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A Decade in Business

Ten College of Business alumni celebrate the undergraduate program’s 10th anniversary by sharing memories of their student years and how UD’s unique program has contributed to their professional success, in addition to their hopes for the college in the future.

Denise Bouchard ’11

Human Resources Project Administrator, Ericsson

“Thanks to UD, writing has proven to be one of my strong points in my current role assembling and managing Ericsson's requisitions,” said Bouchard, who earned an MBA from UD last November. “I also credit the college’s senior seminar/capstone project for cementing high- caliber, team-based skills, which are a necessity when coordinating workflow across a large team.”

Chris Burton ’11

Subcontract Administrator, Lockheed Martin Aeronautics

“One of the best pieces of advice I received at UD came from Dr. Stodnick, who told me that if I always strive for excellence and go above and beyond, then great things will happen,” said Burton, who negotiates and sustains contracts to purchase parts in support of the defense industry giant’s F-16 Fighter Jet, F-22 Raptor and C-130J aircraft.

Robert Burton ’08

Director WW Networking Solutions, Dell Inc.

“If you can explain Plato and Aristotle, then you can explain technology,” said Burton on how UD prepared him for life in his current position with the well-known technology solutions company. He is responsible for simplifying and virtualizing networks to address customer pain points.

Phillip Conley ’11

Buyer, NCH Corporation

“My hope for the College of Business is that it will maintain its commitment to provide a solid education for future generations of business leaders by continuing to imbue them with a proper ethical foundation, which is needed now more than ever,” said Conley, who purchases products, as well as manages and maintains inventory levels, for the world’s largest provider of industrial maintenance solutions.

Eirn Haynes ’08

Crude Marketing Rep, XTO Energy

“There were two pieces of advice offered to me that still stand out in my mind,” said Haynes, who markets equity crude for an ExxonMobil subsidiary that manages global development of unconventional energy resources. “The first was to be aware of charismatic leaders, and the second was by managing up you can transform yourself into an indispensable asset.”

Jennifer Haynes ’08

Executive Compensation Consultant, Aon Corporation

“Dr. Schreiber insisted on everyone completing internships before graduation,” said Haynes, a consultant who helps organizations better align executive compensation plans with their respective industry. “This was, without a doubt, the most important advice I have applied to my life and, upon graduating, that is what qualified me for competitive job opportunities.”

Ed Hardy ’07

Owner, Central Rock Climbing Centers

“I wrote my business plan for Central Rock in my senior seminar class, and then entered it in the college’s business plan competition,” said Hardy, who owns and operates two indoor rock-climbing gyms in Massachusetts with two more opening this spring. “I benefited tremendously from comments offered by John Waters and the entire board of judges. Their feedback helped me tweak the plan before pitching it to investors and banks.”

Jeremiah Jourdan ’12

Market Sales Manager, Reddy Ice

“Extensive experience working in groups, creating presentations and writing essays have prepared me well for the business environment,” said Jourdan, who manages high value and regional accounts across North Texas for the nation’s brand leader in packaged ice products. “A UD business education is well-rounded and gives students a foundation for future success in any business direction.”

Ed McCabe ’09

Finance Operations Specialist, Accenture

“The liberal arts Core curriculum taught me how to think and how to learn, while the business leadership program taught me how to apply those skills to the business world,” said McCabe. In his current position, he is working on the design and implementation of a new financial system for the global consulting company’s U.S. federal business.

Scarlet Walls ’09

Compliance Investigator, U.S. Department of Agriculture, Risk Management Agency

“Dr. Schreiber offered lifelong advice when she encouraged me to seize every opportunity and to be unafraid of making mistakes,” said Walls, who has qualified to be a finalist for a leadership development program offered by the federal agency that helps agricultural producers manage business risks. “Many doors have been opened for me as the result of her words.”

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