JUNE MODEL RAM: Joshua Tanner
April 15, 2019
Name: Joshua Tanner
Degree(s): B.B.A. Finance 2006, M.B.A. 2013
Graduating year: 2006, 2013
Please give us a little bit of your background, your hobbies, what you like to do you in your spare time, etc.
I’ve been married for 12 years to my wife Kysha (’05) whom I met while attending ASU in 2001. We have 3 great kiddos and spend most of our time camping, going to concerts, or following our children around to their various sporting events. After graduating from ASU with my MBA in 2013, I went into the oil and gas industry for a few years before finding my home with the West Texas Rehab Center.
What is your current occupation?
I am the Director of Employer Services for the West Texas Rehabilitation Center where my staff and I offer functional testing and a one stop shop for the area’s occupational health needs. Essentially, we assist employers in preventing workplace related injuries, control injury related costs, and combat fraudulent Worker’s Comp claims. If you have ever worked in San Angelo, there is a good chance you have visited our clinic for anything from a drug screen to a pre-employment physical fit test.
In what ways did ASU help you to achieve your goals after graduation?
Graduating from ASU provides a built-in network to all of West Texas. The beauty of this school is that when you tell someone that you graduated from ASU, it actually means something to them. It gives you some common ground because they went to school there or have a family member that went there or maybe it’s a bit of nostalgia because they used to frequent San Angelo when they were younger. It’s amazing to see how far the reach of a smaller University in rural West Texas can actually be. I am so happy I made the decision to attend ASU and I would still choose this University today!
What skills did you take away from ASU?
I understand what it takes to make it in the real world. While going to school at ASU, I had to learn how to study and research, how to network with peers and colleagues, and how to work within a team setting to achieve a common goal. More importantly, I had to understand how my work ethic was directly reflected in the value of my end results. You work hard and you’ll be rewarded. Slack off and the outcome will suffer. These are all important aspects of daily life for any individual.
Were there any faculty or staff that made a difference for you during your time at ASU?
There were so many! Another benefit of ASU is that the ratios between faculty and students are so small that I could name the majority of my professors. We developed true relationships because of the smaller ratios. I remember the entire business school along with Mr. Joe Munoz. I can’t forget Dr. Badgett and Dr. Kara as well.
What is one of your fondest memories of ASU?
One of my fondest memories is walking through the campus between classes and seeing all of the familiar faces and playing intramural football, volleyball, basketball, and ping pong. The college days are some of the best times of your life. They were so much fun. Is it too late to go back to college again?
Can you please provide a quote about your experience at ASU/what ASU means to you?
ASU means the world to me. It is small enough to where you feel important and involved, yet large enough to carry a reputation unlike any other. Angelo State University is family!