Alumni Profile: Jeff Lewis
Alumni Profile: Jeff Lewis (’97)
Jeff has a natural ability to make you feel at ease; as he draws you into a conversation, you feel his passion for life and the work he does at Northwestern Mutual.
His career began before he left campus. Northwestern Mutual offered Jeff an internship during his senior year which transitioned into a full-time position upon graduation. For the past 20 years, Jeff has grown a thriving business through building meaningful and lasting relationships with his clients. His career and personal satisfaction comes from helping people reach their goals. “There’s so much more to a career than sitting at a computer screen.” Jeff says, “It’s about making an impact, and the connection we make with people.” Delighted, he recalls a recent email from a long-time client who expressed his appreciation by saying “thank you so much for the work you’ve done. You’ve always given us sage advice.” That’s exactly what motivates him to continue connecting with clients.
Jeff has been involved with the SMART Start undergraduate mentoring program since its early days back in 2003. He felt a commitment to connect students with internships or industry experts who could help students better understand various career opportunities. Along the way, program director Bryan Eldredge invited Jeff to join the University of Utah Business Alumni Association board, where he joined the golf committee. Golf was a perfect fit for his other calling – a desire to blend work with fun.
A board member at Ski Utah, Jeff has been able to take his passion for people and merge it with his enthusiasm for snowboarding and golfing to create a life balance that allows him the opportunity to create deeper relationships with his clients and understand their goals. “I get to share the great things about Utah while I get to know people,” he explains. When he works with students, he encourages them to find a way to merge their passion with their career to create a “calling” and a way to feel they are making more of an impact in what they’re doing.
His dedication to the David Eccles School of Business, its students and golf came together as he decided to become the title sponsor for the Jeffrey Gelder Lewis Northwestern Mutual Eccles Business Open. “Our goal this year is to grow the money we raise for student scholarships, as well as raise money for the new Executive Education building.” In 2016, the Business Open brought in over $80,000 and the committee aims to raise $90,000 this year, which will make a significant impact in student’s lives.
You and your company can still get involved with the tournament by becoming a hole sponsor or by donating items which can be used in the silent auction. Join Jeff and the many other dedicated alumni at Hidden Valley Country Club this August to grow your connections with your colleagues and with the David Eccles School of Business. For more information, contact Tracy McKellar at (801) 585-6475 or visit our website.