Amy Schatzmann '17

Amy SchatzmannMajor: Finance
Hometown: Tulsa, OK

Describe your current job role:

I am a financial analyst for a CFO consultant in Jupiter, Florida.  I'm also starting my own business, Seaside Brew. That's a cold-brew coffee tricycle that will serve PBA students and faculty specialty coffee right on campus.

What professional experience(s) did you have prior to your current job role?

I worked with my current boss for the past year in a very small firm, so I've been exposed to many different projects. Those are proving to be incredibly beneficial as I transition to Seaside Brew. 

What do you know now that you wish you had known about being a working professional?

I'm learning the valuable lesson that everything has value.  Sometimes I’ll get assignments that I don’t love, but I know that every project has something beneficial to it. That's why giving 100%  to it is so important.

"We are only called to take one day at a time (Matthew 6:34) and trust God to provide what we need, when we need it."

How did PBA prepare you for the world of work?

Being a DA showed me to manage my time wisely so I could be an effective leader.  Athletics especially brought many opportunities to lead.  Getting to play on the PBA volleyball team taught me  how to lead off the court and realize that I couldn’t be a leader every time on the court.  It taught me how to be more excited for my teammates' success than my own.  It also taught me the importance of using the stage God gives us to give Him the glory.  

What advice would you give to current PBA students and/or young alumni who are about to start their first professional full-time job?

Don't plan too much. That can make us vulnerable to disappointment, anxiety, or stress.  We are only called to take one day at a time (Matthew 6:34) and trust God to provide what we need, when we need it.  I encourage PBA students who are about to enter the work force to not get overwhelmed by trying to make all these big plans for their future.  Rather, take one day as it comes and be a faithful steward of what God has given to you as He gives it. 

Have you been mentored by anyone in your professional field since entering the workforce? If so, what impact has that had on you?

A local lady who owns a coffee and food truck is my mentor. It is a  huge encouragement for this fellow entrepreneur do something so special.  She understands the hurdles and difficulties of starting a business.  We both have similar passions within the coffee industry, so it’s been extremely beneficial when she reminds me to keep my eyes on the big picture and not get deterred or discouraged.

Spotlight posted in June 2018. For current updates from Amy, visit her LinkedIn page.