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Corporate Connection links students to business and industry

Corporate Connection lunch photo
Student Vicki Schuetter asks a question of Alicia
Hyde, an alumna from UTC, and now a Verification
Manager for Beacon Verification Services

A small group of University business students recently attended a Corporate Connection luncheon with representatives from Beacon Verification Services, a leading provider of Global Investment Performance Standards (or GIPS) verification services.  The luncheon was one in a series designed to bring students and representatives from local firms together for an informal meeting. 

“Students learn about area business and industry so they may better plan their future career paths,” said Lisa Pinckney Flint, Director of External Affairs, UTC College of Business. “It's also a great networking opportunity for students while the company learns more about our students, and finds viable candidates for future employment.”

Flint says students are encouraged to dress in business attire to make a positive first impression.

Vicki Schuetter, a junior majoring in finance, attended the luncheon.  She works at First Tennessee as a Financial Service Representative and lives in Dayton, Tennessee.

“I am looking for possibilities,” Schuetter said.  “I would like to remain in Chattanooga after I graduate.  Through Corporate Connection, I can meet different people in business and learn about their company’s goals.”

Alicia Hyde, an alumna from UTC, is now a Verification Manager for Beacon Verification Services, which provides extensive background in investment management and performance measurement. She spoke with Schuetter and others about her work, saying she sees clients day-to-day and has learned the operational side of the business. In her three years with the company, Hyde has been able to travel to nearly all the states to see clients.

“UTC has laid a good foundation for my career in the investment industry,” Hyde said.  “Some things I learned on the job, however, UTC prepared me at a macro level to understand the industry.”

December 1, 2006

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