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Editor’s Note: Esparza is the incoming chair of the ASU Alumni Association’s 2013-14 Board of Directors and National Alumni Council.
How did your education at ASU prepare you for your current job or business?
In my current role, I am the senior tax executive, reporting to the CFO and responsible for advising the management team on tax matters. My ASU education prepared me for well for this role and gave me a solid tax foundation to build on.
What personal qualities do you think were most strongly developed in you during your years as a Sun Devil?
The qualities that I believe were most strongly developed while attending ASU would be my time management and organizational skills. I was working full-time while I attended ASU’s master of taxation degree program, and one key thing I learned during this time was that organization and time management skills were going to be critical to my success.
What has been your support and involvement in the ASU Alumni Association since you left the university?
I have served on the National Alumni Council and the Board of Directors. Through my involvement, I have had the opportunity to participate in some exciting events, including the Legends Luncheon honoring Frank Kush in 2011 and the event earlier this year to honor the 100-plus ASU baseball players who have played Major League Baseball.
What are the benefits of giving back to ASU through your volunteer efforts?
I am connected to the university. (Volunteering at ASU) is a great way to learn about new programs, including the collaboration with Mayo and the development of the Polytechnic and Downtown campuses.
Why have you chosen to be a member of the Alumni Association? What value does involvement with ASU add to your membership?
I wanted to give something back to the community. My father was also an ASU alum and the first one in his family to graduate from college. My parents exposed us to ASU at a very young age. Growing up, there was never a question if we would go to college, but really a question of which school we would attend. Not all students have this kind of family support. This is one of the ways that I felt I could contribute and help other students achieve their goal of graduating from ASU.
What current development at ASU do you find most exciting? Why?
I am happy to see that ASU is expanding the Downtown and Polytechnic campuses and increasing online learning opportunities to allow more students access to the university.
What advice would you give to today’s ASU students?
My advice to students is to enjoy the college experience. Time goes by very quickly and life post-graduation is very different. Stay connected to the university and other alumni once you graduate by joining the ASU Alumni Association.
Also remember to make time to volunteer in your community. The volunteer experience is a great way to have fun, meet new people and do something good for the community.