Internship Spotlight: Mallory Ellis

by Evie Somogyi, marketing intern and senior marketing student, Mike Cottrell College of Business

At the Mike Cottrell College of Business, we encourage students to pursue internships related to their field of study. Mallory Ellis, who is a senior accounting and information systems major, with a minor in Spanish, is currently an intern at M3 Accounting + Analytics. Their company primarily focuses on making accounting software for hotels. Mallory is responsible for quality assurance. In this role, she runs tests in order to find bugs in software and documents the trouble areas.

So far, Mallory has had a terrific experience. She enjoys the friendly culture of M3 Accounting + Analytics. Everyone that she has worked with has been very helpful and willing to answer her questions. She has really enjoyed being a part of a team and working towards the goal of rewriting software for their main product.

Mallory discovered M3 Accounting + Analytics through Beta Alpha Psi, UNG’s honors society for accounting, finance, and information systems majors. She went to a career reception in the fall and had the opportunity to speak to people from M3. She interviewed in October and was given the internship for the spring semester.

Throughout her college career, there have been several courses that have helped her in her internship. A couple of these classes include: Systems Analysis and Design and Project Management. Mallory said that, “It’s neat to see how the concepts I’m learning about in these classes are playing out in a real life software project that I am a part of. Meanwhile, having a fundamental knowledge of accounting has also been valuable because I understand why we are trying to make the system do what it needs to do. For example, we have a control built in that does not allow a journal entry to be posted unless the debits and credits are equal, in compliance with U.S. GAAP (Generally Accepted Accounting Principles).”

Mallory’s advice to students who are seeking an internship is to, “Make connections everywhere you go, and go to every networking event — until it becomes awkward when people don’t remember your name.” She also encourages accounting, finance, and information systems majors to get involved with Beta Alpha Psi, because she found both of her internships and her post graduation full-time job through this organization. Mallory is also grateful for the resources that Career Services offers. She was given feedback for resumes, and had a chance to do mock interviews and attend career fairs. Mallory’s professors also provided a lot of support. She said, “We have some pretty amazing faculty at UNG — thank you! The work that you do is appreciated.”

Through the help of Beta Alpha Psi, career services, and the terrific professors at the Mike Cottrell College of Business, Mallory was able to excel in her internships and land a full time job. We asked Mallory what her plans were post graduation and she said, “Post graduation, Lord-willing, I’m getting married and moving to Atlanta, where I will start working at Mauldin and Jenkins. Mauldin and Jenkins is a CPA firm that has a variety of clients, including nonprofit and governmental organizations. I will either be doing tax work or audit work, and I also plan to begin studying for the CPA exam.”

Graduate Spotlight: Bree Kinkade

by Evie Somogyi, marketing intern and senior marketing student, Mike Cottrell College of Business

Obtaining a great job right out of college is every college student’s dream, so we asked a recent graduate, Bree Kinkade, to tell us how she managed to do just that. Bree attributed her success to the knowledge and skills that she gained from her degree, internship, and involvement in the American Marketing Association (AMA) chapter at UNG.

Bree KinkadeBree earned her BBA in Marketing in December of 2016, and started her job as a State Farm sales representative in January of 2017. She is responsible for ensuring that people and their families are properly protected with insurance. Bree is licensed to sell life, accident, sickness, and property & casualty insurance. She said that she has thoroughly enjoyed her job knowing that she is helping people. She finds the most rewarding part of her job to be the conversations that end with customers thanking her for her guidance.

Bree’s marketing degree aided in her job search by helping her understand the importance of highlighting her abilities gained through her degree. She had experience in various topics including: marketing research, sales, consumer behavior, advertising, and management. Her potential employers were all extremely impressed with the flexibility and versatility of her degree. Bree often finds herself flipping through old notes, especially from her personal selling class, when closing sales or asking for referrals.

Bree’s internship at State Farm Corporate within the Strategic Resources Department further enhanced her value to potential employers. Her responsibilities included data analysis and composing written reports. She said, “that in her employer’s eyes her internship signified that she had some experience, was able to work efficiently with a team, and that she was eager to learn and develop her future.”

Bree gained a lot of knowledge through her involvement in AMA. She learned the importance of networking and keeping a consistent brand message. In addition to all of the skills she acquired during her time at AMA, Bree cultivated relationships with other members that will last a lifetime.

