Still nurturing his Wartburg connections

Erich Heneke

NAME: Erich Heneke 


MAJOR: Business Administration 

CURRENT EMPLOYMENT: Director of supply chain, Mayo Clinic

WHY WARTBURG: The small campus and the chance for lots of leadership opportunities.

HOW DID YOUR WARTBURG EXPERIENCE PREPARE YOU FOR LIFE AFTER COLLEGE: College is meant to teach you hard skills, which Wartburg accomplished. Further, though, it taught me some of the soft skills I needed even more than the technical things. 

WHAT DID YOU NEVER IMAGINE YOU WOULD DO BEFORE COMING TO WARTBURG: I never thought I could be the national president of a major business organization. 

HOW DO YOU STAY CONNECTED TO THE COLLEGE: I am on the National Advisory Board for the Department of Business and always seeking new ways to connect.

HOW DO YOU LIVE OUT THE WARTBURG MISSION: I believe that living a Christian-centered work and home life is key. I believe Wartburg is a big part of the reason I still do this today. 

WHAT ADVICE DO YOU HAVE FOR CURRENT STUDENTS: Never stop learning, meeting new people, or striving to do new things. Take a mission trip or go to Wartburg West. Stick with it, and you will stick out in the working world later. 

WHY IS WARTBURG WORTH IT: I’ve realized since being in the working world that having connections directly with professors and other staff was extremely beneficial. I remain in touch with many even today. You simply don’t get that other places.