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Brian Ashton ('08)


Brian Ashton ('08)

Brian is currently working as a Strategic Sourcing Intern at Honeywell Analytics in Lincolnshire, just outside downtown Chicago, IL. He graduated Cum Laude with a B.A. in Management and a Certificate in Leadership Studies. Honeywell is a $35 billion company that employs over 122,000 employees worldwide. Honeywell is a FORTUNE 100 company that supplies various products and services around the world. Honeywell produces everything from military aircraft and vehicles to equipment for firefighters to HVAC units for buildings and homes. Brian works in the Strategic Sourcing department, which specializes in the selection of suppliers and the negotiations of contracts and commodity prices. His responsibilities vary from week to week. The focus of his first few weeks was on supplier diversity. He worked to increase the amount of suppliers that come from small businesses, women-owned businesses, minority-owned businesses, veteran-owned businesses, and small-disadvantaged businesses.

Brian says that leadership is one of the central concepts within Honeywell: “We are expected to voice concerns and approach management with solutions. Each employee is empowered to find better ways to do their job. If they think there is a better way, people will listen.” Honeywell also has a program for those employees that do community service. For 50 community service hours that an employee completes at a charity, Honeywell will donate $500 to that organization in the employee’s name.

Brian also says that being a McDonough Scholar has greatly enhanced his ability to be successful: “I was able to contribute on day one. I would attribute most of this success to my experience in the McDonough Center’s Executive-in-Residence Program. The business consulting experience exposed me to working in a high paced environment with local business leaders. I now find myself working with local business all over the country and utilizing the skills I learned from that experience. Most all, the McDonough Center provided me with connections to Marietta Alums. My current boss is a 1985 graduate of Marietta. While on my interview, we spent the majority of the time talking about my experiences in the program and how important leadership is in business.”

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