Chris Ortega ’19 chose Shenandoah for its successful baseball program and the opportunities the School of Business provided him, which turned his passions into a career.
During his time at Shenandoah, Ortega fondly remembers being selected to attend the 2018 Winter Olympics in South Korea, and the opportunity he received to experience a real-world interview.
Ortega works for the Washington Commanders as an account executive. In his position, he organizes group outings ranging from youth football teams, non-profits, corporate outings, military groups and much more. Previously, Ortega worked in inside sales for the Washington Nationals.
Ortega says one of his most rewarding experiences is being a part of the 2019 Washington Nationals World Series win and going through a professional rebrand from the Washington Football Team to the now Washington Commanders.
Ortega’s Shenandoah education afforded him the opportunity to gain real world experience, which launched him into a successful career in the sport management field.
Ortega’s advice to current and future students is to “learn to compete [for] and recognize opportunities.” “Everyone has the same time as you do. Whether you’re an athlete, having a job, or a dual major. It’s what you do with your time that will set you apart. Be involved in everything and anything you can,” said Ortega.