At every junction in his recent life, Patrick Morris, a 2015 UNCW graduate of the Cameron School of Business, is finding more and more reasons to be thankful for the education and experience he gained from attending UNCW.
In 2009, Patrick enrolled at UNCW after spending five years in the U.S. Marine Corps as an intelligence operator. He attended UNCW from fall 2009 through spring 2011, when a defense and aerospace firm in Charlotte recruited him. He left UNCW in 2011 to work as an intelligence advisor to the U.S. Government for the privately held firm, IOMAX USA Inc. In 2014, he left that role as the company's Deputy Program Manager of a multi-million dollar program with the U.S. Department of Defense.
IOMAX USA employed Patrick part time while he returned to UNCW to finish his undergraduate degree in the Cameron School of Business. He graduated Magna Cum Laude with a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration (Economics Concentration).
After graduating, IOMAX brought him back and selected him for a competitive multi-year executive development program. He first worked as a Contract Manager in their Mooresville, NC headquarters, learning the business operations and procurement functions. In the last 12 months, Patrick has moved into the position of Senior Finance Manager, where he is responsible for all pricing analysis and proposal activities in the company and a lead sales negotiator for both foreign and U.S. Government customers.
Patrick has always believed the military motto "brilliance in the basics," something he believes UNCW helped to reinforce. The basic studies programs offered at UNCW and the core business classes offered in CSB provide a fundamental framework to build upon as students move in to the various majors and concentrations.
Those critical basic concepts he learned at UNCW are the guiding force for all the advanced tasks performed in his daily roles. He is constantly drawing on those core lessons to accomplish tasks like analyzing the efficiency of an aircraft production process or leading the sales negotiation of defense products with foreign military officials.
The impact UNCW had on Patrick’s life cannot be overstated. He is forever grateful for all the support from the various departments in the university, from his CSB professors Dr. Simpson and Dr. Dumas, to Shannon Miles in the UNCW Office of Scholarships and Financial Aid. Their expertise and effort provided access to an education that has helped him succeed in the various roles he now performs.