A former Army medic, Brendan Hunter now spends his days analyzing a supply chain instead of mending wounds at Eisenhower Army Medical Center at Fort Gordon.
Hunter is a recent alumnus of the Hull College of Business, attaining his BBA with a Financial Services concentration in December 2021. As a senior, Hunter had an internship with Textron Specialized Vehicles (TSV), an experience that turned into a full-time job after graduation.
The Augusta operation on Marvin Griffin Road started as E-Z-GO in 1954. It became part of Textron in 1960, currently housed under the TSV division of the Rhode Island-based parent firm. Other brand names produced by TSV include Arctic Cat, Jacobsen, and Cushman.
Hunter serves as a financial analyst in Textron’s internal supply chain division, looking at freight costs and reconciling accounts. It is work similar to his internship duties, he said, “but definitely more intense than the internship.”
The internship prepared him for his current role, Hunter explained. “I didn’t know that I wanted to work here until I had the internship. I fell in love with the company. I was over the moon when they extended an offer.”
Hunter, age 26, was a non-traditional student at the Hull College of Business. Raised in North Platte, NE, he joined the Army after graduating high school. Trained as a medic, he made his way to Augusta and worked at Eisenhower Army Medical Center until his discharge.
“I spent much of my time in the emergency room and learned so many things outside of my scope of practice, like how to suture lacerations and perform minor surgery,” he recalled.
Hunter stayed in Augusta after military service and enrolled at Augusta University to pursue an interest in medical school. He soon switched from biology to finance after determining that a career involving a biology degree was not his life’s path.
Hunter was inducted into Beta Gamma Sigma, the academic honor society for top business school students, exclusively associated with AACSB International in 2020.
His on-campus learning was interrupted by the COVID-19 pandemic in 2020. Hunter said he was happy when classes returned to campus for the next academic year, preferring the classroom to online instruction.
He is not done with his education at Augusta University, eyeing a course at the Hull College so that he can become certified in supply chain management and considering an MBA.
Hunter said he has an ambition to become a financial advisor later in life, perhaps at a major firm like JPMorganChase or TD Ameritrade.