Career Center

There are a lot of cool organizations coming to Fall Career Expo. We thought it'd be fun to pick a few of their brains so you can get a glimpse into who they are and/or what they look for. 

MuleSoft

What’s something cool or surprising about one of your senior executives?

Our CEO, Greg Schott, was so humbled by the collective team achieving $26M in bookings that he walked 26 miles to work to show his appreciation. He started in the middle of the night and 60,000+ steps later he finally made it to work around 10AM just in time for a company-wide All-Hands meeting.

Who are your key competitors / comparable organizations?

There are no other companies who can solve connectivity challenges like MuleSoft, however, we compete with some companies like TIBCO and SnapLogic. Our real competition doesn't come from similar technologies, it comes from hiring the best talent out there. We compete with companies like Salesforce, Google, Medallia, Big 5 Consulting Firms, and IBM for top-tier talent.

Looking ahead 5-10 years, what do you see as a challenge for your field / industry?

MuleSoft is in the unique position of being a category-defining company, meaning we are creating a new enterprise software category. In a baseball game, we're at the top of the second inning...we are just getting started. 

We've created the "Application Network" space and we're still educating the market on API-led Connectivity. When you think of "search" you think of Google. Within 5 years, when you think of integration, we want you to think of MuleSoft. Because we're making it easier to adopt new trends like IoT, Big Data, Cloud, it’s hard to predict the future challenges we’ll face as we're far from being commoditized.

Have you met a student recently who really stood out? If so, what impressed you about that student?

We have a well-rounded bunch. We've hired semi-pro athletes, former Fulbright Scholars, presidents of business fraternities and debate teams — each with unique perspectives and accomplishments. 

We don't require folks to be technical or come from sales, however, each person has had achievements that made them stand out amongst their peers + a strong reason for wanting to launch their career in technology sales.

What’s one thing you want students to know about your organization?

In our Account Development role and at MuleSoft, you'd be driving a massive shift in the operating model and the resulting performance for companies like Fortune 100-2000 companies and organizations like Spotify, Unilever, and Salesforce.

Oh, and MuleSoft has been named a 'Best Place to Work' 5 years in a row. Why not love where you work?


VillageMD

What’s something cool or surprising about one of your senior executives?

VillageMD CEO, Tim Barry, completed an Iron Man and carried his child across the finish line.

Who are your key competitors / comparable organizations?

Closest competitors are Aledade, Evolent Health and Privia Health.

Looking ahead 5-10 years, what do you see as a challenge for your field / industry?

Today VillageMD is the only company in the market that provides our unique model of support. In 5-10 years there will be more direct competitors in the market trying to offer what we offer.

Have you met a student recently who really stood out? If so, what impressed you about that student?

I recently met some students at a Career Fair that had clearly done their research on our company prior to talking to the employers at our booth. Given that we are a younger, smaller company, this showed that the students were truly interested and had done their homework. In addition, through our conversation they were able to demonstrate their analytical skills and interest/passion for working in the healthcare field.

What’s one thing you want students to know about your organization?

VillageMD believes a primary care-led healthcare model enables high quality care, addresses the needs of the healthy and sick, and improves the lives of all within our communities!


SpotHero

What’s something cool or surprising about one of your senior executives?

Our Director of People, Leah Potkin, is a UMich alum. You can always hear her saying 'Go Blue' around the office and loves that one of SpotHero's colors is also blue.

Have you met a student recently who really stood out? If so, what impressed you about that student?

Fabio Cesar, UMich class of 2020! As our Sales & Account Management Intern this past summer, Fabio successfully brought on a leading property management company as a SpotHero client. We loved having Fabio as part of our team - he's enthusiastic, a self starter, and extremely hardworking - all qualities that enabled him to thrive at our fast-paced, constantly changing startup. 

What’s one thing you want students to know about your organization?

In our search for SpotHero interns, we tend to focus less on particular academic backgrounds, but instead we look for candidates who are passionate about SpotHero's mission and eager to learn from and contribute to our company. We also look for candidates who are excited to be part of the Chicago startup and tech scene. Our team evaluates candidates based on the initiatives they've taken and the impact they've made on campus and within their personal interests.


Hagerty

What’s something cool or surprising about one of your senior executives?

McKeel Hagerty, CEO, had the opportunity to interview Hillary Clinton and Benjamin Netanyahu during his term as the President of YPO (Young Presidents' Organization), a global network of young chief executives.

Who are your key competitors / comparable organizations?

Grundy, JC Taylor

Looking ahead 5-10 years, what do you see as a challenge for your field / industry?

We are challenged to keep the passion for driving alive and get young people involved in the hobby.

Have you met a student recently who really stood out? If so, what impressed you about that student?

We have had many impressive students from the University of Michigan participate in our Internship Program at Hagerty. The common factor that we have seen among them is the hunger for knowledge and growth, unflagging enthusiasm, and an extremely positive attitude.

What’s one thing you want students to know about your organization?

Hagerty is excited to meet the future leaders of our company!


SAGA Innovations

What’s something cool or surprising about one of your senior executives?

Our Senior Vice President & Co-Founder and our Director of District Partnerships went to high school together, and our VP of Programs was their teacher!

Who are your key competitors / comparable organizations?

City Year, Teach for America, Americorps, Noble, Match

Looking ahead 5-10 years, what do you see as a challenge for your field / industry?

