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Faces of Nelnet: Jeff Sanders, Product Manager

February 22, 2011

Jeff and Jenn Sanders

Jeff and Jenn Sanders

Dawn Knight:  What are the goals of your department?

Jeff Sanders: The goal of my department is to present solutions designed to help people reach their goals.  While that is rather ambiguous, I am proud that the honest goal is to help and serve people.  That seems to marry well with my own goals, as I seek to develop accessible solutions to peoples’ problems. 

Dawn: Please describe a typical day for you.

Jeff: There is nothing scripted about my day.  I have more impromptu meetings than reoccurring or scheduled, talk with people in a variety of different departments, and rarely have the same things to accomplish today as yesterday.  I find that the only thing typical is coffee in the morning, or as I like to call it, the nectar of life.

Dawn: What has been your biggest challenge work-wise over the past 12 months?

Jeff: I am presently facing my biggest work challenge: to deliver a new product that utilizes unique mechanisms to solve a significant problem.  The challenge is as daunting as it is exciting, as I get to look at things from different angles, find innovative and fun solutions, and work with passionate and talented people.  I thrive in challenging situations that require creative solutions or thinking. 

Dawn:  If a school asks you what you do for Nelnet that impacts them, what would you say?

Jeff: I have, for a long time, worked to improve the Student Loan process (both origination and repayment) for their financial aid office and students.  With my present project, I am further looking to offer solutions that School’s can directly present to their students specifically in the way of financial literacy and scholarships.  My hope is to partner with schools to develop new, engaging, and effective tools for students. 

Dawn: Who is your favorite comedian?

Jeff: Brian Regan, Felipe Esparza, or Robin Williams (hard call)

Dawn: What is one piece of clothing you just can’t live without?

Jeff: If I could only wear one piece of clothing, it would probably be a toga.  I am fond of my fedoras though. 

Dawn: What was your very first job?

Jeff: My first job was at Steak Escape.  While I started as a cook, I left as a manager.  I only worked there through High School and met some great, and interesting, people.

Dawn Knight, Rocky Mountain & Western Regional Director (AZ, CO, ID, NV, ND, OR, WA, WY), Nelnet Partner Solutions

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