Featured Alumnus: John Wink ’94
Heinz Ketchup’s latest tagline, “Grown Not Made,” is a nod to the company’s commitment to quality and superior ingredients. It’s not surprising that John Wink ’94 would dedicate his career to a company that upholds these values. They do, after all, reflect some of the key principles the business management graduate learned as a student at Virginia Wesleyan. Today, Wink works for Heinz North America’s Mid-Atlantic Foodservice Region. As a territory business manager, he supports a broad portfolio of Heinz products, brands and customers. He received the Heinz Ring of Excellence Award in 2013 and has been recognized as one of the Top Performing Business Managers in North America. As a VWC student, Wink played baseball for four years and spent two years working in Residence Life. He now lives in his hometown of Delran, New Jersey.
How did your time at Virginia Wesleyan shape the person you are today?
One of the greatest experiences that we all have in college is the interaction with different people from different places and backgrounds, with different ideas and thoughts. VWC is a campus where we were students and young adults, not a campus where we were identified by a number. The everyday campus experience, along with the educational experience, gave me the tools and knowledge to deal with and interact with individuals from various backgrounds. VWC is a place that you can learn about yourself and develop into the type of person you want to be. I have conversations, meetings and interactions with people from all walks of life, including independent business owners, general managers, executive chefs, directors, managers, etc. Being able to relate and interact with individuals is key for me. I honestly believe that my time at VWC is where it all started, as to who I am and how I am in my professional career. More
Read more about other distinguished graduates in the Featured Alumni section of our website.
Upcoming Events: Marlin Basketball
The VWC Men’s and Women’s basketball seasons have begun! Check out the game schedules and make plans to cheer on the Marlins at these fun game-related alumni events! RSVP to these events by emailing email@example.com.
Saturday, January 31
Men’s Alumni Basketball Game at 10 a.m.
If you are alumnus of the Marlin Men's Team and would like to play, contact Dave Macedo (firstname.lastname@example.org). Stay to watch the men's team play Randolph Macon College at 2 p.m.
Tuesday, February 3
Pre-game event in Pearce Hospitality Suite prior to the women’s game against Randolph-Macon College. Event is from 5-6:30 p.m., tip-off at 7 p.m.
Wednesday, February 18
WESLEYAN WEDNESDAY alumni pre-game in Pearce Hospitality Suite before the Hampden-Sydney Game. Event is from 5-6:30 p.m., tip-off at 7 p.m.
Jenna Zitz Adams (2007)
and John Adams are proud to announce the birth of a baby boy, Brooks Lewis. He was born on September 22, 2014 and weighed 8 lbs., 3 oz.
Clancey Mayer (2013)
and Jon Page are happy to announce their marriage on August 30, 2014.
Alex Hatcher (2009)
, program coordinator at Dare County Center (Older Adult Services), is the October 2014 Dare County Employee of the Month. She was presented with the award at the Oct. 6 Board of Commissioners meeting.
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