Bryan Holloway, ’16 MBA, joined Kellogg’s nearly 11 years ago as a machinist. But, thanks to amazing mentors and leaders along the way, Holloway is now the plant controller of the Egg-o plant in Blue Anchor, New Jersey.
Learn more about Holloway and his journey landing his dream job below:
Tell us about yourself.
I was born and raised in Grand Rapids. After high school, I started working at Kellogg’s as a machine operator. After three years of working on the floor, I knew I needed to do something more with my life. So, I enrolled at GVSU thanks to the Kellogg tuition remission program. My love for Dave Ramsey helped me hone in my business interests to finance. I graduated with a degree in finance, helping me land a spot on the payroll team at the Wyoming Keebler plant, which opened the door to the finance department.
I pursued a role as a financial analyst for about a year, then an opportunity in the Global Business Solutions Center opened as plant finance support personal. In this role, I worked on finance and costing projects for the Jackson, Tennessee, Pringles Plant and the Pikeville, Kentucky, Pop Tarts plant. At the same time, I enrolled at Davenport to earn my MBA in Strategic Management. A little over six months ago, I landed a job as the plant controller of the Egg-o plant in Blue Anchor, New Jersey.
As a graduate of DU, when you think of your experience what comes to mind?
I loved my DU experience. The instructors brought out the best of the students and set us up for success in the real-world. The thing I enjoyed the most was the study abroad program. I studied in Europe and loved every moment of it!
In a nutshell, what do you do?
As the plant controller, I am responsible for the overall financial performance of the plant. I am the liaison between the corporate offices and the plant. I communicate with the stakeholders, work with departments on budgeting and do cost planning.
What is your dream job?
Honestly, this is a dream job. When I started in the Wyoming plant, I worked with the best leader, named Gracie. She worked with on strengthen my strengths and improving my weaknesses. I thrive to be like Gracie. Today, she is still one of my greatest leaders and person I aspire to be.
What is your passion?
I believe in paying it forward. Without the help of my leaders, like Gracie, I would not be where I am today. I love helping people.
What do you do when you are not working?
I am in a new city, so I enjoy exploring my new surroundings, traveling and being with my friends and family.