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Adam McGaughy (BA Hospitality Business ’90)

Adam McGaughy (BA Hospitality Business ’90) was named to the Crain’s Chicago Business list of “Most Influential Commercial Real Estate Brokers in Chicago.”

Alex Cavanaugh (BA Business Administration ’08)

Alex Cavanaugh (BA Business Administration ’08) has become a shareholder in the law firm Howard & Howard Attorneys PLLC, practicing out of the firm’s office in Royal Oak, Michigan.

Alexander Calderone (BS Accounting ’03, MS Accounting ’04)

Alexander Calderone (BS Accounting ’03, MS Accounting ’04), managing director of Calderone Advisory Group, was honored with inclusion on the DBusiness list of “30 in Their Thirties 2017.”

Alexis Parker (BA Supply Chain Management ’16)

Alexis Parker (BA Supply Chain Management ’16) was honored by the Urban League of Detroit and Southeastern Michigan as their “Guilder of the Year.” The award honors her for “outstanding community service and volunteerism in the community.”

Andrew Dickow (BA Finance ’06)

Andrew Dickow (BA Finance ’06), director of Greenwich Capital Group, was listed among DBusiness‘s “30 in Their Thirties 2017.”

Betsy Meter (BA Accounting ’82)

Betsy Meter (BA Accounting ’82) was appointed office managing partner for KPMG’s Grand Rapids and Detroit offices, the Grand Rapids Business Journal reported.

Betsy Meter (BA Accounting ’82)

Betsy Meter (BA Accounting ’82) has been named office managing partner for KPMG’s Detroit and Grand Rapids offices.

Brett Howell (BA Marketing ’96)

Brett Howell (BA Marketing ’96) was honored on the Financial Times FT 401 list of top financial advisors. The list is created by evaluating advisors’ assets under management, AUM growth rate, years of experience, compliance record, industry certifications, and accessibility.

Christopher Letts (BA Finance ’06)

Christopher Letts (BA Finance ’06) has been elected president of Association for Corporate Growth (ACG) Detroit, a nonprofit business organization of private equity firms, corporations and lenders that invest in middle-market companies. He is the youngest president elected since the Detroit chapter was formed in 1984.

David Bell (MBA ’00)

David Bell (MBA ’00) has been appointed associate director for entrepreneurship, experiential learning, and continuing education at Saginaw Valley State University, Midland Daily News reported.

David Dreyfus (PhD Operations and Sourcing Management ’16)

David Dreyfus (PhD Operations and Sourcing Management ’16) has been awarded the prestigious Elwood S. Buffa Doctoral Dissertation Award from the Decision Sciences Institute for “Essays on Service Disruptions and Efficiency in Acute Episodes of Care.”

David Gann (BA Accounting ’99)

David Gann (BA Accounting ’99) has been named CFO of United Road Services.

Don Simon (BA Accounting ’92)

Don Simon (BA Accounting ’92) has been selected as the CEO for Farm Bureau Insurance of Michigan upon the current CEO’s retirement June 1, 2018.

Drew Janney (MBA ’13)

Drew Janney (MBA ’13), director of operations for Argus Logistics, was included among the DBusiness “30 in Their Thirties 2017.”

Jeffrey Hakala (MBA Accounting, Finance ’96)

Jeffrey Hakala (MBA Accounting, Finance ’96) has been elected to the board of directors of Conifer Holdings.

Jim Slater (BA Human Resource Management ’05)

Jim Slater (BA Human Resource Management ’05) will compete in his first Olympics as part of the U.S. ice hockey team, NPR reported.

Jon Nobis (BA Accounting ’99, MS Accounting ’00)

Jon Nobis (BA Accounting ’99, MS Accounting ’00), co-CEO of Two Men and a Truck, was quoted in Forbes on finding life’s purpose.

Judy Wallace (BA Accounting ’83)

Judy Wallace (BA Accounting ’83) was named chief operations officer of McQueen Financial.

Kevin Clark (BA Financial Administration ’84, MBA ’86)

Kevin Clark (BA Financial Administration ’84, MBA ’86), formerly the Delphi Automotive PLC CEO, will lead Delphi spinoff Aptiv PLC, the Detroit News reported.

