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Brunch with the Boss

December 10, 2018

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You Must Be Young to Win

Brunch with the Boss

Ankeny, Iowa (Aug 16, 2018) – For Matt Hines career advice and bagel bites were a winning combination. At the suggestion of Ankeny Centennial teacher, Chad Brooks, Hines entered his name in the Brunch with the Boss contest. When he entered he got to choose from a number of businesses in the area. Since he’ll be studying engineering in the fall, selecting Snyder & Associates was an obvious choice. He forgot about it until he got a call telling him he won.

That led to a meeting with Snyder & Associates president Dave Moeller. Now when Hines goes to a game at Jack Trice Stadium he’ll likely think about what it takes to design and build a structure that can withstand Cyclone fans all jumping at the same time.

The opportunity to visit a successful engineering firm gave Hines career insight few students have before starting college. “The meeting with Dave Moeller at Snyder and Associates was extremely impactful. Not only did he share great advice on becoming an engineering student but he also made me even more excited to become one,” Hines explained. “He really helped me understand what life could throw at me and how I can embrace it. This was an amazing opportunity.”

Derek Van Roekel of Polk City won Brunch with the Boss, Terry Handley, president and CEO of Casey’s General Stores, Inc. Van Roekel enjoyed a personal tour of Casey’s Ankeny headquarters and distribution center plus got important career tips. What does Handley recommend on resumes and interviews? “Don’t just tell me what you’ve done. Tell me what makes you tick.” Handley told Van Roekel, “That’s what will tell me if you are a good fit.”

Van Roekel has a whole new perspective and excitement about starting at Iowa State later this month. “I would recommend everyone enter this contest!” Van Roekel shared as he walked out with a bag of “cool Casey’s swag” in hand.

Many would love to have Brunch with the Boss but you must be young to win. The contest is limited to those ages 16-24. You can find out more and enter at www.AnkenyWorks.com. Participating companies range from global icons John Deere and Monsanto to locally owned technology firms AgVision and Pratum. The company line-up will vary month-to-month as new winners are announced.

Ankeny Economic Development Corporation (AEDC) is the non-profit business organization behind the contest. They created it as a way to help young people learn about potential careers before they complete an extensive and sometimes expensive education program.

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