Carson Holmquist

Which groups or activities were you most involved in at ASU? What did you gain from that involvement?

Throughout my time at ASU, I was constantly involved in intramural sports. It was a great break from coursework, but it was also my main source of social interaction. I made lifelong friendships on ASU’s basketball courts and soccer fields.

Once I started my management coursework at the W. P. Carey School of Business, I joined a newly founded entrepreneurship initiative focused on helping entrepreneurial students match up with startup companies looking for interns. At the time, it was one of ASU’s few entrepreneurial opportunities. Now, ASU has incredible programs and initiatives to help entrepreneurial students prepare to start and grow businesses. Those programs are invaluable. If I were a student today, I would take full advantage of those resources.

 

How did your education at ASU prepare you for your current job or business?

The education I received at ASU has served as the foundation of my business knowledge. ASU helped me apply the lessons I drew from my classes by matching me to an internship with a young logistics company with an impressive growth trajectory.  That internship made the single greatest impact on me out of all of my college experiences, and it led directly to me starting Stream Logistics, a boutique logistics company able to deliver incredible customer service at a level which was previously unavailable.

 

How did ASU help you achieve your dream?

From the time I was young, I dreamt of starting and operating a business. To help realize this dream, I chose to attend ASU and major in business management, because ASU’s W. P. Carey School of Business had a reputation for excellence. As I had hoped, ASU taught me the fundamentals of everything related to business: accounting, finance, economics, management, human resources, and entrepreneurship. Without this baseline understanding of the business world, my entrepreneurial path would have been much more difficult.

 

Tell us about your involvement with the ASU Alumni Association's Sun Devil 100 list.

During the Sun Devil 100 application process, I recall thinking how exciting it would be to be honored as one of ASU’s top business leaders. With ASU’s strong business reputation, I knew I would be in great company. After spending half a day with the other finalists, I felt even more honored to be recognized among those impressive business leaders.

 

What are three “can’t-miss” ASU experiences every Sun Devil should participate in?

Each student will have a different definition of “can’t miss” experiences at ASU. For me, I think about the best experiences in terms of the people I met and the events which guided me onto the path I am currently living.

The three experiences I value the most are intramural sports, group coursework, and involvement in the entrepreneurship initiative. Intramural sports and group coursework led me to social interactions with like-minded people. Some of these people are now leaders in their own businesses and have become lasting friends. The entrepreneurship initiative custom-matched me to a startup company in the logistics industry. Without that connection, my entrepreneurial journey would have been much different.

Year of graduation: 
2008