to where I am. It’s not your typical business degree. It’s about leading people and inspiring change.”
The Kirkpatrick Signature Series stood out for Harden.
“The Kirkpatrick Series and its principles fascinated me,” she said. “Dr. Stephen Linenberger was my professor the whole way through, and he was always available, encouraging, and thought-provoking. His leadership transcended the digital realm. I had attended both a major university and a community college before coming to Bellevue, but BU seemed like the only place that was set up to work for me.”
In addition to her Bellevue University education, Harden brings some real world experience to her entrepreneurial endeavor.
“I spent the last few years leading the content and social media division of a digital branding agency. Before that, I served as the internal communication coordinator at a healthcare research firm,” she said. “I have always been a writer. I have always been a communicator. At the heart of social media engagement, you will find great content that people care about and that creates community. I provide that.”
Tin Lizzy, a tavern in Fremont, Nebraska, is one of Harden’s early clients.
“When we met, they were already marketing-savvy,” Harden said. “They realize the importance of an engaging online presence and have established a great following on Facebook. Their dilemma was with time. There just weren’t enough hours in the day to dedicate to multiple platforms…and that’s where I come in. Our partnership helps to make sure their message is being pushed out to multiple platforms on a consistent basis, engaging fans who may not have a presence on Facebook.”
One of the realities of being a small-business owner is taking on all the tasks necessary to run the business. For Harden, that means sales.
“I’ve never considered myself a salesperson,” she said. “My fix is to try not to look at it in the traditional sense. I’m focusing on just having real, down-to-earth conversations with people, and I think that approach will be more relatable anyway.”

 

Alum Leads Chamber’s We Don’t Coast Crusade

Posted on August 7th, 2014 by

Alum Leads Chamber’s
We Don’t Coast Crusade

By Dan Silvia, Communications Manager

Omaha does not coast and neither does Bellevue University alum Kim Sellmeyer.
Sellmeyer, Creative Director for the Greater Omaha Chamber, is one of the driving forces behind the Chamber’s branding effort, We Don’t Coast. The tagline is popping up on sidewalks and billboards throughout the metro area and officially rolled out August 6, 2014.

KimSellmeyerSellmeyer thought a little differently when it came time to tackle the branding assignment. Rather than bringing in an agency from outside the area or awarding the job to a single local company, Sellmeyer formed a creative task force with 16 creative individuals from 15 local agencies.

“We wanted wide acceptance, so we picked kind of a unique process to build this,” Sellmeyer explained. “We had a big group, but they were all there for the right reasons. They care about the community and wanted to help take us to that next level.”

The We Don’t Coast theme emerged early in a two-day design charrette and was then vetted by area marketing professionals and stakeholders.

“We built this to unite the community together in one voice,” Sellmeyer said. “If we can all use the same words and the same tone it’s going to be louder.”

Her Bellevue University degree helped launch her toward her leadership position with the Greater Omaha Chamber. After earning an associate’s degree at the Colorado Institute of Art, Sellmeyer realized she would need to continue her education to get where she wanted to go.

“I researched colleges in Omaha and found that Bellevue was able to easily transfer my previously earned credits and had the flexible schedule I needed,” she explained. “I was working two jobs at the time, so I could pay as I took classes. I didn’t want to take out loans.”

Sellmeyer, married to former Marine and fellow Bellevue University alum Kerry Sellmeyer, earned her Bachelor of Science in Commercial Art from the University in late 2000.

“I had a great Bellevue experience,” she said. “I had one professor who forced us to use a Wacom Tablet (a computer input device frequently used by artists) in design class. It was torture. He said, ‘You’ll thank me someday when you don’t have carpal tunnel.’ I can’t work without a tablet today and, so far, no hand issues either.
“Having a degree has opened up doors for me that I don’t believe would have been otherwise.”

If anyone had reason to coast it might be Sellmeyer. The branding project comes on the heels of her successful Omaha! Omaha! social media campaign capitalizing on the line-of-scrimmage calls of Denver Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning. Sellmeyer described the on-the-fly campaign as “three weeks of no sleep.”

The experience with both We Don’t Coast and Omaha! Omaha! has been a highlight for Sellmeyer.

“It’s been very rewarding” she said. “We’ve built something that is going to get attention.”

