ALUMNI PROFILES

Dave Bykerk

Class of 2009, B.A. Business Administration: Finance

Dave Bykerk

The most memorable experience at Dordt is the relationships I built with classmates and peers. Dordt does an excellent job of creating an environment that encourages truthful, long lasting, Christian friendships. Although only two years out of college, it is clear that the relationships built at Dordt teach one far more about real world situations than any textbook can.

Aside from relationships, one of my most memorable classes at Dordt was Advanced Finance. Not realizing it at the time, advanced finance taught me much about real world business. The class, through student teaching and cases studies, does an excellent job at challenging student to critically think, question, and dissect real world decisions. From the class I took away valuable information regarding the financing of capital expenditures and running different analysis to determine when and where a project is most efficient.

Upon graduating from Dordt, I was offered a management position at Wheatfield Grain Holding LLC based out of Wheatfield, IN. The company currently has five elevators located in Indiana and Illinois. The company originates grain, primarily corn and soybeans, from producers and sells it to processors. Currently, I am a manager at the Wheatfield facility. My responsibilities include grain origination, equipment maintenance and building relationships with farmers. Prior to my job, I held an internship with Wheatfield Grain Holding LLC during the summer of my junior and senior year at Dordt. During the internship, I was taught grain marketing principles, strategies, and techniques. I also took a couple of week long courses specializing in grain merchandising.

I am married to Marena Bykerk (den Dulk) and we currently live in Wheatfield, IN. We enjoy our new house and traveling when possible. We are members of Community Christian Reformed Church in Roselawn, IN, where Marena helps with GEMS and I teach 6th grade Sunday School.

My advice to current Dordt business students is to make your education applicable to you. Professors aren't going to make you learn, it's something that you will have to do on your own. Also make sure you place a high emphasis on relationships with people because the business world is based on relationships and without a respect for people it will be hard to succeed.