Student Spotlight: Ben Hyman
UT College of Business Administration senior Ben Hyman faces a flurry of major life events in the coming months. In May, Hyman will graduate summa cum laude in logistics and international business; get married; move to Houston, Texas; and begin working for ExxonMobil. However Hyman’s history shows he is certainly up for the task(s) at hand. He has been on the dean’s list for five semesters during his time at UT, studied abroad twice, earned numerous scholarships, and been an active member of numerous student organizations---and managed to work part-time.
A Knoxville, Tennessee, native, Hyman has lived in East Tennessee his entire life. An avid swimmer with a heart for service, he earned his Eagle Scout designation in 2006 and worked as an American Red Cross lifeguard instructor his senior year of high school. He graduated from Farragut High School in 2007, where he was the captain of the swim team and swam for Pilot Aquatic Club of Knoxville.
Hyman came to the University of Tennessee in the fall of 2007 knowing he wanted to major in business. During his freshman year, he became active with the university’s swim club and Alpha Kappa Psi, America’s oldest professional business fraternity. He spent the summer following freshman year in Salamanca, Spain, as part of an international student-abroad program before returning to UT and being accepted to the College of Business Administration’s Global Leadership Scholars (GLS) program.
During his sophomore year, Hyman remained active in the GLS program and joined Junior Achievement, a program to instruct elementary-school-aged children on business and government. By summer, he was traveling to Sophia, Bulgaria, and Thessaloniki, Greece, for a cross-cultural experience in international business. He returned to an internship in accounts payable and project accounting with Energy Solutions Corporation in Knoxville, which he continued into the school year.
In his junior year at UT, he served as a peer leader for the college’s Venture Living Learning Community, working with first-year business students to build leadership and a commitment to community service. Additionally, he served as a peer mentor for first-year business students, assisting the Business Administration 100 faculty, and became a College of Business Administration Ambassador Scholar, representing the college at various functions and service opportunities. He began his major of logistics, and he utilized his coursework during his internship with LEANCOR Third Party Logistics/Consulting Services in Florence, Kentucky, during the summer between his junior and senior years.
Today Hyman remains as busy as ever. His senior year has been full between serving as a college ambassador and his work on his thesis for the GLS program, which is a lean procurement simulation designed for the college’s Executive MBA for Strategic Leadership program. In the small amount of free time Hyman has, he has traveled to Houston with his fiancé, Emily Beal, to find a place to live once they move to Texas after their graduation and wedding.