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Sales program in capable hands with addition of Professor Hoffman
From brokering international telecommunications deals to juggling concurrent positions as professor, athletic director, tennis coach and mom, Wendy Hoffman’s distinguished career is defined by taking on new challenges and exceeding expectations. Now the newest addition to Manchester’s accounting and business faculty takes on her latest challenge: spearheading Manchester’s sales program.
Professor Hoffman was hired last spring as the result of a nationwide search to find a full-time faculty member to teach marketing and management courses, including classes in the new sales program. The small, intimate campus environment at Manchester and the department’s genuine care for student success fit what she was looking for in an institution.
“I enjoy taking on new things, and the opportunity to help establish a new degree program was very enticing,” says Hoffman. “Without sales, there are few businesses that can exist. The idea of a sales degree is ingenious because it is the foundation of a multitude of businesses.”
Hoffman’s teaching craft was honed at Midway College in Midway, Ky., where she also served as athletic director and head tennis coach. Business students at Midway appreciated her three-tiered approach to education, which emphasizes current events, theory, and application.
“Students need a foundation of solid theory, but they also need to think critically about current events and analyze the business as they know it from a consumer standpoint,” says Hoffman. “Application is important because you need to get over the scary part of actually making decisions.”
Students are keen to listen to Professor Hoffman’s message because of her diverse set of business experiences. After graduating from St. Joseph’s University in Philadelphia, where she starred as a Division I tennis player for the Hawks, she was hired directly into AT&T’s management program. When anti-trust regulation broke up the behemoth AT&T of old, Hoffman moved to the new holding company, Bell Atlantic.
“It was an incredible experience because one day the company you’re working for doesn’t exist and the next day you’re working for one of the largest corporations in the United States,” she said.
After the breakup of AT&T, Professor Hoffman’s career was marked by successfully navigating the ever-changing landscape of the telecommunications industry. Her impressive list of accomplishments include creating an internal banking system, setting up a finance company in Delaware, moving overseas to The Netherlands to help the business expand internationally, and managing cash flows approaching a billion dollars per day. Along the way, she picked up an MBA and a doctorate in Higher Education Management before ultimately making the transition to teaching so that she could spend more time with her family.
“My career was fast-paced and high risk,” she said. “It’s satisfying to say you improved the quality of life for consumers around the world.”
Thus far it has been a smooth transition to the Manchester community for Hoffman. “The business faculty have been more than accommodating and my colleagues are a very distinguished group of individuals,” she said.
With the hiring of Hoffman, Manchester builds on its distinguished reputation and tradition of excellence of faculty in the Accounting and Business Department.
Accounting and business students capitalize on summer internship opportunities
Manchester is known for securing valuable internship positions for its accounting and business students, and this past summer, Manchester students could be found across northeast Indiana and the country, capitalizing on internship opportunities with accounting firms, community organizations, and Fortune 500 companies.
On the accounting and finance side, Kirsten Willibey ’15 interned in the internal audit department at Steel Dynamics, Inc.; Alex Herber ’14 worked as a financial advisor at Edward Jones; Alex Winger ’15 interned with the Whitley County Economic Development Corporation; and Taylor Price ’15 completed an internship with Umbaugh and Associates in Mishawaka, Ind.
Senior accounting major Shannon Stephan ’15 interned with BKD, LLP in Fort Wayne after landing an interview during the annual on-campus accounting mixer. Because audit interns are treated like first-year staff at BKD, Shannon assisted on the audit of accounts such as cash, accounts receivable, accounts payable, fixed assets, expenses and revenues.
“My internship allowed me to get a real taste of what my future employment would be like, rather than just reading from a textbook in class,” she said. “The internship allowed me to make connections with people for future possibilities.” Shannon’s hard work this summer paid off: she accepted a full-time job offer at BKD after she completes the 150 hours required to sit for the CPA exam. She will begin working with the firm in September 2016.
Marketing and management students were also active this summer. Marketing major Taylor Anglemyer ’16 interned with Keystone RV in Goshen, Ind. One of his main responsibilities was updating floor plans and pictures on the company’s website. “A large portion of the internship was graphic-design based,” said Anglemyer, who also stars for the Spartan football team as a defensive back. “I used programs such as Photoshop, InDesign, Illustrator and Photomatix.”
