John Yoxthimer ’16

1. What was your major/minor and when did you graduate?

Business Administration and graduated in 2016

2. What is your current position (title, company, location)?  Can you describe a typical day?

Professional Recruiter at Insight Global in Cincinnati, OH

Tasked to identify and interview talented professionals for a multitude of job opportunities. This can range from a Software Engineer at the Wright Patterson Air Force Base to a Data Analyst at Proctor and Gamble.

3. How did your major prepare you for your current job?

The vast requirements for a business major prepared me in a variety of different ways. I think the most important was the ability to critically think and effectively communicate in groups or with leaders. I continue to speak with hundreds of people each day and I feel confident to speak in front of a team or with a high-level executive. I was prepared because of the different presentations, group projects, and activities UMW’s business courses provided. (not a fan of public speaking!)

4. How did you become interested in your field?

My internship was recruiting for secret cleared professionals in the government space in college and that’s what sparked my interest in recruiting. I enjoy finding people their dream job or get someone a step up in their career to change their life.

5. What’s the best career advice you ever received?

With a Business major, your opportunities are endless. You can take any skills you obtained and apply it to any direction of the work force you’d like.

6. Was there a professor, advisor, or fellow student who made an impression on you or helped you when you were at UMW?

There were a few professors that really left an everlasting impression. Not in any order but Professor Machande was the sole reason I became a business major. I’ll never forget when I missed my 2nd 8AM Accounting class and he pulled me after class and was straight up with me and really “seek to understand” what was going on in my life. He then was able to guide me to becoming a business major, helped me get another part time job, and really pushed me when I needed it most. Second person that I will forever be grateful I met is Gwen Hale Director of the Writing Center. We formed a bond when the course load was tough, although I was not a part of the writing center – she made me feel at home. She is someone who would take the clothes off her back and give it to someone in need. She has battled so many things in her life and she is just FULL of happiness and passion. I can’t think of anyone who deserves the world more than her! She really helped me finish out my last year at Mary Washington and without her I’m not sure what I’d be doing right now.

7. What’s your fondest memory of UMW?

Graduating. College did not come easy for me and I had to use my relationship building and internal drive to push through.

8. Are there any special accomplishments you’ve achieved after college that you’d like to share?

Bought my first house in 2019!

9. How would your family or friends describe you in seven words or less?

Willing to do the work, always thoughtful.

10. In one sentence, what advice would you give current business students? 

Continue to build positive relationships; not just to grow yourself but to help grow those around you.