Every year, the Orr Entrepreneurial Fellowship selects top seniors from universities in Indiana and Ohio for a two-year fellowship and career placement at a host of growing companies in Indianapolis. Orr’s website states, “In addition to each Fellow’s Host Company commitment, fellows develop business and entrepreneurial skills through the Orr Fellowship curriculum,” which includes workshops, civic engagement through volunteering in the Indianapolis region, and opportunities to network with top business leaders in Indianapolis. Founded in 2000, the Orr Fellowship has been the catalyst to countless Indiana graduates’ careers in high-impact fields of business and technology.
Indiana Wesleyan has seen eight alumni accepted into the Orr Fellowship, including three from the class of ’15: Jake Smith at SupplyKick, Dylan Bronkema at Roche, and Kenny Hall at KAR Auction Services. Past IWU Orr Fellows include Jordan Easley (’13) at TinderBox, Mitch Causey (’11) at DigitalRelevance, Corey Kime (’10) at Compendium, Amber Mohling (’09) at Compendium, and Teresa Becker (’09) at ExactTarget.
Jordan Easley, who was recently promoted from Business Intelligence Analyst to Sales Operations Manager at TinderBox, is “responsible for continuously improving the efficiency of our sales organization. I customize and administer the software our sales team uses, analyze key performance indicators, run weekly, monthly, and quarterly team competitions to drive top performance, and much more.” Easley claims that he “knew nothing about software prior to working for TinderBox,” but that his experience at the company has helped him grow as an entrepreneur. He enjoys living in Indianapolis, Indiana’s cultural hub, and has been able to find affordable housing “seven minutes from our office on Monument Circle.” Despite all the coffee shops in Indianapolis, which Easley frequents, he takes pride in brewing coffee from the Abbey, a reminder from his time at IWU and Marion.
Easley will be speaking at the IWU Indy North Regional Alumni and Friends Luncheon Seminar on Tuesday, August 18. The event will be held from 11:30-3:00 at 3925 River Crossing Parkway – #300 in Indianapolis. Easley’s talk, titled, “Why the World’s Coolest Companies Don’t Sell to You,” will focus on “selling smarter” and “closing deals faster.” For more information and to RSVP, please visit the EventBrite page.
This article is written by Hannah Combs who is a student writer for the Alumni Office. She is a senior student of Writing and Humanities through the John Wesley Honors College.