North Platte, Neb.
Major: Agribusiness, Banking and Finance Option
Minor: Engler Entrepreneurship
Graduation Date: May 2018
Business: I have a Black Angus cow/calf herd that I am working on transitioning to a Red Angus operation. I also invest into pens of cattle on our family owned feed yard.
What is your story?
I grew up on a family owned Feedlot/Farm/Ranch. At age 13 I purchased two cows with the money I saved up from 4-H. Since then I have been growing my cow herd and feeding out the steers from the cows in our feed yard. I plan to make the switch of my cow herd from Black Angus to Red Angus upon my graduation from UNL. Over the years I have also bought in on two pens of cattle. I have enjoyed with helping my grandparents, Aunt and Uncle during their Daigger-Orr Angus bull sale every spring.
Who is your entrepreneurial inspiration OR biggest hero?
My father is the biggest Entrepreneurial inspiration because he is involved in the Agriculture industry which takes passion, aspiration, courage, grit, partnership, and building to provide food for the world. He has displayed these talents and instilled them within me. This has given me a great respect for my father and the agriculture industry as a whole.
If your story were made into a movie, what actor/actress would portray you and why?
Reese Witherspoon would play the part of me because of her acting skills in Legally Blonde. In this movie she showed that she plays a person that can prove others wrong with determination - anything is possible, and shows that sometimes there is more to people than what is on the outside.
What advice would you give to a student starting their entrepreneurial journey?
That being an entrepreneur requires an imagination yet enables you to use your imagination. It can become a job that requires several late nights and early mornings but allows you to follow your heart 24/7. It requires a lot of thinking yet your brain can be your biggest tool and asset. Being an entrepreneur can be stressful or rewarding. It is all about your outlook.