Regional business leaders will be offering valuable professional advice to University of Findlay students at a seminar to be held Wednesday, Oct. 16 from 7-8 p.m. in the Alumni Memorial Union.
Participants will learn “How to Stand Out in Your Internship/Job.” The panel discussion, moderated by UF College of Business Interim Dean Damon Osborne, will include Eric Anderson, the principal and co-founder of AR Marketing; Anne Roman, Cooper Tire & Rubber Company vice president of communication; Jamie De La Cruz, director of organizational capability for Marathon Petroleum Corporation (MPC); and Nicole Busey, Esq., ’99, tax director for indirect tax compliance and planning at MPC.
“All of the panelists are passionate about helping students by offering advice and providing insight about what to do and what not to do during their internship or first job. The panelists will set clear expectations on what qualities are necessary to stand out and be successful in a corporate environment,” said Brad Hammer, director of UF’s Center for Career and Professional Development, which is sponsoring the event.
Anderson’s 27-year career in marketing spans across worldwide brands such as Scotts-MiracleGro, Frigidaire, and Brunswick. AR Marketing is an award-winning agency with a focus on family-owned businesses. It works with more than 1,000 businesses across the U.S. and Canada, such as Marathon Petroleum Corporation, Samsung, and AllHealth, and has offices in Findlay; Annapolis, Maryland; and Charleston, South Carolina. Before launching his company, Anderson was president of Fresh Encounter, Inc. He is currently a chaired speaker with the International Coca-Cola Institute and serves on IGA’s Red Oval Advisory Board. He is a past board member and current advisor to the National Grocers Association.
Roman joined Cooper Tire as vice president of communications and public affairs in 2012. She is responsible for global external and internal communications, and the company’s corporate social responsibility efforts. A seasoned communications leader, Roman has more than 30 years of experience developing and executing strategic communications initiatives for large, publicly held companies. Earlier in her career, she co-founded Roman-Peshoff, an award-winning boutique public relations and marketing communications firm in Toledo. She earned a bachelor’s degree in journalism from The Ohio State University, and national Accreditation in Public Relations.
De La Cruz oversees Marathon’s diversity and inclusion, talent acquisition, and compliance functions. He began his career with Marathon in 1999 in Findlay as a member of the company’s Law Organization, where he worked as a staff attorney for MPC and Speedway. He was appointed human resources manager of the company’s Saint Paul, Minnesota refinery in 2007, and has worked in various HR leadership roles. De La Cruz received his undergraduate degree from Maryville University of Saint Louis, where he graduated magna cum laude and co-captained the men’s soccer team; and earned his law degree from Ohio Northern University, where he graduated with high distinction and an overall class rank of 3.
Busey has held various positions of increasing responsibility in both Findlay and Houston with MPC and Marathon Oil Company, including tax legal and audit manager. In her current role, she is responsible for tax planning, sales and use tax compliance, motor fuel and excise tax compliance, property tax compliance, and customs and international trade compliance. She chairs the American Fuel and Petrochemical Manufacturers Tax Policy Committee and is vice president of UF’s Alumni Association Board of Governors. Busey received a bachelor of science in accounting and business administration from UF, and a Juris Doctorate from Ohio Northern University.