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Thomas Barnikow
Interim Associate Director - Career Services
Phone: (989) 964-2890
Office: Wickes Hall 270


Beginning in March 2012, Tom joined the Career Services staff at Saginaw Valley State University and has proven to be a wealth of knowledge to students and alumni both.  His journey to his current position began as an undergraduate student at Northwood University in Midland, Michigan.  To ultimately obtain a career in higher education, Tom understood that he needed to develop a better comprehension of the relationship between today's educational institutions and the different industries that they serve.  With a dual major in Sports & Entertainment Management and Business Management, Tom graduated Magna Cum Laude from Northwood in May 2009 with his Bachelor's in Business Administration.  While he was a student, Tom had the opportunity to intern with Valley National Eightball Association, an international amateur billiards organization serving over 100,000 members each year.  During this internship, Tom had the opportunity to work with business owners and players from all over the world, which helped him to develop and nurture his exceptional communication abilities.

Before joining the SVSU Career Services department, Tom was employed by Ross Medical Education Center as a Career Development Coordinator at their Davison, Michigan campus.  It was here that he learned how important it has become for students to develop high levels of professionalism before they embark on a career path.  Beyond critiquing resumes and cover letters, Tom also taught classes related to effective job searching techniques, proper interview etiquette, and developing achievable goal-oriented outcomes.  In addition, he also was heavily involved in employer relations throughout the Genesee County region to increase the number of career opportunities for graduating students.

As a lifelong resident of Bay City, Tom takes great interest in the future of the economy in the Great Lakes Bay Region.  He hopes that his work with the students and alumni of SVSU can ultimately lead to a bright future for both the residents and businesses that choose to call this area their home.  Tom is an active member of the Bay City Chamber of Commerce as well.  Included in his service with the Chamber, Tom works extensively with Bay Energize Young Professionals Network.  He served as the Chair of the Energize YPN Steering Committee in 2016 while also serving as the Membership Committee Chair from 2013-2017.  Tom graduated from the Leadership Bay County program in 2015 and served as an Advisor for the 2016 class of future leaders.  He is also an active referee for high school and college basketball throughout the state of Michigan.  In addition, Tom serves on the Board of Directors for the Bay Area Chamber of Commerce, is the Vice President of the Board of Directors for the Dow Bay Area Family Y, and volunteers his time with many organizations throughout the Great Lakes Bay Region.  Ultimately, his ability to communicate effective professional development strategies coupled with an outgoing, caring personality makes Tom a valuable member of SVSU's Career Services team.