Virtual Conference 2020 - Coastal Carolina University
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Virtual Career Conference 2020

The Virtual Career Conference will be held on Thursday, April 23 from 2-4 p.m. via Zoom. This year's theme is, "Thriving Professionally During Uncertainty."

Students attending the conference will receive PDA credit (Transition to the Profession) and will receive (one) 1 PDA credit for each hour attended. 

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Schedule of Events

2 p.m.:

Welcome, Ellen Hayward

Meeting ID: 950-3837-6619



2:15 to 3 p.m.

Session 2A: Olin Utterback



Session 1B: Randy Furtner


3 to 3:45 p.m.

Session 1A: Stella Mercado



Session 2B: Alexander Klaus


3:45 to 4 p.m. 

Closing remarks, Ellen Hayward

Join us on Zoom:

Meeting ID: 941 4441 1564           


Randy Furtner '90  
CFO, Grimmway Farms   
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Grimmway Farms is a global produce leader and the world’s largest producer of carrots! Finance alumnus Randy Furtner will share how the food manufacturing industry is adjusting to the pandemic, as well as tips for students and upcoming graduates to remain relevant as we emerge from these unusual times.  

Alexander Klaus '05  
CEO/founder, Addisco Value LLC  
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Addisco Value is a holding company for multiple Massage Envy franchises and The Joint chiropractic clinics. Join Alex Klaus, CCU’s Distinguished Alumnus of the Year (2013), for an interactive discussion about the psychology of successfully weathering a recession.  

Stella Mercado  
Founder/CEO/president, Mercom  
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Mercom Corp. is a federal contracting firm, specializing in the technology sector. Wall College Board of Visitors member Stella Mercado will be speaking about the current economic climate and will be answering your questions about entering the workforce, managing student/personal finances, etc.

Questions can be submitted to before the conference.

Olin Utterback '98  
Partner, Tax Services, EY  
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Olin Utterback, an accounting and finance alumnus will be presenting on how Wall Street is adapting to working remotely during this pandemic, as well as sharing some tips on how students should be spending their time in the coming months (in lieu of completing an internship or starting a new job) so they can be more competitive when business goes back to “normal.”