 

New Building Marks Milestone for Credit Union CEO, Bellevue Alum

Posted on July 21st, 2014 by

New Building Marks Milestone For Credit Union CEO, Bellevue Alum

By Dan Silvia, Communications Manager

SAC Federal Credit Union, like Bellevue University, has been a long-time member of the Bellevue community. Led by CEO Gail DeBoer, a graduate of Bellevue University’s MBA program, the credit union recently opened the doors to a new corporate headquarters building at the southeast corner of 72nd Street and US Highway 370. With 94,000 square feet of usable space, the building will house 115 employees.

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Gail DeBoer, CEO of SAC Federal Credit Union

DeBoer recently spoke about the new headquarters, the impact of her Bellevue University education and where she, and SACFCU, will go from here.

How important is the new building to SACFCU both in a utilitarian sense and as a milestone of progress and growth?
The new building serves as a tangible sign of SAC’s success and stability to our members, our employees and the community. Our focus over the past seven years has been to grow the business with a deliberate and paced strategy. The growth has allowed us to consolidate our operations at the new headquarters in order to reach higher levels of efficiency in our operations, which in turn will fuel more growth.

We were also purposeful in designing the building in order to foster and grow our desired culture. We did this through open and collaborative design that facilitates a culture that focuses on results and member engagement.

Are there some parallels between the growth of SACFCU and the growth of Bellevue University?
As an alum, I’ve enjoyed watching Bellevue University grow at such a strong rate. It is interesting to have both of our organizations have such success at the same time. I believe it stems from each having a very clear purpose and identity and not straying away from their mission and producing a product that is of high quality and in high demand.

Leadership is key when you have strong growth and both Bellevue University and SAC have very strong leadership teams in place. Their commitment to their stakeholders is evident in the way they operate and the way they serve their customers.

When you were completing your MBA did you envision yourself as CEO and the growth that SACFCU has enjoyed?
I certainly always had the goal of advancing my career and I knew that earning my MBA was a requirement to be the CEO. I also knew there was great potential for growth at SAC but that it would take a different kind of strategy and leader to get us there. I studied leadership and gained the technical skills I needed so that when the opportunity came I would have all the requirements I needed to be successful.

What’s next for you and for SACFCU?
Great things are ahead for SAC! We are seeing growth continue to be strong and we are planning for more success for our members and the communities we serve over the next 20 to 30 years. As for me, in the short term I look forward to guiding SAC through the transition with the new headquarters and expanding our reach. I’m excited to bring new technology to the market and really change the way that people access their money and plan for their financial futures. The work that credit unions do to provide education, financial products, convenience and community support is what makes them unique and that is what gets me excited about coming to work every day!

 

Henderson Among First RN to BSN Grads

Posted on July 16th, 2014 by

Henderson Among First RN to BSN Grads

By Dan Silvia, Communications Manager

Bellevue University’s first cohort in the Bachelor of Science in Nursing program just wrapped up. Ginny Henderson, a Registered Nurse (RN) at Immanuel Communities, was among the students who participated in the graduation ceremonies held Saturday, June 6, at the Mid-America Center in Council Bluffs.

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Henderson had been considering pursuing her bachelor’s degree for some time and had some special insight into the Bellevue University program from stepdaughter Brenda, a Student Financial Counselor at the school.

“I’ve always admired the nurse with a bachelor’s degree. While I could not always put a finger on it, there was a sense of professionalism, knowledge, and skill set that I have always desired. I always felt I was too old, too busy, and lacking the financial means to go back to school,” Henderson said.

Henderson’s Chief Nurse Executive (CNE), had encouraged her charges to consider going back to school to enhance their marketability and to secure their future.

“My Chief Nurse Executive decided to go back to school to get her MSN along with another BSN prepared nurse. The momentum of several of us continuing our education in nursing at the same time offered a sense of excitement, or bond that we are in this together,” Henderson said.

Henderson had no problems transferring in credits from Metropolitan Community College and the University of Nebraska at Omaha. “What a relief to find that I would not have to retake algebra courses or other classes that while I appreciate the value, would not benefit my skills as a leader or a professional nurse. The curriculum appealed to real life issues in nursing,” she said. “Many days, I could not wait to tell my co-workers what I learned the night before.”

Henderson adapted quickly to her first experience with online courses and effectively juggled her school, work, and family obligations.

“I love online learning! The ability to go out of town, decide what days of the week or hours to work on course work is so feasible for those with a plate full of commitments,” she said. “I worked smarter versus harder, finding that staggering my hours increased my productivity to complete more work in less time without interruptions and as a bonus, be a support to the other staff that work evenings and nights.

