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AlumniSpotlightByStacyLepoMcGuigan92TheScopeFall2013ParvizAnsariIevaZakeCherylONeillEthanStoetzerAmandaStoutJoshuaDarpinoContact856256-4850856256-4921axwww.rowan.educsmTheScopeispublishedtwiceayearbytheCollegeoScienceandMathematicstohighlighttheachievementsoitsacultystafstudentsandalumni.SendsuggestionsandcommentstoCollegeoScienceandMathematicscoEditorTheScopeRowanUniversity201MullicaHillRd.GlassboroNJ08028-1701oremailcsmrowan.eduwww.acebook.comrowanCSMDeanAssociateDeanEditorWriterDesignerPhotographerRowansAlumniEngagementisseekingnominationsfor2014RowanUniversityAlumniAssociationDistinguishedAlumniAwards.CategoriesincludeDistinguishedAlumnusAwardDistinguishedYoungAlumnusAwardLifetimeServiceAwardAlumniAmbassadorAwardTonominatevisitwww.rowan.edualumni.HurryLastdaytosubmitisFebruary72014.CollegeofScienceandMathematics201MullicaHillRoadGlassboroNJ08028GraduatingMayof1992withaBAinMathematicsIhighlyvaluetheun-dergraduateeducationIreceivedfromRowan.ThefacultywasagreathelpwhenIwasstudyingcomplicatednewformulasandconcepts.MyexperienceprovidedastrongfoundationforhowIwouldapproachmyfutureprofessionalemploymentwithMellonBankandTheRitz-CarltonHotelCompany.Thepathtomydreamjobdidntexactlybeginwithabigbash.Iwasheadedforacareerinnumber-crunchinglandedajobhandlinginvestmentsatMel-lonBankNAfortheirPrivateWealthCustomers.AsaportfolioassistantIwasresponsibleformakingpercentagechangestoinvestmentsthatwereaffectedbythestockmarket.Ilearnedtheimportanceofwatchingthestockmarketstocksearningsandestimatesresearchpublicofferingsunderstandingthecurrentstateoftheeconomyandobtainingsuccessfulfinancialresults.AfterthreeyearsIrealizedthatthenumbersformysuccesswerentaddingup.TheBankingIndustryformewasblahtooboring.Irealizedthatlifewasntalwaysblackandwhiteliketheanswerstomycalculusproblems.Iwasreadyforajobthatwaswellmorefun.IworkedasaconciergeatTheRitz-CarltoninTysonsCornerVa.andwaspromotedtopublicrela-tionsmarketingassistantinlessthanayear.SixmonthslaterIwasheadingthehotelsPRandmarket-ingdepartmentwhichincludedexecutingandpromotingallevents.WhenitwastimetostartafamilyIfinallyconfirmedthatmytalentswerebettersuitedtoaballroomthanaboardroom.MychildrenunleashedmypassionforeventplanningandIknewIfoundmyanswer.Partiesaremypassionanditwastimetoalsomakeitmybusiness.Ilaunchedmyeventbusinessin2010andhaventlookedback.AndmymathdegreeItstillservesmewell.IknowhowtobudgetandIhaveaneyefordetail.ItalladdsuptoaperfectcombinationIamlivingmydreambyhelpingotherscreatethecelebrationoftheirdreams.ThisallbeganwiththateducationalfoundationIbuiltatRowan.NON-PROFITORG.U.S.POSTAGEPAIDBELLMAWRNJPERMIT1047