Monica Shuk, '19

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Monica Shuk, '19, is an accounting - C.P.A. emphasis major. She is part of the Gerstacker Institute and record holder as a player on the Albion College Volleyball Team. Monica was awarded the Tim Cash, Ernst & Young scholarship as an accounting major in the Economics and Management department. She completed two accounting internships with Jacobs Engineering during the summers of 2016 and 2017. These internships provided Monica an opportunity to see what accounting is like on a multinational level, while expanding her skills beyond just accounting. Monica will be interning the summer of 2018 with Ernst & Young. Upon graduation, she hopes to receive full time employment with Ernst & Young, while furthering her knowledge as she prepares to take the C.P.A. exam. “I love Albion because of the well-rounded person I have become. I have gained so much knowledge while being part of a team and a well-known business institute. These experiences have helped me learn how to hold everyone accountable, as well as to inspire others.”

Ryan Denha, '16

Ryan Denha, Albion College Class of 2016Major: Finance
Residence: Troy, Mich.
Career: Portfolio Management Officer, Bank of America Merrill Lynch

In a nutshell, what do you do?

I analyze middle market companies and determine the best credit solutions that will meet our client’s needs. I am a cash flow lender, so I spend a majority of time modeling out projections and monitoring our current portfolio.

Why do you love what you do?

I love what I do because I get to be involved with all different types of transactions. One day I am working on a simple working capital line of credit and the next we are financing a large acquisition with multiple levels of debt. I have clients that are private and public across a variety of industries, so every day I get the opportunity to learn something new.

How did Albion help you get there?

Albion helped me with the one on one attention I received from professors. I had the opportunity to interact with professors and fellow students at a personal level which helped my academic and professional growth. My professors were all very helpful and really encouraged me to stop in their office at any time.

For me, Albion ...

... Was a fantastic way place to grow in all aspects of my life. I made friends that will last a lifetime and had a lot of great academic experiences. Albion really pushed a well-rounded curriculum, and that is just what I feel I received during my four years there. Go Brits!

Jake Fenton, '17

Jake Fenton, Albion College Class of 2017Major: Accounting & Business and Organizations
Residence: Detroit, Mich.
Career: Core Assurance, PricewaterhouseCoopers

In a nutshell, what do you do?

I will be working for PricewaterhouseCoopers in their Core Assurance practice in Detroit. There I will be working with a team to perform external audits for various clients. The audit will look through the client’s financial statements and ensuring that they are in accordance with GAAP.

Why do you love what you do?

Each day offers a somewhat unique challenge. Accounting is a field that, while it stays constant in the overall tasks and procedures, offers different spins on each issue that keep the job interesting. It also provides me with the ability to work constantly in Excel, utilizing my skills in the program and testing my logical skills. I also like the fact that I get to learn about a variety of businesses and how they operate by observing the different financial statements and supporting information.

How did Albion help you get there?

Albion helped me get a better picture of what I wanted to do with my career. Talking with professors and attending the networking events was a large part of that. Speaking of the networking events, that is a major part of how Albion helped me succeed. Albion provided a well-developed networking of accounting professionals through which I was eventually able to connect with PwC.

What did you like most about Albion?

My favorite part of Albion was the personal attention from the professors. A few of my professors took an interest in my success and how I was going to proceed with my future. They were able to help not only in class but also outside of class which is the benefit of going to a smaller school. Albion made it possible for me to get to know my professors and to know most if not all of the people in my classes and majors.

For me, Albion ...

... was the jumping off point. It provided me with all of the tools I needed to navigate the challenges of finding and preparing for a job while also encouraging me through the times when it was not always easy.

Heather Vogt, '16

Heather Vogt, Albion College Class of 2017Major: Business & Organizations and Accounting
Residence: Detroit, Mich.
Career: Tax Associate, PricewaterhouseCoopers

In a nutshell, what do you do?

Assist clients with preparation of their income tax returns along with providing clients with advice and consulting for future tax decisions.

Why do you love what you do?

