My experience in the Schmidthorst College of Business was tremendous. I found the course curriculum to be very challenging but rewarding. My degree in Financial Economics provided an ideal blend of practical finance with the important science of economics. I had many professors in the college who inspired my best efforts and who helped me greatly. Dr. Hoag, Dr. Benedict, Drs. Kline, Haas and Fuerst just to name a few…provided the needed challenge in each course, but not without the support to succeed.
I use the knowledge and skills I learned in the Schmidthorst College of Business every day. I am a part of a boutique financial advising firm in Toledo (Wilcox Financial) which was founded by Bowling Green grad Mike Wilcox. I serve as a “quarterback” for my clients assisting them with services such as asset management, retirement planning, estate planning, succession planning and risk management. Not only did the curriculum prepare me for a demanding career, but the Bowling Green network introduced me to mentors like Mike. I owe BGSU so much and I am confident that those students who take their courses seriously, will be rewarded the rest of their lives.
- Jarrod Hirschfeld
My education from Bowling Green State University has allowed me to begin a successful and fulfilling career at Ford Motor Company. As an Economics and Supply Chain Management major I was able to acquire two internships and a full-time position, shortly after graduating, as a Buyer within Purchasing at Ford. As a new buyer I have been given the opportunity to participate in their college rotational program and obtain a full breadth of the various facets of the automotive industry. This focus on the fundamentals has led to my participation in helping the Ford team launch the new and innovate aluminum Super Duty and Raptor. It is an exciting time to be at Ford because of all the new technologies coming to the market and it can be attributed to my academic journey at BGSU.
One of my most influential classes was my Econometrics course instructed by Dr. Mary Ellen Benedict. This class embodied the spirt of BGSU whose focus was on critical thinking, collaboration and driving for results. Within the course I was able to build a strong foundational understanding of statistics that I was able to use across classes and utilize in the work environment today. Additionally, Dr. Benedict helped stoke my curiosity and desire for continued learning. As a professor her teachings and spirt have been carried over into my career understand the data and obtain results. Overall, I am proud to be a Falcon alumnus and the College Business and its numerous faculty have shaped my career and the person I am today!
- Clayton Stewart
My experiences as both an undergraduate and graduate student in the Schmidthorst College of Business and Department of Economics prepared me well for my role as a Commercial Analyst in the tire industry. Studying Economics at BGSU helped me develop the critical thinking skills I use each day when making recommendations to management regarding the financial implications of attracting new customers, developing new products, or utilizing new business strategies. In its simplest form, studying economics helped me develop a mindset focused on the principles of opportunity cost, scarcity of resources, and optimization, as well as an emphasis on unintended consequences and the power of incentives.
Classes such as Econometrics enhanced my ability to apply economic theory within the context of data analysis. For me, this has resulted in the development of a foundation for understanding how to investigate the relationship amongst a multitude of variables, and then going a step further to establish which of those are directly or indirectly contributing to the outcomes that we are observing. Another benefit of majoring in Economics was that the program is extremely compatible with the pursuit of a minor, which I took advantage of by complementing my degree with a minor in Applied Statistics.
In my current role, I am responsible for the commercial analysis that supports the commercial truck and winter tire segments, as well as analysis that supports the OE (Original Equipment) sales channel. My role provides me with an opportunity to critically evaluate existing business, such as by creating tools to assess the strength of product or customer mix, as well as prospective business opportunities. In addition, because of the nature of my role, not only do I work closely with those in Finance, but also with the Marketing and Sales functions. In my past role, I was heavily involved in developing and administering the variable incentive plan for our company’s sales force.
- Greg Cornish