Where Are They Now? Kelsey Campbell SMC ’13

Kelsey Campbell a 2013 graduate with a double major in Business Administration and Accounting, is employed in the Boston office of Ernst & Young LLP. After graduating in May 2013, Kelsey spent the summer studying for the CPA exam and taking the last 6 credits she needed to meet the 150-credit hour requirement for future CPA licensure.

Kelsey passed three sections of the CPA exam in the summer and started working for Ernst & Young LLP in September 2013. Kelsey is a Staff Auditor in the Audit Department of the firm’s Assurance practice.

In April 2013, Kelsey was inducted into the St. Michael’s College Chapter of Sigma Beta Delta, international honors society for students in business.

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Where Are They Now? Matt Foley SMC ’12

In June of 2014, SMC ’12 Alum, Matt Foley, successfully completed the final part of his CPA exam.

Matt is employed for PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC) in New York City. His main roles within the company include, performing insurance company stock compensation & benefits and employee benefit plan auditing.

Matt emphasized that the strong concepts and principles taught in his accounting classes at Saint Michael’s helped him a great deal.

Alumni Out in The World (Update)

Every once in awhile alumni will reach out to their former professors giving them an update on where they are since graduating. Professor Doyon, of the Accounting Department, recently provided us with a great update on a number of Accounting graduates.

Here is what some former students are up to:

Pat Kelly received an offer from Aon’s captive management accounting practice in Burlington, VT.

Corey Carlos, Chris George, Kevin Holloman, Jillian Mulcahy and Walter Nash have accepted positions with public accounting firms in Vermont or Boston.

Samantha Foulsham, Chris Howard, Kevin Holloman and Danny Riley have reported accepting admission to Northeastern University’s MSA graduate AC program in Boston for May-Dec. 2014.

Business and Public Policy Students Tour Dealer.com

In early January 2014 Professor Karen Mitchell’s Business and Public Policy class took a tour of the Dealer.com facility here in Vermont. Kayla Bittner and Jill Badolato provided the tour and talked with students along the way. It was a great opportunity for students to see corporate social responsibility in action. The tour gave the abstract concepts discussed in class a real world application. While on the tour Professor Mitchell said she could even see ” lightbulbs popping up over student’s heads as they discovered so many concepts.”

Taking tours of local businesses is just one of the many great ways that students get to see concepts in action here at Saint Michael’s.

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16th Annual Enterprise Plan Competition: April 24, 2015

On Friday, April 24th the Saint Michael’s College Business Department hosted its 16th annual Enterprise Plan Competition in the Pomerleau Alumni Center. First place was awarded $5,000 and there were cash prizes given out to the second and third place winners as well.

The team members and presentation times were as follows:

1:15 Urban Upload – Michael Girardi

1:40 Camp Champs – Jacob Joseph and Casey Chisholm

2:05 South Station – Alexandra Brenock

Ten Minute Break…

2:40 Synergy – Megan Beattie, Timothy Nagy and Kevin Kenneally

3:05 Adventure Endeavours – John (Jack) Wadleigh and Camden Latimer

3:30 The Woof Pack – Lisa McCormick, Aubrey Ouellet and Casey Snyder

The event is sponsored by alumnus Peter Worrell, ’79 H’06 and his wife, Dr. Kareen Kendrick Worrell, ’77

Peter Worrell, Class of ’79, Are Entrepreneurs the Most Pro-Social Force on the Planet?

On March 31, 2015 Pete Worrell of the Class of ’79 came to speak to Saint Michael’s College in the Pomerleau Alumni Center.

After graduating from Saint Michael’s College, Pete went on to earn his Maters in Business Administration degree from Babson College and his Master of Applied Positive Psychology degree from the University of Pennslyvania. Pete has spent the good part of the past twenty five years working at the intersection of psychology and finance, helping Entrepreneur Owner-Managers succeed personally and professionally. In addition to helping EOMs, Pete has also served on the Board of Trustees for Saint Michael’s, Landing School of Boatbuilding and Design and Southern New Hampshire University (where currently serves as a member of the board).

Pete came back to Saint Michael’s to speak to students, faculty and staff about inequality and the many ways in which entrepreneurs can a positive pro-social force in the world. It was an excellent evening, and all who came benefited from his advice, stories and wisdom.

