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Degree Class of 2013
Economics

Jeff Bush

Director of Fuel Services, Parker’s

A Forward Observer in the U.S. Army for seven years, Jeff Bush earned more than 15 awards and medals during his service, including the Non-Commissioned Officer of the Year. This Delaware native was on the “green-to-gold” track to become an officer when he suffered an injury that put him out of commission.

“I realized I needed to recalibrate,” he says. “I said to myself, ‘Now what do I strive for?’”

Jeff, his wife Katie, and their two daughters had been stationed at nearby Fort Stewart, so Bush used his military status to enroll at Armstrong. He immersed himself into his studies and became involved in campus activities, including working at The Inkwell.

Eager to expand his knowledge of business and economics, Jeff took several classes taught by Professor Richard McGrath, whom he credits with uncompromising patience and practicality.

“The professors at Armstrong really expand your vision of what a degree field is all about,” Jeff says. “They push you to see how any major is applicable in the real world.”

At a guest lecture organized by the Armstrong Economics Club, Jeff met convenience store guru Greg Parker, the president and CEO of Parker’s. Realizing he had a true example of business acumen standing before him, Jeff took the opportunity seriously.

“I basically barraged him with questions during his whole talk,” Jeff remembers.

Far from being annoyed, Parker engaged Jeff in conversation and was extremely impressed by this ambitious undergraduate.

When Parker’s had an opening for a director of fuel services, Greg Parker offered Jeff the job—before graduation.

Jeff spent the next year juggling the responsibilities of his new job, family, and school. He completed his B.S. in Economics in 2013, and has settled into his role at Parker’s. Supervising a wide spectrum of operations from logistics to fuel pricing, while heading up the company’s popular PumpPal program, this Army veteran has his hands happily full.

He believes his military background gave him the discipline for the position, but the education he received at Armstrong prepared him for the real world.

“Armstrong is a not a laid-back, breeze-through kind of environment,” Jeff explains. “It was strenuous, but I knew the sacrifice would be worth it.”