I am not only able to help clients with the multitude of services the firm provides, but I can also see the direct impact of our help on company financials.

How did Albion help you get there?

By using Albion alumni connections and all of the recruiting connections I was able to get all of my internships and my job after college

What did you like most about Albion?

I enjoyed the small close knit campus. Due to small class sizes I was able to get to know my fellow accounting majors through having all the same classes together. I also was able to develop relationships with my professors who were always there to help and answer questions.

For me, Albion ...

... provided a good liberal arts education that prepared me for life after college while also allowing me to feel like I become a part of a community during my 4 year education and was able to make an impact.

Ethan Sutton, '17

Ethan Sutton, Albion College Class of 2017Major: Economics & Management and Mathematics
Residence: Detroit, Mich.
Career: Performance Improvement, Ernst & Young

In a nutshell, what do you do?

I work on one of the Data and Analytics (DnA) teams that sits under EY's Performance Improvement group. Our teams help companies leverage all the data they are now producing to help them identify areas of weakness, unrecognized opportunities for improvement, and forecast for the future. Our work is being applied across all facets of business, from finance departments to supply chain operations, with lots of new opportunities on the horizon.

Why do you love what you do?

No two days on the job are ever the same. Some days are spent doing very technical work, interacting with the data and doing the necessary analysis to draw conclusions and drive improvement for the client. Other days are spent presenting and explaining our work and giving us the chance to interact with people instead of numbers. It's an exciting field that is constantly evolving which requires me to consistently be learning new things and adapting to change, which I really enjoy.

How did Albion help you get there?

Albion not only provided me the opportunity and resources to learn, but also the connections to meet people working in the fields I was interested in. Connections with alumni helped land me my internship at EY that led to my full time job after graduation. The support from the other students and faculty at Albion pushed me to be the best student I could be and also gave me the opportunity to experience learning off campus in places like New York City, Chicago, and Las Vegas!

What did you like most about Albion?

The close relationship I was able to develop with professor was one of my favorite aspects of going to school at Albion. You can visit their offices and not only get advice on how to finish the homework, but also about finding a job, networking, and other tidbits of life advice you wouldn't get from a professor at a big school. I also loved the feeling of community at Albion that comes with the friendly, small campus atmosphere that you can't get anywhere else.

For me, Albion ...

... was the place where I could make lifelong friends while also gaining deeper knowledge I never thought I would have. It helped me decide what kind of person I wanted to be as I got older and then allowed me to work towards becoming that person. I have great memories of my time at Albion and wouldn't trade my time on campus for anything. I look forward to the future where I can reach out to Albion College students and help them in the countless ways that the college and its alumni helped me while I was a student.

Andy DiFranco, '17

Andy DiFranco, Albion College Class of 2017Major: Accounting
Residence: Detroit, Mich.
Career: Staff Auditor, Ernst & Young

In a nutshell, what do you do?

In essence, my job is to be the “bad guy”. As part of a financial statement audit team, I spend the majority of my time at a client’s headquarters testing detailed aspects of their financial standing and their internal control system. Often times that means asking the client tough questions about their job and obtaining additional support for certain transactions. Once the team is reasonably assured that the client’s financial statements are presented in accordance with GAAP, we issue our overall audit opinion. This process can take a few months or the entire year, depending on the size of the client.

Why do you love what you do?

Every day is a new challenge. Whether it be in making crucial decisions or handling client interactions smoothly and effectively. I love what I do because it allows me to take all of those daily challenges, internalize them, and try to put all the pieces of the audit together to formulate the best opinion possible. I also love working in a team setting because we are all working towards a common goal with open communication, shared responsibility, and collective accountability.

How did Albion help you get there?

For me, Albion was the place where I truly learned how to communicate effectively with people, especially people I did not know well. You are constantly exposed to different, or some might say uncomfortable, situations where you have to learn on the fly and work with students in a group environment. Also, I learned how to deal with stress very well at Albion by being involved in many different campus activities. This helps you prioritize your time wisely and prepare for the most important aspects diligently. Coincidentally, these are all things that I do at work on a daily basis. Albion gave me the ability to foster these traits and transfer them into a professional atmosphere.

