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Are Entrepreneurs Born or Made? (Steps to take to become an entrepreneur)

Guest Blogger, Walsh alum Jason Beale, BBA '08, Co-Founder of RegainGo

Jason was featured on Startup Nation Radio Show.

For most of us, being an entrepreneur is the result of a catalyst that created a desire to own our own business, such as losing our job, the death of a loved one having a hobby, or the desire for a better financial life.  These events all can create a situation where starting a business seems a better option than working for one. No matter how young or old you are, there are things that you can do to better yourself to be more prepared to become an entrepreneur.

To read Jason's tips, visit Entrepreneurs Born or Made.

Walsh College Board of Trustees Elects Three New Members, Names New Chair and Vice-Chairs

The new members are Betty S. Chu, M.D., Bloomfield Hills, Mich., chief medical officer and vice president, medical affairs, Henry Ford West Bloomfield Hospital; Thomas W. Proctor, Bloomfield Hills, Mich., chief executive officer, White Light Capital Ltd.; and Gerald Schafer, Cary, N.C., recent corporate vice president, worldwide development, McDonald’s Corp.

The new chair is Edward T. Gwilt, Grosse Pointe Park, Mich., senior vice president, credit administration, Comerica Bank.  He replaces Richard Aginian, Birmingham, Mich., who remains a member of the Board following a five-year term as chair.  Kathleen M. Kosmatka, Grosse Pointe Farms, Mich., partner, global employer services, Deloitte Tax LLP, and Michael J. Plotzke, Troy, Mich., chief financial officer, vice president of finance, and treasurer, Plastipak Handling, Inc., have been named vice-chairs.  

To read more, visit Trustees.


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Visit Alumni-in-Action to discover Walsh's elite alumni, including -- the chief financial officer at Batu Biologics; the chief operating officer at Michigan Primary Care Partners, West Michigan Pain, and West Michigan Surgical Center; and the executive director at Municipal Advisory Council of Michigan.

To read this month's Alumni-in-Action, visit Alumni-in-Action January.

Submit news about your life and career at walshcollege.edu/alumniinaction.

Applauding Alumni

Ivgen GunerApplauding Alumni: Ivgen Guner, MSA '84

Ivgen graduated from Walsh College with a Master of Science in Accounting in 1984. Upon graduation, she accepted a position with Unisys Corporation. Later she was recruited by Oracle Corporation in California. Her current title is senior vice president, Global Business Finance.

Oracle’s financial operations have been on the forefront of change for more than a decade, starting when managers centralized the core Oracle E-Business Suite into a single, enterprise-wide resource and reduced data centers from 40 to 2 facilities. Beginning in 2005, these efforts have saved the equivalent of 10 percent of revenues each year as Oracle grew from a US$12 billion to a US$37 billion company. 

Read the interview: Ivgen Guner, MSA '84.

To be featured in Applauding Alumni or nominate an alumnus, contact Duc Abrahamson at (248) 823-1298.

Upcoming Events

Walsh College features many opportunities, resources, and benefits for alumni involvement. View the complete Event Calendar.

Walsh College Alumni Association Meeting

Thursday, February 5, 2015

More Information

In recognition of the amount of effort required to complete a Walsh degree, graduates are automatically enrolled in the Walsh College Alumni Association (WCAA) at no cost. This bi-monthly Board Meeting is open for all WCAA members to attend, network and participate in the leadership of the Alumni Association.

Open to all Walsh College alumni and student leaders. Committee positions available.

Learn more about the Alumni Association at walshcollege.edu/wcaa.

Alumni Travel

Join your fellow alumni on the trip of a lifetime, the Shades of Ireland. Enjoy the splendors of this lush country. Highlights include Dublin, Waterford Crystal, Blarney Castle, Ring of Kerry, Killarney, Cliffs of Moher, Galway and enjoy a castle stay.



Thursday, February 26, 2015
Walsh College, Troy Campus

Register for Travel Presentation

For more information and travel brochure, please contact Alumni Travel Committee Chair, Lisa Mattern, BBA '06, MBA '10 at (586) 822-5705.

