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Written by Bradley Schlegel, Staff Writer
2020-06-10

Ruth Engle

            Though Ruth Engle enrolled at Lafayette College expecting to become a math teacher,

Ruth Engle

her major quickly shifted to finance. The Pennsburg native, who earned a math degree, then taught economics at her college alma mater.

            Engle continues to make her mark in the business world. Since 2007, the 1983 Upper Perkiomen graduate has worked as an executive vice president and chief operating officer of Troon Golf, LLC.

            Headquartered in Scottsdale, Arizona, the world's largest golf management company oversees more than 270 golf courses and properties in 38 states and 31 countries, including: Hawaii; London and Sandwich, England; Tucson, AZ; Maryland; and La Paz, Mexico.

            Previously, Engle filled similar roles in Honeywell's Aerospace Division. For four years and seven months, she worked as a vice president, chief operations officer and controller for the company's electrical/electronic manufacturing division. She credits her ascendance through male-dominated endeavors, such as aerospace and golf, to assertiveness and the ability to perform.

            "Women have always had an uphill battle," said Engle, who trained professionally under Lawrence Bossidy, the former board chairman and CEO of Honeywell International Inc.

            "It all comes down to credibility and trust. Performance will help take you to the next level."

            At Troon, Engle's job responsibilities include overseeing the company's technical, procurement and risk management issues. She says that though the company's golf courses are doing quite well, the use of its facilities has decreased significantly during the pandemic.

            In November of 2018, Engle was named the "Arizona CFO of the Year" in the Sponsors Award category by the Arizona Chapter of Financial Executives International (FEI). Two years earlier, the AZ Business magazine named her to the list of 2016 Most Influential Women in the publication's July issue.

            At Upper Perkiomen, Engle played basketball and participated in track and field. In the spring, she started as a middle distance runner but became a thrower when a coach asked her to give it a try. She graduated with the school record in the discus and javelin.

            At Lafayette, she threw the discus and javelin. She described the training, which required a year-round commitment, as another level of intensity and competition compared to high school.

            "Athletics are great for kids to be involved in," said Engle, who currently splits her time between Scottsdale and Santa Barbara, CA. "It taught me how to make myself better."

 

Derek Zinck   

            Derek Zinck described his loss in the PIAA Class 3A gold medal wrestling match

Derek Zinck

during his senior season as heartbreaking. He said the loss placed the proverbial chip on his shoulder heading into his career at Lehigh University.

            "Once I got to college, I forgot about it pretty quick," Zinck said of his 5-3 loss to Nathan Galloway, a junior from State College. "At that level, no one cares what you accomplished in high school."

            Zinck, a 2001 graduate of Upper Perkiomen, excelled for the Mountain Hawks. The two-time All-American capped his college career by finishing fifth in the NCAA Championships at 157 pounds in Oklahoma City.

            At Lehigh, the Pennsburg native also gained a measure of revenge over the wrestler who denied him a state gold medal and spoiled his undefeated season. Zinck went 7-0 against Galloway, who competed for Penn State.

            "I'm very satisfied with my college career," said Zinck, who earned a Bachelor's degree in international relations from the Bethlehem school. "My senior year I thought I was going to win the whole thing. But that tournament is such a grind. There were so many ups and downs."

            Since graduating from Drexel University's law school in 2009, he has specialized in health care law. Zinck currently works as the in-house legal counsel for Tower Health Urgent Care. He handles the whole spectrum of issues related to the business, which includes employment, contracts and real estate.

            "I took some health care policy classes early in law school," said Zinck, who currently lives in downtown Philadelphia. "It really clicked. I thought it was something I could run with."

In terms of his athletic career at Upper Perkiomen, Zinck said only positive memories remain.

            He expressed thankfulness for wrestling at UPHS under head coach Tom Hontz.

"Wrestling prepared me for all the different things life would throw at me," said Zinck, who also ran cross country in the fall.

            Zinck collected a 158-18 career record during a four-year career with the Tribe, including a 39-1 mark as a senior. He reached the state tournament each season, capturing three medals.


 

 

 

 

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