Student Stories: Animal sciences grad finds success in Midwest

Andrew Herr has spread his wings and officially flown the coop. Since graduating from Penn State in May 2007 with a degree in animal sciences, he has soared to new and impressive heights within Rembrandt, a company that takes full control of every step in egg production, from growing feed for its chickens to the distribution of eggs around the world.

He started with the company as an intern while still in the College of Agricultural Sciences and quickly moved his way up the corporate ladder, where he is now director of international sales and marketing.

The 25-year-old Lancaster, Pa., native attributes his success to having strong mentors and a sturdy foundation. "My boss put me in really good situations, a lot of good people here at Penn State helped me refine my presentation skills, and my business background and internship experience helped a lot," he said.

"My boss gave me a shot at running parts of the business. I worked hard, and it went really well."

Herr has found that general job satisfaction is a real driving force in his success. "I really enjoy what I do. I work with a lot of great people at Rembrandt," he said. "There were some challenges coming out of college, but I worked through them and things are great."

After graduation Herr was thrust into the workforce before he had a chance to breathe. While on a short weekend trip to the Iowa office, he ended up not coming home. He didn't leave for nearly two years. "I went from living in a town with 40,000 people to a town with 800 people," he said.

Herr eventually moved to the food-ingredient sector of the business and relocated to Minneapolis. "I love Minneapolis," he said. "It's so beautiful -- I live near a lake and get to ride my bike to work."

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Last Updated March 21, 2011