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

johnrogers220x240 Majors: Economics and Management 
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

Maggie Troost, '18

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

PearlW220x240Major:Economics & Management
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

EppleL220x240 Majors: Accounting and Business and Organizations
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.

 

Tram Hoang, '15

HoangT220x240 Majors: Economics & Management - Economics Emphasis and Mathematics & Computer Science
Activities: Omicron Delta Epsilon Economics Honorary Society,
Kappa Mu Epsilon Mathematics Honorary Society, Phi Beta Kappa
Current:
Attending Michigan State University's Agriculture, Food, and Resource Economics Ph.D. Program this fall.

In a nutshell, what do you do?

I will be studying and researching in the field of International Development Economics.

Why do you love what you do?

I think that Development Economics can have a positive impact on developing countries like my own, Vietnam.

What did you like most about Albion?

The professors are extremely nice and supportive, and they give their students a lot of individual attention. In my case, it was Dr. Saltzman and Dr. Li.

How did Albion help you to get where you want to be?

Albion gave me the opportunity to study at the London School of Economics and to pursue my research interests through FURSCA and a senior thesis.

For me, Albion...

...is the first place I have been to outside of Vietnam. It is a sweet little town that opened me to the world and where I met great people, some of whom have had a life-long impact on me.

Alex Decker, '15

DeckerA220x240 Majors: Economics & Management - General Business 
Internships: Ernst & Young and Target
Career: Ernst & Young - Detroit, Assurance Practice

In a nutshell, what do you do?

I'm part of a team that works to audit clients' financial statements to ensure accuracy, as well as compliance to any applicable regulations.

Why do you love what you do?

Every new client presents a new set of challenges. Doing this kind of contract work for some of the biggest, most recognizable brands is extremely exciting. Add to this, the clients that are tomorrow's next great company, and it makes for very exciting work and valuable experiences.

What did you like most about Albion?

To think that some of my most valuable personal connections at Albion are with professors and staff points to the commitment of the faculty to students.

How did Albion help you get to where you want to be?

Preparation, preparation, preparation. Everything from mock-interviews, meet-and-greets with successful alumni, and opportunities build my resume with amazing experiences such as Sup de V.

For me Albion…

...stands alone because of its genuine commitment to the success of its students. I know my professors have lost sleep or time at home to mentor me. I'm extremely grateful because that has helped me reach my goals and set new, more ambitious ones.

Eric Guindi, '16

Eric is a Finance major and a Business and Organizations minor. He is interning with DTE Energy this summer at their nuclear power plant in Newport, Michigan with their business/finance department. While at Albion, Eric has been a member of Delta Sigma Phi. He has also played for two years on the varsity tennis team and was awarded First Team All-MIAA Honors.

“The Economics and Management Department at Albion College is second to none, and the faculty and staff do an outstanding job of maintaining its reputation.”

Eric hopes to get a few years of useful work experience before obtaining his MBA.

Jonathan Gurnee, '16

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Jonathan is a Finance major and a business and organizations minor. As a junior, he is currently abroad at the London School of Economics and Political Science studying economics and management. Jonathan interned at Chemical Bank last summer, and has recently signed his offer letter to work as a financial analyst intern at Univar, a private chemical distribution company based out of Downers Grove, IL, for Summer ’15.

The campus, small class sizes, and numerous opportunities to be involved with the school attracted Jonathan to Albion. He is a member of the Men’s Tennis Team, Mortar Board, the Delta Sigma Phi Fraternity, and has been an economics tutor in past semesters.

After graduating, Jonathan plans to work in the financial services industry, in addition to obtaining a Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) designation.

Elena Luce, '17

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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.”

Randolph Kardas, '16

Randolph Kardas, '16

Randy is an accounting-C.P.A. emphasis major with two minors in Business & Organizations and French Language. He is a member of Delta Tau Delta Fraternity and was recently appointed President of I-Space. Randy started a new business called, "Webmisters LLC", a website creation and computer repair firm and has a deep passion for business development. He worked in the summer for the Information Technology department on campus.