Michael Hammer ’15 completed an internship with the North Manchester Chamber of Commerce and Manchester Recreation Association (MRA). His main responsibilities were to direct the daily operations of the MRA and to introduce and implement new ideas to benefit the community. One of his major projects was implementing the Summer Blast Baseball/Softball Tournament that took place during North Manchester’s annual Fun Fest Festival.
All interns were complimentary of how their coursework at Manchester prepared them to succeed. “Studying at Manchester helped me to excel in my internship by developing my time management, teamwork, and communication skills,” said Hammer. “Working with a variety of different businesses and business people allowed me to broaden my network and gain professional relationships that I wouldn't have been able to build otherwise.”
“My education at Manchester helped prepare me to succeed at my internship by keeping me accountable,” added Anglemyer. “Professors at Manchester hold us accountable to complete our homework and attend class. The same goes for the work force.”
Kevin Boyer ’79, Bourbon, Ind., became the chief executive officer of the Elkhart Clinic on March 1, 2014, after serving for 15 years as the chief financial officer. He also serves on the Triton High School board of Trustees and the Marshall County Community Foundation, and he is the board chair for ADEC in Elkhart County.
Alex Strati ’87, Elkhart, Ind., has been the region president for Old National Bank for nearly four years, and he has been with the company for more than 17 years.
David Finney ’93, Plymouth, Ind., has been the region operations manager for Praxair Distribution, Inc. for five years, and he recently earned a master’s degree in Industrial Distribution from Texas A&M University.
Stacy Hendricks-Horner ’96, Goshen, Ind., is the dean of the School of Business and Advanced Technology and dean of the Niles campus of Southwestern Michigan College.
Amy Fischer ’99, Ligonier, Ind., accepted a position as a staff CPA with Sands Accounting, Inc. in October 2014.
Kevin Mineard ’00, Franklin, Wis., was named vice president of corporate financial planning and analysis for Gardner Denver Inc., last May.
John Minnich ’02, Fort Wayne, Ind., is an assistant professor of accounting at Indiana Tech. He was recently re-elected academic relations chair for the Fort Wayne chapter of Financial Executives International, elected treasurer of the Community Transportation Network (CTN), and elected treasurer of Indiana CPA Educational Foundation. In addition, John was the recipient of the Greater Fort Wayne Business Weekly's "40 Under 40" award.
Nichi Zechar ’03, Lima, Ohio, is working as the fiscal controller at the Area Agency on Aging.
Daniel Waninger ’05, Zionsville, Ind., is a senior manager with BKD, LLP in the firm’s Indianapolis office.
Nate Fansher ’07, Wabash, Ind., is a vice president with Crossroads Bank. He graduated fifth in the class of 2014 from the Graduate School of Banking at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.
Casey (Miller) Glassley ’08, Indianapolis, Ind., is a senior accountant with Gannett NSSC. She and her husband were joined by a baby boy, Tatum Miller Glassley, on Oct. 3, 2014.
Elizabeth Black ’09 McCartan, Pea Ridge, Ark., is a paralegal for Wal-Mart Stores, Inc. She had a baby girl, Abigail Grace McCartan, in May, and she recently earned an MBA with a concentration in leadership and ethics from John Brown University.
Ben Haviland ’10, Fishers, Ind., is an accounting supervisor with Steel Dynamics, Inc.
Andrew Jackson ’10, Warsaw, Ind., is a staff accountant with Dahms & Yarian, Inc. He and Cayla Davenport ’11 were married in October 2013.
Andrew Durham ’11, Kokomo, Ind., is a financial administrator for the Center Township of Howard County Trustees. In that role he assists with yearly reports and budgets and makes sure the office is in compliance with the Indiana State Board of Accounts.
Melissa Grinstead ’12, Berea, Ky., left her position at Manchester University in February 2014 to become the executive director of development operations at Eastern Kentucky University.
Ben Ogden ’12, Huntington, Ind., has been working as a marketing writer for Manchester University for nearly a year.
Amanda Hoover ’13 Clemens, Warsaw, Ind., is a financial analyst with Zimmer, Inc. She and her husband Colin Clemens ’10 welcomed Chloe Elizabeth Clemens into the world on July 14, 2014.
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