MBA Alumnus uses Financial Skills to Add Value to Post-Acute Care Company: August’s aMaizeing Alumni

Alumnus, McCoy Wilson graduated from UM-Flint with his Master of Business Administration (MBA) with a concentration in Finance in 2014. During his time at UM-Flint, he was apart of diverse student organizations, such as Black Student Union and InterVasity. McCoy is a Sales Operations Financial Manager and played a key role in his company by creating and implementing a new data reporting program. As our featured Alumni of the month, McCoy gives insight into his experience with student organizations, career advice, and his future travel plans to Spain!

AMBITIOUS ALUM FINDS A PASSION IN THE MEDICAL FIELD THAT LEADS HER TO START HER OWN COMPANY: JUNE’S AMAIZEING ALUMNI

Alumna, Marcia Yhap-Davson, DNP, MBA, CRNA, graduated from UM-Flint in April 2020 with a dual degree in Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) and Master of Business Administration (MBA), with a concentration in Health Care Management. During her time as a UM-Flint student, Marcia participated in the 2019 China Study Abroad trip and excelled in her studies which earned her the award, Most Outstanding MBA Student. Marcia participated in a Q&A and gave advice about pursuing a career in the healthcare/management field, her backstory on how she got to where she is today, and why she chose UM-Flint along with her favorite experiences at the
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An MBA Graduate’s Passion for Learning and Harboring Education in Michigan: May’s aMaizeing Alumni

Alumnus, Chris Matheson, completed his undergraduate studies in History and English, at UM-Flint, receiving his BA, and then returned to UM-Flint to receive his MBA with a concentration in Finance. The Net+ program, a hybrid mix-mode program of online and two in-person weekend residencies, gave him the flexibility to have a balanced family and work life. His academic journey didn’t stop there as he is currently pursuing his Ed.D. in Educational Leadership. Chris is the President of the ninth-largest education service and management provider in the nation that serves 13,000 students in Michigan. He is an avid learner and as our featured alumni of the month, Chris comments on his favorite moments from being in the MBA program, the future of mixed-mode approach to education post COVID-19, advice for working in the education field, and more!

SOM marketing alumna talks legal career and offers advice to current students: April’s aMaizeing Alumni

Alumna, Rashal Baz Zureikat, received her first degree in 2014 with high honors from UM-Flint. Rashal has since moved to Chicago and earned her J.D. from Loyola University Chicago School of Law and received admission to the Illinois Supreme Court Bar in 2017. As the SOM Featured Alumni of the Month, Rashal participated in a Q&A and gives insight into why she chose to go to law school after her BBA and what she hopes Flint can become in the future. She also offered words of advice to students and alumni on what has helped carry her in the field to where she is today.

Grad calls NYC home while working for Michigan Marketing Agency: Alumna Ariees Spangler

Alumna, Ariees Spangler, graduated in 2017 with a Bachelor of Business Administration in Marketing. During her time at UM-Flint, she worked for the EDA University Center, 100K Ideas and participated in a wide variety of extracurricular activities such as the Cheerleading Club, Women’s Lacrosse Club, and Beta Gamma Sigma. She currently operates her own photography business and lives in New York City while working remotely for a Michigan based digital marketing agency. As our featured Alumni of the month, Ariees will give insight to her experiences at UM-Flint, how she fell into the social media world, and advice on pursuing a career in social media and marketing!

Getting Her Feet Wet in the Financial Services Industry: Alumna Katie Osentoski (McAuliffe)

Alumna, Katie Osentoski (McAuliffe), received her Bachelor of Business Administration with a concentration in Marketing in 2014. Katie pursued professional designations in the Finance industry like Financial Paraplanner Qualified Professional™ (FPQP™) and Life, Health & Accident Insurance License with the state of Michigan. As a full-time Associate Wealth Coach and Mom, she is pursuing the CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNER™ (CFP®) certification. As our featured Alumni of the month, Kaite will give insight to her experiences at UM-Flint, finding what she loves in a career, crucial advice when trying to find an internship/career, and more!

From Finance to Accounting, How One Graduate Sought Change: Alumnus Maxwell Montney

Meet December’s aMAIZEing Alumni, Maxwell Montney! Maxwell received his BBA in Finance and a minor in Economics in April 2018. He has been working for at the University of Michigan-Flint in the Financial Services & Budget department for over a year as an Accountant. This fall, he decided to start his MBA in Organizational Leadership at the School of Management. As our featured Alumnus, Maxwell will provide insight into why he transitioned to the accounting field, his favorite experiences from UM-Flint, advice about pursuing a career in business and more in an interview on the SOM blog. 

