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Barry McNamara
06/13/2011
2011 graduates Derek Huff, left, and Alex Morgan have both landed internships at Sonosite, Inc.
Last night, it would have been understandable if recent Monmouth College graduates Derek Huff and Alex Morgan were “sleepless in Seattle.”

After all, it’s not every day that one starts an exciting new job in a brand new part of the world, which is the case for Morgan, who has lived all her life in the Monmouth and Kansas City areas. She and Huff, who lives in Edmonds, Wash., learned earlier this month that they had been hired by SonoSite, a company run by 1980 MC graduate Kevin Goodwin. SonoSite is the world leader in hand-carried and mountable ultrasound, as well as the industry leader in impedance cardiography equipment.

Through connections established with Goodwin while inviting him back to deliver this spring’s Whiteman Lecture on campus, faculty in MC’s political economy and commerce department learned about two marketing opportunities at SonoSite.

“Originally, Sonosite targeted University of Washington grads, but they were very impressed with our students and wound up hiring two of them instead,” explained PEC faculty member Don Capener. “Alex and Derek will both be working in Seattle on a three-month paid trial that converts into full-time at the successful completion of the first phase.”

“We were extremely impressed with Alex and Derek at interview, and we are looking forward to having them on board,” said Jon Peacock, SonoSite’s vice president of global marketing.

Morgan’s role is in “downstream marketing” in the primary care and musculoskeletal sectors. The role will require inclusion in all aspects of SonoSite’s tactical marketing in those two very important clinical segments. She will be involved in event organization, campaign management and campaign analysis and will work closely with the sector marketing heads and interact with the marketing and communications team.

“I found out that I got the position on June 1,” Morgan said. “I’m very excited about the opportunity to leave the Midwest and explore other parts of the U.S. After I found out, I had to call my entire family and tell them to start planning their trips to come visit because I would be leaving. I have never been to Seattle or even the West Coast, so I feel very blessed to be given this opportunity and fortunate to have a chance to show what a Monmouth grad can do.”

Huff will focus on SonoSite’s lead management process. His duties will include working on the company’s Eloqua marketing platform and utilizing the sales force’s “dot com CRM system.” Huff will be involved in all aspects of managing sales leads from generation to delivery.

“I am very excited!” said Huff, who less than one month ago was delivering a commencement address on campus. “My idea of the perfect job is to work for an ethical company that is doing great things for the world, and I can’t imagine a more fitting place than SonoSite.”

Both graduates appreciate their education at Monmouth and how the college prepared them to win a competitive position.

“Monmouth had a huge role in helping me to get this opportunity, and I feel pretty confident,” said Huff. “If it weren’t for my liberal arts education, surely a more competitive student from the University of Washington would have snatched up the opening. I guess we won’t know how well prepared I really am until I get started and have a few weeks under my belt.”

“For starters, Monmouth prepared me by introducing me to this opportunity,” said Morgan. “Also, being able to double major in business administration and public relations gave me the perfect background of education for this position. I had just the right mix of business with an emphasis on marketing and PR. I cannot wait to see what all I will be doing and how I can contribute to the company.”

If Huff and Morgan’s sleepless night due to anticipation are replaced by long nights due to lots of SonoSite projects, working in Seattle does have an added “perk” – great coffee.