June 2, 2021
12:00 - 1:30 pm (EDT)
Virtual Event (free)
Adam York is an Account Manager at Oracle – NetSuite. He began his career with the United States Army before transitioning into the cloud-based technology industry. Adam earned a BA in Economics from Michigan State University, where he worked at the International Business Center throughout his undergraduate years, meeting Michigan entrepreneurs and small business owners, and assisting them with international market expansion through research. Adam also studied a foreign language and was able to travel overseas as part of his experience with the MSU Army ROTC program, giving him important skills for business and for life. Here, Adam and Jade reflect upon his time at MSU.
Eric Phillipson is a Supply Management professional with experience sourcing, developing, and managing suppliers globally. He is currently the Manager of Procurement and Logistics at Alaska Airlines where his team partners with suppliers and carriers to bring value to internal business units and airline guests throughout North America. A graduate of Michigan State University, Eric majored in Supply Chain Management with a Minor in International Business.
Tessa Opalka is a 2016 MSU graduate with 5 years of sales experience working for Altria Group Distribution Company (AGDC). Altria, the parent company of AGDC, is the nation's largest tobacco manufacturer. AGDC provides distribution and sales services to support Altria's products and brands at retail. In her current role as an Account Manager, Tessa works with 8 mid-size accounts in the state of Michigan to optimize their performance through available programs and resources.
This international panel brings together diverse voices to address the concerns on both sides of the border related to Line 5, as well as a potential diplomatic resolution as both countries commit to green-energy strategies.
The Great Line 5 Debate
March 10, 2021
Don DeCorte has worked in the resistance welding industry for 40 years; he started his career in Detroit in 1979. Don is a Certified Electronics Technician from RETS Electronics School in Detroit, and a specialist in industrial automation and robotics, resistance welding, and controls systems. He’s spent last 27 years working for RoMan Manufacturing Inc. in Grand Rapids MI, and his responsibilities include managing sales, marketing, applications engineering, and recruitment and training of international representatives. Don has traveled extensively to 40 countries.
TikTok, WeChat & More: Talking Tech and IP in The U.S. & China
Part of the China & The World Speaker Series
The U.S. and China compete for global dominance in the areas of tech and innovation; however, in an era of global firms and global citizens they must also learn to cooperate.
Recently retired, Martha Gabrielse is an experienced banking executive and member of the West Michigan District Export Council (DEC). Her areas of expertise include Global Trade, Trade Finance, Risk Management, Credit, Banking, Corporate Finance, Strategic Planning, and Accounting. She holds a B.B.A. in Accounting from the University of Notre Dame.
Erkan Kocas is the Assistant Director for International Trade Research at the Michigan State University International Business Center. In addition to overseeing much of the research done at the Center, Erkan directs the student teams and manages the globalEDGE website. Erkan also teaches 'International Management' both at the undergraduate and graduate level and he received an 'Instructor Excellence Award' in Spring 2019. Prior to joining the Broad College of Business Erkan worked in different roles for more than 15 years at companies with extensive global reach such as Xerox, Thomson Reuters, and Citrix. Erkan graduated from the Broad College of Business at Michigan State University with a Master of Business Administration with a concentration in Supply Chain Management, and currently, he is pursuing a Ph.D. program at the College of Education studying Higher Adult and Lifelong Education (HALE).