Director of Continuous Improvement- Flowers Foods
Education: Bakery Science and Management
Graduation Year: 2012
Drew's first job after college was with Flowers Foods in Oxford, Pennsylvania. While in college, Drew had interned two summers with Flowers Foods.
"I reached out to Flowers for a [full-time] job because I had interned with them and knew they were a growing company."
In Pennsylvania, Drew was a Production Supervisor for a production line start-up for a new high-speed bread. Drew then moved to Lenexa, Kansas, to manage a high-speed bread and high-speed bun lines and over 100 employees at a plant Flowers had recently acquired. After two and half years in that role, Drew became the Director of Continuous Improvement for Flowers Foods. He travels to different Flowers bakeries across the country to implement continuous improvement programs.
Choosing Bakery Science
Drew chose Bakery Science and Management after his first visit to K-State.
"Bakery Science is unique to K-State and I loved the advisor I met with on my campus visit."
Bakery Science and Management is one of three majors in the globally-recognized Grain Science Department at K-State. K-State is one of the only places in the world students can study Grain Science.
"Plus, the major had 100% job placement and lots of internship opportunities," Drew says.
Drew completed three internships during his time at K-State, which helped him find direction in his career. He completed one internship with Pepperidge Farm in Connecticut and two with Flowers Foods in Georgia and Texas. He also attended the American Society of Baking Conference as a member of the Bakery Science Club.
Challenge Your Comfort Zone
Drew's advice for future college students:
"Be open to relocating and know that some of the best learning and growth opportunities come from challenging experiences. Don't be afraid to challenge yourself. Take the time to listen and learn from those who have been in the industry for a long time. Invest in relationships and don't be afraid to ask for help."