Category: Alumni

Cooking up a passion for business: Labor of love
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Cooking up a passion for business: Labor of love

Owning Livonia Bakery & Café has been a labor of love for Franco Petrucci, ’91. “It is a seven-day-a-week business,” Petrucci said. “Originally, we started as a bakery and deli store. We have grown our services to include catering, gift baskets and even kids’ birthday parties.” Petrucci and his brother opened Livonia Bakery and Café...

Cooking up a passion for business: A family of entrepreneurs
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Cooking up a passion for business: A family of entrepreneurs

Michael Havemeier, ’10, began working at Herman’s Boy, Inc. in Rockford, Michigan, at the age of six. “My earliest memories are working the cash register under my dad’s supervision,” Havemeier said. “He would let me press the buttons and talk to customers. I remember ‘helping’ out my father and grandfather, learning from them even when...

Cooking up a passion for business: From cherry farmers to winemakers
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Cooking up a passion for business: From cherry farmers to winemakers

With experience in farming and a passion for wine, McKenzie Gallagher, ’12, used the MBA capstone class at Davenport University to design a business plan for a winery in northern Michigan. “My husband, Creighton, and I had the opportunity to purchase a part of his family farm,” Gallagher said. “We are fifth generation cherry farmers...

Cooking up a passion for business: Creative freedom
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Cooking up a passion for business: Creative freedom

Dino Duratovic, ’15, has a passion for being an entrepreneur that stems from his parents and their ambition to own a business. “My parents were immigrants from the former Yugoslavia. Unfortunately, a civil war broke the country apart, causing my parents to flee,” Duratovic said. “My parents were extremely grateful for what the United States...

Alumni Success Story: James Blankenship, ’95
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Alumni Success Story: James Blankenship, ’95

Former distinguished alumni award recipient James Blankenship, ‘95, has set a goal to shape the ever-changing world in technology. Read more about his journey as the vice president of information systems at Arbor Financial Credit Union: Tell me about yourself! My passion is leveraging technology to enable cross-functional business areas. I have been in the...

Gratitude in writing: Justice Postman, ’18
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Gratitude in writing: Justice Postman, ’18

Scholarship recipient promises to pay it forward Justice Postman, ’18, felt he belonged at Davenport University after being homeschooled his entire education. “The day I stepped foot on campus, I felt extremely welcomed from the Student Life staff,” he said. One of Postman’s favorite memories at DU was his time as a Panther Prowl leader,...

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