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
Finance & Economics
||The Core of a Sound Business
The study of
finance and economics develops the
capacity for analytical reasoning
and critical thinking, the most
important decision making tools in
business, government, education,
and in your personal life.
Organizations need planners and
problem-solvers, people who are
logical thinkers. Economists and
financiers learn to develop accurate
information upon which to make
decisions from the vast quantities
of complex and often conflicting
data generated in today’s global
economy. Employers hire these
professionals because of their
abilities for careful analysis,
planning and decision making.
Graduate, Professional and Continuing Education
This degree program is an excellent preparation for graduate and professional education in such fields as finance, economics, accounting, business administration and law. Graduates may seek professional certification in related professions such as Certified Financial Planner (CFP), Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA), Chartered Financial Consultant (ChFC), Chartered Life Underwriter (CLU) and Certified Management Accountant (CMA).
- Economist — Develops forecasts of the economy, industry and sales
of the firm. Monitors and assesses
economic events. Assesses the
effect of market developments
and government policy on the
firm. Conducts research such as
estimates of market demand and
- Marketing Researcher — Identifies
and analyzes potential markets.
Researches current markets.
Determines market potential
among current customers.
Develops share analysis. Evaluates
sales promotion. Forecasts market
- Statistician — Develops ways to
measure organizational activity.
Uses statistical techniques to
determine if current operations
deviate from established standards.
Constructs tables and graphs
to communicate information
- Financial Manager — Prepares
budgets and financial forecasts. Manages cash and credit.
Evaluates projects. Procures funds.
Develops strategic plans.
- Financial Services Professional —
Manages banks and other financial
institutions. Prepares financial
plans. Works in nvestments, real
estate, insurance and tax and estate
- Portfolio Manager — Construct
stock and/or bond portfolios to
help clients meet their risk return
These are just a few of the available
Average Salary of Graduates (NACE)
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