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The experience, and his graduate work in marketing that followed, prepared Denker for his position with a company that oversees $18 billion in business and 38,000 employees. Denker assumed responsibility for Penske Corporation's marketing and communications functions after joining the company in 2005. This includes Penske Automotive Groupís 314 premium branded automotive dealerships and its exclusive distribution agreement for the United States smart car network.

Bud Denker '80

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School of Business Success Stories

Ever wonder what you can achieve with a Business Degree from Lake Superior State University? Our recent graduates have found many great opportunities in their field. Check out the some of the inspiring stories of our graduates.

Meet Meaghan Parker

Graduation date: May 2012

Major: Marketing

Current Place of employment: Jack Links Beef Jerky, Minneapolis, MN Retail Account Manager

How did Lake Superior State University help you succeed: Lake State gave me the confidence to succeed! I found this job through LSSU SIFE in Chicago, and what I learned was to never stop trying. I actually called the Jack Link's office 6 times before they gave me an interview.

Your advice to new students: Be persistent, but respectful. Go after what you want and be patient. The food industry is not where I want to end up, I will gradually be back in the fashion world, but I have to succeed here first.

For more of Meaghan's story, read about her internship with Glamour magazine.

About your employer: I work for an awesome company that is still privately owned. So working here, its like working for family. Everyone knows everyone.

 
Meet Michael Barrett

Graduation date: May 2012

Major: International Business & Management

Current Place of employment: Sam's Club Novi, MI Manager

How did Lake Superior State University help you succeed: Lake Superior State University taught me to be a life-long learner.

Your advice to new students:  LSSU is a toolbox filled with every tool you need to succeed. Classes are the wrenches, organizations are the bolts, and the people are the nuts that hold everything together. You need ALL of them to build a strong foundation to a successful career after graduation.

 

About your employer: Managing at Sam's Club offers me the opportunity to learn merchandising strategies, gives me managerial experience to keep a $100M business's operations running soundly on a strong foundation, grants me marketing experience to grow our membership base by developing business relationships with entrepreneurs and family members, while giving me endless opportunities for career advancement.

 

Graduate in Marketing...

Anna Wilson, '06 Marketing

"Lake State is a local University that gave me the option to earn my education while located close to my family. My short-term goal is to gain as much experience as possible in the community and to possibly continue my education toward a Masters Degree. Iíd like to continue my work within the city and take advantage of opportunities to be more involved in local politics. In the long term, after Iíve made myself as competitive as possible in the marketing field, Iíd like to get a job at a medium to large size company and work more with individual products or brands as opposed to marketing a company itself." [ more ]

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