Maryville College partners with Marriott Business Services

July 28, 2010
Contact: Chloe Kennedy, News and New Media Writer
865.981.8209; chloe.kennedy@maryvillecollege.edu

Maryville College has teamed up with Marriott Business Services in a new partnership that will strengthen the accounting minor at Maryville College and provide more opportunities for accounting.

Starting in Spring 2011, Marriott Business Services will sponsor a new advanced accounting class, "Business 366: Advanced Financial Reporting," which will be part of the accounting minor at Maryville College. The accounting minor falls under the College's business major.

"There has been increasing student demand for this course over the last several years," said Rebecca Treadway, assistant professor of management at Maryville College.

Treadway, along with Division Chair of Social Sciences Barbara Wells and Regional Advancement Officer Carrie McConkey, facilitated the partnership for the College.

"With the funding that Marriott Business Services offers for the course, our students will have the opportunity to embrace a deeper level of financial reporting."

Jack Neithammer, director of human resources at Marriott Business Services, said Maryville College is a good fit for this type of partnership.

"Maryville College is our neighbor in Blount County, and we have a desire to connect more closely with the College," Neithammer said. "Although it is primarily a liberal arts college, we learned that there are students with an interest in business and accounting, and we wanted to tap into that."

As a part of the partnership, Marriott Business Services will notify the College about available summer internship opportunities, provide financial executive guest speakers for the College's "Business 215: Principles of Accounting" classes and provide annual guided tours of Marriott Business Services for students taking "Business 365: Financial Reporting and Analysis."

Marriott Business Services will also fund an annual $500 scholarship for a promising student in accounting.

"The partnership with Marriott is valuable to Maryville College on many levels," Treadway said. "It will enhance our students' exposure to financial reporting and better prepare them for financial positions and graduate programs. The partnership is really about promoting knowledge – the knowledge of and exposure to a corporate entity such as Marriott, the knowledge that relationships/connections are critically important in business and the knowledge that giving to and giving back provide many with bright opportunities."

Neithammer said that as an Accounting Shared Services Center, Marriott Business Services hires entry-level staff accountants in a number of different areas.

"Maryville graduates who have an interest in accounting are a good fit for these jobs," he said. "We benefit by being able to access students with the educational background to fill some of our entry-level staff accountant positions. With the addition of the Advanced Financial Reporting class, Maryville students will have a solid foundation in accounting, making them excellent candidates for the positions we offer."

Joe McGroom, a 2009 Maryville College graduate, said he knew when he was a student at Maryville College that he wanted to work in a business-related field, but it wasn't until he completed a summer internship during his junior year with Marriott Business Services that he knew he found his calling in accounting.

"During my internship, I got to do a variety of tasks, such as reporting and daily accounting functions," said McGroom, who was hired as a staff accountant by Marriott Business Services in June 2009 and has since been promoted to a financial analyst. "It gives you a great perspective and experience in corporate culture and a corporate environment. I really think that's invaluable – you don't get that from the books, and you don't get that from anywhere other than just having the experience."

Maryville College senior Bobby Carouthers, who is interning at Marriott Business Services this summer, said his experience with the company has given him more confidence and the hands-on training that is necessary to obtain a full understanding of the accounting field.

"I wanted to experience accounting first-hand and see the business world," Carouthers said. "I've gotten experience in a real-world environment, had the opportunity to meet a lot of people, including vice presidents, and I've been able to build a network of professionals, which is very important. It's been a great experience."

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