Alumni Success Story – Bryan Holloway ’16

Bryan Holloway, ’16 MBA, joined Kellogg’s nearly 11 years ago as a machinist. But, thanks to amazing mentors and leaders along the way, Bryan is now the plant controller of the Eggo plant in Blue Anchor, New Jersey. Learn more about Bryan and his journey landing his dream job below.

Tell us about yourself!

I was born and raised in Grand Rapids. After high school, I started working at Kellogg’s as a machine operator. After three years of working on the floor, I knew I needed to do something more with my life. So, I enrolled at GVSU thanks to the Kellogg tuition remission program. My love for Dave Ramsey helped me hone in my business interests to finance. I graduated with a degree in finance, helping me land a spot on the payroll team at the Wyoming Keebler plant, which opened the door to the finance department. I pursued a role as a financial analyst for about a year, then an opportunity in the Global Business Solutions Center opened as plant finance support personal. In this role, I worked on finance and costing projects for the Jackson, Tennessee, Pringles Plant and the Pikeville, Kentucky, Pop Tarts plant. At the same time, I enrolled at Davenport to earn my MBA in Strategic Management. A little over six months ago, I landed a job as the plant controller of the Egg-o plant in Blue Anchor, New Jersey.

As a graduate of DU, when you think of your experience what comes to mind?

I loved my DU experience. The instructors brought out the best of the students and set us up for success in the real-world. The thing I enjoyed the most was the study abroad program. I studied in Europe and loved every moment of it!

In a nutshell, what do you do?

As the plant controller, I am responsible for the overall financial performance of the plant. I am the liaison between the corporate offices and the plant. I communicate with the stakeholders, work with departments on budgeting and do cost planning.

What is your dream job?

Honestly, this is a dream job. When I started in the Wyoming plant, I worked with the best leader, named Gracie. She worked with on strengthen my strengths and improving my weaknesses. I thrive to be like Gracie. Today, she is still one of my greatest leaders and person I aspire to be.

Are you are you passionate about?

I believe in paying it forward. Without the help of my leaders, like Gracie, I would not be where I am today. I love helping people.

What do you do when you are not working?

I am in a new city, so I enjoy exploring my new surroundings, traveling and being with my friends and family.

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