Layne provided the keynote address for the CRU Awards event and shared that his great-grandparents moved to the Kuna, Idaho, area specifically so his grandfather could attend NNC.
“I’m a third-generation NNU/NNC product, and I am thankful for my NNU experience because of the people who surrounded me … It helped shape my life,” Layne added. “I feel honored to come back to campus and help recognize the current student-athletes.”
We are excited to partner with NNU because the student-athletes at NNU have a value structure unlike any other," said Brian Bailey.
Layne, who graduated from NNU with a degree in physics and holds four NNU Top-10 all-time performances on the track, continues excellence in his position as a wealth management advisor at Northwestern Mutual. Awarded the Platinum Leader of the West award this year, Layne was the highest-producing financial advisor in the 16-state West region, and in 2010 he was honored as a West region Top-50 performer at NMFN.
“Athletics served as the best classroom in my life and taught me life lessons that I apply today. Having to be accountable to my team, or in my sport (track), the clock was a great learning experience for me,” Layne said.
Hughes echoed these sentiments about NNU: “My soccer coaches here were pivotal in helping me start my career and even find my first internship.” Hughes graduated with a degree in kinesiology and was a two-time GNAC All-Conference Award winner on the field and a three-time GNAC All-Academic team member in the classroom. Successfully converting her on-the-field drive and focus, she is now the director of recruiting and development for NMFN.
As the festivities of the CRU Awards banquet continued, Brian Bailey, managing partner for Northwestern Mutual Idaho, commented to the more than 425 student-athletes, coaches and boosters in attendance: “We are excited to partner with NNU because the student-athletes at NNU have a value structure unlike any other. You just don’t see the values in everyday society that you see when you are on this campus, and that is exciting.”
Bailey continued, “The opportunity to be a student-athlete at NNU is a real blessing in your life.”