Problem Solver: Bob Waun

Problem Solver: Bob Waun Finance, real estate and community activism drive a career When Bob Waun (‘90 BBA and ‘92 MSF) was in search of a new focus for his real estate development work, he was challenged and motivated by the work that billionaire businessman and mortgage magnate Dan Gilbert was doing in relation to…

Degree Opens Doors

Degree Opens Doors Being a bridge between finance and IT Imelda Scott came to the United States in 1999 as part of a student exchange program, working as an au pair as she learned to speak English. A career opportunity prompted her to stay. The North American Free Trade Agreement had resulted in an increasing…

Human Interest

Human Interest How Walsh alumna Kristen Fowler landed an HR job at one of ‘the coolest’ places to work Kristen Fowler (MBA ’15) credits her master’s degree from Walsh with helping her score a really cool job. As Vice President at JMJ Phillip Group, she’s helped the executive search firm grow from 10 employees and…

Double Feature: Auto Industry & Energy

Knitting Companies Back Together Kimberly Rodriguez Former Chief Executive Officer DURA Automotive Systems Master of Science in Finance, 1987   Kimberly Rodriguez specializes in putting companies back together again. After graduating from Walsh with Master of Science in Finance in 1987, she worked extensively in restructuring for firms including Stout Risius Ross, Grant Thornton and…

What’s Your ‘Why’?

What’s Your ‘Why’? From bedside to boardroom, leader’s goals never waver Twenty minutes into her first shift as a bedside nurse at Henry Ford Hospital in Detroit in 1984, Veronica Hall (MSM ’99, MBA ’02) saved a life. Passing by a room, she spotted a man who stood up and showed classic heart attack signs.…

Open to Opportunity: Steve Luyckx

Open to Opportunity: Steve Luyckx Walsh provided foundation for Entrepreneur of the Year nominee When Steve Luyckx began studying toward his master’s degree in finance at Walsh in 1988, he didn’t picture himself occupying a corner office. But last year, professional services network Ernst & Young (EY) nominated Luyckx for its annual Entrepreneur of the…

A Helping Hand

A Helping Hand Walsh grad lends expertise to small business As the owner of the St. Clair Shores-based accounting and tax services firm Accutrack Services, Shaniece Bennett is a natural with numbers. But her superpower is helping small-business owners. Bennett, who earned an MBA from Walsh in 2004, notice that some of her small-business clients…

Embracing Change

Embracing Change Human resource executive enjoys the people side of business When Lansing-based Clark Construction Co. made Crain’s Detroit Business’ 2020 Cool Places to Work in Michigan list, as the highest-ranked construction company, it was a feather in Laurelyn Hewitt’s cap. As the company’s vice president of human resources, she sets the tone for the…

Opening Doors

Opening Doors Oracle VP launched career from Walsh When lvgen Guner came to the United States from Turkey with a master’s degree that had no practical applications here at the time, she turned to Walsh. “I had a different back-ground than other people,” she recalls. “I had a Master of Science in agriculture engineering and fermentation.…

Preparing for Partnership

Preparing for Partnership Danielle Moncure’s journey to partner closes in, thanks to early habits formed by Walsh As a newly minted political science grad, Danielle Moncure (MAC ’14) found herself job hunting during one of the worst recessions on recent record. As bad as it was, 2008 became a turning point for Moncure, whose dream…