Former Zags in the Workforce
Jeff Brown
Executive Vice President, Sales NextIT, Spokane, Wash.
Jeff Brown has a deep understanding of the value proposition and market requirements of intelligent customer self-service and innovative technology. Prior to Next IT, Jeff spent 10 years working on a variety of software solutions, including specializing in asset and service management systems at Peregrine Systems. His leadership and experience are proven as he led the Next IT sales team through 1,478% revenue growth from 2003-2008. Jeff works closely with Next IT's current and prospective customers to solve their issues by pairing technology with smart business practices to grow their profits and increase customer satisfaction. With a keen eye for the impact of intelligent self-service, Jeff ensures that Next IT's solutions are ahead of the curve. In addition to his business acumen, Jeff was a three-time Academic All American athlete for Gonzaga University, and could frequently be spotted as a color commentator for Fox Sports Northwest. He was inducted into the West Coast Conference Ring of Honor in 2010.

Jamie Dudley
SVP of WW Sales at Boundary, Computer Software, San Francisco, Calif.
Jamie Dudley just recently moved into his new position of SVP of WW Sales at Boundary, a computer software company in the Bay Area. He has been in the computer software industry since graduating from Gonzaga University with his B.S. in Political Science and Government in 1993.

Axel Dench
Business Development Director, Bastion Brands, Melbourne, Australia
The 6-11, 243-pound Axel Dench may have gained more notoriety for his role as Merumeru in Star Wars Espisode III: Revenge of the Sith than he did as a basketball player for Gonzaga University and his homeland of Australia. His film career also included roles in Bill & Ted’s Excellent Adventure, Flight of the Natvigator, Twins and the hit TV series Grange Hill. He played professional basketball for Australia’s NBA for the Wollongong Hawks and Melbourne Tigers, as well as for teams in Portugal and New Zealand in a career that spanned nearly 14 years. He received his BBA in Marketing at Gonzaga in 2000 and his MBA in Marketing from the University of New England in 2009.

Geoff Goss
Partner in Goss, Gustavel, Goss, Boise, Idaho
Geoff Goss received his B.S. in Finance from Gonzaga University in 1994 and received his Juris Doctor from the Gonzaga University Law School in 1999. He was admitted to the Idaho and U.S. District Court, District of Idaho in 1999. He is a member of the Idaho State Bar, the American Bar Association and the American Inns of Court (Boise Chapter). He served as Law Clerk to Justice Gerald Schroeder, Idaho State Supreme Court, from 1999-2000.
Zach Gourde

Vice President, Market Development Environmental West Exploration, Spokane, Wash.
Zach Gourde took his talents to France where he had an 8-year professional basketball career and also became fluent in French. He moved back to Spokane in 2012 and began his current job in the construction industry with Environmental West Exploration which has been serving the drillings needs of the region since 1987. Gourde received his degree in Public Relations, Advertising and Applied Communication from Gonzaga University.
Quentin Hall

Teacher/Basketball Coach, Bahamas
Quentin Hall is a teacher and basketball coach in his native Bahamas. In 2011, the U.S. Olympic Committee (USOC), the International Olympic Committee's (IOC) Olympic Solidarity department and the University of Delaware (UD) graduated 19 international coaches including Hall - from the third edition of the International Coaching Enrichment Certification Program (ICECP) in Lausanne, Switzerland. The coaches began the program in September, 2010 and represented five continents and eight sports in addition to the 19 countries.
Mike Nilson

Co-Owner U-District Physical Therapy, Spokane, Wash.
U-District Physical Therapy provides physical therapy, performance training and personal training in the Spokane area, and Mike Nilson is also the head strength and conditioning coach for Gonzaga University athletics. Mike has also worked as Director of Speed Explosion at the NBC Camps in Spokane. Mike Received his B.A. in business management from Gonzaga in 2000 as well as his M.A. in organizational leadership in 2008. He is also received his CSCS certification from the National Strength and Conditioning Association in 2002, his FAFS in functional movement from the Gray Institute GIFT in 2009 and received his LPSN, Sports Nutrionist certification from the National Association of Sports Nutrition in 2010.
Matt Santangelo

Benefits Consultant for Moloney & O’Neill, Spokane, Wash.
Matt Santangelo recently joined Moloney & O’Neill in Spokane as a Benefits Consultant. For five years prior to making his most recent career move, Matt worked for Summit Group LLC Capital in Spokane as part of their business development team, focusing on client contact, service and development. Prior to joining Summit Capital in February 2007, Matt spent seven years playing professional basketball throughout Europe. He received a BBA in Human Resources from Gonzaga University in 2000. Matt also serves as an analyst on the IMG Bulldog Basketball Radio Network.
Andrew Sorenson

Business Analyst, Next IT, Spokane, Wash.
Andrew Sorenson is responsible for analyzing, identifying, developing, defining, designing, documenting, managing, communicating and formally presenting the business needs and requirements of our clients and stakeholders. He was personally selected by the Executive Vice President of Sales and Marketing for Next IT as the Project Manager and Account Manager for the Gonzaga University project. Sorenson, who received his BBA in management information systems in 2008 and his MBA in finance from Gonzaga in 2009, is also a certified Instructor for Krav Maga which is a simple, effective reality-based self-defense system that emphasizes instinctive movements, practical techniques, and realistic training scenarios. Its’ powerful, easy to learn techniques can empower you, make you more confident and give you the tools to protect yourself and your loved ones.
Mark Spink

Consulting Manager, The Atum Group, Portland, Ore.
Mark Spink is the new consulting manager for The Atum Group, an international professional services firm. The firm focuses on management consulting, executive search, and investing. Spink received his BBA in Accouting; Management Information Systems from Gonzaga University in 2001. He began his career as an accountant with Ernst & Young in Seattle.
Cory Violette

Financial Representative, Northwestern Mutal, Spokane, Wash.
Following a professional basketball career that took him to Tokyo, Cory Violette returned to Spokane and began his current position with Northwestern Mutual. He received his degree in finance from Gonzaga University in 2004. Violette also played one season with the Idaho Stampede in his hometown of Boise, Idaho, where he helped the squad to the NBDL title.
Marty Wall

Vice President of Sales at Craft Brewers Alliance, Portland, Ore.
A business and finance major at Gonzaga, Marty Wall began his career as the Vice President of Sales for Widmer Brothers Brewing Co. in 2000. A merger in 2004 resulted in the creation of Craft Brewers Alliance where Marty remains as VP of Sales. Zag Career

 

 

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