Scott Bergman '06
The professors that Scott Bergman '06, a business administration and sport management double major from Elmore, Ohio, encountered in the classroom were very important in developing his will to succeed. "Bill Lyons pushed us in the classroom but he also got us out into the field and that gave us real world experience," Bergman said. Dr. Karen Klassen Harder was another challenging professor who encouraged him "not to just do the minimum but to be the best you can be."
Another important part of Bergman's development was the men's basketball team. Bergman was named Bluffton's Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference Male Athlete of the Decade. He holds the record for most points in a game (50) and scored 1,660 points during his collegiate career; third highest scorer all-time. He was named All-Conference three years and the conference's Most Valuable Player following his junior season. "I learned that hard work needs to be put into anything in order for it to be a success," said Bergman.
After graduation, the will to succeed kept him motivated as he began searching for jobs. He decided to take a chance on an entry-level position at Marathon Oil Corporation in Findlay, Ohio, in hopes that his employers would see his work ethic and determination to succeed.
Marathon did take notice and he has been promoted twice, most recently to the position of Ethanol Analyst. Although he has worked his way up at Marathon, Bergman hasn't lost his competitive fire. "Every day I try to learn something new that will help me prepare for future opportunities."