HU hosts professional panel

By Nicole Walby

Staff Writer

Heidelberg University business students were able to take in career advice and practical experiences from a panel of professionals during the first interaction with the School of Business’s executive-in-residence Thursday evening.

Executive-in-Residence Ed White, former senior vice president of Owens-Illinois, moderated a panel, “Career Preparation Conversation,” for Heidelberg business students.

White was senior vice president and chief financial officer of Owens-Illinois before his retirement last June. He had been with the company for 38 years, becoming CFO in 2005 after completing the successful integration of O-I’s European operations. White has a bachelor’s degree from Indiana University and a master’s in business administration from University of Hawaii.

Joining White were Stacy Cox, senior vice president of Croghan Colonial Bank; Eric Willman, administration officer of Old Fort Banking Co.; James Hill, 30 years experience in establishing and managing information technology businesses; Anne Martin, vice president of human resources of National Machinery Co.; Brett Johnson, commercial credit analyst assistant at Croghan Colonial Bank; Barry Luse, senior vice president and trust officer at Croghan Colonial Bank; Jon Laux, certified public accountant; and Charles Nagy, treasurer of Cooper Tire & Rubber Co.

The panel discussed the three E’s: entry, how to launch a professional business career; establish, how to make yourself valuable to an organization; and enhance, how to succeed.

Panelists targeted ways students can present themselves, with topics ranging from selling yourself in cover letters and resumes, setting and achieving goals and obtaining success through those goals.

“You are at the point of your lives where decision-making becomes important,” White said.

After each session, the students were able to ask questions of the executives.

Martin told students to obtain internships in their chosen field.

“Learn about the career that you are entering into,” Martin said.

When it comes to a resume, White suggested brevity and focusing on important information.

“It comes down to alignment and balance and to set the right goals for you,” White said. “(Students) have received about 200 years of experience in wisdom across a variety of industries. Take advantage of it and ask the right questions.”

Cox, who also is chair of the Heidelberg Business Board, said, “If you wake up dreading to go to work, then you have to reevaluate your career goals. Recognize that having fun is important and to listen and ask advice, to learn from your experiences and good luck in your next adventures.”

Today, White will visit classrooms for discussions of corporate finance, business administration and strategic management classes. In the afternoon, he is to meet with prospective students and parents as part of the Heidelberg School of Business’s Admissions Preview Day.