For me, Albion ...

... gave me so many opportunities to cultivate relationships with my professors, from any academic department around campus. I was able to have close mentorship connections with so many people, which helped enhance my professional development and discover a career I would love. The thing that I liked most about Albion College was the small school environment where you can learn so much about yourself and others.

Danielle Nelson, '17

Danielle Nelson, Albion College Class of 2017Major: Public Policy and Economics & Management
Residence: Albion, Mich.
Career: Project Manager, Albion Economic Development Corporation

In a nutshell, what do you do?

I work to develop ways to attract and retain businesses, support entrepreneurs, redevelop brownfield sites, market properties, and develop incentive packages for potential developers. Right now, that entails streamlining and clarifying processes in Albion regarding permitting, applying for grants, and more to increase "speed to market" for developers and businesses.

Why do you love what you do?

I love what I do because it is exciting when you can help a developer secure anywhere from tens of thousands to over a million dollars in funding to bring in new investment in Albion that creates jobs, supports the community, and breathes new life into formerly blighted or vacant spaces. It is great when you can see the result of your work after months or even years of behind-the-scenes work.

How did Albion help you get there?

Albion helped me get where I want to be just by connecting me with the right people and supporting my desire to make an impact in the community. Albion showed me how I could best use my talent and identify how I could pursue what I'm most passionate about - and even make a living doing it.

For me, Albion ...

... has been a place to experiment with where I want to go professionally. If it weren't for the internships that I was connected with, I would never have had the chance to really figure out what fits me best. Albion has been the place that has sparked and directed my personal and professional growth to launch me into my career right after graduation..

Laura Newbury, '18

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Laura Newbury, ’18, is an Economics and Management major, with a minor in Business and Organizations. She is a member of the Honors program, Gerstacker Institute, and Omicron Delta Kappa. She is also the secretary for Student Senate, an economics and accounting tutor, and the accounting chair for Relay for Life. Laura completed a Corporate Finance Internship with Intel Corporation in Portland, Oregon in the summer of 2017. Her internship exposed her to the opportunities and influence an intern has within their group and the overall company. Upon graduation, Laura plans to work in the tech industry as a financial analyst and potentially pursue a masters in Data Science. “Albion has been an amazing experience. The learning opportunities inside and outside the classroom were invaluable to my professional and personal growth.”

Lucas Harder, '18

Lucas Harder, '18Lucas Harder, '18, is a Finance major and a Business and Organizations minor. He interned this summer with NorthPointe Capital as an equity research analyst.  During the summer he was tasked with completing equity research, culminating with a stock pitch at the end of the summer to NorthPointe's management. In the fall of 2016 he interned with Lawrence Evans and Company, a Columbus, Ohio based investment bank as an analyst this fall. At Albion, Lucas is a member of the Albion College swimming and diving team where he has competed at the Division III national championships and was recently designated as a scholar All-American.

"I cannot imagine another college that would have offered me the ability to participate, and succeed in so many ways both inside and outside of academics. My classes have both challenged me and changed the way that I look at the world. The professors are fantastic; I would not be surprised if I stayed in contact with a few of them for years to come. As great as the classes are, I've found that some of my best experiences have come from applying what I've learned to the extra-curricular clubs and organizations that I have been apart of. I don't believe that I would have gotten the leadership experiences that I have had at any other school than Albion. Not to mention my coach, Jake Taber has done a fantastic job of helping me balance my finance course load with athletics."

Lucas is involved in a number of other organizations on campus including, the Gerstacker Institute, Delta Tau Delta, Student Senate, Investment Club and Albion College Conservatives. Lucas hopes to pursue another investment banking internship next summer and upon graduation join a middle-market or bulge bracket investment-banking firm.

"Breaking into investment banking can be difficult not coming from an Ivy League school, however with the help of my professors and Albion alumni I have confidence that I can make this dream a reality."

