Jason Pang, BSBA’14, moved to Los Angeles as a child. Having been born in New Jersey, he thought he’d return to the East Coast when it came time for college. He did go east – just not as far east as he originally intended. Creighton recruited him to run cross country, so Omaha-bound he was.
Pang admits moving to Nebraska was a bit of a culture shock. He even considered returning to California at one point during his sophomore year. But the friendliness of the Midwest, its laid-back pace of life and the people he had connected with won the Omaha-LA tug-of-war. Pang has no regrets. “Creighton has brought me to where I am today,” he says.
And where that is exactly is working in Koch Supply and Trading’s London office as a senior financial accountant.
Pang participated in a six-week study abroad Spanish program at Pontificia Universidad Catolica de Valparaiso in Chile during the winter term of his senior year. The experience, he says, “gave me the travel bug,” and Pang knew he wanted to live and work in a foreign country one day.
His route to England was an unlikely one, just like his path to Omaha was. He arrived in London by way of Wichita, Kansas. Pang had interned with Koch, an international company headquartered in Wichita, the summer before his senior year and had accepted a full-time job offer upon graduation. An accounting major, he began his career at Koch as a financial reporting accountant, then took a position as senior financial reporting accountant. “I’ve accepted the fact that I am a number cruncher,” he says.
When the senior financial accountant position opened in the London office, he was ready to assume both the new responsibilities and relocate. Pang is responsible for the accounting of 20 different traders, all who deal in European energy sectors. No two days are ever the same, he says. This complexity is what he loves about his new position.
There’s also the opportunity to travel. In the year since Pang moved to London, he has traveled to 13 different countries on three different continents. Highlights have included sojourns to sunny Barcelona, Spain (it reminds him of Southern California) and a three-day safari in the Sahara Desert.
But he also loves exploring his new city. He has embraced public transportation, much to his surprise. “I thought I’d miss driving,” coming from a car culture, he says, “but the Tube is very efficient and clean.” And while the U.S. is considered a melting pot country, London, he has found, is every bit of a blend of the world’s cultures. “’Curry’ is England’s ‘national food,’” he offers as proof.
Pang’s decision to attend Creighton seven years ago, and the sense of adventure that led him to Omaha, has guided his career path. Given that he has no immediate plans to return to the U.S., it’s safe to say his adventure will continue.