Revenue Analyst, Tenneco, Inc.
"Owens helped me to learn how to learn. The people helped me to believe that I could succeed, not just in an educational setting, but in a career."
Business Management Technology, AAB
Profile of Excellence:
Owens Community College Alumnus
Dennis Meacham grew up in Toledo, Ohio. When he graduated from Woodward High School, he decided to attend a four-year university locally to pursue a degree in psychology.
"Most of my classes had more than 100 students and that wasn't the environment for me," said Meacham.
After two quarters, he decided to stop attending college until his father brought him a brochure from Owens Community College. One of the programs listed was financial management and he knew instantly that it was a program and a place where he could excel.
"I went from average grades in my psychology classes to honors because of the environment at Owens," said Meacham.
He found that he could communicate personally with his professors and they were positive influences in his life.
"Owens helped me to learn how to learn. The people helped me to believe that I could succeed, not just in an educational setting, but in a career," said Meacham.
He graduated with a degree in financial management in 1984. He was the first in his family to graduate from Owens.
Because of the encouragement of his professors and advisors, he transferred back to his initial university where he excelled and earned a bachelor's degree in business administration.
After graduation, he moved to San Diego, California, to work for a large bank.
Eventually, he moved back to the area, held a variety of jobs in the financial arena and now works for Tenneco, Inc. in Monroe, Michigan, where he is a Revenue Analyst in charge of accounts totaling $1 billion in receivables annually.
"I was highly discouraged when I left my first university experience, but Owens changed that for me," said Meacham.
His wife and two daughters also graduated from Owens. He is now encouraging his youngest daughter to learn more about Owens before she makes her college plans.
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