“Director (Kristen) Wessel provided tips early on such as using a calendar just for school work. From the school calendar, I prioritized and arranged caring for my elderly dad on certain days, and my children’s activities on other days. I found that sticking to a schedule worked best for me.”

Henderson is ready to put her new-found knowledge to use.

“With health care delivery changing rapidly with the increasingly complex health needs of an aging population, more nurses with the knowledge, resources, and critical thinking skills are needed to provide care in widening areas of care delivery,” she said. “The patients and families I care for ultimately receive the utmost impact through improved quality and, safe care delivery.”

Alum Linda Dugan Champions PayPal’s College at Work

Posted on July 7th, 2014 by

Alum Dugan Champions
PayPal’s College at Work

By Dan Silvia, Communications Manager

Bellevue University alum Linda Dugan is paying it forward as the Vice President of Global Operations for PayPal, the online payment processor based in Omaha. Dugan, who graduated Summa Cum Laude with her Bachelor of Science in Business Information Systems in 2001, is helping PayPal employees earn their degrees as well through the company’s College at Work partnership with the University.

“We are consistently striving to identify ways that we can engage our team members and drive to differentiate our workplace in a manner that enables our teammates to have lasting careers with PayPal,” Dugan said. “The College at Work program is an ideal program and solution to support this business objective and to enable us to invest in the development of our teammates.”

The PayPal College at Work program started in 2007 and really gained traction in 2008 and 2009, said Jim Nekuda, Associate Vice President of Strategic Initiatives at Bellevue University. A total of five cohorts have run on site at PayPal’s La Vista headquarters and a sixth started in March. Recruitment is currently underway for an MBA onsite for fall. Over 100 PayPal employees have graduated from Bellevue University as a result of the overall College at Work program with close to 50 from the onsite offerings.

LDugan“PayPal is a prime example of how we structure our strategic relationships with organizations,” Nekuda said. “As a trusted partner, Bellevue University provides marketing, curriculum, and outcomes measurement of the programs impact to the organization. PayPal’s custom portal, www.paypal.corporatelearning.com, was one of the first created for a strategic client.”

Bellevue University’s ability to meet the needs of an ever-changing marketplace has been a key component in making the partnership a successful one, Dugan said.

“The PayPal and Bellevue University relationship has evolved quickly primarily because of the willingness of Bellevue to be agile and responsive to our business needs and plans,” she said. “The collaboration is excellent and we continue to partner to understand how we can deepen the engagement and program opportunities. We believe we are just at the beginning of our shared journey.”

Dugan began her journey with Bellevue University in 1999. The University’s ability to meet her needs played a key role in her decision to attend.

“Bellevue University provided me an opportunity to be a student, mother, wife, and employee all at once,” she said. “The class sizes were ideal to be an active participant in the learning experience. The professors were exceptional and brought rich and interesting discussions to the classroom on every topic that we studied. Bellevue University enabled me to have a complete life while being a student of an exceptional university.”

The Kirkpatrick Signature Series, taught by the late Dr. Ed Rauchut, was a highlight for Dugan.

“I believe this program is a ‘must’ experience opportunity for every student,” she said. “The content was thought-provoking. The classroom discussions were engaging and always produced healthy debate and interest. The series was brilliant and remains a memorable learning experience.”

 

Flexxive® Helps Boat Captain Earn Degree

Posted on June 30th, 2014 by

Flexxive® Helps Boat Captain Earn Degree

By Dan Silvia, Communications Manager

As a boat captain for a parasailing company, Alan Campbell enjoys a little adventure. So diving into Bellevue University’s first offering in its new Flexxive® learning model, a Bachelor of Business Administration – Business Enterprise and Essential Management Skills, came as second nature.
Campbell’s research had shown Bellevue University to be an affordable, accredited option to continue his education. Admissions Counselor Michele Smith provided him with information on the new Flexxive option.

“I was initially drawn to the Flexxive program because it was affordable, and it offered an accelerated degree path,” Campbell said. Campbell had prior college experience, but didn’t find the traditional path to his liking. He has since enjoyed smooth sailing with Flexxive.

“My experience with Bellevue, and the Flexxive program, has been five stars since day one,” he said. “The admissions counselor was thorough, responsive, and provided excellent continuity of service. My courses transferred easily and I immediately had a clear, coherent path ahead of me. Financial aid was made easy by Bellevue’s accommodating staff.”
Campbell has taken advantage of an option within the Flexxive program that allows students to save over 50% on the total cost of completing their degree by moving through the courses at an accelerated pace.

