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Meet Marissa DeCook — the 2019 SAA Scholarship Winner


Oakland University senior Marissa DeCook is the 2019 recipient of SAA’s Thought Leader of Tomorrow Scholarship.

Marissa, who grew up in Macomb, Mich., is currently studying Operations Management with a specialization in Supply Chain Management and a minor in Business Analytics and holds a 3.88 GPA.

Q) What is your career goal?

A) My future career goals are to work in the automotive industry following in the footsteps of my dad and grandpa. I would like to work in purchasing as a buyer or in a supply chain analyst position.

Q) What was the first car you owned?

A) My first car was a 2005 Black Grand Prix. My dream car would be a Jeep Wrangler.

Q) When did you become interested in the automotive industry?

A) I first became interested in the automotive industry because my dad worked for GM growing up. I went on a few tours with him and different events GM hosted. After seeing all that the automotive industry had to offer and learning about my dad's position and company, I knew that I was very interested. I then got a position at Baker Industries working with invoices and purchase orders and began to learn more and more about the basics of the industry. As I continued working at Baker Industries and later, BorgWarner and FCA, I learned more and more. I now know I want to pursue a career in automotive.

Q) Tell us a little about your internship? Who are you working for and what are you doing with them?

A) I am in a student buyer internship program at Fiat Chrysler Automotive. In this position, I assist the buyers in determining savings opportunities, processing price changes/contract updates, negotiating with suppliers, managing the capacities that buyers place on contract, and I have even had experience covering a complete buyer deck purchasing fasteners. This has been a great opportunity that allowed me to learn a lot about the automotive industry, FCA as a company, and the purchasing role in an organization. 

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