Southeast Alumnus Works ‘Down Under’



Oct. 24, 2003 – Southeast alumnus Lance Reinagel is in the midst of the experience of a lifetime. Reinagel, a business analyst for Boeing in St. Louis, was selected for the company’s competitive exchange program with Boeing Australia Limited.

“The exchange program, called ‘Short Term Australian/American International Exchange,’ is a joint initiative between Boeing Australia Limited and Boeing Aerospace Support which promotes globalization through employee development,” said Reinagel. “I am absolutely ecstatic about this opportunity,” he said. “It will be a great chance for me to develop my business skills in an international environment while working in another division of Boeing.”

Reinagel, formerly of Scott City, Mo., is one of only nine employees from Boeing locations across the United States to be chosen for the exchange program, which runs from October to April each year. The selection process for the program includes a written application and interview, and the employee must also be sponsored by a manager.

The program is currently in its fourth year of existence. Participants chosen for the current exchange hold a variety of positions within Boeing, including human resources, technical support, quality administration and business management.

Boeing Australia Limited has several locations, but Reinagel is living and working in Brisbane, Queensland, Australia, where the head office is located. During the exchange, he is serving as a contracts officer for the F/A-18 program in Australia. Brisbane is approximately an hour flight from Williamtown, the location of the main Royal Australian Air Force base.

“I am working with both the government customers as well as the suppliers,” he said. “My job involves negotiating contracts and reviewing the terms and conditions of the contract to ensure compliance.”

Reinagel also coordinates customer proposals.

In addition to learning a new job discipline, Reinagel is enthusiastic about developing his international business skills, learning about the Australian culture and having a “great time” while he’s there.

Reinagel says his attraction to the field of international business developed during his time at Southeast.

“While I was at Southeast, I developed an interest in business, particularly in the global arena,” he said. “The business concepts and principles I learned at the Harrison College of Business have proven highly valuable to me thus far in my business career,” he added.

Reinagel, who graduated from Southeast in May 2001 with a bachelor of science in business administration degree with a major in international business, has been employed at Boeing since August 2001. He is currently pursuing a master of arts degree from Webster University.