Alumni Profiles

Our business alumni have taken time to reflect on their DeSales experiences which describe their time as a student and their personal challenges and achievements. We hope you find the information interesting and helpful. 

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Garza, Mary - Class of 2000


Mary Garza
Director of Marketing
American Bank
Allentown, PA

Why I Do What I Do: I always knew that I wanted to be involved in the business world once I graduated from college, and marketing was a perfect fit for me. Working at the bank allows me to learn so much about economics, finance, and banking while at the same time, it allows me to be creative in the marketing aspect.

Birth Place: Bethlehem, PA

Current Residence: Bethlehem, PA

High School: Bethlehem Catholic High School


  • National Honor Society

  • Class President

  • Retreat Team Leader

Higher Education: DeSales University, Center Valley, PA

College Jobs:

  • Boys & Girls Club of Bethlehem, Program Assistant

  • Pennsylvania Shakespeare Festival, Marketing Intern

Hobbies: Traveling (New York City and the beach), shopping, reading, spending time with family.

Favorite Music: Many types

Sports Personalities: Jason Giambi, Donovan McNabb

Courses I Loved: All of my marketing courses, especially Marketing Research and Consumer & Buyer Behavior.

Biggest Achievement: Graduating from DeSales magna cum laude and becoming a Director of Marketing for a bank after graduation.

Biggest Disappointment: Not spending more time getting to know more people while at DeSales.

Career Goals: Attend graduate school for my MBA, while advancing my career.

Influential People: My parents are without a doubt the most important people in my life. I turn to them and get their advice at all times. I trust their judgment and they have taught me so much about life and happiness. Their marriage is an inspiration for me. Dr. McGorry & Dr. Sable are two professors who taught me at DeSales, and I will always admire and value everything I learned from them. Their dedication and hard work both in their professional careers and to their students is evident. They believe in their students and want to see them succeed.

Favorite Quote: "Always bear in mind that your own resolution to succeed is more important than any other." - Abraham Lincoln

Biggest Challenge: Balancing work and school while still having time for family, friends and other important people.

Best Advice Received: Only you can decide what is best for you.

Advice I Would Give: When in a workplace, always be ready to step in and help out, even if something is not specifically your job. Listen carefully, and if you have any questions or need help, just ask!

Toughest Obstacle I Overcame: Working my first job after graduation at a bank having absolutely no banking experience.

What I Liked Best About DeSales: The people - everyone is so nice and always willing to help you out!

What I Miss Most About DeSales: Spending time on campus with such wonderful people (students and faculty alike).

What I Miss Least About DeSales: The parking!

Advice for Present DeSales Students: If you have a question or need help with absolutely anything, don't be afraid to ask. The faculty and staff at DeSales are some of the most helpful I know and are always available for the students.

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