Friday, April 15, 2011

Alum Auto Exec Comes Back to Isenberg

Today we hosted Mr. Kevin Koswick of Ford in our second "Meet the Executive" event. The students of the UMass Amherst INFORMS Student Chapter help me to organize this speaker series.

Mr. Koswick is the Executive Director of Ford's North American Fleet, Lease and Remarketing Operations. In this role, he oversees the largest commercial and government operation in the industry, as well the remarketing of all Ford Vehicles in North America. In addition, he has brand responsibilities for all Ford Commercial Vans, Chassis Cabs, Police Vehicles, Taxis, Limousines, Livery and Recreational Vehicles.

Mr. Koswick received his MBA from UMass Amherst in 1985.

His three "takeaway points" from his presentation today:

1. Your personal habits matter. Work very hard and always be prepared.

2. Respect everyone. Managing up doesn't work. People who take care of others, do better. Don't be competitive at the expense of others.

3. You need to have common business sense. Persevere and make things happen.

Above are photos taken at his talk and the lunch afterwards.

Thanks to Mr. Kevin Koswick, an exceptional individual, executive, and alum!