Meet Our Alumni
From the moment they receive their degree, Albion economics and management graduates are prized employees and attractive candidates for further study in graduate and professional school. Get to know a few of our recent alumni below.
Accountant at Plante Moran
Zone Manager, Ford Motor Co.
Pursuing a Master of Accounting degree, University of Michigan
Financial Analyst, Dow Corning
Data Analytics Consultant, Ernst & Young
Financial Accounting Advisory Services, Ernst & Young
Pursuing Master's of Urban Planning, University of Michigan
Quality Assurance, Quicken Loans
General Accounting Financial Analyst,
Associate, Equity Research – Machinery
RBC Capital Markets
Quantitative Analyst, Northpointe Capital
Pursuing Master of Accounting degree, University of Michigan
Completed program in December 2013;
graduate study at London School of Economics (Fall 2014)
Market Risk Analyst, Goldman Sachs
Analyst, Robert W. Baird & Co.
Meet Our Students
Albion economics and management students gain business knowledge, skills, and experiences to succeed in college, a career, and in life. Small class sizes enable students to really get to know their professors, and they emerge as graduates well prepared for careers in business, law, or government. Many graduates attend M.B.A. programs (often after some post-B.A. work experience), law schools, other professional schools, or graduate schools.
Meet a few our current senior-year students below.
Randolph Kardas ’16
Member of Delta Tau Delta Fraternity and was recently appointed President of I-Space. He started a website creation and computer repair form.
Trent Mikek ’15
Interned at Thomson Reuters in Ann Arbor and will be interning at Ernst & Young in Detroit this summer. He was awarded the Scott Cracraft Scholarship in accounting
Paxton Mueller ’15
Member of Mortar Board, and an Albion College Fellow, interning at Ernst & Young in Advisory Services in Detroit
Leah Parker ’15
Two paid accounting internships: one with Rehmann in the Ann Arbor office, the other with Post, Smythe, Lutz and Ziel LLP, a small CPA firm in Plymouth, MI.
Paul Stewart ’16
Internship at PricewaterhouseCoopers, General Manager for Albion College's own WLBN Radio
Katie Strunk ’15
Internship at North Pointe Capital, tutor in the Quantative Skills Center, plays in both the British Eighth Marching Band and the Albion College Symphonic Band
Alex Archer, '13
Major: Economics and Management (emphasis in Finance); winner, 2013 Maurice L. Branch Award for Outstanding Scholarship and Research
Residence: Charlotte, N.C.
Career: Zone Manager, Ford Motor Co.
In a nutshell, what do you do?
My responsibility is to be the intermediary between Ford and its dealerships. My goal in this position is to improve the overall performance of Ford’s stores by trying to increase sales through marketing, advertising and/or implementing new technologies; to increase efficiency through suggesting processes for dealers to implement; and to ensure transparency between both parties (Ford and its dealers) by being an immediate point of contact to certain dealerships.
In fact, I am not the only Albion alumnus in this position. My good friend Destin Simon, ’13, is a Zone Manager in Ford’s Dallas region.
Why do you love what you do?
I love what I do because not only is every single day a different challenge, but I have the opportunity to work with very successful entrepreneurs and to figure out what makes each unique Ford dealer successful. This position requires me to wear several different hats (creative, analytical, strategic) and gives me a chance to learn about the automotive industry from the front lines.
How did Albion help you get there?
Albion creates an environment that allows you to take advantage of your college experience. Albion helped me by preparing me in core subjects such as economics and math, while also offering the opportunity and flexibility to play on the golf team, get involved with several organizations, and study at the London School of Economics for an entire year.
For me, Albion ...
... is about learning both inside and outside of the classroom. The liberal arts curriculum is about being comfortable in uncomfortable situations, where your intellect is driven not only through coursework and textbooks, but also through leading organizations, competing in athletics, performing in theatre, and being heavily involved in numerous clubs and societies on campus.
Kathleen Petchell, '13
Major: Economics and Management (emphasis in Accounting, Gerstacker concentration)
Internships: Product Support Intern, Thomson Reuters; Barn Management Intern, Nottawa Paint Horses, LLC
Activities: Equestrian Club, Western Equestrian Team, Tour Guide, Alpha Delta Lambda, Omicron Delta Epsilon, Mortar Board
Current: Pursuing Master of Accounting degree, Stephen M. Ross School of Business, University of Michigan
What did you like most about Albion College?
I really enjoyed how personal my education was at Albion. My professors all knew me as a student and as a person, which was really beneficial as they helped me to create my résumé, search for internships, select courses and make decisions about my future. When I first came to visit Albion as a high school student, my tour guide told me Albion offered its students tons of great opportunities, and after graduating last year, I can say confidently that her statement is true.
How did Albion help you get to where you want to be?
Without the guidance of my professors, the wonderful ladies in the Gerstacker and Econ offices, and my advisor, Vicki Baker, I don’t know that I’d be on the path I am. When I came to Albion, I had no clue what I wanted to do, but Gaylord Smith inspired me to pursue accounting my very first semester at Albion. With a little help from the faculty, I am now on track for the CPA exam and attending U of M for my Master’s of Accounting.
One specific instance that proved to me how much Albion works to help its students was when I was visiting U of M after being accepted into their Business School. One of the current students was telling me all of the great things they do for their graduate students, such as having recruiters on campus, résumé reviews, etc., and it made me laugh because Albion had exposed me to all of those resources my freshman year!
For me, Albion ...
… was one of the best choices I have ever made. I’ve been able to pursue a promising career while also maintaining my passion for horses, and I have created friendships that will last a lifetime.