By: Dezaray Barr
Jonathan Preusz graduated from Indiana Wesleyan University in 2009 with a degree in Business Management. “Coming in as a transfer student wasn’t as hard as an adjustment as I thought it would be,” he said. “I was blessed to have a lot of my credits transfer. IWU made it easy to get connected and involved once I was settled in. I definitely stayed involved in intramural sports, as well as attending a lot of sporting events while living off campus. I have taken away a lot of memories from IWU that will not be replaced.”
Preusz attended Grace College during his freshman year of his undergraduate studies, but transferred to IWU to work at a local landscaping company he started with his brother. “I loved the campus, and it made sense to attend a university that was in my backyard,” he explained. “Attending IWU made my work and time much more efficient and productive. I also had a lot of friends that were attending IWU at the time, so I figured it would make the entire transfer process much easier.”
Preusz now owns and operates a management company that manages several real estate companies. “My team spends a great portion of their time managing all our properties, tenant relations and books. I spend most of my days working on future developments and projects. I want to remain innovative in my industry while integrating the communities in which we work and develop. I love searching for opportunity and taking risk others are not willing to take,” Preusz said.
Preusz knows that IWU helped him expand his personal and professional network. “There are a number of graduates and current students that are so beneficial to my industry,” Preusz said. “I have had the opportunity to work with alumni on projects, as well as with IWU through their Accelerate Indiana program.”
“I want my faith to be reflected in the way I operate my business,” Preusz continued. “Our values, mission, vision and culture should resemble Christ in some manor. I know if I trust the Lord with everything, he will continue to bless my business, my employees and my life. To be honest, everything I own and operate is His, He has just given me the privilege to manage it for him.”
Preusz encourages current students, “Don’t let your failures or fears in life hold you back from your dreams, use them to your advantage by learning from them and then pushing forward.”
Written by Dezaray Barr, PR Specialist for the Alumni Office. Dezaray is a junior Strategic Communication and Honors Humanities double major at Indiana Wesleyan University in the John Wesley Honors College. At IWU, Dezaray runs both the JWHC Blog and her own blog. Visit Dez’s website at www.dezaraybarr.weebly.com.