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Work experience

May 2016Aug 2016

Internship supporting Water Treatment Sales Professional

Buckman Laboratories

I worked under the guidance of a water treatment sales professional.  His customer accounts included power plants, primary water treatment, and corn to ethanol plants.  During the internship, my supervisor went on leave, and attended a conference which meant that I had to service the customers independently.  The internship included relationship building with customers, completing numerous routine analysis, and also implementing new methods developed by corporate R&D at the customers.   I was also required to conduct independent research which was collated and submitted to the University for course credits.  This was the second internship that was focused on practically applying the knowledge I gathered during my pre-graduate studies.  I am returning to this position during summer 2017 to support a number of new trial opportunities.  My largest learning from this internship was the importance of management principles in supporting customers.  The sales were as much about customer relationships as they were about the technical solution and the chemistry we were selling.  This is the period where I realized my lack of basic business understanding in my current degree and resulted in me following two basic business courses when I returned (basics in finance and basics in management). 

Mar 2015Aug 2015

Internship supporting Water Treatment Sales Professional

Buckman Laboratories

During my junior year,  I was accepted as an intern to support a water treatment sales professional in Buckman Laboratories.  My work included supporting the servicing of power plants, primary water treatment, and corn to ethanol plants. During this internship, I was sent down to corporate R&D to learn a new methodology and was required to implement this methodology in an ethanol customer to support new product introductions.  The research resulted in significant savings for the customers. Apart from the large number of test methods that I mastered, the largest learning from the first internship was the practical application of the knowledge and critical thinking methodology that I gained from my degree work in a commercial environment.  The internship made my theoretical work come alive.

Mar 2013Jan 2015

Tire Technician


Was enrolled in the student retention program. Worked at least 200 hours per year during this employment. Received two very favorable performance reviews. Qualified as a tire technician.


Aug 2014May 2017

Major : Fisheries and Aquatic Biology

Minor: Chemistry

Murray State University

Cumulative GPA: 3.39


Tracking Implants

Inserted ultrasonic tags in Asian Carp 


Able to check the yeast viability, and vitality with the cellometer. 

Conductivity test

Know how to run water conductivity tests.

MCA test

Know how to run MCA (mono-chloramine) tests.

Corn oil separation

Know how to check the effectiveness of different additives in separation of  corn oil from spent mash.


Know how to use petrifilms, and how to interpret them.

ATP tests

Know how to run total, and free ATP tests.

International Experience

Have lived on more than one continent and can speak two languages and understand another two.  Have also attended school systems in more than one country. 


Mid South Bass Angling Club - Achieved Angler of the year. Multi species angling (Artlure) - Represented South Africa a number of times in international competitions (development team). Multi species angling (Artlure) - Junior regional champion for 3 years. National South African record holder for 3 species of fish.

High School Varsity tennis - played nr 1.  Received trophies for most inspiring player and MVP.


During my internships I was required to work independently, and often interfaced with customers without the sales representative being present. Many of the techniques I learned were documented in a workbook which is still currently being used in Buckman for training of established sales representatives. I presented my research to the customer which helped reduce yeast usage. This resulted in an annual savings of $65,000. This was part of Buckmans continuous improvement program.


References available upon request.