Meet Dennis Knock, Commodity Manager at Frontier Natural Products. His role is to create category strategy and manage vendors by traveling internationally and domestically meeting with growers and processors.
We’re chatting with Dennis today about one of our employee benefits, our education reimbursement program.
Dennis recently returned to college at Mount Mercy College in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, while continuing to work full time at Frontier. He spent 3 years completing his program, and in 2010 was awarded his Bachelor’s Degree in Business. We’re very proud of him!
What prompted you to return to school?
I was motivated both professionally and personally to earn my degree. It had always been a personal goal and for many years family and work took priority, but once I took the leap and returned it became a part of my regular routine.
The tuition reimbursement program offered by Frontier was a great benefit and allowed me to get my degree at no financial cost to me for which I am very grateful and appreciative.
What classes helped you the most? What did you enjoy most?
The business-related classes such as Financial Management, Strategic Planning and the math-related classes were very beneficial. The ones I enjoyed most were the challenging classes like Statistics, and Economics. When I achieved a good grade in those classes I felt like I had really accomplished something.
What were some of the sacrifices you had to make?
I missed out on a few kids activities but the biggest thing was managing my time efficiently so there wasn’t much time for TV or golf, but I did manage to watch my Iowa Hawkeyes on football Saturdays.
What was the most surprising thing about returning to school?
I was surprised by how much I enjoyed it and how I could relate my learning to real life and my professional experience. I was also surprised by how much I had in common with my fellow classmates. We were all facing similar challenges balancing work, family and school so it was nice to have a support system.
Any words of advice to someone who’s considering using this employee benefit at Frontier?
Don’t hesitate to take on the challenge and once you do, embrace the opportunity and enjoy it. It will not be easy, but it will be a very rewarding experience and one that you will be very proud of.
You can read more about Frontier’s employee benefits here.