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 apart 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.