Matthew Pencarinha

Matt Pencarinha is truly making the most of his ETSU experience. And, he can be depended upon to "deliver" in any situation.

A senior from Kingsport, he is a Roan Scholar and a business management major with a concentration in logistics/supply chain and a minor in leadership studies.

 "My most rewarding experience so far," he says, "was using what I have learned in order to start a business on campus delivering fresh spaghetti to student residence halls, with the profits going to the ‘Relay for Life’."

Another opportunity came through his membership in the President’s Pride service honorary. "I was asked to speak at the Distinguished President’s Trust Dinner, and that was an incredible and priceless experience," he says.

The Roan Scholars Leadership Program has provided him with interesting options. "I had the amazing experience of directing the ETSU Red Bus Project, raising money to give orphans a home," he notes. "And, through the Roan program, I was able to work in an internship as a corporate executive aide for State Farm Insurance throughout Tennessee, Kentucky and Ohio."

In his "spare" time, Pencarinha is a College of Business and Technology Peer Advisor and a member of the Entrepreneurs’ Club. Off campus, he is involved with the Summit Leadership Foundation, which has provided opportunities to speak to audiences locally and as far away as the nation of Panama. In addition, he joined the John Maxwell Team, a speaking and coaching organization, as well as the Youth Leadership Board for the Johnson City Chamber of Commerce, which sends him to local high schools to give lessons in leadership. He is now in an internship at Kingsport’s Portola Packaging to sharpen his business skills.

Any moments left over in his week, he might spend working out at the Wayne G. Basler Center for Physical Activity or out-of-doors, hiking or shooting and hunting with his grandfather.

Of the future, Pencarinha says, "I plan to get my master of business administration degree at ETSU. After that, I plan to work and gain experience in the corporate world. Then I plan to start and build my own company. When I reach the point that I can sell my business or hire someone to run it, I would like to travel and become an international speaker, helping motivate people to delve further into their potential than they believed they could."

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