These innovative business alums demonstrate an entrepreneurial spirit through new business ventures and ideas.
A serial entrepreneur, Andrew Androff, MKT ‘02, co-owner, ProfessionalMovers.com, founder, MovingCalculator.com, remains focused on improving the customer experience with moving, recently launched RentalCrates.com, which allows customers to rent reusable plastic moving boxes to help pack and move their home or office. The company is the first and only to offer an easier, cheaper, and eco-friendly alternative to cardboard boxes.
Brandon Bahoura, MKT ‘07, founder, opened his first Pita Way in April 2010 in Clarkston, Michigan. Immediately, Pita Way has become known for its food, prices, comfortable atmosphere and friendly service. Seven years later, Bahoura has grown Pita Way to four locations.
Edi Demaj, CAS/MGT ‘07, co-founder, Rocket Fiber, an infrastructure for fast internet service for Detroit residents and business throughout the country; iziSurvey, an online survey company; Gjirafa.com, an Eastern European search engine; and KODE Labs, which is involved in the Internet of Things real estate space.
Andrew Fusco, ACC/MKT ‘14, MBA ‘17, co-founder, with his family launched Fusco Photo Booths while completing his MBA. Fusco Photo Booths strives to be a family-centered company focused on making events picture perfect.
Elizabeta Ilich, MGT ‘03, owner, Express Employment Professionals offers customized staffing that is solutions-driven and people-focused.
Matt Loria, FIN ‘00, CEO and partner, Auxiom, is the Inventor and Chief Smile Officer of The SmileStick.
Mark Mendola, ACC ‘86, owner, D’Marcos Italian Restaurant and Wine Bar, opened the new Rochester eatery near Oakland University so students and faculty members could easily enjoy. Mendola is also an active member of the business school’s Board of Visitors and Vice Chairman and US Managing Partner at PwC.
Tony Prainito, MKT ‘04, owns and operates several businesses in Mount Clemens and Royal Oak. From the Belgian and American restaurant and feather bowling place Bath City Bistro to the Emerald Theater that hosts events from concerts to weddings, and even the independent coffee shop Atomic Coffee, Prainito’s innovative business ventures let him put his marketing degree to work. Prainito is also the owner and operator of Iron Horse, D’Amatos and Goodnite Gracie.
Kevin Pratt, MBA ‘14, product owner, Quicken Loans, and co-founder of Motown Aquaponics, aimed at providing high-quality products at an affordable price. The organization teaches others the science of aquaponic farming, the most sustainable form of agriculture that can be done almost anywhere.
Rick Williams, MKT ‘06, owner, designer and brand manager, Burn Rubber, a fashion boutique entrenched in Detroit’s vibrant sneaker community known for its creative custom collaborations that pay homage to Detroit’s history and iconography; co-owner and creative director, The Distinct Life, a creative agency with clients such a Reebok, Beats By Dre, General Motors, and Shinola; co-owner CREAM blends, with his wife, Yolanda, CAS ‘05, who created a natural skincare product lines, now available in Whole Foods.
Tej Yale, MKT ‘13, MBA ‘16, founded ThinkImpact Inc., a digital marketing organization based in Rochester Hills.