Andy DiFranco, '17

Andy DiFranco, '17Andrew DiFranco, '17 is an Accounting CPA emphasis major and a Business & Organizations minor. He is a member of the Carl A. Gerstacker Institute for Business and Management. In the winter of 2016, Andrew interned at Ernst & Young in the Assurance department where he was able to experience the real world of public accounting. He received and accepted a full time offer of employment from Ernst & Young after graduation in May of 2017.

"There truly is such a thing as an 'Albion Advantage'. Whether it be in the classroom, with alumni, or through all the connections you make along the way. This advantage was evident to me right away in my time at Albion when I became friends with many professors and have a close personal relationship with them. These relationships encourage mentor-ship, which can give students a professional connection, and where they can ask questions about school or seek career advice. While at my internship, I was able to see the power of Albion College alumni, and just how much they are willing to help current students. Also in my time at Albion, I have gained invaluable experiences in the classroom and beyond through the amazing network of Albion professionals that are here to help every student reach their goals. That is the true Albion Advantage."

Genna Kleinknecht, ‘16

Genna Kleinknecht, '16Major: Economics and Management

Internship: Albion Economic Development Corporation - Small business development, Gross Stabil - Key Accounts Manager

Activities: Photography, my two kids and family

Career: Sales Coordinator, ZF North America


In a nutshell, what do you do?

I am responsible for post sourcing shifter (Human Machine Interface) sales activities for Audi and Volkswagen accounts. This includes direct contact with customers, breakdown of manufacturing costs, engineering costs and overhead costs to provide an accurate quotation to the customer regarding changes made to their parts. I am also responsible for analyzing reports to figure out a profit delta as well as financial breakeven points to calculate profitability within each component. I act as an German interpreter within my division as well.

Why do you love what you do?

I love what I do because: I love what I do because I get to put many aspects of what I learned through my major to work as well as a daily interaction with the German language. The company is a good company to work for and makes the work-home life balance seem easy.

What did you like about Albion?

The ability to learn beyond the textbook. With the amount of real world applications and hands on learning I was introduced to during my time at Albion, I was able to learn how to do the tasks that my job requires me to do on a day to day basis.

For me, Albion…

…gave me the opportunity to push my experiences within the real world workforce to the next step.

John Rogers, '15

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Internships: Quarton Partners Investment Bank, Stage 2 Innovations
Activities: Fed Challenge, AICPA
Current Job: Analyst at Urban Science

In a nutshell, what do you do?

I preform analyses on financial and marketing data to deliver actionable insights to clients in the automotive industry.

Why do you love what you do?

I love what I do because I have the opportunity to communicate complex topics to clients in a way that allows them to improve their business and serve their customers.

What did you like most about Albion?

Albion provides students with a chance to build close relationship with professors, resulting in amazing opportunities and friendships.

How did Albion help you get where you're at today?

Albion gave me the rich academic background and great professional experiences that I needed to land my current job.

For me, Albion...

...was a time of growth, both intellectually and socially. I met people that inspired and supported my growth, which has allowed me to become and achieve what I have.

Makenzie Frederickson, '18

Makenzie Frederickson '18Makenzie Frederickson, '18, is and Accounting - C.P.A. emphasis and Spanish double major. She is studying abroad in Alicante, Spain during the fall semester of '17. She is a captain on the Albion women's lacrosse team.  She was awarded an Ernst and Young scholarship and the Scott Cracraft Scholarship as an accounting major in the Economics and Management department.

Makenzie completed an audit internship with Ernst and Young during the summer of 2017. The internship gave Makenzie an experience that displayed what public accounting is all about. Upon graduation, Makenzie plans to pass the CPA exam and received and accepted an offer of full time employement with Ernst and Young in the fall of 2018.

"I love Albion because of all the opportunities it provides. The relationships you are able to build with professors are irreplaceable. The classes I have taken have not only grown my knowledge of accounting, but they have made me a well-rounded person."

