Gettysburg College prepares students to be leaders and active citizens in their professions, communities, the nation, and the world. Many students get their first significant taste of our increasingly global society while at Gettysburg – through course work with faculty, study abroad opportunities, service projects, and more. For many, that taste is merely the beginning of exciting and productive lives and careers abroad.
Read on to find out what some of our OMS majors and business minors are doing.
Dave Brooks ’83
Academic focus: Business major
Location: Recently returned to the U.S. from Toronto, Canada (formerly Singapore and Sao Paulo, Brazil)
Job: Corporate Credit Manager for Caterpillar Financial Services Corporation
Brooks started his career in the banking industry in Baltimore. In the mid-80’s, Caterpillar started their finance company, and Brooks was hired in their Columbia, Md. office. He completed his MBA at Johns Hopkins while working there, and afterwards relocated several times with Caterpillar: first to Roanoke, Va., then Phoenix, Ariz. before going to Brazil to start a new operation, then Singapore, Peoria, Ill., Toronto, and now Caterpillar’s headquarters in Nashville.
“I am a big believer in a liberal arts education,” Brooks said. “The critical thinking skills and broad base it gives you before specializing in a major is key. Today, many companies are willing to teach the specialized or technical skills they need, however, they want new employees to have excellent communication and interpersonal skills as a foundation they can build on. The liberal arts education provides that foundation.”
Bob Noddin ’83
Academic focus: Business administration major
Location: Tokyo, Japan (formerly Manila, Philippines; Bangkok, Thailand; and Hong Kong)
Job: President and CEO of American International Group's businesses in Japan
Noddin (pictured above, second from right) joined Citibank in New York shortly after graduation “thanks to the help of a Gettysburg buddy.” After that, he spent three years with AIG in New York, six months of which were spent on a project in Tokyo. Next, a four-month project in Manila, Philippines turned into four years, and then AIG sent Noddin to Bangkok, Thailand, after which he returned to Manila again. A few years later, he moved to Hong Kong, then Tokyo, back to the U.S., and then finally back to Japan in 2009.
“My Gettysburg experience made all the difference in the world for me and what has now become quite a long international career,” Noddin said. “My four years at Gettysburg fostered a Wanderlust, and showed me how to take that fascination and turn it into an advantage. I've been to 49 different countries on every continent except Antarctica 33 years after my graduation thanks to them teaching me how to tackle the unknown.”
Art Seibel ’80
Academic focus: Business Administration major
Location: Steinhausen and Baar, Switzerland (formerly London, England)
Job: Managing Director of Cristal Inorganic Chemicals Switzerland Ltd
At the beginning of his career, Seibel worked for Price Waterhouse in Baltimore, Houston, and London. After stints at Lyondell Petrochemical, Millennium Chemicals, and Jos. A. Bank, he rejoined Millennium, which had been purchased by a Saudi Arabian company, Cristal, as its CFO. When Millennium opened an office in Switzerland in 2011, he took on his current role of managing director of the new office. Seibel’s time in Switzerland ends this spring, and he and his wife will be moving back to Maryland.
“Early in my career, I often wondered if I should have gone to a more technical school to focus on my chosen field of accounting,” said Seibel. “However, after a few years, I realized that the broader understanding of people and life around me was going to be more important to me in the long run than the technical aspect of my learning. That’s when I recognized the true value of what Gettysburg taught me.”