Alumni Success Stories

Ferris Honors Program Alumna: Amanda SalemAmanda Salem
B.S. Business/International Business
Graduated 2002

Obtaining my undergraduate degree in International Business at Ferris State University has played a key role in my professional career to date. During my studies at Ferris State I studied abroad in Israel, was part of an Optometry Mission Trip to British Guyana, and was a foreign exchange student in France. In addition, I obtained a scholarship as the International Student of the Year in 2000. I made it a point to learn not only in the classroom, but also through my experiences overseas.

After graduation in 2002, I started at UBS PaineWebber as a financial advisor. I was fortunate enough to obtain world-class training in order to help individuals achieve their financial dreams through investing. By 2003, I was offered a position as a personal banker with Chase in Genesee, Michigan. In 2004, I transferred to Arizona where I excelled in my position. By 2005, I was among the top 20 personal bankers in the entire Phoenix Market and was ranked 250th out approximately 6,000 bankers nationwide for production. With Chase, I earned a seat at the National Achievers Conference that is held annually for top performers of JP Morgan Chase Bank.

In 2006, I was promoted to management and I am currently managing one of the largest branches in the Phoenix New Build Market. Achieving my goals has been a challenge, but I haven't stopped striving for success. As a Branch Manager with Chase, I manage a team of about 20 people and we are ranked among the top 40 branches in the nation for production. At this stage, I intend to continue developing my employees for advancement in their career and for the future of an ever-expanding Chase Bank. I am extremely grateful for the education and encouragement from Ferris State University.

The curriculum of the Honors Program encourages students to seek opportunities that take them out of their comfort zone. Without a doubt, anyone with perseverance, character, and determination can achieve their dreams. At the same time, I encourage incoming students who want to succeed to seek the support not only of the Honors Program, but also from the faculty and staff of Ferris State University.