Vanessa (Russeau) Hammond
'06, BA, Entrepreneurship, Management
Midwest Light Products Scheduler
Supply, Distribution, and Planning
Marathon Petroleum Company
"The faculty, staff, and professionals of Lourdes prepared me for success, professionally and personally," notes Vanessa. "To me, the atmosphere was about strong Christian values, diversity, professionalism, ethical practices, and a heartfelt focus on education. At Lourdes, I learned about core principles to prepare me for the business arena. In addition, I was given the tools to be a strong leader academically. My experiences at Lourdes helped mold me into the person I am today."
Vanessa has been with Marathon for seven years, beginning in the Operations Center, a critical component of the business. "In the Operations Center, we (the operations center analysts) safely control the movement and delivery of an average of 100 million gallons of petroleum products daily."
This talented individual cites integrity, strong work standards, education, leadership skills, dedication and loyalty to an employer as the most important characteristics a business professional must possess. "For those interested in pursuing a career in business," Vanessa recommends, "Lourdes as a great educational avenue. You will be given the tools to an excellent education and the high potential for a successful career. The faculty and staff will help prepare you for life; they genuinely care about each individual student."
As the individual who is now tasked with scheduling light products to terminals in Ohio and Indiana, she is using the skills she learned at Lourdes on a daily basis. Her current role as a scheduler, challenges those skills and assists her with being successful at her new role.