The Alumni Magazine of Northwood University
One Coach, Two Teams, and Three Athletes Added to 13th Class of Athletic Hall of Fame. Every year, the Athletic Hall of Fame Board of Directors inducts five to six people into the Northwood Athletic Hall of Fame. This year, they’re adding 21.
Now that he’s got the No. 2 job at a growing tech company supporting U.S. auto dealers, Mike Cavanaugh has a simple message for the students at his alma mater: opportunity is calling.
No one knows the automobile business as well as Northwood, which explains why the University’s Executive Master's in Business Administration program (E.M.B.A), developed specifically for General Motors employees has proven so successful.
People sell cars differently in Germany than they do in the United States. Johannes Gnauck recognized some of those differences soon after arriving in Florida in 2005 to complete his Bachelor’s degree at Northwood’s campus there. He understood the differences more fully when he returned to his native land to begin his sales career at a German dealership. And he capitalized on that understanding in 2012 when he and a partner launched a start-up company that uses big data technology to boost vehicle sales.
Years of sustained success by many Northwood graduates have established the University as one of the best places to begin a career in automotive marketing. Now, that reputation is being reinforced by a new generation of young leaders. • When Automotive News released its latest list of 40 outstanding industry leaders below the age of 40, three Northwood grads were among them. • All three – Mark Foster (’04), Jesse Peterson (’02), and Larry Zinn (’08) – were advised by friends to attend Northwood. And all three say it was great advice.
Technology was front and center at the 2018 Northwood University International Auto Show (NUIAS). The students who planned and ran the Auto Show found many exciting ways to bring to campus the technological innovations that are accelerating the auto industry and shaping its future.
Rina Harun knew a Northwood education would help her build a career in finance, but she had no idea that someday it would help her to build her country.
After two years in Midland that culminated with a bachelor’s degree in 1997, Rina returned to her native Malaysia and began working for a bank. After two decades in the private sector, Rina’s career took a dramatic turn this spring when she won a seat in parliament during an election that saw her party earn enough seats to form a new government. To the surprise of many people – including Rina herself – she was named Minister of Rural Development.
Two people make a marriage. To make a wedding, though? Well, that takes two – plus a whole bunch of wedding professionals. As part of the estimated $72 billion U.S. wedding industry, Northwood alumni are saying yes to success by helping couples say their “I dos.” Four Northwood alums are using their business educations to parlay romance into revenue and satisfaction. But they didn’t find their happy career match right out of school.