The Lexington Campus’s affiliation with Speedway (a convenience store chain), goes back four years-plus, and Kathy Wolf had a tremendous part to play in this very successful venture. Ms. Wolf was Speedway’s recruiter when she first partnered with National, and she was interested in interviewing graduates who wanted to pursue careers with one of the area’s largest companies.
“For some folks, employment at Speedway is simply a job – a stepping stone to other careers,” explained Ms. Wolf. “There are those, however, whose employment at Speedway represents a career. Those with this mind-set will find many opportunities to ‘climb the corporate ladder,’ so to speak. I saw that American National University provides quite an extensive curriculum in the management arena, so our alliance was off and running,” said Ms. Wolf.
Over the past several years, Ms. Wolf has interviewed and hired more and more graduates for positions with Speedway. “I came to rely heavily on National for many of my staffing needs,” she said. “They were all very well-trained, but I’ve noticed [National] graduates possess two outstanding traits – the desire to succeed and tremendous ‘people-skills’. These traits don’t come from a book – they come from involved, dedicated instructors,” beamed Ms. Wolf.
Although Ms. Wolf was recently promoted to a regional training position and no longer works directly with the Lexington Campus, Speedway still partners with National when seeking quality employees. “My long affiliation with American National University has shown that everyone working there has the students’ best interest at heart,” said Ms. Wolf. “I can say nothing but great things about the graduates we have hired, and we will continue to rely on American National University to help fill vital positions in our company.”
Lexington Campus career center director Cheryl Howell (left) and campus director Kim Thomasson (right) present the Distinguished Community Employer award to Kathy Wolf of Speedway for hiring numerous American National University graduates.
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