“I actually completed my last 2 years of college in one year for less than $6,500!” Campbell said. “I’ve really had to work at it, but I thrive with the self-paced format. When I get a few free days, I really buckle down for 8 or 9 hours a day, and knock out large chunks of my classes. Perfect for the motivated, working student.”
Campbell praised the work of Flexxive faculty members Sharon Rea, Kent Burkholder, and Merrill Johnson and he is on track to complete his last course on June 30th.

“It will feel like an enormous load has been lifted off my shoulders,” he said. “I have been in and out of colleges for over 10 years, and to finally tie it all together is priceless. I’m hoping to enter and MBA program, or law school, in the fall of 2015.”

In the meantime, Campbell is enjoying providing a little adventure for others at Pirate’s Cove Parasailing. http://www.piratescoveparasail.com/

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“One day, I flew 154 passengers in 12 hours,” he said. “It takes a lot of concentration, and a lot of experience. I am responsible for the lives of thousands of people every year. That being said, we have a lot of fun out there on water — couldn’t ask for a better office.”

Accomplished Bellevue University Alum becomes member of Nebraska Board of Education

Posted on June 26th, 2014 by

By Dan Silvia, Communications Manager

 

With four degrees to his name, John Witzel knows a little something about education. He’ll put that knowledge to use as one of the newest members of the Nebraska Board of Education.

Witzel earned his first degree in 1974, a Bachelor of Science in Business from Louisiana Tech. He followed that up with a Master of Arts in Executive Development from Ball State in 1979. But he did not stop there. When his military career saw him assigned to Offutt Air Force Base as the Director of the Airborne Command Post (Looking Glass), he enrolled at Bellevue University. He earned his first degree from Bellevue in 1997, a Bachelor of Science in Accounting, and followed that with a Bachelor of Technical Studies in Computer Information Systems in 1999.

“Earning both degrees certainly has paid off for me following retirement. I like to say, old dog-new tricks,” Witzel said. “The Accounting and CIS programs are not at all easy degrees to obtain–especially accomplishing some via night school. There are so many wonderful and dedicated professors at BU, but I do remember Tessa White CIS, Dr. (Lynn) Suberly in Accounting, and Dr. (Pam) Dinville in Accounting. The whole staff at BU was always very helpful.”

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Witzel appreciates the strong ties between Bellevue University and the military.

“(It’s) Outstanding,” he said. “BU truly understood the challenges of being active duty and attending classes. Many of the professors were indeed prior military.”

Witzel represents parts of Omaha, Bellevue, and Papillion on the Nebraska Board of Education. He has several items at the top of his agenda.

“I’m proud to represent the citizens in relaying their concerns and desires,” he said. “My current goal is to obtain a waiver from the Federal Government for the No Child Left Behind Act. This would take a lot of explanation why, but in a nutshell, we will be required to have it with Nebraska Standards —non-Common Core State Standards — with local control.”

In addition to his responsibilities with the Board of Education, Witzel has also published his first book, a novel called _Saving Tres Rios_ . Robert Madden is the story’s protagonist, a retired Air Force Sergeant and an educator.

“You would not think that a novel about a public school teacher would be exciting, but it is an action thriller — no doubt,” Witzel said. “Much of the story is based on true events with one main character living through all of them.”

Witzel has maintained close ties to Bellevue University following the completion of his degrees.

“I truly owe a lot to BU and am blessed to have earned two of the degrees I have from BU,” he said. “After retirement from the Air Force, I like to say I got ‘retooled for the future at BU.’ I’m proud to be on the BU Legacy Foundation where part of my estate is directed to BU.”

Alum’s Clients Have Stubborn Reputation

Posted on June 24th, 2014 by

Alum’s Clients Have
Stubborn Reputation

By: Dan Silvia

Scott Shehan works with jackasses… and he loves it.

Shehan, who graduated from Bellevue University in 2006 with a bachelor’s degree in Organizational Communication, helped found Lusco Farms Rescue, a nonprofit, donkey rescue operation located in Malvern, Iowa. The farm is currently caring for 12 donkeys and has rehomed or cared for over 60 donkeys since 2011.

“I come from a family of animal lovers,” Shehan explained. “My wife and I cared for four Cocker Spaniel puppies on our wedding night after they had been left at the church door during rehearsal. I believe the donkeys chose us. We rescued a small donkey named Nester in 2009 and we have been taking care of donkeys ever since.”

