The College of Business and Management welcomes the newest cohort of the Vitito Global Leadership Institute. The sixth cohort of leaders began their journey in the Winter 2018 semester.
Cedric Addie, from Ypsilanti, is currently in his fourth year at SVSU and is majoring in management and minoring in marketing. His summer internship with AroundCampus Group as a sales representative taught him a lot about leadership, especially that a leader can be different things to different people. His goal is to become a high-level manager in a respected firm and to be the best person he can be.
An accounting major from Freeland, Jonathan Bartosiewicz is an entrepreneur who started his own business at the age of 16. He describes it as starting as a one-man operation and growing to a team of part-time employees. The lessons he has learned from his business have taught him what he considers to be the most important skills you need to be successful in life. His goal is to become a CPA and to give back to the community.
From Saginaw, Jenna Brown got a good start learning about leadership as a Cardinal Business Edge Fellow. Jenna is a management major and a tutor at Saginaw Valley State University. She would like to own her own business someday and wants her future career to be impactful and make a difference in other people’s lives.
Carly D’Alessandro is a marketing major from Midland. In her experience, she has learned that it is important that when acting as a leader, you lead vocally, but most importantly by example. A personal goal is to push her boundaries and try things out of her comfort zone to expand her life experiences. Her professional goal is to have a marketing position where she can promote a product or service that she strongly believes in and is passionate about.
A marketing major from Bay City, Melissa DeMott took a big step out of her comfort zone to work in Big Sky, Montana, without ever having any previous out of state work and without visiting the area beforehand. That experience reinforced her desire and ability to grow in unfamiliar environments. She believes the lessons she will learn in the Vitito program will benefit her career goal of becoming a marketing director.
Paritosh Koirala, a Cricket enthusiast, became an entrepreneur at a young age when he and another friend create a website to provide live streaming of matches, scores and audio interviews with players. At the height of its popularity, their website was the second most viewed Cricket website in Nepal. He was in Nepal during the earthquake in 2015 and organized volunteers to take food, water and supplies to people in rural areas who were victims of the earthquake. It was while he was doing that and because of other experiences as a young man that he realized that helping people would be a lifelong commitment for him. He hopes to use those experiences and the leadership lessons he is taught in the Vitito Program to accomplish both his professional and personal goals.
A management major from West Branch, Zachary Likavec, started learning about teamwork, time management, money management and risk taking at a young age as a 4-H member and leadership skills as a 4-H leader. He also learned about communication skills while working his way up to an assistant manager position at the West Branch Country Club. Those experiences have influenced him to pursue a business career and he is always looking for new experiences to help him improve his leadership skills.
Cody Oczepek is a finance major from Hemlock. He believes that effective leaders are able to communicate, influence and inspire other individuals. He is looking forward to learning new leadership skills and experiences that will benefit his future career endeavors.
Chandler Peplinski from Vassar, honed his leadership skills as the captain of his high school varsity football, basketball and track teams. He learned that a good leader not only sets a good example for the people they are leading, he or she is able to accept their failures, move on and learn from them. His future career goal is to work for a well-known and respected company where he can make a difference.
A graduate of the CBM Cardinal Business Edge Program, Eric Sollund is a marketing major from Clio. His most experiential and meaningful leadership experience was as the captain of an international soccer team in Canada. He was responsible for their actions both on and off the field and still keeps in touch with his team members. He is very interested in international business and is looking forward to learning more leadership skills as a Vitito Fellow.
Gina Vermeersch of Saginaw started learning leadership skills in the sixth grade by participating in mission work through her church. As the years passed, she learned by observing her older peers and was then able to step up and take charge of situations and use the skills she learned to delegate and assign proper people to the tasks at hand. Through the Vitito program she hopes to continue to grow in her leadership abilities and become the type of leader who can mentor and inspire others.