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Gregory Maguire of Revision Military Meets with Business and Public Policy Students

On February 10, 2014 Gregory Maguire, the Senior Director of Legal and Government Affairs at Revision Military, met with Professor Letovsky’s Business and Public Policy class. Mr. Maguire has been with Revision Military since 2009. During his tenure he has developed and implemented a comprehensive export compliance program in the US and Canada, achieved US government approval to undertake cost reimbursement contracts and obtained economic development funding.

Mr. Maguire provided the students of Business and Public Policy with some great real-world advice about working in the public sector. Students interested in public policy also got an example of a possible career path and what it takes to get to that level in a public organization.

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Christine Ryan ’90: Vermont State Nurses Association-Executive Director & Lobbyist

Christine Ryan works for the Vermont State Nurses Association (as of 2014) as the Executive Director and Lobbyist. Her responsibilities include: overseeing the implementation of all programs/policies of the Association, representing all Vermont RNs and Membership of the VSNA both nationally (in Washington DC) and locally (in Montpellier) in the political arena. Christine also works collaboratively with the American Nurses Association and other state nursing associations. Additionally, she works on advocacy and outreach with nursing programs/coalitions. When she is not working she enjoys spending time with her family, raising sheep/goats, skiing, biking, reading, traveling and volunteering at her local library and schools.

Christine received her undergraduate degree in Sociology from Saint Michael’s in 1990, her Nursing Degree from UVM in 1994 and her MSA in 2001.

Patrick McFetridge ’12/Vermont Information Processing, Williston VT.

Patrick McFetridge ’12 is working at Vermont Information Processing in Williston, VT as a Projects Manager and Software Implementation Specialist. The company specializes in software for beverage distributors across the country. Patrick travels extensively around the United States to various beer, wine and soda distributors to demonstrate VIP’s software. When not travelling, Patrick spends most of his time on site teaching customers to use VIP’s software through one on one sessions and classroom style lectures. Both his activities on site and on the road require him to have an in depth knowledge of the various features and capabilities of the firm’s software suite, from general ledger information, warehouse management systems, delivery applications to delivery routing systems.

Patrick reports that there are a number of fellow alums at the company, though he is the youngest. He has already acquired his own portfolio of clients and will soon have his own install projects to lead. These projects include both the data conversion necessary for installing the product and then the actual install itself. Once the install project is completed, Patrick’s team is responsible for follow through and primary customer support for a brief period before the customer is transferred to VIP’s Customer Service Department, and Patrick begins the cycle again with another account.

Interestingly, Patrick credits community service he did as a student through the MOVE office for his job at VIP. “ I was assisting in the Milton Youth Day events when I met a woman representing VIP at the event asked if I would be interested in taking a tour of the company…once I was a senior, I took the tour, began the application process and here I am!” He also reports that “the education I acquired at SMC had helped prepare me for the tasks and challenges I face every day in the workplace and on site.” Patrick lives quite near campus, in Winooski with two other SMC grads from the class of 2012. He tells us that I am having a great time working for this company primarily because we are employee owned which creates a great corporate culture!”

Patrick was a member of the team of SMC Business students who won first prize at last year’s State University of New York Plattsburgh Free Enterprise Olympics, a competition involving students from eight colleges and universities in the region (see “Events”, April 1, 2013 posting).

CEO’s “visit” Prof. Bill Meyer’s BU 215 Marketing class

Prof. Bill Meyer recently “brought” two distinguished CEO’s into his BU 215 Marketing class using Skype to connect his students with leading marketing practitioners. His first guest was Chad Ledford, formerly of 3tailer, LLC (http://www.3tailer.com), an online retailer offering over 200,000 products primarily in categories typically underserved by other sellers. Chad recently began a new venture, AddShoppers (http://www.addshoppers.com), a company that works with online retailers to help them maximize their impact on social media. AddShoppers offers its clients a proprietary array of analytic tools and promotional tactics to better understand where sales are generated and how to build broader communities online for their respective brands. Chad spoke to the class about how online retailers have to use marketing strategies to distinguish themselves in an increasingly competitive environment.

The other “visitor” to Prof. Meyer’s class was Greg Tepas, CEO of Emkay (http://www.emkay.com ), based in Itasca, IL. Emkay is an employee-owned firm specializing in management and leasing services for corporate vehicle fleets across North America. Founded in 1946, Emkay has grown to become one of the top ten service providers in the industry. Gregg focused on the challenges of building a service-based brand and developing the kind of team that can deliver consistently outstanding service.