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Alumni Business Conference Hits the Century Mark

Published October 28, 2014

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Eastern Michigan University students, recent graduates and the public heard insights and perspectives from more than 100 highly successful alumni during the EMU Alumni Business Conference, held at the College of Business (COB) on Sept. 18.

How To Build a $1,000,000-plus Business

The group included a variety of professions, including banking executives, marketing experts, accounting and finance professionals, entrepreneurs and leaders from dozens of other industries.

Among the speakers was Charlie Batch, a standout quarterback for Eastern in the mid-1990s who went on to a 15-year NFL run with the Detroit Lions, who drafted him, and the Pittsburgh Steelers, with whom he spent most of his career and won two Super Bowls.

The lineup also included James Webb, chairman of Aon Risk Services; Howdy Holmes, president and CEO of Jiffy Mix, Joyce Jenereaux, president of the Gannett Michigan Region-Detroit Free Press; Carol Romej, Attorney at Hall, Render, Killian, Heath & Lyman, P.C. and Steve Futrell, CEO/owner of Technology Solutions.

"We drew an outstanding group of alumni to speak to our students at the conference," said Michael Tidwell, dean of the College of Business. “They represented a wide array of professions and provided expertise that offered tremendous insight and guidance to our students.”

The conference represented the College’s goal to connect Eastern’s exceptional network of business graduates with today’s students.

"We recognize that success for today's graduates hinges on their level of technical proficiency and professional polish in the first few months of a new career,” Tidwell says. “Connecting our alumni with our students helps students build these skill sets while broadening their professional network."

Paul W. Smith, morning host at WJR-760 AM, Detroit's most powerful and popular radio station in the morning, kicked off the day with a live broadcast of his show from the second floor of the COB starting at 6 a.m.

The conference ran from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the College of Business, with EMU business alumni conducting talks during three separate time blocks. Sessions started at 10 a.m., 1 p.m. and 2:30 p.m. One of these sessions was captured in the above video entitled, "How To Build a $1,000,000-plus Business," presented by four alums who discussed their experiences in starting up lucrative businesses.

The conference aligns with the mission of the EMU College of Business, which seeks to offer a distinctive curriculum for tomorrow's leaders in our global business environment.

In addition, the COB offers numerous programs that interact with the business community, giving students practical experience working on current issues. For more about the College of Business, visit www.emich.edu/cob.

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