Ilitch School announces 25 Under 25 winners for 2019

Students in Wayne State’s Mike Ilitch School of Business are some of the brightest and hardest-working around, both in and out of the classroom. To celebrate our all-stars in academics, leadership, professional development and campus/community service, Dean Robert Forsythe created the 25 Under 25 recognition program – and the 2019 results are in!

The winners are:

  • Vanessa Agrusa, global supply chain management
  • Alec Albanna, accounting
  • Julia Beleshi, accounting
  • Vyshnavi Chivukula, finance
  • Sarah Deciechi, MS Accounting
  • Amney Iskandar, MBA
  • Brendan Johnson, finance
  • Jeremy Jones, finance
  • Dominic Kosters, finance
  • Ardalan Malek Boushehri, finance
  • Josh Nelson, marketing
  • Westin Pulizzi, MBA
  • Muhammad Qureshi, finance
  • Aya Rahal, global supply chain management
  • Naabia Romain, global supply chain management
  • Ishpinder Sahni, MBA
  • Ali Scheib, MBA
  • Austin Shepherd, marketing
  • Matthew Stevens, MBA
  • Benjamin Trela, accounting
  • Adrianna Waack, finance
  • Aaron Walden, MBA
  • Alyssa Witzleben, marketing
  • Basem Younis, accounting and finance
  • Andrew Zimmerman, MS automotive supply chain

Business students were invited to apply beginning last December, and a panel of executive judges from from Carhartt, Cobo Center, DuPont, Merrill Lynch, PwC and Quicken Loans reviewed and ranked the submissions.

Honorees will be presented with a special award on April 11 at the Gem Theatre in Detroit. A select group of Ilitch School alumni, friends and potential hiring managers from local employers will also attend this special, invitation-only event.

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