What do Regis University and Elvis have in common? Jack Soden.
Jack Soden jumped at the opportunity to attend college in the “mountain paradise” of Colorado. Attending a Jesuit high school, he knew the value of Regis’ Jesuit education. What he didn’t expect was that his Regis experience would connect him to the King of Rock and Roll. After graduating from Regis College with a Bachelor of Arts in English in 1968, Soden returned to Kansas City, Mo., to join his family in the investment banking industry. Several years later, he met a colorful client, Priscilla Presley, who was impressed with his business skills and recruited him to help develop the business plan to open Elvis’ home, Graceland, in 1982.
As the president and CEO of Elvis Presley Enterprises, Inc., Soden oversees the multimillion dollar organization and credits Regis University for helping prepare him for his professional career. “I am passionate about the benefits of a liberal arts education and feel that Regis’ curriculum gave me a template for a smart way to think,” Soden said. It taught him to work strategically and manage collaboratively and deliberately. In addition, Soden’s extracurricular activities, such as planning and executing large-scale student events like Ranger Day, helped prepare him for Graceland’s historic opening.
Although Soden calls Memphis, Tenn., home, he has a special affinity for the home state of his alma mater. Still in touch with his close friends from the class of 1968, Soden seizes any opportunity to come back to Denver and celebrate his Regis experience and lifelong friendships. One way he’s giving back to Regis is by serving as a featured participant in Alumni Weekend 2013.
Are you a Regis University alumnus? Join us in Denver, CO from July 19-21 for Soden’s much anticipated “Elvis Lives: Graceland Revisited” event and other exciting Alumni Weekend activities.
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