Ethan Sutton, '17

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Ethan is a double major in Economics and Management and Mathematics.  He recently served as President of Albion College’s Investment Club working with E&M Department Chair and Professor Dr. Jon Hooks to help manage the club’s portfolio of securities valued at over $20,000. He is the past President of Delta Sigma Phi social fraternity.  Ethan is also an E&M Tutor and a Database Programing Intern for the Albion College IT department. The summer of 2015 he interned at Fifth Third Bank in their Mortgage Banking Division in Grand Rapids, Michigan.

“My favorite thing about Albion is the close relationships you can build with your professors. Working side by side with PhDs in their field has been an incredible learning experience for me and something my friends that go to larger public universities could never dream of. The professors here want to see you do well and if you are willing to put forth the effort they will help you grow as a student and person.”

Ethan will be spending summer 2016 interning in Detroit for Ernst & Young on its Technology Advisory team.  The internship will expose him to the increasingly innovative technology that plays a massive role in today's business world.  His coursework in business and mathematics along with some extra help from alumni helped him land the position at the Big Four accounting firm.

 "I was competing against students from a lot of prestigious large universities like Brown, NYU and Michigan for the posititon, but Albion's coursework prepared me for the more technical aspects of the interview and internship, and the network of alumni gave me the extra edge in landing the internship offer.  I'm very excited for this opportunity to put what I have learned to the test in a real-world business environment."

Maggie Troost, '18

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Maggie Troost, '18, is an Accounting major with a C.P.A emphasis. She is president of the Accounting Society, and an active volunteer for the past 3 years in the Economics and Management Department's VITA (Volunteer Income Tax Assistance) program. Awarded through the accounting department both the Ernst and Young scholarship and a Gaylord Smith scholarship. She is also part of the women varsity soccer team, where the team has won the most community service hours' recognition, along with overall team spirit award. Maggie has individually received the MIAA Defensive player of the week in both 2014 and 2015.

Maggie interned with La-Z-Boy at the World Headquarters in Monroe, Michigan as a credit intern. This experience gave Maggie knowledge of different aspects of business from working over the phone with dealers to viewing financial trends. Currently in her senior year, she is seeking out a career to expand her knowledge in the accounting field. After graduation, Maggie hopes to gain a career as a Certified Public Accountant.

"Being a student athlete at Albion College gives me so many opportunities that have help me expand both professionally and socially. The small class sizes make for a better learning environment to gain knowledge."

Will Pearl, '15

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Minor:History
Internship: NCA Group
Activities: Treasurer of Sigma Chi Fraternity, captain of the Men's Tennis Team, advisor for the Albion community farmer's market.
Career: Analyst for NCA Group


In a nutshell, what do you do?

I project personnel requirements for natural disasters insurance adjusters. Additionally, I'm involved in recruitment and assignment of resources. 

Why do you love what you do?

It's a fast-paced job and no two days are the same. It requires focus and good communication skills.

What did you like most about Albion?

I enjoyed playing four years of tennis, which is a sport that I love. 

How did Albion help you get there?

For me, Albion got me where I wanted to be by giving me the opportunities and the confidence to tackle complex problems and to effectively communicate solutions.

Kyle Alsheskie, '15

AlsheskieK220x240Major: Accounting - CPA emphasis
Internship: The League of Chicago Theatres, Chicago, IL
Activities: Albion College Men's Soccer, Sigma Chi Fraternity, Omicron Delta Epsilon
Career: KPMG starting August 2015

In a nutshell, what do you do?

I am an associate auditor where I work with different clients, making sure that all of their financial statements are correct.

Why do you love what you do?

I love the puzzle aspect of accounting. Some people think accounting is boring, but it's like a mystery that needs to be solved and all of the pieces fit perfectly together. I also like meeting and working with a lot of different people.

What did you like about Albion?

I liked the atmosphere and the relationships you could make with professors. I liked all of the people that I got to know. You become a family while here during your four years. It was hard to leave them, but you make lifelong connections with the friends you make.

How did Albion help you get there?

