Category: Alumni

Alumni Success Story: Derrick King ’09
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Alumni Success Story: Derrick King ’09

Fifteen years ago, if you were to ask Derrick King ‘09 if he would be where he is today, he would say “no way.” “But lucky for me, Davenport gave me chance,” he said. Derrick King wasn’t in a good place fifteen years ago. He had a lot of challenges. But, he knew he had...

Alumni Success Story: Jim Van Dam ’12
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Alumni Success Story: Jim Van Dam ’12

Jim Van Dam ’12 works in the front office at the NHL Tampa Bay Lightning as a Premium Sales Manager. He is responsible for tailoring corporate ticket packages for businesses in southern Florida to create memorable fan experiences.  Jim’s road to the “major leagues” wasn’t easy, but he credits the practical, hands-on learning experiences he...

Alumni Success Story: Helen Hartwell ’15
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Alumni Success Story: Helen Hartwell ’15

From limited to limitless, DU alum Helen Hartwell ‘15 is an inspiration.  After thinking that she could not “do” college, Helen leveraged her success at Davenport University into a rewarding career. She is now a busy Executive Assistant who enjoys wearing multiple hats. Read on to learn about the life-changing advice Helen wants to share...

Alumni Success Story: Jason DeBoer ’11
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Alumni Success Story: Jason DeBoer ’11

“Don’t think of your degree as a know-it-all ticket,” says Jason Deboer ‘11. “Once you land a great job, never stop listening and never stop learning.” Jase earned his MBA in Strategic Management from Davenport University and takes pride in the fact that he uses his degree every day in his job as a Category...

Alumni Success Story: Maria Gustinis ’89 ’95 ’96
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Alumni Success Story: Maria Gustinis ’89 ’95 ’96

Challenges are no match for alumna Maria Gustinis ’89 ‘95 ‘96. While earning two bachelor’s degrees in Computer Information Systems and Business Management, Maria overcame layoffs, job transfers and personal challenges that shaped her career path. Now the Quality Program Manager at GE Aviation, Maria collaborates with engineers, manufacturing workforce, and auditors ensuring AS9100 Aviation...

Alumni Success Story: Bill Smitley ’07
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Alumni Success Story: Bill Smitley ’07

Since graduating with his MBA in human resources, Bill Smitley ’07 has quickly built a career as a corporate recruiter and human resources professional.  By packaging Bill’s energetic, service-driven personality and the MBA education he received at DU together, he was able to obtain his dream job as an HR Generalist at DP Fox Ventures....

Alumni Success Story: Rebecca Dutcher ’99
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Alumni Success Story: Rebecca Dutcher ’99

Innovation, optimism and leadership are words that come to mind when describing this week’s alumni success story feature, Rebecca Dutcher ‘99. As a self-proclaimed “marketing nerd,” Rebecca credits her hands-on experience in the DU marketing program as the springboard which launched her into her career as the director of the web division at 834 Marketing...

Alumni Success Story: James Nelson ’12
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Alumni Success Story: James Nelson ’12

DU Basketball star turned healthcare advocate for Spectrum Health James Nelson ’12, is not a stranger to wearing multiple hats.  As a DU student, he was a star basketball player, volunteer and leader. His current role as a Physician Liaison at Spectrum Health is no different. Motivated by the loss of his mother at a...

Alumni Success Story: Aaron Heikkila, ’14
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Alumni Success Story: Aaron Heikkila, ’14

We are honored to feature Aaron Heikkila, ‘14, as our Alumni Success Story this week.  Aaron was recently recruited by Target to work at their world headquarters in Minnesota. He is a member of the Cyber Security Incident Response Team working as a Triage Analyst. His job is to investigate and analyze reports of Target’s...

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