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Explain your career path
I graduated from Southeast Missouri State in 1988 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration with a Major in Finance and a Minor in Accounting/Marketing. I went to work for Chrysler Credit Corporation in St.Louis in 1988 as a wholesale inventory auditor. I held eight chairs at Chrysler Credit/Chrysler Financial with five promotions during my twenty year career at Chrysler Financial. The chairs included wholesale inventory auditor,customer service rep, customer service supervisor, loan officer, senior loan officer, dealer credit analyst,sales representative and portfolio manager. I was laid off in 2008 seven months before Chrysler Motors filed bankruptcy and dissolved Chrysler Financial. I sold my home in Dallas, TX and moved back to my home in Cape Girardeau. Southeast Missouri State University was very pivotal in my twenty year career with Chrysler Financial.
What was your major at Southeast and what led you to that?
My major at Southeast was Finance. I like working with money, promoting business and crunching numbers.
Why did you choose to attend Southeast?
Southeast has a very good business department and was in my hometown.
Who influenced you most during your time at Southeast?
Doctor Frank Chong in my Business Law class, Doctor Russell in my accounting classes, Doctor Ozurua in my finance classes and Doctor Summary and Doctor Fox in my economic classes.
Share your best college memory.
There are several great memories at Southeast and I am unable to just mention one.
What is the most important thing you learned while you were at Southeast?
Stay focused and Stay committed!
Describe Southeast in three words.
Good Business School
What is your greatest professional accomplishment?
I was in charge of the Florida portfolio for Chrysler Financial which consisted of ninety employees, ten supervisors, 165,000 automotive accounts worth approximately 1.2 Billion dollars and was the third largest portfolio in the United States.
How did your education at Southeast prepare you for what you are doing today?
Southeast gave me a great career path during my tenure at Chrysler Financial and prepared me for retirement.
What advice would you give current students or recent graduates interested in pursuing a career in your professional field?
Apply for as many jobs in your field as you can and focus on cities were your skills are in demand.
What do you wish you had known before graduating and entering the "real world"?
That it is not going to be an easy road. Stay committed and prepare to live on a shoe string budget for several years before your career expands.