Our V.P. of Finance, Stacy Veldheer, has landed a full-time position with Meijer! She found the position on LinkedIn, and applied through Meijer’s portal. Her interview process started in early November and was offered the position late January. She is most excited to work at a company that has so much room for her to grow in her career.
"I'm excited to make the transition from college to my career. Meijer is making it really easy and I will be in a training class with about 10-15 others in the same position that are also post grad so it will make the transition a lot smoother."
She will be assigned a product line (i.e. dairy or frozen foods or shoes etc,) after three months of training and then will be working closely with inventory forecasting and data analysis!
We're so proud of you Stacy!
Our Vice President of Community Service, Maddy Tollstam, landed a full-time position! She is starting there as an events intern! She knew I always wanted to go out west and Colorado was high on her list. Grand Lake Lodge is newer to Ferris' Hospitality program as far as opportunities go so she reached out to them and got an offer the morning of Christmas Eve. She will be assisting with events from weddings to dinners and everything that goes into it. She said, "this is me taking advantage of my primary major; hospitality management".
Congratulations Maddy, we're so proud of you!
We're launching a series of our members who have landed an internship.
Today we will be introducing our V.P. Jared Provost!
The name of the company he landed an internship at is "Veridea Group". This are a real estate investment and management company.
His role this summer will be a Finance Intern. He found this position by networking with the CEO of the company and getting invited for an interview.
For our Regional Conference we had five amazing speakers come and teach our students new things. Following this post, you will get to meet our five speakers and learn about them.
Our first speaker was John Utter, he is the Senior Vice President at Constellation Brands in the Beer Division. He is responsible for the revenue and profit in the 15 State Central Area. He has worked in the beer industry for over 20 years with multiple companies including Beck’s Brewery, Barton Beers, Crown Imports, and Constellation Brands.
Our second speaker was Pete Brand has a passion for digital marketing and for teaching others how digital marketing can help them to start, run, and grow a successful business. His thought leadership on Inbound Marketing has helped many companies not only create and execute strategic marketing plans but also set goals and achieve marketing success (with a significant return on investment). With nearly 20 years of experience, Pete is an expert in the areas of; content strategy, SEO, blogging, social media, and Inbound Marketing methodology.
Our third speaker was Steve VanWagoner. He is the Director of Marketing & Media Relations for the West Michigan Whitecaps. Prior to the Whitecaps, Steve spent 12 years with Celebration! Cinema as Vice President of Marketing & Public Relations. He began his career with Meijer stores where for 23 years he was a leader in Operations, Human Resources, Marketing, and Consumer Affairs. He spoke about defining your mission: what your audience should know about you.
Our fourth speaker was Kate Lieto. She is the Director of Marketing at Experience Grand Rapids, the Destination Marketing Organization for Kent County, MI. Nicknamed the “Collaboration Queen,” she leads the organization’s collaborative efforts, as well as brand promotions and partnerships. Kate will be presented on how Grand Rapids came to be Beer City USA and Experience Grand Rapids marketing role in that process.''
Our final speaker was Kara Kosloski. She has been employed at Ferris since 2015, Kosloski is the Marketing Specialist for Auxiliary Enterprises under Administration & Finance and is a College of Business alumni. She serves all auxiliary departments by leading marketing efforts such as development of marketing plans, recruitment and retention, promoting services, and management of websites and social media and serves as the Shuttles Coordinator. Kara strives to collaborate with other campus departments to streamline efforts and provide an amazing experience for our students.
Our October member of the month is Danielle Maynard.
Danni is a Business Administration major, minoring in Marketing and Sales and will be graduating in May of 2020. Her favorite part about being in AMA is that before becoming a member, she would walk the halls in the College of Business and didn't really know anyone. However, after joining AMA, she now feels like she's gotten to know many people and has met numerous friends!
Professor Barb Barney McNamara is the reason Danni decided to get involved with the Ferris AMA and she's loved it ever since. She hopes to gain opportunities to build her resume and network while being a part of the American Marketing Association.
One fun fact about Danni is that she bought her parents a puppy for Christmas last year!
As the 2019-2020 school year rolls in, we're rolling out with a new Executive Board. Let's meet the team!
Our President, Emily Charles, is from Eaton Rapids, MI. With her Marketing degree she hopes to find a job she's passionate about and take advantage of every opportunity to grow into a better individual and professional.
Our Vice President, Jared Prevost, is from Marquette, MI. He's studying Business Administration and hopes to find a job that he's passionate about that allows him time for the things he loves.
Our Vice President of Fundraising is Noah Kent and is from Alpena, MI. He also is studying Business Administration with a certificate in Marketing. He hopes to use his degree to be able to do management and marketing wherever he goes!
Our Vice President of Professional Development is Holly Engel.
Our Vice President of Membership is Gwendolyn Robbins and she's from Kalamazoo, MI. Her major is marketing and wants to use her degree to be a creative director at an agency.
Our Vice President of Finance is Stacy Veldheer and is from Wyoming, MI. Her major is digital marketing and wants to work in marketing research.
Our Vice President of Social Affairs is Lucas Ferriell and he's from Caledonia, MI. His major is Marketing with a minor in Graphic Design. He hopes to use his degree to have a job that he doesn’t feel like work. He also wants to work with TV and social media advertisements.
Our Vice President of Community Service is Maddy Tollstam whose from Bath, MI. She's double majoring in Digital Marketing and Hospitality Management. Her career goals are to move out west, somewhere like Cali or Colorado, and she wants to work for a Conventions and Visitors Bureau!
Our Vice President of Communications is Catie Schmidt and is from Oxford, MI. Her major is Public Relations with a minor in Event Management. Her career goals are to work in corporate retail to do PR and product launches.
Jamie Castillo is the member of the month for March. He joined AMA because of his roommate who is heavily involved in AMA. Jamie hopes to learn how to be more professional. In addition to being more prepared for the workplace after college. He is majoring in actuarial science. After college he hopes to land a good job and see where it takes him. Jamie’s hobbies include playing hockey and going fishing.
Holly Engel is February’s member of the month. Holly is working on her major in Health Care Marketing. In the future, Holly hopes to be a pharmaceutical or medical device sales representative.
Holly joined AMA to make friends within the business building. Holly is hoping that by being a member of AMA it will help to improve her resume.
During Holly’s free time she enjoys riding her horse and making furniture.
This year's Dom Scholarship winner is Noah Kent. Noah says winning the Dom Scholarship feels great. He is honored to be recognized for his efforts as a new member of AMA. Winning the scholarship also encourages him to be more involved.
Noah joined AMA because all majors are accepted and that there is flexibility in involvement. Noah also wanted to find a way to make friends with those in the business program since he transferred in. Noah is hoping that by being involved in AMA he will be more exposed to marketing and business experiences that he cannot get in the classroom.
Noah is currently a Business Administration major. In the future, Noah hopes to work for a well-known company. He is open to working in either management or marketing. Even likes the idea of both if there is such an opportunity out there.
In Noah’s personal time he enjoys playing sports. Those include hockey and baseball. Spending times with friends is another way Noah likes to pass time.
You can purchase tickets for our Annual Gala here:
Vice President of Communications: Catie Schmidt