Steffani Brubaker: Midwestern Roots, Driven and Determined

Hello everyone! I will be chronicling my journey with Volkswagen Group of America over the next several months through this blog. Since this is my first post, I’d like to introduce myself.

I’m Steffani Brubaker, a 22-year-old midwestern gal from Midland, Mich. After graduating high school, I moved an hour away from the place I’d called home my entire life to pursue a business degree at Central Michigan University. During my first two years in college, I knew I wanted to go into business, but no matter how hard I tried, I couldn’t decide on a major. During my junior year, it clicked.

After taking a compelling Supply Chain Management class, I saw career path potential for the first time. To say I was thrilled would be an understatement. Could I have really discovered a career where my organized, proactive nature would actually be helpful instead of driving people crazy? It almost seemed too good to be true. Excited for the future, I chose my major and never looked back.

Soon after, I started seeking opportunities to apply my major to the real world. I became heavily involved in the Supply Chain Management Association, where I was in charge of creating awareness, recruiting underclassmen to the program, and recruiting corporations to speak to our group. After one semester, the chair of the group invited me to interview for Logistics Management Council Honors Society (the only honors organization in the country that gets paid for logistics consulting work). It was a great opportunity for me to gain experience with multiple corporations without actually “working there.” I rounded out my college internship experience the summer before I graduated at Bayer HealthCare, located in South Bend, Indiana. As a Customer Logistics Representative there, I managed Vendor Managed Inventory accounts for multiple grocery chains. In May, I graduated from Central Michigan University, earning a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration, with a major in Purchasing and Supply Chain Management. I couldn’t wait to begin the career I’d set my sights on for so long.

My family and me immediately following my graduation ceremony

Fast forward to today, I am proud to say I am part of the Volkswagen Group of America Graduate Program in Auburn Hills, Mich., where I began my role as an analyst in Parts Logistics on June 1, 2011. As a part of the program, I will rotate into nine different positions in two years or less. These rotations include: Material Information Technology, Inventory Cycle Management, Procurement, Dealer Support, Transportation, and others. I will even be given the opportunity to work at a Parts Distribution Center in March for about six months!

As a Michigan native, the automotive industry has had a huge influence on my life. My father has worked for the automotive industry my entire life, I’ve grown up around cars, and I have seen how fast paced the auto world truly is. I have always hoped to work in this industry. Needless to say, I am thrilled to be working for a company that has bold sales goals and products that I know can get us to where we want to be–the top!

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