Noah Thompson - Mitchell, S.D.
Major: Accounting, B.B.A./M.P.A.
Senior accounting student Noah Thompson has taken advantage of many opportunities within the walls of the Beacom School of Business, providing him with many experiences that have allowed him to sharpen his abilities to lead, communicate and be ambitious. He served as the vice president of Coyote Capital Management, where he learned a lot about investing and analyzing as a financial manager of $2 million and growing, made enormous gains in the areas of leading the group and improved his presentation skills.
Noah worked closely with many of the USD Foundation’s members as a co-founding member of the USD Student Alumni Association. Besides being in constant contact with their engagement coordinators, he assisted the USDF with the Alumni Networking dinner, where they entertained 30 of USD’s top seniors along with top executives from the Sioux Falls area. This allowed him a chance to network with many prestigious business professionals, while just a sophomore.
While at Beacom, Noah also served as a Dean’s Ambassador and a technology fellow. Additionally, he earned a tax internship with Eide Bailly for the 2019 spring semester and will be spending his summer as a tax intern for Ernst & Young in Minneapolis.
“Throughout my first couple years at Beacom, I received great guidance from various student mentors who pushed me in many different areas where I could excel on campus,” said Noah. “It was easy reaching out to these students for help and I have tried to model parts of my early career as a student after theirs, while at the same time being myself and leaving my own legacy.”
Theron Hotchkiss - Centerville, SD
Major: Accounting, B.B.A./M.P.A.
This summer I am working as a regulatory compliance intern at ReliaMax. The majority of my work revolves around testing internal procedure against statutory requirements and company policy. This internship has widened my perspective to the many career opportunities that lay ahead for me, specifically in the areas of statutory accounting and regulatory compliance. Both of which, will lead to a successful and productive career path.
The people are, by far, the best part of coming to work every day. I work with a wildly diverse group of individuals, each bringing a different expertise to the table. The insurance industry is highly regulated and continuously changing. The nature of the business causes compliance to be an ongoing concern, so working alongside professionals from all areas of business, each with their own individual strengths, provides the best opportunity to learn and contribute to the goals of the company in a meaningful way.
The connection between what I have learned and my contribution to the company is multilayered and multifaceted. The emphasis placed on professional communication in classes flows directly into the expectations of the company. On a daily basis, I am interacting with co-workers ranging from interns to executives, accountants to attorneys. I often find myself referring back to the high professional standards that the instructors at USD have helped me develop.
Kassitti Balomenos - Sioux City, IA
Major: Economics, B.B.A.
I was able to study abroad in Wolfsburg, Germany for the spring 2016 semester. I took classes focused on international business and international relations, which was a great experience. Since I was able to study these courses in an international setting, it really enhanced the experience. I met other students from countries such as China, Taiwan and Mexico. Germany is centrally located and I was able to travel to 10 European countries, and meet many people from around the world. I obtained a global perspective on critical modern issues such as health care, gun control and education.
This summer I am working as an economics research assistant with Professor Kathryn Birkeland. We are studying the effects of implementing a state need-based grant program for college funding. It is a great opportunity as I get to learn more about the economic and financial need situation of people in South Dakota while studying more about the issue of “free college” that is in discussion today. It will lead me to great references and networking skills as I will be working with a range of people throughout the process.