by Geoff Larcom, Published September 09, 2013
YPSILANTI – Eastern Michigan University students, recent graduates and the public will hear insights and perspective from more than 40 highly successful EMU alumni during the first annual EMU Professional Development Business Conference, to be held at the College of Business on Sept. 19.
The group includes a striking variety of professions, including communications executives, the leader of a jewelry company, bankers, financial experts, a coffee entrepreneur and a top pizza marketing executive.
"We have drawn an outstanding group of alumni to speak to our students at the conference," says Michael Tidwell, dean of the College of Business. “They represent a wide array of professions and expertise that will offer tremendous insight and guidance to our students.”
The conference represents Tidwell’s goal to connect Eastern’s exceptional 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."
The conference will run from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the College of Business, with EMU business alumni conducting talks during four separate time blocks. Sessions will start at 8:30 a.m., 10 a.m., 1 p.m. and 2:30 p.m.
The roster of speakers includes:
• Anna Schmitt Reichert, Global Director, Communications, NSF International.
• Anthony Hall, VP of Store Support, Busch's Inc.
• Anthony Milonas, COO, We Care Health Services LP.
• Chris Jones, Partner, Plante/Moran
• Damon Rosenthal, Technology Controls, Corporate Investment Banking, JP Morgan Chase
• Dan Hacker, CEO, Hacker Jewelers
• David Provost, Chairman, President, CEO, Talmer Bank and Trust
• David Tang, Senior Associate, Rehmann
• Debi Scroggins, President & CEO, Bearclaw Coffee
• Deborah Jones, Vice President-Business Development, Bank of Ann Arbor
• Fay Poissant, Recruiter, PNC Financial Services
• Grace Lee, CFO, Logic Solutions
• Gretchen Gomolka, Finance Director, Charter Township of Meridian
• Jack Brusewitz, Senior Vice President - Public Finance Banker, Hilliard Lyons
• James Goebel, Chief Operating Officer, Menlo Innovations
• Jerry Grady, Partner, UHY LLP
• Jerry Smith, CFO and Partner, Plante/Moran
• Jim Webb, Chairman, Aon Risk
• John Fovenesi, Senior Director, CFO Services
• John Tuttle, Managing Director, Global Affairs, NYSE/Euronext
• Joseph McCormick, Manager, Advanced Metering Infrastructure, DTE
• Linda Girard, Co-Founder & President, Pure Visibility
• Lori Bohlen, Vice President Field Marketing, Domino's Pizza
• Lynn Torossian, President, DMC Harper University Hospital and Hutzel Women's Hospital
• Marty Bodnar, Senior Vice-President, Exchange Capital Management
• Mary Hays, Vice President & Private Banking Officer, Bank of Ann Arbor
• Michael Dentamaro, Partner, Gordon Advisors
• Mike Kestly, President, Kestly Development
• Nicolette Carlone, President, NICA Consulting Services, Inc
• Paul Bryant, Partner, Plante/Moran
• Pete Horvath, CEO, Move-tastic
• Peter Stano, Principal Financial Analyst, DTE Energy
• Raggeria Goddard, Investment Analyst, GM Ventures
• Ramarao Srinivasa, Chief Information Officer, Active Aero Group
• Rick Neu, Director, Huntington Bancshares and MCG Capital
• Robert Chapman, President and CEO, United Bank and Trust
• Rod Byrne, Partner, Rehmann
• Sherwin Prior, Managing Director, GM Ventures
• Steve Futrell, President, Technology Solutions
• Tom Wells, Manager, Americas Partner Organization, Cisco Capital
• Vicki Reaume, Vice President & Secretary to Board of Regents, EMU
• Vince Thomas, Chairman, Billhighway
Paul W. Smith, morning host at WJR-760 AM, Detroit’s most powerful radio station, will broadcast his show live from the Second Floor of the COB from 6 a.m. to 9 a.m. to kick off the day.
Following the conference, the College of Business will stage a graduate programs networking event at the Ann Arbor Sheraton, 3200 Boardwalk Drive, from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.
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 http://www.emich.edu/cob/