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Alumnus banks on UNF education

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Kevin Mackiewicz is thankful every day for his time at the University of North Florida.


The University gave him the skills and the direction to snag his first job. It provided him with support while he worked his way up the corporate ladder. And his alma mater was in the back of his mind when he was recently promoted to Assistant Vice President and De Novo Marketing Manager for Florida at Fifth Third Bank.


“The University has been an integral part of my professional career,” Mackiewicz said. “Every step of the way, I’ve used the skills I developed at UNF and at the Coggin College of Business.”


Mackiewicz attended UNF from 1998 through 2002 for a business management degree and was a fixture at the Coggin College Career Management Center. He landed an internship with Wells Fargo after graduation through a career expo sponsored by the center. His initial interview was a breeze because of the training he received through the center. He knew how to present himself to prospective employers in the best possible way — from what to wear to what to say.


He parlayed that internship into a full-time position and steadily moved up from a sales position to managing a stable of nine salespeople. Before making the leap to Fifth Third Bank, he was overseeing a licensed financial center.


Shannon Italia, director of UNF’s Coggin Career Management Center, said Mackiewicz is another example of how maintaining relationships with alumni is mutually beneficial to both the University and the former student.


“Alumni who had outstanding student experiences at UNF are the best advocates we have in the community,” Italia said. “They are the individuals who continue to give back and help UNF become an even better institution. They are often the individuals that encourage their employers to come to UNF and recruit our grads.”


For Mackiewicz, he’s maintained his ties to campus by serving on the Coggin College of Business Alumni Board for the past two years. He’s also hired a number of UNF business students as interns because he can attest to the quality of their education.


As Mackiewicz manages the next phase of his professional life, he said he plans to maintain his ties to the University that put him on the path to business success.


“The classes. The Career Center. The teachers. Everything at UNF laid a foundation for which I can build on professionally,” he said. “I managed to develop a great relationship with the University that was very good to me. I’ll always try to recruit from UNF where I work. I want to help UNF students in the way UNF helped me.”