Thomas works at CrowdFund Connect as the director of compliance services and head of business development. In addition to his work at CFC he also advises start ups in the Midwest. He speaks around the Midwest on crowdfunding, mobile payments, and the issues around payments. In addition, Thomas has provided assistance with crowdfunding bills in Michigan, Indiana and Wisconsin. At K he earned his bachelor’s degree in economics; he earned his law degree at Michigan State University. Thomas splits his time between Michigan and Chicago. Recently, he was appointed to a Michigan commission to assist nonprofits as well as low income and under served businesses with crowdfunding. This effort is supported by a grant from the State Bar of Michigan.
Adam has accepted the position of Business Banker at 1st Source Bank in Kalamazoo. He most recently served as C.F.O. for a regional independent insurance broker. At K, Adam majored in economics and business and studied abroad in Perth, Australia.
Debbie is the owner and branch manager of Craig Wealth Advisors, a financial planning and advising firm with offices in Traverse City and Alden, Michigan. Debbie has been helping individuals and business owners for more than 15 years with creative solutions regarding investment and wealth management. She earned her B.A. at K in economics and studied abroad in Madrid, Spain. She earned a M.B.A. from Northwestern University.
David has been named an officer of Crestmark Bank. He works at the company’s corporate office in Troy, Mich. David joined Crestmark in 2013, right out of K, as a field examiner. In 2015, he transitioned to the bank’s Small Business Administration Division as an analyst. David earned his bachelor’s degree at K in business.
John works in the business development services unit of CEI. His office is in Portland, Maine, where he serves as director of StartSmart, a business development program that helps immigrants start or grow businesses. In that role John assists refugees and immigrants who have settled in Maine attain self sufficiency. At K John earned his degree in economics. He earned a M.B.A. from Southern New Hampshire University. John was a co-recipient of the Small Business Administration (SBA) Minority Small Business Champion for Maine as well as the Refugee Microenterprise Champion Award for 2015, recognizing his dedicated work with refugee entrepreneurs in the United States.
Julie has joined REVPAR International as a Vice President in the firm’s Washington, D.C., office. REVPAR is an advisory and asset management company dedicated to the hospitality and tourism industries. Halstead started her hotel career at the historic Hotel Del Coronado and the Sheraton Harbor Island in San Diego, California. She spent 15 years in the development planning and feasibility department of Marriott International, and she has worked independently as a hotel advisor and asset manager. Her work at REVPAR will focus on market and financial due diligence, valuation, strategic planning, investment decision analysis, among other duties. In addition to her B.A. (biology) from K, Julie earned an M.B.A. at Michigan State University. She is fluent in Spanish and familiar with Portuguese, and she has lived in Argentina, Brazil, and Mexico. At K she studied abroad in Madrid, Spain.
Jeremy is a business analyst with Memphis-based digital and web solution company Vanick Digital, where he assists in streamlining the company’s internal requirements gathering and analysis processes. Prior to joining Vanick, Jeremy served as a technical writer at Franklin American Mortgage Company and later as an IT business analyst.
Patrick has been appointed President of CONMED International (Utica, N.Y.), a medical technology company with an emphasis on surgical devices and equipment for minimally invasive procedures. Prior to his appointment Patrick served in executive positions in several multinational health care firms. In each case his leadership was characterized by the company’s strong growth and commercial development. CONMED products are used by surgeons and physicians in a variety of specialties including orthopedics, general surgery, gynecology, neurosurgery, and gastroenterology. The company’s 3,600 employees distribute its products worldwide from several manufacturing locations. CONMED has a direct selling presence in 16 countries outside the United States, and international sales constitute more than 50 percent of the company’s total sales. At K Patrick earned his bachelor’s degree in economics and business and studied abroad in Munster, Germany. He earned an MBA in finance from Western Michigan University.
Marti has been named the first executive director of Friends of Bear’s Mill, a nonprofit organization formed in 2000 to ensure the 165-year-old mill (in Greenville, Ohio) is protected and remains open to the public. Marti brings more than 35 years of administration, executive planning, organizational leadership, project management, grant writing, communications, art production, and public awareness experience in the nonprofit sector. At K she earned her bachelor’s degree in art and studied abroad in Caen, France. She obtained a master’s degree in art therapy from Wright State University, and recently completed a doctorate in leadership and organizational change from Antioch University.
Zachary has accepted a position as Research Associate in Photography at the University of Notre Dame. He earned his bachelor’s degree in art at K and studied abroad in Nairobi, Kenya. He did his graduate studies at Indiana University and recently presented work on the concept of plenoptics at a national conference in New Orleans. He’ll begin work at Notre Dame on August 1.