Alumni Success Stories

Alec McCartney

Class of 2011

My name is Alec McCartney, I was a member of the LAB class of 2011 from Jefferson Area High School. I was undecided on what I wanted to study in college when I arrived, but this week, with its hands-on and experiential learning style confirmed that business, and specifically marketing, was definitely my path.

Upon my graduation from Jefferson, I enrolled at the University of Cincinnati, where I graduated with my Bachelors of Business Administration with a major in Marketing and a minor in Professional Selling in December of 2016. Thanks to the excellence of UC's co-op program, I found employment right after graduation with EyeMed Vision Care in their Sales Leadership Development program, pursuing a career in outside sales with the fastest growing vision benefits company in the country. EyeMed is one of the many great brands of Luxottica Retail, the company behind retailers like Sunglass Hut, LensCrafters and Pearle Vision, and brands such as Ray Ban, Oakley and Persol.

LAB was a big reason I pursued business as a career, and continue to be invigorated and excited by my work on a daily basis and I am grateful I got the opportunity. I couldn't recommend it enough to prospective students, and would love to stay engaged as an alumnus from down here in Cincinnati.

All the best,

Alec McCartney

Kyle Krus

Class of 2012

My LAB experience met and exceeded all the expectations I had prior to my arrival at the beautiful Lake Erie College campus. Each day had a different business theme: Teambuilding, Fundamentals, Marketing, International Business, Management, Entrepreneurship, and Investing. I felt that each participant could be engaged in any one of these areas of concentration presented throughout the week.

Sixty rising junior and senior students were accepted into the camp based upon their applications. Accompanying me from NDCL was Samantha Sloat. Many high schools were represented along with Notre Dame-Cathedral Latin: St. Ignatius, Lake Catholic, Chardon, Auburn, Harvey, Perry, Willoughby South, Wickliffe, Mentor, Riverside, VASJ, St Martin de Porres, Cornerstone, Kirtland, and University School.

The days were filled with competitive activities that challenged our groups to think as business executives, taking us out of our ordinary teenage lives. Specifically, the Mock Press Conference put each team under the spotlight. Having just experienced the Crisis Control presentation of Bruce M Hennes, each team was equipped with strategies and tips on how to handle the issue we were presented as well as the aggressive reporters. All of the guest professionals brought an interesting dimension about their own career. In fact, I was surprised to learn that many of the professionals did not even study business in their college or university.

On Wednesday, our teams were able to tour Lubrizol Corporation and have video conferences with Lubrizol employees in Canada, Japan, China, Australia, and Singapore. Afterwards, our companies decided which country offered the best potential to expand production and increase sales. I cannot go without mentioning Mr. Donald Wayne McLeod. He grabbed the attention of all the students on the very the first night and started each day with his optional interactive workshop on professionalism. He spoke about being truly interested in those around you and that being different and standing out will set you apart from others. This becomes increasingly important as we apply for colleges and internships.

In the end, my lab experience was made through all the fantastic, young businessmen and businesswomen I had met and worked with throughout the week. Experiencing this program with them has been unforgettable.

A special honor I received during the week was being voted by my peers as the 2012 LAB Male Representative. I was acknowledged for my outstanding teamwork, leadership, and overall grasp of the various business facets learned during the week. As the 2012 LAB Male Representative, I spoke during the graduation ceremony to the students, parents, professionals, and sponsors about the experiences of the camp.

As I enter my senior year at Notre Dame-Cathedral Latin, I plan to obtain acceptance into a university that will challenge me to develop the proper skill set to positively contribute to the business environment. The area of study I plan on exploring is finance. I have aspirations to learn about a career in investment banking and hold the goal of working and succeeding in a career on Wall Street. I hope my final year at NDCL will be as memorable and enjoyable as my first three years of high school.

Rebecca Francosky

Class of 2000

I attended LAB in 2000. Since then, I earned my B.S. in entrepreneurship and international business from the University of Dayton. Currently, I run the marketing research and statstics program for Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport, which is the world's busiest airport. I also met my husband at a LAB alumni event.

Charlotte Hult

Class of 2010

Dear future business leaders, I can hardly believe it's been 3 years since my summer at LAB. Just yesterday, I drove up to Lake Erie College's campus, unpacked my bags, and began my LAB experience.

Few tips for the week:

1) Stay calm, cool, and collected when a curve ball is thrown your way. Although you have mapped out your business, not everything will go according to plan. Expect the unexpected.

2) Take advantage of the speakers and local professionals. After a presentation, approach the speaker, shake his/her hand, and tell him/her a little about yourself, (For example: where you go to school, what activities you are involved with, and what intrigues you about business), and finally ask the speaker a question (For example: How did you get connected to [insert company]? What major did you choose in college? What do you wish you would have known at my age?) Before leaving the conversation, shake his/her hand, ask for a business card, and thank the speaker for taking time out of his/her day to present at LAB. (This will win you a few brownie points!) Three years ago, I would have never known that my 5-minute conversation with Kevin Malecek, CEO of Mentor Chamber of Commerce, would become the foundation of our mentor/mentoree relationship. Since LAB, Kevin and I have kept in contact and we grab coffee every time I return home from Miami. He has given career advice as I chose a major in college, strong recommendations for summer internships, and prepared me for my business trip to China. Networking is a skill you should work to develop.

I graduated from Willoughby South in 2011. During high school, I was involved with Key Club, NHS, Varsity Cheerleading and served as Student Council President and Class President. Because of my LAB experience as CMO (Chief Marketing Office), I decided to major in Marketing. Currently, I am a junior Business Honors student at Miami University's Farmer School of Business. I am double majoring in Marketing and Interactive Media Studies.

One of my favorite memories of LAB was video conferencing with Lubrizol employees in China, Australia, Brazil, and Canada.

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