Albion helped me just by getting me out of my comfort zone. I learned a lot about myself and the kind of person I was going to be once I left college.

For me, Albion ...

... was a perfect transition from high school to the real world. You build a network here that can only be built at a small school and that has really helped me get to where I am today.

Theresa Henscie , '16

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Theresa is an Accounting major with a C.P.A Emphasis and a Business & Organizations minor. She is a member of the varsity Cross Country and
Track & Field teams, an Accounting tutor, and a volunteer for the Economics and Management department’s Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) program. Outside of Albion, Theresa is a member of the United States Marine Corps Reserve. She has been serving for four years and currently holds the rank of a Corporal.

Theresa interned with Ernst & Young at their Detroit office in the Assurance department. Through this experience, she learned how the foundation she built
at Albion will propel her to success. She accepted a full time position with Ernst & Young and will start July 2016.

“The professors at Albion in the business department cannot be matched. I came to Albion with a business direction and found where I belonged because of my dedicated professors and their challenging courses. Success is earned, never given, and through persistence, dedication, and discipline anyone has a chance
to reach their goals.”

Elena Luce, '17 (2)

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Elena is an Accounting CPA emphasis major with a Business and Organizations minor. She had a finance internship with Dow Corning in Midland where she worked on an internal control project. Last year, she was awarded two accounting scholarships, the Robert Hetler Scholarship and the Ernst and Young Scholarship. In addition, she also was a recipient of the Morley Fraser Scholarship and a P250 Scholarship.

“Albion is the best example of ‘big things come in small packages.’ I am truly grateful for having spent my best years at Albion College, and I have made amazing relationships and connections along the way. You will get out exactly what you put in, and I couldn’t express my thanks enough to those who have helped me in my college career.”

Elena is involved in multiple different groups and organizations; Gerstacker Institute, Honors Program, Student Ambassadors, Softball, Delta Sigma Pi, Alpha Xi Delta, FYE Mentor, Accounting Tutor, and Tour Guide. She also enjoys volunteering at the local elementary school and as a referee for the Special
Olympics tournament. After graduating in May, she hopes to start her career in
Grand Rapids, MI, as a Certified Public Accountant.

“Albion is my home away from home.”

Lauren Epple, '15

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Internships: Winter 2014 at PwC and Summer 2014 at Level One Bank
Career: Analyst for Ernst & Young in Advisory Services
Activities:While at Albion I was a part of Omicron Delta Epsilon
Honor Fraternity, a member of Alpha Xi Delta, and an employee
at the Dow Recreation Center.
Current:I will be working for PwC in the Private Company Services
audit department. 

In a nutshell, what do you do?

I will be working for Pricewaterhouse Coopers in their Private Company Services assurance branch in Detroit. I will be working alongside a team of PwC employees on performing audits for various clients. The work I do will contribute to the formation of an opinion of the fairness of our client’s financial statements.

Why do you love what you do?

I love the variety the job offers. I love that I can be in my office one day and then at my client's office the next day. I'm able to work on different parts of each audit, which teaches me a lot about how different companies operate. Public accounting is a challenging job, but I'm constantly learning and adapting, which helps it to never get boring.

What did you like most about Albion?

The people. I have met so many wonderful people on this campus that have helped me grow in numerous ways. Albion is a small, close-knit community which has allowed me to get really close with a lot of people. I also have really enjoyed getting to know the faculty at Albion. At a large school I think I would blend in with the crowd, but here my professors know me and are able to spend time working with me when I need the help. 

How did Albion help you get there?

Albion provided me with the flexibility of figuring out what I was interested in. When I got here I had no idea what I wanted, but I was able to take numerous business courses to find the best fit for me. On top of allowing me to have flexibility academically, it also gave me many opportunities. I was able to join different groups that have helped me gain knowledge outside of the classroom, and many networking opportunities to connect with Alumni or other successful individuals. 

For me, Albion…

...has become my home. It is a place where I was able to make lifelong friends, explore my interests, learn, and reach my professional goals. It has helped me feel prepared for anything that life may throw at me.

 

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