Having been to 45 countries, Teruhisa “Terry” Morimitsu has identified and reached countless destinations.

And when the time came to pursue an MBA, the world traveler and concert violinist, the scion of a Japanese family whose food company dates to the 19th century, picked Oregon
State as his landing point.

Morimitsu is on the global operations track in the MBA program

The business founded and operated by Morimitsu’s family, Morimitsu Co. Ltd., traces its roots to 1877. Currently run by his father and uncle, the company is a “small to middle-size” wholesaler that deals in rice, other grains and pet food.

Following his 2010 graduation from Tokyo’s Waseda University, where he earned a Bachelor of Economics degree and also played in the Waseda Symphony Orchestra, Morimitsu took a job with Maruha Nichiro Foods, Inc., part of a six-company conglomerate known since April 2014 as the Maruha Nichiro Corporation.

Morimitsu was an assistant in the planning section of the products technology development department, where his work ranged from new-product planning to market analysis to web page building to translation.

“Although I thought I learned what business is through my work experiences, they were fragmented and there was no integration,” said Morimitsu, who arrived in Corvallis in summer 2013. “The MBA course brings logic to what I know and what I came to know, which deepens the way I think of business.”

Upon completion of his graduate degree, Morimitsu will join his father and uncle in the family business, which in addition to a livelihood provided him with the first building blocks of his business background as he was growing up.

“I’ve worked in all divisions, but I think the sales division will be my place,” said Morimitsu.

And thanks to the Oregon State MBA program, when he sets up shop with the sales force, or in any other part of the company, he’ll do so with a better understanding of how those divisions work in concert with each other.

“Terry Morimitsu was a great student in my class,” said John Becker-Blease, professor of finance. “He brought a strong work ethic, good technical skills and a passion for learning to the program. His groups excelled in the joint projects. He also demonstrated a solid understanding of the nuances of financial management and was able to articulate his thought process quite well.”