Corporate Experience Chicago- 2009

12/19/2009


The last day of our trip first consisted of a trip to Hamburger University and Komatsu. Hamburger University is a management training facility established by McDonald’s restaurant to train the franchise owners and managers. We watched a very interesting video about McDonald’s history and we were able to see historic McDonald’s memorabilia. After our visit to Hamburger University, we traveled to Rolling Meadows, Illinois to visit Komatsu. We were hosted by another Culver-Stockton Alum, Jenkins Davis. He treated us to lunch and then we discussed Komatsu’s product line. We learned about Komtrax, Komatsu’s new line of technology that gives feedback to distributors from the machine. Mr. Davis treated us to a great day and we were all very grateful for his generosity. After an exciting second day, we boarded the train and returned home to C-SC!


Posted at 1:02 PM by Leanne Cary

Corporate Experience Chicago- 2009

12/19/2009


The Corporate Experience class members started our day off in Oak Brook, Illinois after a late night of travel on Wednesday via the train. Just across our hotel parking lot was Evergreen Bank Group- our first visit. We were greeted by our host, Culver-Stockton alum Darin Campbell, who would share with us how the bank group was formed. While at the bank we were given a tour of the facility and we listened to many of the bank executives share about their positions in the bank. We also learned about banking 101, bank operations, and bank accounting. C-S alum Paul Leake introduced the class to consumer lending. Overall it was a great day. Mr. Campbell and Mr. Leake were very hospitable and provided us with an awesome learning experience.


Posted at 1:01 PM by Leanne Cary

Corporate Experience 2009-Chicago

12/18/2009


On Friday, December 11, 2009, the Corporate Experience class traveled to Hamburger University in Oak Brook, Illinois. Hamburger University offers worldwide training to McDonald’s regional managers. We enjoyed watching a video on the company history, marketing campaigns and learned more about how it is managed. It was interesting to see how McDonalds has expanded over the years, and the tour of the building was enjoyable as well.
After visiting Hamburger University, we traveled to Rolling Meadows, Illinois. Here we met with Jenkins Davis, Director of National Account Sales, at Komatsu . Mr. Davis was an alumnus of Culver-Stockton and shared his experiences he had here. He described how Komatsu was a provider of utility, construction, and mining equipment. It was fascinating to learn how different marketing techniques and technology can set you apart from another company. Ken Calvert also talked about Komtrax, which is a new monitoring system for their equipment. The advances in technology in their equipment were amazing. Mr. Davis allowed us to be very interactive and ask questions, so we learned a lot at this corporation. It was a great experience getting to visit Komatsu, and I would recommend it to anyone in the future.
The opportunities I had in Chicago were ones I will never forget. I am excited to learn more about the business world and can’t wait to see what Corporate Experience to Kansas City has in store next semester.


Posted at 12:35 PM by Elise Obert

Corporate Experience 2009-Chicago

12/18/2009


On Thursday, December 10, 2009, the Corporate Experience class members visited Evergreen Bank Group in Oak Brook, Illinois. Mr. Darin Campbell, President and CEO of Evergreen Bank Group, greeted us with a friendly welcome, breakfast, and introduced us to the bank. As an alumnus, Mr. Campbell told us about his experiences at Culver-Stockton and how the college had helped him build his career. Mr. Paul Leake, Executive Vice President, was also an alumnus of Culver-Stockton, and he shared his story as well. We then took a tour and got to see how a community bank’s atmosphere is customer-friendly as well as comfortable. The bank was beautifully crafted and offered great service. After the tour, we learned about banking and the different branches of the bank. Mr. Leake helped us learn more about consumer lending, while other speakers talked about commercial lending, accounting, operations, and advice to college students. The information presented was very helpful, and we were able to ask many questions that we had about banking. Visiting the bank was a great way to gain more knowledge about the industry. We had the opportunity to meet Culver-Stockton alumni, who were so very successful, and the advice they gave to us was phenomenal. The trip to Evergreen Bank Group was a great opportunity, and an experience I will never forget.
Later that night, we ate dinner as a group at the Cheesecake Factory, and despite the frigid winds, we went shopping at the Oak Brook Center, an outdoor mall. The snow and Christmas lights lit up the mall and the night was beautiful. After we were done shopping, we went back to our hotel and rested up for the next exciting day.


Posted at 12:33 PM by Elise Obert

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