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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