Jerry Schafer, BAC '75

Jerry Schafer has had a long and illustrious career with the McDonald's corporation. He grew up on the eastside of Detroit and attending Macomb Community College where he learned about Walsh college and its prestigious yet accessible account degree program. At the same time, Jerry worked for McDonald's where his strong work ethic and desire to learn about the fast-food industry has spanned over 20 years. Prior to retirement, Jerry held the title of Corporate Vice President Worldwide Development. He is credited with creating the supply chain system for McDonald's China, which is a huge achievement for the corporation.

Jerry answered a few questions for us about his experience, here are his answers:

  • What degree(s) did you receive from Walsh?

I received a BA in Accounting in 1975 and my CPA in 1982 

  • What was your job title before you started Walsh?

 I was a shift manager at McDonalds in East Detroit while attending Walsh. 

  • How did Walsh College help/influence you?/Best thing you learned from Walsh College?

Walsh influenced me in a big way based on the curriculum, quality of the institution, reputation in the Detroit Metro area, flexible schedule, location and support.

All were integral to my personal situation and need Biggest learning ironically revolved around written and oral communication skills. As an accounting major, at the time, I didn't understand the need to focus on communication skills.

Obviously, excellent communication skills are important regardless of what you do in life and have been extremely helpful to me over the years Greatest accomplishments:

  • What is your greatest accomplishment? Doesn’t need to be business related…could be philanthropic work

Becoming the Chief Operations Officer for McDonald's China and being an integral part of the North Carolina Ronald McDonald House Charities over the past 8 years.

  • Why would you encourage people to attend Walsh College?

Why attend Walsh: Great School, great reputation in the business community, great support, people get jobs / improve their career potential with a Walsh Degree! Learn more about me at my Fireside Chat!

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