Kyle N. Smith (BA Supply Chain Management ’09)

Kyle N. Smith (BA Supply Chain Management ’09) has been selected as the recipient of the 2018 Michigan Defense Trial Counsel (MDTC) Golden Gavel Award.

Mark DuHamel (MBA Finance ’82)

Mark DuHamel (MBA Finance ’82), executive vice president and corporate treasurer of Huntington National Bank, has been elected to the Federal Home Loan Bank of Cincinnati’s Board of Directors.

Mary Winslow (BA Marketing ’91)

Mary Winslow (BA Marketing ’91) was inducted into the International Society of Hospitality Consultants. The prestigious, global society focuses on awareness, advancement, and high ethical standards in the hospitality consulting industry.

Mat Ishbia (BA Management ’03)

Mat Ishbia (BA Management ’03), president and CEO of United Shore Financial Services, was named a winner of the Detroit Free Press 2017 Top Workplaces Leadership Award.

Matt Starosciak (BA Accounting ’95)

Attorney and marketing expert Matt Starosciak (BA Accounting ’95) recently published the Lawyer Marketing Book, a comprehensive resource covering all aspects of law firm business development. After graduating from MSU, Matt earned his JD from the University of Houston Law Center and began a twenty-year career of helping attorneys realize their personal and professional goals.

Michael Fruin (BA ’85)

Michael Fruin (BA Finance; Marketing; Hotel, Restaurant, and Institutional Management ’85) has been named regional vice president of franchise services, northeast region, for Choice Hotels International.

Mike Seneski (BA Finance/Accounting ’87)

Mike Seneski (BA Finance/Accounting ’87) has been named CFO of SMB lending platform Credibly.

Misty Johanson (BA Hospitality Business ’95, MS Hospitality Business ’97, PhD Tourism ’00)

Misty Johanson (BA Hospitality Business ’95, MS Hospitality Business ’97, PhD Tourism ’00) has been appointed dean of DePaul University’s Driehaus College of Business.

Naimah Wade (BA Marketing ’02)

Naimah Wade (BA Marketing ’02) has been named executive director of Ann Arbor-based nonprofit 826 Michigan, Crain’s Detroit Business reported.

Nick Thole (MBA Finance ’04)

Nick Thole (MBA Finance ’04) has been promoted to CFO of Amway.

Peggy Berg (BA Hospitality Business ’78)

Peggy Berg (BA Hospitality Business ’78) has released “Women in Hospitality Industry Leadership 2017,” a benchmarking statistical report from her nonprofit the Castell Project.

Reginald Eadie (EMBA ’13)

Reginald Eadie (EMBA ’13) has been hired as president and CEO of Trinity Health of New England.

Ryan Green (BA Finance ’95)

Ryan Green (BA Finance ’95) has been named CFO of electric and autonomous vehicle firm Rivian.

Ryan Hurren (EMBA ’15)

Ryan Hurren (EMBA ’15), director of investor relations for Taubman Centers, was featured on the DBusiness list of “30 in Their Thirties 2017.”

Ryan Schram (BA Management ’02)

Ryan Schram (BA Management ’02), chief operating officer of IZEA, was named to the latest Crain’s Detroit Business 40 Under 40 list.

Samuel A. Schiffer (BA Finance ’04)

Samuel A. Schiffer (BA Finance ’04) has been named partner at Jaffe, Raitt, Heuer, & Weiss PC, Legal News reported.

Scott Nykaza (MBA ’98)

Scott Nykaza (MBA ’98) has been promoted to CEO of food manufacturer Kalsec.

Stephen Wong (BA Marketing ’96)

Stephen Wong (BA Marketing ’96), CEO of Cathay Pacific Airlines’ Asia Miles, was profiled by Fortune.

Terri Woodin (BA Hospitality Business ’88)

Terri Woodin (BA Hospitality Business ’88) has been selected as a recipient of the Senior Planners Industry Network (SPIN) inaugural “40 Over 40” Awards. This new meeting industry award recognizes the contributions of industry pioneers, high achievers, and trailblazing contributors – those who have set the bar to which others aspire.

Todd Penegor (BA Accounting ’87, MBA Finance ’89)

Todd Penegor (BA Accounting ’87, MBA Finance ’89), president and chief executive officer of The Wendy’s Company, has been elected vice chair of the Dave Thomas Foundation for Adoption.

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