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3 S P R I N G 2 0 1 4 quality jobs. We have people who have been with us for 10 years." McDonald says that being a business owner makes each workday different. From meetings with executives in Fortune 100 companies to reviewing safety procedures with his employees, no two days are the same. But he does offer advice for those looking to start out on their own. "Nothing is redundant about what you do when you own your own business. But the learning curve can be steep," said McDonald. "My biggest piece of advice is to research the industry you are interested in, and understand your market potential." Doug Bean '74 Raftelis Financial Consultants Inc. Doug Bean served as city manager for both Morganton and Asheville, North Carolina, before joining Charlotte- Mecklenburg Utilities as director in 1994. After retiring from local government in 2010, Bean joined Raftelis Financial Consultants Inc., where he currently serves as the director of government services. "Rafetlis began as a specialty firm that provided financial analysis of utility systems, but the business grew to include more comprehensive services," said Bean. "There are a lot of issues that affect utility systems that are not just financial. We realized that we could also help with some of the organizational and managerial problems to provide a more holistic response to utility management." In his current role, Bean uses his specialized knowledge of utility systems and his leadership experience with local governments. His public sector background has made it easier for him to navigate the political landscape of local governments in order to build relationships with public officials and administrative staff. "Consultation is a logical extension of what I did in the public sector," said Bean. "I loved my time in local government, and this job allows me to work with public officials and administrators. When you speak to a city council as a consultant, they listen and ask a lot of questions. There is real value in what you do because people are looking to consultants for guidance. This job incorporates the parts of the public sector job I enjoyed most without getting the late night calls from city council members." Kate irvin '86 Coca-Cola Company Kate Irvin has always loved Coca-Cola. But it was the company's $50 million campaign for education that made her want to work there. "When I was at UNC, my dream was to change the world through education," said Irvin, who also earned a master's degree in education from Harvard University. "I've loved Coca-Cola since their 'I want to teach the world to sing' commercial came out. When I saw how they were investing in education initiatives, I applied to be part of the team. Unfortunately, I did not get a job with that project. Instead, I was hired as a temporary secretary, worked hard to go above and beyond, and I steadily climbed positions within the company." Today, Irvin is group director of international stakeholder relations. Her position involves creating connections with Washington, DC, institutions in order to leverage their resources to support Coca-Cola's international business goals. "Coca-Cola does business in all but two countries," said Irvin. "I proactively build relationships with pertinent US governmental departments such as the State and Commerce departments. If Coca- Cola's international business faces issues, they help us work through those challenges. I also make sure that ambassadors from around the world are familiar with our business and how we contribute to their countries' economies." From attending a luncheon for the new ambassador of Thailand to investigating Coca-Cola's currency conversion issues in Uzbekistan, Irvin's day-to-day activities vary greatly. One common thread to her work, however, is that she must always think critically about the problems facing Coca-Cola's international business and bring both American and foreign governments together for collaborative solutions. "My experience with Coca- Cola has given me a global mindset. Not only have I built strong relationships in Washington, but I also get to work with foreign diplomats and learn about their cultures," said Irvin. "One of my favorite parts of this job is that I meet fascinating and dedicated people from around the world. And I enjoy sharing my love for Coca-Cola with them." continued from Public Service in the Private Sector on page 1

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