Andrew Ranzinger is no stranger to Enactus.  In fact, he’s unlikely to be

Classy, formal, unabashed is our illustrious Vice President of Human Resources. These adjectives could certainly describe his attire, but they are also applicable to the man behind the bow-tie, Xavier Watson. I first met Xavier last spring in my Practice of Management class. Two things stuck out to me whenever he spoke. (1) He liked to stand when speaking to the class, and (2) I always liked listening. Not much has changed about his outspoken demeanor since then. He is as much of a people-person as you will find on this campus, and he is settling into his new role within Enactus where he helps members realize their potential for personal growth. The fourth-year senior (studying management, and the physician assistant program), has always been passionate about helping others– be it through his church, his singer-songwriting efforts, his spoken word poetry, or his acting.   It doesn’t matter where you are, but if you turn the lights down low and hand the microphone to Xavier, he’ll have something to say. When he isn’t working on recruiting new members or assisting current ones through the membership tiers, he can be found collaborating with our Sam Walton faculty fellow’s designing workshops. He considers Read more…

Following in our 2014 Member Spotlight series, who better to feature than Nick Feldkamp, our Enactus president? When asked about his credentials, he’s unlikely to bring up his four years in taekwondo or his time in choir (as a low bass), but after speaking with him or sitting in on one meeting, you’ll know exactly why he leads this year’s team. He’s a natural-born leader, and his working-resume speaks, or yells, for itself. Nick has been with the Enactus team for the last six years. He spent his first three as a General Member while working on his BA degree in management, and his BS degree in marketing. Then, before graduating from La Sierra University summa cum laude (which is Latin for, “better grades than I got”) he had attained the title, “Director of Project Development,” where he assisted on projects which took him to India, Dubai, and, more domestically, to Minneapolis, Kansas City, and Cincinnati. Last year, while starting his MBA program for general management, he acted as the Enactus Chief Operations Officer, and spent this past summer working tirelessly with faculty fellow, John Razzouk, creating the Enactus infrastructure (our member tier, personal development workshops, skills advancement, etc.) that Read more…

If you ever wanted to get fired up about La Sierra University, give five minutes of your busy schedule to Johnny Thomas, Dean of the Zapara School of Business. If you want to see that enthusiasm in action, swing by the open office of John Razzouk, faculty-fellow and former Enactus president. He’s located in the room directly adjacent the Enactus meeting room, and he’ll be the guy sitting at his desk smiling. As if his friendly demeanor isn’t inviting enough, John will set aside his work and wave you inside to share a conversation that leaves you feeling inspired and energized to make a difference. As a newly joined member of Enactus–one who eagerly volunteered to assist Marketing VP, Klarissa Bietz, and her management of this Enactus blog– I assumed the task of interviewing our residing faculty-fellow, and discover what it is that makes this man so excited about his role. I anticipated a member spotlight which would imitate those I’ve seen in popular magazines: find out his favorite memories, his dreams, what he has taken away from his experience with Enactus; and some generic insights like: “name a famous person you’d invite to dinner”, “what’s your favorite inspirational quote”, Read more…