Fall 2019 Alumni Career Panel

Thank you to the following SOM alumni for being apart of the annual Alumni Career Panel on Wednesday, October 30, 2019. UM-Flint is an amazing network of proud graduates and we are fortunate to be able to display that to our pre-business students. Nathan Adams, BBA '92, MBA '98, Kim Knag, BBA '96, MBA '01, Casey Lester, BBA '19, Logan McGrady, BBA '13, Cassie Sadler, BBA '12, and Sean Tabor, BBA '16. Thank you again to our wonderful alumni for speaking to our current students and for giving them the opportunity to ask questions about life after college. We will have more opportunities for alumni panelists every fall and winter. If you are interested in being a future panelist, please connect with the School of Management LinkedIn page where we post updates on needing alumni speakers for events!

RECENT GRADUATE CONTRIBUTES ADVICE AND HUMOR ABOUT HIS TIME AT UM-FLINT: Alumnus Casey Lester

Alumnus, Casey Lester, received his BBA in General Business in April 2019 from UM-Flint’s School of Management. During his time at UM-Flint, Casey worked full-time at Huntington National Bank and gave back to his community by serving on the board of Flint Community School Board of Education during the Flint Water Crisis. As our featured Alumnus, Casey answers questions on his favorite experiences from UM-Flint, accomplishments, and advice about pursuing a career in business. Click MORE to read to the full article!

Maize and Blue recipient, cheerleader, and sorority sister lands incredible opportunity at PWC: Alumna Olivia Norfolk

Alumna, Olivia Norfolk, graduated from UM-Flint’s School of Management with a BBA in Accounting in April 2018. During her time at UM-Flint, Olivia received the distinguished Maize and Blue Award and the Plante Moran Outstanding Accounting Award in her graduating class. She also was involved with Greek life and a proud member of Sigma Sigma Sigma and Order of Omega. Olivia currently works for one of the Big Four auditors, PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP, as a Risk Assurance Associate. Only one year after graduating from UM-Flint, she received her MBA and CPA certifications. As our featured Alumna, Olivia answers questions on why she chose UM-Flint, her path as a young businesswoman, and advice on how to pursue a career.

An Entrepreneur within a Corporate Setting: Alumna Madison McCrum

Alumna, Madison McCrum, graduated from UM-Flint’s School of Management with a BBA in Business Management with a focus in EIM in 2018. Madison was involved with the Entrepreneurs Society and the Hagerman Center during her undergraduate studies. At the age of 22, Madison now works for a Fortune 500 company and has moved out of the state to work in North Carolina and Florida. She credits her decision to concentrate in entrepreneurship to her strong-willed personality. Having the go-getter attitude has impressed employers she has met. As our featured Alumna, Madison answers questions on why she chose UM-Flint, life after college, and advice for students interested in management. 

MANAGING RISK: Alumnus ANDREW HARTMAN

Managing Risk: Alumnus Andrew Hartman (BBA ’11 & MBA ’16) graduated from UM-Flint’s School of Management with a BBA in Finance. 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. As our featured Alumnus, Hartman answers questions on why he chose UM-Flint, career changes, and advice for students interested in a career change to risk management. 

Winter 2019 Alumni Career Panel

The School of Management hosted an Alumni Career Panel on February 20, 2019. A variety of eight School of Management alumni who graduated with either graduate or undergraduate degrees from 2014-2017 came to the university to talk about life after college to undergraduate pre-business students. The alumni speakers gave their opinions on how to manage stress or work-life balance, how to bounce back from a failure, what companies look for in hiring young talent, the importance of internships during college, and the perks of their professions in the business field they work in.  Thank you to our wonderful alumni for speaking to our current students and for giving them the opportunity to ask questions about life after college. We will have more opportunities for alumni panelists every fall and winter. If you are interested in being a future panelist, please connect with the School of Management LinkedIn page where we post updates on needing alumni speakers for events!

Winter 2019 Alumni Visit

UM-Flint graduate, Ziad Lajnef BBA '02, MBA '03, presented to a classroom full of graduate and undergraduate students and alumni about the ins and outs of internal audits like what strategies to use, talent and diversity of the team, and tactical planning and processing. He gave informative advice to, “Become data savvy. The more you’re involved and knowledgeable in the market, the better off you’ll be.” Click more to read the full article! 

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