Category: Business

Alumni Success Story: Chris Tarkowski ’08
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Alumni Success Story: Chris Tarkowski ’08

Chris Tarkowski ‘08 realizes how fortunate he is in the choices he’s made throughout his life. He’s served in the Marines, partnered on two prosperous businesses and is working his way upward in his career. Yet, he is humbled by his success and draws from his experience to give back to his community. Tell us...

Alumni Success Story: Brittany Edwards ’18, MM
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Alumni Success Story: Brittany Edwards ’18, MM

Brittany Edwards ‘18 has worked for the State of Michigan since she was a high school student. Through hard work and education, she moved up in her department and found a passion for advocating on behalf of both employees and her employer as a labor relations specialist. Tell us about yourself. Family, life, background, interests…...

DTE Energy partners with Davenport University to offer Corporate Education Scholarship
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DTE Energy partners with Davenport University to offer Corporate Education Scholarship

At a plaque signing event on April 4, DTE Energy became an official partner of Davenport University’s Corporate Education Scholarship. Through the partnership, up to 50 DTE employees will have access to renewable scholarships ranging from $2,500 to $5,000 per year. The Corporate Education Scholarship was created in January 2018 by Davenport University’s Institute for...

Alumni Success Story: Quinton Adkins ’16, MBA
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Alumni Success Story: Quinton Adkins ’16, MBA

When Quinton Adkins ‘16 graduated high school he didn’t see himself as a life-long learner. However, with a job at a furniture manufacturer, the support of co-workers and the advantages of an undergraduate degree, he began to see the value of a graduate degree. And Davenport University afforded him the opportunity to pursue one. Tell...

Advisor turned author
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Advisor turned author

For the past four years, George Watt has made an annual visit to Midland to take in a Great Lakes Loons game with family and reunite with his fellow students, alums and coworkers. Watt has many ties to Davenport University — as a student, an employee and an alum. He received his associate’s degree at...

A difficult path to career success
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A difficult path to career success

From teenage mom to partner in an accounting firm, Stephanie Blanco ‘99 has a triumphant story to inspire everyone. A rough start A father severely injured and unable to provide for the family, a mother dealing with her own demons and pregnant at the age of 14, Blanco faced significant challenges in her life. When...

Alum takes his career around the world
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Alum takes his career around the world

Brad Bultman ’07 received Davenport’s Young Alumni Award in 2013. Since that time, the last five years have been filled with adventure. He’s played with elephants in a Thailand jungle, ridden a camel around the Pyramids in Egypt, hiked the Great Wall of China, toured the Taj Mahal in India, and skydived in New Zealand,...

A Generational Story: Father, Richard Butler ’54 &  Daughter, Julie Angelena ’21
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A Generational Story: Father, Richard Butler ’54 & Daughter, Julie Angelena ’21

From college to university, the Butler family has created a tradition in attending Davenport Davenport University legal studies student Julie Angelena never forgot what attending Davenport meant to her father. Now, she is living his legacy by walking in his footsteps and bringing optimism to the world through hard work and overcoming challenges. Richard Butler,...

Alumni Success Story: Larissa Karimwabo BBA ’11, MBA ’17
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Alumni Success Story: Larissa Karimwabo BBA ’11, MBA ’17

Larissa Karimwabo ‘11, ’17, has been conquering the business world one step at a time. After living in multiple countries and receiving three Davenport degrees she is nowhere near done learning and growing into the person she is going to be. Let’s dig into what this sport management 11’, marketing and accounting master’s 17’ graduate...

Facilitator Spotlight: Randall Gilbert
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Facilitator Spotlight: Randall Gilbert

Randall Gilbert has led APICS Certification Exam Prep programs since 2012. Randy also teaches operations management courses at colleges and universities in the Grand Rapids area. He has over 30 years of experience in operations, manufacturing, supply chain management, logistics & consulting, a Master’s degree in operations management, and a Bachelor’s degree in industrial engineering...

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