“There are countless opportunities for growth here at Albion College. You have the campus faculty and administrators standing beside you ready to aid you on your endeavors.”

Randy is also member of the Gerstacker Institute for Business and Management and hopes to one day own his own private equity investment firm. His future plans are to earn his MBA after gaining experience in the accounting field.

Katie Strunk, '15

Katie Strunk, '15 Majors: Economics, Management and Mathematics
Internships: NorthPointe Capital (Summer 2014)
Activities: The British Eighth Marching Band, Albion College Actuarial Club, Investment Club, Prentiss M. Brown Honors Program, QSC Tutor
Current Job: Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan

Why do you love what you do?

I love to challenge myself to find new ways to solve problems.

What did you like most about Albion?

I loved the closeness of the classrooms and the availability of professors.
Some of my best friends I met taking classes for my major.

How did Albion help you get to where you want to be?

I was able to get my first internship through an alumni connection, and my second internship through the club that I started during my senior year.

For me, Albion...

...taught me to question everything I know and to think critically in order to solve problems.

Michael Davis Jr. '13

Michael Davis Jr. '13 Major: Economics and Management with emphasis in Economics
Current: Pursuing a Masters in Urban Planning at the University of Michigan

What I like most about Albion?

It is a place where you can connect with students who share your intellectual curiosities. Albion has given me a wide range of knowledge and has really allowed me to shape my education in ways that are truly mine. I was able to be a member of Albion's Fed Challenge teams in 2011, '12, and '13. Our 2011 team went to Nationals in Washington D.C. and went up against teams from Harvard, Rutgers and North Carolina-Chapel Hill. The highlight of this final round of competition was the opportunity to meet several leaders of the Fed including Ben Bernanke, the former Federal Reserve chairman. I was a teaching assistant in E&M for economics, past president of the Macroeconomics Club, and worked closely with the department’s staff and faculty to create a new marketing brochure for future students.

How did Albion help you get there?

I appreciated the careful feedback faculty provided on research projects and papers. The personal relationships that were created with the faculty were incredible.

For me, Albion…

…has provided good networking opportunities for finding a career.

Peter Curry, '14

Peter Curry, '14 Major: Economics and Management with an emphasis in Accounting, Gerstacker Institute Concentration
Residence: Midland, MI
Career: Ernst and Young: Financial Accounting Advisory Services (FAAS Forward)

In a nutshell, what do you do?

I contribute to Ernst and Young's Assurance brand while working in their FAAS Forward program. In this program, I provide audit assurance, but I also provide client services in the Financial Accounting Advisory Group. In this service line, I work with clients to solve issues relating to transaction advisory and financial reporting. In general, this program grants me the base experience of auditing while also exposing me to more complex business and accounting issues. Overall, I contribute to an opinion on the fairness of financial statements, provide due-diligence on transactional needs, and advise clients on reporting requirements.

Why do you love what you do?

I look forward to the challenge. Each day, I work on different teams, clients, and tasks. I will provide a wide range of services to numerous clients and industries, and I am excited to grow and adapt to those opportunities. In many ways, this rotational program continues the diverse education that I received at Albion. I will learn new skills from my teams and apply those skills to a wide range of client needs.

How did Albion help you get there?

Albion enabled me to pursue my divergent interests, namely in English, history, and business. At Albion, I took courses like pax Britannica, contemporary literature, and even several pottery courses. I also completed the required coursework for the Certified Public Accounting license. This was crucial as I began college without a clear focus of what I wanted to do after school, but while at Albion, I had the flexibility to pursue my interests and discover a career.

For me, Albion…

…is a community. The connections that I have made with my peers, professors, and alumni have become valuable both inside and outside the classroom, and I am excited to see how this community will continue to grow beyond graduation.

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