Monday, September 20, 2010

Meet Triad Area Alumni Chapter President: Brian Cruz ‘96

Regional Alumni chapters allow graduates to stay connected to UNCW wherever they are. Chapter functions involve reunions, networking socials, mixers and sporting events. Brian Cruz ’96, lives in Greensboro and has been the President of the Triad Area Alumni Chapter since 2009.

Brian began his undergraduate studies at Embry-Riddle in Florida on a full ROTC scholarship for Aeronautical Engineering. After a year of intense studies and training, he decided to return to the Crystal Coast. Upon his return, he worked full-time and attended night classes at Carteret Community College so he could transfer to UNCW. After graduation, Brian stayed in Wilmington and reconnected with his college sweetheart, Shannon Davis ’94, who was visiting the beach.  He decided to move to Greensboro, her hometown, so they could get married.  Currently, Brian is a general manager for Starbucks at University Commons (near Elon). This is the second store location he’s opened, his first being Mayfaire Town Center on Military Cutoff Rd.

Brian and wife, Shannon, at the 2009 Triad Alumni Chapter Fall Dinner

Being a leader in the community and helping to support his alma mater is something Brian takes pride in. He has a wealth of knowledge, energy and passion that he enjoys sharing with others. He explains that, “Volunteerism is a great outlet for me and is quite fulfilling.”

One of his favorite aspects of getting together with fellow alumni is to see the breadth and scope of their diversity. Making new friends and learning about different experiences alumni had at UNCW and since graduation is a benefit of every alumni gathering. Currently, the group is excited about their Triad Alumni Chapter Fall Dinner on Thursday, September 30th at the Greensboro Country Club. “I enjoy the fellowship and the opportunity to see old friends, make new friends and share with fellow supporters of UNCW,” says Brian.

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