Scott Shehan with Daisy

Scott Shehan with Daisy

Shehan recently took on a new challenge as well accepting a job as a Distribution Manager with Sergeant’s Pet Products at their new Omaha location at 10077 S 134th Street. Sergeant’s is currently building a 350,000 square-foot distribution center in Omaha and the company will be one of the five largest employers in the Omaha area.

“One of the key points on my resume was the degree in Organizational Communications that I earned at Bellevue University,” he said. “They were looking for a leader who had the skills and ability to build a new team for the Omaha distribution center.”

The Shehans are founding members of the Southwest Iowa Animal Coalition, a group of nonprofit rescues who have come together to support each other and hold community educational events and adoption fairs.

“My goal is to get the animals out of the bad environment and into the rescue where we can help them,” Shehan said. “Fundraising and being a good spokesperson is critical to attract volunteers and financial supporters.”

In addition to his bachelor’s degree, Shehan has gone on to earn his MBA and now teaches at Buena Vista University.

“My educational experiences at Bellevue have aided me in communicating with the public and the media more effectively,” he said. “While earning my degrees, I had to learn to manage time to get my course work completed, work full time and still be a father and husband. I believe those challenges have prepared me to be successful in the business world both at a full time career, the nonproft donkey rescue and continue my passion for teaching.”

Shehan credited Dr. Dan Warren for inspiring his own desire to teach.

“Dr. Warren was very helpful in guiding and encouraging me,” he said. “What I discovered was my desire to teach others. Towards the end of my program, I discussed what I needed to do to become an instructor myself.”

There are several upcoming opportunities to support the donkey rescue operation. On Saturday, June 28, Beers for Ears, a benefit concert featuring Jared Blake will be held at Warrior’s Sports Bar at 701 1st Street, Sergeant Bluff, Iowa. Attendees can come greet the donkeys from noon to 3 p.m., while Blake will perform at 9 p.m.

In addition, Lusco Farms Rescue and Loess Hills Harley Davidson are raffling off an HD Street Motorcycle at the 3rd Annual Ride You’re A$$ Off for the Donkeys on Saturday, August 23 at the dealership in Pacific Junction, Iowa. Visit the Lusco Farms Rescue site for more information.

http://www.luscofarmsrescue.org

Fortune Among Shape’s 50 Hottest Trainers in America

Posted on May 8th, 2014 by

Fortune Among Shape’s
50 Hottest Trainers in America

By Dan Silvia, Communication Manager

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Earning his degree at Bellevue University has helped Chet Fortune become one of the hottest in his chosen field —a degree, and a few thousand crunches, dips, pull-ups, and assorted other exercises.

Fortune, who earned his Bachelor of Science in Business in 2009, has been named one of Shape magazine’s 50 Hottest Male Trainers in America 2014. The magazine is tracking facebook likes for each of the 50 to recognize the top trainer.

Fortune has already been profiled in the Omaha World-Herald on the heels of the Shape list. The result – business is booming at Warrior Fitness Center, the gym Fortune opened in June 2012 at 13239 Portal Drive in La Vista.

“My inbox – everything is just blowing up,” said Fortune, a Certified Professional Trainer through the National Academy of Sports Medicine. “I’ve even had people from out of town interested in the gym, interested in training and how I can coach them from a distance. It’s been a positive impact for sure.”

Fortune, a 2001 graduate of Bellevue West High School, started his college career at the University of Nebraska-Omaha, but found himself sidetracked while working full-time jobs in the banking industry.

“I got out of school for a while and focused on management,” he said. “but other roles that I might have taken at the bank, I was at least going to need my degree. Bellevue was known for its online courses and the business department was respected. There were one or two courses that weren’t offered online, so the convenience of it being nice and close to my home was important for me too. That’s what got me going to Bellevue University.”

Marketing Essentials, taught by former adjunct John Thomas, was a class that stood out for Fortune.

“He just made it fun,” Fortune said. “I was going to Bellevue for the online aspect, but out of the classes that I had to attend that was the definitely one that I did not mind going to. We focused on social media a lot. That’s what we ended up talking about.”

While taking classes at Bellevue and in the years following graduation, Fortune began to develop an entrepreneurial spirit. He craved the opportunity to call his own shots.

“The first year I did a little bit of both, I ran the gym and managed the 89th and Dodge location of American National Bank,” he said. “I didn’t open this up to do both. I opened it up with the mindset that I wanted to be here full-time.”

Fortune did just that last June and isn’t looking back.