College of Business

473 Gary Owen Building

300 W. Michigan Ave.

Ypsilanti, Michigan 48197


Alumni Business Conference


2019 Participating Speakers

  • Pam Bishop

    Retired from Wayne County Airport Authority

    Session I | 10:00-11:15 a.m. & Session II | 1:00-2:14 p.m.


    Advancing in Your Career - How to Tips and Tricks

    Starting your career or looking for the next advancement? We'll discuss some options for successfully navigating and advancing in your career. A few topics include leadership qualities, internships, mentoring programs, planning for the next step in your career, resumes, interviewing, and other hot topics. We'll also have time for Q&A so bring your questions.

  • Stefon Crawford

    VC Analyst/Associte at GM

    Session I | 10:00-11:15 a.m.


    Venture Capital- The in's and out's.

    I will be discussing Venture Capital. How it works and why it is beneficial.

  • Don Davis

    Managing Partner at Davis Network Partners

    Session I  | 10:00-11:15 a.m.


    Cracking the Corporate Code

    Real life situations relating to how to navigate and be successful in the corporate world.

  • Brenda Discher

    SVP of Business Strategy and Marketing

    Session I | 10:00-11:15a.m. & Session II | 1:00-2:15 p.m.


    Being a Change Agent

    Driving change in organizations is one of the strongest values you can offer.  How to become a change agent and develop consistent practices that keep change relevant will be the emphasis of this talk.


  • Rosalyn Emerson

    Channel Marketing Director at Chobani

    Session I | 10:00-11:15a.m. & Session II | 1:00-2:15 p.m.


    Lean Into Your Path  

    7 Simple Steps to Unlock Your Personal Success … In An Ever Changing Career.

  • Matthew Fenster

    Vice President, Leasing & Business Development at Etkin

    Session I | 10:00-11:15 a.m.


    Commercial Real Estate and Entreprenuership

    Provide an overview of the Metropolitan Detroit Commercial Real Estate Market & Industry and Career Opportunities.

  • Scott Fleszar

    Former Vice President, Product Management at Thomson Reuters

    Session I | 10:00-11:15 a.m. & Session II | 1:00-2:15 p.m.


    Preparing To Enter Professional Workforce

    In today’s knowledge economy, being in the loop does not set you apart. That’s table stakes in today’s business climate, and simply expected. So how do you deftly navigate information overload and best position yourself to have a solid foundation to interact with potential employers, and speak the vernacular of your vertical? Hear tips on efficiently staying abreast of trends, building a relevant network, and developing industry acumen before graduation.

  • John Fovenesi

    Retired partner with 25 years of experience with Deloitte & Touche.

    Session I | 10:00-11:15 a.m. & Session II | 1:00-2:15 p.m.


    Habits of Millionaire/Billionaire... Do you have them?

  • Howdy Holmes

    President & CEO at "JIFFY" mix

    Session I | 10:00-11:15a.m. & Session II | 1:00-2:15 p.m.


    What You Need To Know

  • Keith Johnson

    Private Equity Partner & Board Member at Family Office

    Session I | 10:00-11:15 a.m. & Session II | 1:00-2:15 p.m.


    Characteristics We Look For in Strategic Employees | Room 201

    How Private Equity evaluates talent. Discussing the behavior that gets us excited to invest (years & money) in young talent for future leadership. In addition, discussing the behavior that can identify you as being "non-Strategic".

  • Chris Jones & Danielle Panzer

    Partners at Plante Moran

    Session I  | 10:00-11:15 a.m.

    Advanced Technologies in Accounting

    Public accounting firms are facing a rapid period of change due to the adoption of advanced technologies.  Firms are taking different strategies and approaches related to this change, but the one common theme is that no firm is immune.   How firms interact with clients, serve clients, and approach their daily work will look very different in 3-5 years than it does today.

  • Michael Lyon

    Executive Vice President at Nexsys Technologies (Quicken Loans Family of Companies)

    Session I | 10:00-11:15a.m. & Session II | 1:00-2:15 p.m.


    How NOT to be an Effective Leader... Lessons I've Learned...

    What are the missteps taken by many new Leaders and virtually all ineffective Leaders? This humorous presentation covers off on 11 specific pitfalls that should be avoided at all costs. By highlighting these "wrongs" the presentation will also provide the flip side of these blunders... which should provide a blueprint for better Leadership... right from the beginning.

  • Doug McIntosh

    Owner of McIntosh Grounds Maintenance, Inc.

    Session I | 10:00-11:15a.m. & Session II | 1:00-2:15 p.m.


    Self-Employment: The Roller Coaster Ride of a Lifetime

    Discussion on getting started, financing, pitfalls, rewards and 101 other things you've never thought about.

  • Paul Roney

    President of Domino's Farms Corporation

    Session II |  1:00-2:15 p.m.


    Mapping Your Road To Success

    Discussion on the items that will help an individual be successful in their business careers and in life. Important principles in navigating the corporate landscape that will help an individual grow into a more significant role within their organization.

  • Debi Scroggins

    Chief Espresso Officer at The Bearclaw Coffee Company

    Session I | 10:00-11:15a.m.


    Getting to Yes!

    Life and Business can be really great at throwing roadblocks in your path. Learn to overcome these roadblocks and get to yes!

  • Rebecca Snevel

    Vice President at RGP

    Session II | 1:00-2:15 p.m.


    Thinking About a Career in Technology?

  • Laurie Stegenga

    President at Foresight Capital Management Advisors, Inc.

    Session I | 10:00-11:15a.m.


    See if Financial Planning and Investment Management is Right for You!

    Take a virtual tour of the typical day of an Investment Manager and Financial Planner. Learn what these careers actually do and what the fee-only registered investment firms are looking for in an intern.


  • Marques Thomey

    Director - Business Development at Wayne County Airport Authority

    Session I | 10:00-11:15a.m.


    Potpourri of Alumni Life

    Discussion of the many different elements of the experience at EMU which impacts decision making, relationships and more. Relate to stories from an experienced airport business executive and how anyone can overcome tragedy and succeed.

  • Brian Turnbull


    Session I | 10:00-11:15a.m. & Session II | 1:00-2:15 p.m.


    Be your own Brand: Get hired quickly for who you are!

    Brian Turnbull, Entrepreneur and Global Leader/CEO/President and one who engages civically as a Mayoral Candidate and one that’s a global recruiter and guest collegiate lecturer will share his insights and answer all questions on how to assist you in obtaining your dream job.

  • Michelle Yurcak

    President at Premium Event Services

    Session I | 10:00-11:15a.m.


    Wash Your Mouth Out & Sanitize Your Phone

    I plan to talk about doing business the old fashioned way - through relationships, talking on the phone, problem solving and using phrases to replace "NO", "I don't know", "that's not what we do", "you need...". Also, to highlight that the mini computer/phone in our pockets has been more detrimental to fostering business relationships than it has helped.


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