We also asked Bree to name some of the resources at UNG that she found to be helpful when thinking about her future after graduation. Her response was simple, her professors. She said, “that they were willing to meet with her in order to help her develop her resume, skills and potential.”

Bree encourages us to, “treasure every moment of college because it flies by.” In addition, she encourages us to get involved, start the job hunt early, use the resources available to us as students, and to “always remember that the education we received at the University of North Georgia has prepared us for success.”

Graduate Spotlight: Lt. Gen. James Terry (RET)

“North Georgia College was life changing for me,” said U.S. Army Lt. Gen. James Terry (RET). “The discipline that I learned in the Corps of Cadets and academic experience in the business school remain foundational to any success I achieved.”

Following his graduation from North Georgia College as a double major in management and marketing in 1978, Terry was commissioned to the infantry. During his prestigious military career, he commanded at multiple levels including commander of the Combined Joint Task Force, Operation Inherent Resolve – the U.S. military intervention against ISIL, commanding general of the U.S. Army Central, commander of the V Corps prior to its deactivation in 2013, commander of the International Security Assistance Force Joint Command, and deputy commander of the United States Forces Afghanistan.

Terry has received numerous awards, including the Meritorious Service Cross by the Governor General of Canada for his leadership of Regional Command South and his support of Canadian forces in Afghanistan. Most recently, Terry was named of the first 100 AACSB International Influential Leaders. ACCSB serves as the global accrediting body and membership association for business schools.

“The business school at North Georgia is where I learned the fundamentals of the business world and the U.S. Army is where I learned the fundamentals of war-fighting. I learned the art and science of leadership and management from both. Years later, I was able to assess and restructure large organizations around not only war-fighting but business functions.”

Terry is thankful for his experience at North Georgia: “North Georgia taught me how to think, not what to think. I also learned that every situation is different and requires adaptive solutions from critical, not cynical thinking.”

Graduate Spotlight: Derrick and Danielle Case

North Georgia business graduates Derrick and Danielle Case didn’t want to attend a large university. They chose North Georgia because of its small, mountain town atmosphere.

Following graduation, Danielle and her sisters Morgan and Madison, dreamed of creating their own retail store that would offer trendy clothing at reasonable prices. That dream came true when husband and wife team Derrick and Danielle opened their first storefront location in Dahlonega.

Now, seven years later, DressUp has grown from a small store in Dahlonega, Georgia to 13 stores in 2 states with continued plans for expansion in 2016. Even with such great success, they haven’t forgotten where it all started.

“We started our business in Dahlonega because we knew the market so well, and there was a need for our product offering” said Danielle Case, co-owner of DressUp. “At the time North Georgia didn’t offer entrepreneurship classes, but we certainly learned the things at North Georgia that helped us understand the market and the viability of our idea.”

Their business professors enabled their creativity through open discussions and projects. Derrick Case, co-owner and president, added, “The live critiques on our projects were so helpful. Not being taught just ‘from the book’ but learning from real experiences helped us tremendously.”

Derrick also doesn’t believe that it’s only the faculty and staff who make an impact on North Georgia: “UNG students and graduates make a huge impact in the regional community. Students bring new ideas to the table that help local businesses. Many small businesses, especially in North Georgia, wouldn’t have fresh new faces and ideas if it weren’t for students from the Mike Cottrell College of Business.”

Graduate Spotlight: Brad Wolf

After finishing his first year in the Cottrell MBA in 2012, Brad made a big career move to work for one of America’s most well-known brands, General Motors.

After graduation, Wolf moved to Detriot, MI where he is now part of the Chevrolet global customer experience team and works globally to ensure the Chevrolet brand is executed consistently at the retail level.

“There is no doubt I use what I learned at the University of North Georgia every day,” said Wolf. “The Cottrell MBA helped me understand the importance of culture and connection to the community that businesses can provide.”

Through local partnerships with GM, Wolf works with local Detroit, MI schools to help increase STEM educational opportunities, raise awareness about the importance of sustainability and mentor the leaders of tomorrow.

Wolf believes that his Cottrell MBA experience prepared him to for his life both personally and professionally.

“I am a proud graduate of the University of North Georgia for a number of reasons. UNG instilled a sense of optimism within me, which enabled me to have the confidence and knowledge to take intelligent risks, drive to find a deeper moral purpose in my work and continually push myself to grow.”

He also believes that same sense of business ethics and purpose has driven his work at Chrevrolet: “We look to make an impact for every customer across the globe. Understanding individual needs has helped me localize our brand globally.”