Managing Risk: An Alumni Spotlight with Andrew Hartman

 

Alumnus Andrew Hartman (BBA ’11 & MBA ’16) graduated from UM-Flint’s School of Management with a BBA in Finance. He continued his studies with UM-Flint, receiving his MBA in 2016. During his studies, he was heavily involved in the Alternative Breaks programs with University Outreach and continues to be involved in the program as an alum. Currently, Andrew works in risk management as a Project Manager Intermediate at FCA Fiat Chrysler Automobiles. His team identifies strategies for suppliers that the risk analysts have deemed to be financially substandard. He then leads the team in developing a solid foundation for the strategy to be implemented. Outside of work, Andrew enjoys volunteering with the Alternative Breaks programs, spending time with family, and watching Michigan sports- GO BLUE! As our featured Alumnus for the Fall Alumni Spotlight, Hartman answers questions on why he chose UM-Flint, career changes, and advice for students interested in a career change to risk management.

 

Why did you major your BBA in Finance? Why did purse your MBA?
I chose a BBA in Finance because I enjoy working with numbers, but did not want to be a mathematician. I decided to get an MBA because I knew that it would open up doors for me in my career that would otherwise stay closed.

 

Why did you choose UM-Flint for your BBA and MBA?
UM-Flint was my third school for undergrad and it chose me. I’m glad it did, because it became home. When I decided to get an MBA, I knew exactly where I wanted to go. The Net+ Program was a perfect fit for me and made the decision a no-brainer.

 

What is one of your favorite experiences at UM-Flint?
My favorite experience at UM-Flint has been my involvement with the Alternative Breaks programs. I have participated in Alternative Spring Break, Alternative Summer Break, Service Saturdays, and MiBreaks. Participating as a student and then as an alumnus has been one of the most fulfilling things that I have done in my life. I encourage everyone to participate in the Alternative Breaks programs.

 

Why did you choose to go into the career path you are currently in?
As I was finishing my MBA, I was looking to move into a job that was more closely aligned with my educational background. I didn’t actively choose risk management; it just happened by happy accident. As I have grown in my role, I’m glad it did, because it can be very rewarding.

 

How was/why the career jump from Quicken Loans to FCA Fiat Chrysler Automobiles?
I loved working at Quicken Loans, but the job I was in didn’t need someone with an MBA and there wasn’t any place for me to grow into. As I looked for a new job, the role at FCA caught my eye. It was a role that I felt would appreciate my background and give me opportunities to grow and move up.

 

What is one of your proudest accomplishments so far?
My proudest accomplishment outside of my two beautiful boys is getting my MBA. I worked really hard and accomplished something that I had wanted to do since I was little.

 

What advice would you give students that are thinking of pursuing a career in Finance/Supplier Risk Management?
I would encourage someone that wanted to pursue Supplier Risk Management to take classes relating to Operations and Supply Chain Management. Those are two concentration areas that are especially relevant to Supplier Risk Management and would be differentiating factors if I was hiring for my team.

 

Fun Facts!

I am a die-hard Michigan fan and will watch any sport if the block M is involved.
I swam with sea turtles on my honeymoon in Barbados and it was one of the coolest things I have ever done.
I love taking my sons to see the Flint Firebirds play; I love that we all enjoy watching hockey together.