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Alum Shares His Experience in the Auto Industry and Lessons of Teamwork

The U.S. auto industry has experienced turbulent times in recent years, but recent reports from the Auto Care Association estimate that the U.S. automotive will be worth $273.4 billion in 2017, an increase of almost $35 billion during the past four years. One Pitt Business alumnus has experienced the highs and lows of the market firsthand. Ken Shamus (BSBA ’01), finance supervisor at Ford Motor Company

“With a focused plan and a team all working together toward that plan, you can get through quite a bit,” says Ken Shamus (BSBA ’01), finance supervisor at Ford Motor Company. “You can have diverse perspectives on the best way to execute the plan, but if everyone isn’t working toward the same goal, it’s not going to work.”

Shamus, who received the 2013 CBA Outstanding Alumnus Award, says the lessons of Ford’s turnaround can be applied to other industries.

“Whether you are trying to grow a small startup from the ground up or are making major changes in a large corporation, the basic principle of teamwork applies to any organization,” Shamus says. 

Both inside and outside the classroom, Shamus says his experience as a Pitt Business student prepared him for his career in finance. He established leadership skills through participation in student organizations and developed a professional network and lifelong friendships. 

“Not only did I gain the strong technical skills I needed in accounting and finance, but through the broader curriculum and student organizations, I was able to gain teamwork and leadership experiences that serve me well to this day,” Shamus says.

“I am proud to be able to say that I went to Pitt, and I am excited for Pitt Business to be celebrating 20 years. To see how much it has grown, and what it has become is truly exciting, and I look forward to the great things to come,” Shamus says.