Alumni Spotlight

JeffStrecansky (1)Jeff Strecansky (’11) graduated with a B.S. in Economics and minors in Global Trade & Commerce Studies and Psychology. He decided to major in economics after enjoying Intro to Econ with Dr. Perry Patterson and due to the versatility of the degree in the job market based on its development of an analytical skillset that is beneficial across all areas of business. His interest was also piqued by the diverse range of classes the major offered, including Dr. Griffith’s Economics of Labor Markets and Dr. Dalton’s International Trade. Jeff began his career in Washington, D.C. as a Strategy and Operations Analyst with Deloitte Consulting, a management consulting firm. In the summer of 2014, he left Deloitte to join McCarthy Capital, an Omaha-based private equity firm focused on growth equity. Outside of work, he enjoys golf, boxing, and occasional attempts at karaoke.

JordanGarside2Jordan Garside (’14) graduated with a double major in Economics and Religion with a minor in History. He is currently pursuing a masters in the management program in the Business School. “I decided to major in Economics after I took Econ 150 with Professor McFall. He not only made the material enjoyable and easy to understand, but he also helped me see the value of an education in Economics. A deeper understanding of Econ has enabled me to better understand the world around me – whether it be complex policies issues or simply just trying to understand human decision-making. In retrospect, I am confident that I could not have chosen a better subject to study, and the primary reason for that is the great faculty that comprise the Econ Department. When I am not studying, I am most likely doing some activity related to football. Being a student-athlete has made my experience at Wake unbelievably rewarding, and I am extremely thankful to have had that opportunity. For my career, I anticipate myself entering into public service or working for a non-profit organization, and given these career aspirations, I am confident that my degree in Econ will prove to be invaluable.”

Andrew EllisAndrew Ellis (’13) majored in Economics because Dr. McFall showed his intro class how relevant the subject was to everyday life by drawing economic connections to Tom Hanks in “Cast Away” as well as salaries in the NBA. Overall, the subject taught Andrew how to think critically about the world and has driven him to the field of education. Andrew is currently teaching 7th grade math and social studies in Texas through Teach for America and he hopes to get a masters in economics or public policy to continue studying ways we can improve the public education system. At Wake, Andrew studied abroad in Nepal, worked for Residence Life and Housing, and was a member of the Alpha Sigma Phi fraternity. 

stulting_chilesBennett Stulting Chiles (’07) graduated Wake Forest with majors in Mathematical Economics and Art History.  She has worked in both strategy consulting (Dean & Company) and financial services (Wells Fargo), and also served for a year in the AmeriCorps program with Habitat for Humanity.  She is currently in the second year of a Ph.D. program in Strategy at the UCLA Anderson School of Management, and plans to pursue a career in teaching and research in the business school setting.  

Garrett EdelGarrett Edel (’10) graduated in Magna Cum Laude with a BS in Mathematical Economics.  As a Math-Econ major, he especially enjoyed the challenging major-specific classes such as Optimization Theory and the Seminar in Mathematical Economics.  Outside of the department, he was a tutor at the Wake Forest Writing Center, held leadership positions in his fraternity, and studied abroad in Cork, Ireland.  After graduation, he started working at Bain & Company — a management consulting firm — in the Atlanta office as an Associate Consultant.  In the summer of 2013, he left Bain as a Senior Associate Consultant to join Babiators – a startup making children’s products – as the VP of Special Projects and Analysis.  In his spare time he’s often reading or playing fingerstyle acoustic guitar.

Janna RaleyJanna Raley (’13) graduated with a major in Economics and a minor in Environmental Studies. She now works for BBC Research & Consulting in Denver, Colorado where she does natural resource economics consulting. The economic department’s diverse course offerings and opportunities, including completing an honors thesis, allowed Janna to integrate her major and minor, and ultimately find a job directly related to both.

MaryBeth HarbourMary Beth Harbour (’13) chose a major in Economics because of its value and versatility in the job market. As a sophomore declaring a major, she was not sure what type of career she wanted to pursue after graduation, but felt strongly that a major in Economics would open the door to many different opportunities. Her favorite classes were classes that challenged her, like Microeconomics II with Dr. Chen, or classes that used economic theory to analyze current issues, like The Economics of Higher Education with Dr. Griffith and The Economics of Health & Medicine with Dr. Lawlor. As a student at Wake Forest, Mary Beth served as a resident advisor and a member of the German Honors Society. Mary Beth currently works as an implementation analyst at Allscripts, a healthcare IT company, in Raleigh, North Carolina.

wilkie barrackWilkie Barrack (’13) chose to major in Mathematical Economics because of his great experiences in Intro to Economics with Dr. Whaples and Calculus I with Dr, Robinson of the math department. Despite being unsure of what type of profession he wanted to pursue at the time of his major declaration, Wilkie was confident that the interdepartmental major would help him develop critical thinking and analytical skills necessary for many different professional careers. After an internship with a Financial Advisor following his sophomore year, Wilkie decided to pursue a career in the financial sector. Wilkie’s favorite classes were those that helped him develop a better understanding of the relationship between macroeconomics and financial markets, such as Professor Mazumder’s International Finance class and Professor Wood’s Financial Markets class. Wilkie also thoroughly enjoyed the elective classes that prompted him to think creatively, such as Professor McFall’s Law and Economics. Wilkie currently works as a Credit Analyst with Wells Fargo in Winston-Salem, North Carolina.

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