WCAA Casino Night

Friday, March 20, 2015
Star Lanes in Emagine Royal Oak
200 North Main Street, Skybox

The Alumni Association invites you to join us at Star Lanes @ Emagine Royal Oak for a fun-filled night of gaming on professional tables, March Madness Tournaments on big screens, cash bar, strolling appetizers, the chance to win fabulous prizes, and much more!

More Information


Featured Job Posting

Team Leader

Southfield, Michigan

DESCRIPTION: Customer Service, Information Management/MIS, IT/Systems, Management, Operations, Other, Project Management, Quality Control/Assurance, Reporting. 

  • Typically manages tier I service desks
  • Coaching, counseling, providing feedback, handling disciplinary issues and providing positive recognition
  • Ensuring each Technician meets his or her required goals including intraday schedule adherence, attendance, call center metrics, policy/handbook adherence, conduct and performance
  • Writing employee performance evaluations, delivering annual merit reviews, updating employee journals daily and performing other administrative tasks as assigned
  • Performing root cause analysis and identifying opportunities for helpdesk efficiencies


For requirements on this featured Job Posting or for other job postings available to alumni login to the Walsh Portal to access eRcruiting. For more information on Portal Access visit walshcollege.edu/AlumniPortalAccess.

Career Services now has a reception desk in the Student Services area at Troy. We’re located directly behind Admissions and Advising’s front desk. Stop in and say “Hi”.

Contact Liz Gawel in Career Services at (248) 823-1625.

eRecruiting and Why You Should Have an Account

All job opportunities that come into Walsh College are posted in eRecruiting, including internships, part-time and full-time jobs. If you are looking for a job or internship this is a great place to search. Employers post with Walsh College because they know the quality of our programs and they want our students/alumni. Jobs and internships posted in eRecruiting by Walsh College are only accessible to Walsh students and alumni so there is a much smaller candidate pool than other online systems like Indeed.com or Monster.com.

To read more, visit eRecruiting.

Blackstone LaunchPad

Blackstone LaunchPad Member News

On Saturday, December 13, Walsh College alumni and Blackstone LaunchPad members Julie Andreae of Secure Beginnings, LLC and Jason Beale of RegainGo.com were guests on the Startup Nation Radio show.  The topic discussed was:  Are you born an entrepreneur or can you be taught?  What all the guests agreed on was the fact that every entrepreneur, born or taught, has rough edges that they can improve.  Startup Nation can be heard at 2:00pm on Saturday afternoons on WJR 760 AM.

Listen to the panel discussion to find out if you’re a natural entrepreneur and how to spring it into action here!

Walsh College alum and Blackstone LaunchPad member Anthony Mitchell is featured in the current Forbes Magazine 2015 Investment Guide as one of more than a dozen “Unknown All Stars of Personal Finance”. These individuals have cutout the middleman and outdid the pros in investing, real estate, tax planning and philanthropy. Check out Anthony’s personal strategy: the Peter Lynch approach to stock picking along with other strategies here.

Information about our 2015 “Make It Better” Competition will be available at the end of January. Blackstone LaunchPad members are eligible to participate and can view the email that was sent to local high schools and community colleges announcing the competition here.  

Blackstone LaunchPad provides free mentoring service to current students, faculty/staff or degreed alumni. Learn more at: walshcollege.edu/blackstonelaunchpad.

Walsh Institute

Customized Employee Training Just For Your Company

The Walsh Institute develops training programs for local companies. Each company is unique and can be developed to suit your organization's needs. 

Most popular training programs: 
  • Leadership
  • Business Communications
  • Customer Service
  • Leadership Series for Managers

Visit Custom Training for more information. 

Consider joining a Walsh Business Leadership Center Affinity Group

Join a group of your peers of business owners, service providers and business development professionals for a confidential educational meeting to solve issues, discuss the latest trends, and share best practices.

For more information, visit Affinity Groups.

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