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Got An Interview With Boeing VP!

Wed Nov 09, 2005 8:16 am

Hey guys! I just wanted to share some exciting information with you guys. As most of you know, I am currently in my senior year of college, about to graduate with a degree in Business Information Systems, a hybrid degree of Information Systems with a strong business aspect. Well in September we hosted a business seminar entitled "Operational Excellence" with the emphasis on Lean Manufacturing. The keynote speaker was Ross Bogue, Boeing Vice-President and head of Boeing's Commercial Fabrication Division. He's a pretty high-power guy as he has roughly 12,000 people working for him. Well as I have interned with Boeing the previous three summers, I was selected to be Mr. Bogue's university host and liason. I had a great time getting to know him and gleaning his insight on the company, but our time was limited. Due to his short time a the university that day, he offered me a chance to sit down with him for 45 minutes to an hour the next time I was back in the Seattle area.

Well I e-mailed him today and have scheduled my meeting! This is a huge opportunity for me as he is a very high-level contact, he can really plug me in to the right places. I'm excited because the last time we met he seemed impressed with me and offered to plug me in with some of his senior managers/directors that are dealing with information systems integration in Fabrication. So while Fabrication may not be the most prestigious part of Boeing to be working, this is a great entry-level opportunity for me coming out of college. I'm pretty confident that the networking with Mr. Bogue and subsequently his subordinate directors, will result in a job offer to start work there in the spring. I guess it goes to prove the old adage "It's all about who you know."

Anyway, in case you're interested, I've provided a transcript of the e-mail I sent to outline the purpose of the meeting. Now let's just cross our fingers and hope that things go well when I meet with him again in 2 weeks!


Mr. Bogue -

I wanted to take a moment to let you know how much I enjoyed meeting and speaking with you when you were here at Utah State a few months ago.

Admittedly, the Fabrication Division of the company is not one which I've had many dealings with. So I was hoping to take you up on your offer to partake of a little of your time when I'm up in the Seattle area next. Specifically, I was hoping we could use our time for a short introduction of the Fabrication Division and the processes/services it supplies to BCA. Then I was hoping to discuss the role of Information Systems in your division, what technologies are being implemented currently and what the future holds for Fabrication in regards to wireless portability, RFID, database integration, etc. My primary goals for our meeting would be to gain a better understanding of your division, its roles within Boeing, and hopefully some networking opportunities to speak with relevant directors/managers in Fabrication to aid in my job search as I will be graduating shortly.

If the offer to sit down together still holds good, I would love to take advantage of this great opportunity. Currently, I am scheduled to be back in Seattle from 21 Nov - 26 Nov, 16 Dec - 25 Dec, and 3 Jan - 6 Jan. I'm not sure what time you will be taking off for the holidays. However I am extremely flexible and will work around your schedule.

Thanks again for your time and for this opportunity. I look forward to hearing back from you and arranging a mutually-agreeable time to meet.

Stephen Hetzel"


What do you guys think? How was the letter? Was it assertive in stating my goals while not being pushy? Any feedback? I'm just uber-excited that I could get an interview at that level, straight out of college. I think if I play my cards right I can have an awesome shot at getting hired. Big grin

Thanks guys!

[Edited 2005-11-09 00:27:26]
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RE: Interview With Boeing VP

Wed Nov 09, 2005 8:20 am

Very good letter. I would not have used the term-of-art networking, but that is a minor quibble. Good luck to you.
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RE: Got An Interview With Boeing VP!

Wed Nov 09, 2005 9:03 am

Great man!

I wish you the best of luck!

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RE: Got An Interview With Boeing VP!

Wed Nov 09, 2005 12:23 pm

That indeed is great Steve! Hope you will find your place within the Boeing company. I myself graduated in Business Logistics (Logistics & Economics) in june of this year at the Business School in the Netherlands. Before getting my degree I started working for Polar Air Cargo at Schiphol Airport as a customer service/operations agent. We were planning all incoming flights and arranged further trucking into Europe. Unfortunately Polar Air Cargo was shrinking its operations slightly at Schiphol which resulted in the laying off of the employees who started working for them the latest. Because I was one of the two people who was working there for 10 months I had to leave the company. Since then I returnt to the Caribbean and now work as a Supply Chain assistant for big off-shore company.

My final internship back in the Netherlands was analyzing the requirements to automate the trucking department (truck planning) at the largest flower agents in the Netherlands which was located at Schiphol Airport. My research included analyzing the information flows and the organisation by using the blackbox theory, analyzing the procedures in each department and making a matrix of all departments based on my findings to finally give recommendations to the company. It was a great time too! As I read here, your study is also about logistics so you probably know all the terms I've just mentioned Big grin

Besides school I also wrote aviation articles for a student association at the University of Amsterdam and also attended several lectures given by managing directors and CEOs (KLM/KLM Cargo) and professors as well.

I'm looking forward to the outcome of your interview at Boeing. Good luck my friend!! Big grin

Best regards,


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