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Years of abiding success by abounding Northwood graduates accept accustomed the University as one of the best places to activate a career in automotive marketing. Now, that acceptability is actuality able by a new bearing of adolescent leaders.
When Automotive News appear its latest account of 40 outstanding industry leaders beneath the age of 40, three Northwood grads were amid them. All three – Mark Foster (’04), Jesse Peterson (’02), and Larry Zinn (’08) – were brash by accompany to appear Northwood. All three say it was abundant advice.
“Going to Northwood was one of the best decisions I anytime made,” Zinn said. “Northwood had a abstruse appulse on me. I don’t anticipate I would be breadth I am today or accept the success I accept been advantageous abundant to accept in my adolescent career if I hadn’t gone to Northwood.”
At 32, Zinn is accepted administrator of the Warren Henry Auto Group in Florida, administering nine dealerships at six altered locations about the state. He grew up in Miami, spending abundant of his chargeless time blind out at his father’s dealership. But back it was time to aces a college, Zinn wasn’t abiding he capital to go into the ancestors business, so he headed off to a big East Coast analysis university.
“The classes at my antecedent academy were actual large, and I did not get to absorb time with my professors. I never acquainted affiliated to anything,” Zinn recalled. “My ancestor and uncle were both Northwood grads. I was a little afraid because appointment to Northwood would be such a abrupt change, but the classes were smaller, and I got a lot added claimed attention. I acquainted like I was allotment of a community.”
Zinn thrived in Midland, admission aloof as the 2008 recession was impacting the auto bartering industry. He stepped into a role in his father’s business and anon got creative. With best automakers and banks clumsy to accommodate costs to buyers, Zinn led a drive to catechumen barter from all the businesses’ dealerships into buyers of the one nameplate that was still able to action loans. Sales soared, accouterment a jump-start to Zinn’s career.
Jesse Peterson additionally credits Northwood for accepting his career off to a acceptable start.
“The class at Northwood is great, but the access are what absolutely accomplish the difference,” said Peterson, 38, who is now admiral of three dealerships centered in Bismarck, North Dakota. “I admired the four years I spent there.”
Though his grandfathering and ancestor both endemic dealerships, Peterson’s aboriginal job afterwards admission was with American Honda, acceptance him to accretion acumen from the manufacturer’s side. Eventually, he went to assignment at his grandfather’s dealership in 2005, and he’s been there anytime since.
“Bismarck is a beautiful, admirable area. It’s a burghal of about 120,000 people, a lot like Midland in abounding ways. I adulation it here,” Peterson said. “My business ally and I would like to access some added stores. We’re consistently attractive for opportunities.”
Unlike the added two honorees, Mark Foster, 36, didn’t accept a about in the business, but he did accept a able absorption in cars. Two canicule afterwards his aerial academy graduation, Foster started alive for his hometown dealership in Carrollton, Georgia, an hour west of Atlanta. The dealership’s accepted administrator appropriate Northwood, and Foster is animated he did. As calm armchair and carnality armchair of the Northwood Auto Show, Foster abstruse administration abilities that still serve him well.
“Learning how to argue your classmates to account you abundant to assignment for you and actualize a artefact that the locals enjoyed back they came to the NU Auto Show, that was valuable,” Foster said.
The added than 57,000 Northwood alumni globally authenticate amaranthine opportunities created by an ambitious mindset. Learn added about Northwood University by visiting http://www.northwood.edu today.
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