A current and future challenge of this work is finding dedicated and passionate individuals who want to stay in education throughout their careers.

Have you met a student recently who really stood out? If so, what impressed you about that student?

I am always impressed when students not only show interest, but show that they have researched the organization.

What’s one thing you want students to know about your organization?

We are truly making a difference in the lives of students and families.


Spectrum Heath

What’s something cool or surprising about one of your senior executives?

The president of the medical group still practices medicine on a daily basis

Who are your key competitors / comparable organizations? 

In West Michigan - Mercy Health

Looking ahead 5-10 years, what do you see as a challenge for your field / industry?

New Healthcare plans within our government. Limited nurses to take care of our aging population and extended life expediencies.

Have you met a student recently who really stood out? If so, what impressed you about that student?

I was impressed by a student that was easy to talk with. Strong communication skills, easy to converse with, and acted professionally.

What’s one thing you want students to know about your organization?

If you’re interested in growing and becoming part of an organization that is leading the way in Healthcare, then Spectrum Health is the place to be.


NAMSA

What’s something cool or surprising about one of your senior executives?

Our current president and CEO is the son of our founder. Still a privately held organization — but on a global level.

Who are your key competitors / comparable organizations?

Other CROs (Contract Research Organizations) and other medical device companies.

Looking ahead 5-10 years, what do you see as a challenge for your field / industry?

Medical devices are always evolving, so too must our business. So adapting as technology and the research change in the industry.

Have you met a student recently who really stood out? If so, what impressed you about that student?

Someone that is confident in their ability to learn and adapt for a role. Someone that knows you aren't going to find your ideal or dream job right after college. But put in the work & effort and hopefully be able to find your dream job once [inside] the organization.

What’s one thing you want students to know about your organization?

We currently touch about 50% of all medical devices on the market in some way globally! We see our business doubling in the next 3 years!


Horizon Media, Inc.

What’s something cool or surprising about one of your senior executives? 

Our Founder and CEO wanted to be a pro tennis player.

Who are your key competitors / comparable organizations?

Initiative, Carat, OMD, Maxus, Mediacom, Zenith

Looking ahead 5-10 years, what do you see as a challenge for your field / industry?

Keeping up with the trends and the convergence of media, PR, advertising, publishers, etc. and figuring out the role we play.

Have you met a student recently who really stood out? If so, what impressed you about that student?

They were very passionate about media/advertising and able to clearly articulate their interest in Horizon and wanting to learn more about what we do.

What’s one thing you want students to know about your organization?

Our only criteria is that you have a strong interest in learning about media and bringing your passion to work. You don't have to have a specific major. We will teach you everything else you need to know!


Polaris Industries

What’s something cool or surprising about one of your senior executives?

Our executives have a mix of diverse experience, backgrounds and skill sets. This provides a broad range of leadership and insight for the company

Who are your key competitors / comparable organizations?

Honda, Harley, Yamaha, Kawasaki, Can Am

Looking ahead 5-10 years, what do you see as a challenge for your field / industry?

We are always looking to improve and develop/refine unique solutions by leveraging new and existing technologies. 

Have you met a student recently who really stood out? If so, what impressed you about that student?

Excitement with the industry and knowledge of our company. Also having prior related work experience and leadership involvement is a big plus.

What’s one thing you want students to know about your organization?

We make really cool products!


Blackford Capital

What’s something cool or surprising about one of your senior executives? 

Our Founder, Martin Stein, has completed 20 marathons and 2 ultra-marathons.

Who are your key competitors / comparable organizations?

Private Equity firms focused on middle-market manufacturing

Have you met a student recently who really stood out? If so, what impressed you about that student?

[The student] really showed initiative and ambition. Although he was brought on for one department specifically, he ended up working across all teams and really brought a lot of value. And also received a lot of valuable experience in return.

What’s one thing you want students to know about your organization?

Blackford Capital is at a very exciting time in it's history. We've recently had a couple of very successful exits and are preparing for the launch of our 3rd fund.


Quad/Graphics

What’s something cool or surprising about one of your senior executives?

Joel Quadracci, Dave Blais, Kent Brooks, and Renee Badura — all seniors executives — began in our Corporate Trainee Program.

Who are your key competitors / comparable organizations?

RR Donnelley, who recently split into three companies.

Looking ahead 5-10 years, what do you see as a challenge for your field / industry?

Changing and adapting to the way that print and media are consumed.

Have you met a student recently who really stood out? If so, what impressed you about that student?

A student who really stands out to us is a student that embraces change.

What’s one thing you want students to know about your organization?

Our organization has a strong emphasis on employee development. Employee education is key to our ability to urgently innovate.


Fifth Third Bank

What’s something cool or surprising about one of your senior executives?

Richard Medaugh, who will be on campus for the Career Expo, is himself a proud Wolverine.

Who are your key competitors / comparable organizations?

All banks who maintain credit card portfolios.

Looking ahead 5-10 years, what do you see as a challenge for your field / industry?

Keeping up with digital trends and innovations.

What’s one thing you want students to know about your organization?

We are a regional bank that innovates through technology and analytics.


To learn more about the organizations who will be on campus for Fall Career Expo be sure to download the Career Fair Plus app on either the iOS App Store or the Google Play Store. Once you select the U-M Fall Expo you'll be able to browse each organization. If you are unable to access the app you can also learn about each org via Handshake by visiting: http://myumi.ch/6nkqr