Alum Ewing (‘05) Receives the 2014 Excellence in Achievement by a Recent Graduate Award

Posted: Wednesday, October 15th 2014 at 3:28 PM

The NAU Alumni Association Board of Directors announced their Alumni Award Winners, including two alumni from The W. A. Franke College of Business, during Homecoming 2014.

Ryan Ewing ('05 FIN) will receive the Excellence in Achievement by a Recent Graduate Award. Also being recognized is Timothy Pawlak ('89 ACC) with the Cliff Harkins Distinguished Citizen of the Year Award (Tim's story HERE). The Recognition Dinner will be held Saturday, October 25, 2014 from 4:30–6:30 p.m. at the High Country Conference Center.


Ryan Ewing Honored with the Northern Arizona University Alumni Association’s Excellence in Achievement by a Recent Graduate Award

Award Criteria: This award recognizes a young alumnus/alumna who has achieved outstanding success in their professional career in a relatively short amount of time. Service to NAU or the NAU Alumni Association is not a requirement. Nominees must have graduated within the last 10 years. Alumni of both graduate and undergraduate degrees are eligible for this award.

Graduated:  2005 Bachelor of Science in Business Administration (Finance)

Occupation: Senior Manager, Worldwide Manager Technical Training, Amazon – Phoenix, Arizona

Most influential figures: “The College of Business faculty, many of whom were “from the trenches” provided great insight from their past careers, knowledge in their field and practical focus on business.”

Favorite memories: “I always loved returning to campus in the fall.  The excitement of getting settled for a new year, re-connecting with friends and classmates, and the incredible weather welcoming me back to Flagstaff will always be fond memories.”

Since graduating in 2005, Ryan Ewing has excelled as a young leader in his career. Upon graduation, he briefly went to work for his family’s business, Spring Air Mattress Company, where he developed a new product line and managed factory operations. In 2007, Ryan joined Amazon to help open the company’s first order-fulfillment center in Arizona.  He gained invaluable experience in transportation logistics and inbound and outbound operations, leading the safest of all shifts based on audit scores and incident rates. He was promoted to operations manager within a year.

In this role, Ryan supervised three to four salaried managers and more than 300 hourly employees at any given time. After additional promotions and reassignments, Ryan came to head the team responsible for orientating new leaders into Amazon Operations business units worldwide.  As senior manager of worldwide manager technical training, Ryan spent six months last year in Europe standardizing the hiring programs for hourly employees in Fulfillment Centers across five countries.

Working for a popular company like Amazon has its perks, and during his tenure Ryan been involved in multiple product launches.  He has helped with the integration of Kiva Systems (automated warehouse robots) and the launch of Amazon Fresh (grocery) delivery in Los Angeles.  In 2007, Ryan was a beta tester for the first Kindle device.

“This is a great honor and I am pleased to represent NAU as an accomplished alum.  This award gives me the opportunity to reflect upon my time since graduation and recognize how grateful I am for the opportunities and experiences that have come during my professional career.”

At NAU, Ryan has been a guest speaker in the classroom and supports the Volunteer Alumni Network by distributing NAU scholarship awards to high school seniors. During his tenure as a student, Ryan served as vice president of student affairs for Associated Students of NAU. He was a member of Delta Tau Delta Fraternity,  previews counselor  and participated as a Northern Lights Campus Ambassador hosting tours and open houses for campus visitors and potential students on behalf of the university.

Ryan extolls the benefits of getting involved on campus, and encourages current students to build momentum for their career paths. “At NAU, there exists a multitude of opportunity to get involved,” Ryan says. “Franke College of Business programs like the Warren Buffett Trip, Student-Manager Investment Fund and Executive Job Shadowing offer the hands-on experience student need to be successful.”

Ryan lives in Phoenix, Arizona with his fiancé Sarah Thompson, ’04 BSACC, whom he met as a student. The couple will marry in the spring.  Ryan is a member of Tomorrow’s Leaders, a young professionals group which supports the Ronald McDonald House Charities of Phoenix.  Ryan enjoys traveling and exploring new restaurants and has currently undertaken a remodeling project at his new home.

Read this article on NAU Office of Alumni Relations' website, HERE.



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