At PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP, Eric VandenBerg performs various tax compliance, research, and planning projects for financial services clients.
“Being involved in various activities, from class work to varsity men’s soccer, Student Association to Outcry helped me grow intellectually, occupationally, and spiritually. I became solidified as the person I am in Jesus Christ and gained a better understanding of how I am to use the gifts he has blessed me with to advance his kingdom work.”
Trinity Christian College web story, Fall 2010
Craig Gallman ’90
Major: Marketing (Business)
Trinity welcomed alumnus Craig Gallman ’90 on September 24 as he met with a group of marketing/management students to share his successes and experiences working through multiple careers and how Trinity played a role in each career.
Gallman gave students practical and tested ideas on how to enter the job market and develop a professional network. He offered advice for interviewing and networking, discussed the fields he went into as well as ones students were interested in, and opened up the presentation for any questions they had.
“It was nice to hear from someone who has had so many different jobs, many of which don't relate to each other, talk about how he has used the things he has learned at Trinity in those jobs,” said Joe Koltz ’11 of Oak Lawn, Illinois, a current business student. “I thought it was really cool to see how a general business degree is important in so many different career choices.”
Gallman graduated from Trinity with a degree in marketing and has enjoyed much career success. He entered the job market in sales at MicroAge Computer Store. He moved on to Dontech, which, at the time, was the largest provider of Yellow Pages information in the Midwest.
Gallman’s career continued as he joined Zimmer Dental, a leading provider of dental implants, where he is currently one of the top producers in the company.
In addition to his work at Dontech and Zimmer Dental, Gallman has started two successful businesses which he currently runs with a partner: Honey Cuts for Men, with four locations in the south suburbs, and Spin Club, a cycling studio, located in Mokena, Illinois.
Spring 2010 TRINITY Magazine, Career and Calling
Kevin Walker ’05
Title: Account executive
Kevin Walker ’05 has accomplished a lot in his five years since graduating from Trinity. His interest in business turned into his college major—a major that turned into an internship, into a job, into a career.
In just the past two years, Walker, in addition to his position as account executive at Euclid Insurance, has started two real estate investment companies and has helped plant a church. The companies, Business Excellence Group and William & Thomas, were started in 2008 by Walker who serves as president. Walker also serves as general manager of City Harvest Church in Arlington Heights, Illinois, a satellite church he started with a pastor and others from their home church.
It’s no surprise that Walker’s concentration of study in Trinity’s business program was entrepreneurship. Recalling his time at the College, he notes three valuable learning experiences: a senior business project, his internship, and his role as student association president.
In his senior year, Walker’s business class collaborated on a consulting project with the Village of Robbins. The village’s goal was to re-develop land on which to establish an open market on the property, so the students helped develop a business plan. “This was not just an assignment about a concept,” said Walker, “it was a real-life situation.”
Real-life experience is what Walker advises Trinity students to acquire through internships. During his junior and senior years, he interned at Liberty Mutual, which offered him a permanent position after graduation. For recent grads on the job hunt, Walker advises this: “Be faithful in your job search and believe God is faithful. And don’t be afraid of small beginnings.” These, he said, bring experience, connections, and open doors.
Walker learned this first hand, not just through his internship, but also through serving as student association president. Today he is in his first year as president of Trinity’s alumni board, which he has served on since his graduation in 2005.
Being in business has given him the opportunity to create professional relationships and personal friendships within which he carries out the call he said all Christians have—to share their faith through words and actions.
For people like Chris Verstrate ’96, Chicago, a hub of international business, provides an ideal place in which to practice corporate law.
“The type of business law that I am involved in as a partner with McGuireWoods, LLP, requires me to live in a major metropolitan area and business center,” said Verstrate. “After attending both Trinity and Northwestern University School of Law, it was a natural fit to find a firm to work for in Chicago.”
After graduation, Osvaldo Montelongo ’11, a business and Spanish major, secured a position at the company where he interned during his Chicago Semester experience.
Montelongo enrolled in the Chicago Semester program with this exact goal in mind. “I wanted to finish my last semester at Trinity with an internship that opened doors to potential jobs in the Chicagoland area.”