- BS Business Administration 2008
A native of Grand Prairie, a town of 55,000 residents in Northwestern Alberta, Canada, Malekoff came to Tech to play hockey; he says that he left a winner in all ways. He graduated in 2008 with a bachelor's degree in business administration, with a concentration in finance. "I've always been interested in business and entrepreneurship," he says. He has also started his own company, TriTech Energy Services Inc., which rents field equipment to the oil and gas industry. He is also a business analyst who helps other companies thrive.
As a senior, Malekoff was a member of Tech's Applied Portfolio Management Program, a group of students who manage a $1-million investment portfolio of real money and who compete in an annual international student investment challenge. In 2008, the team placed first in the competition for the second year in a row and the third time in eight years. The team of eight realized a 13-percent return in a market that was volatile. More than 250 universities from more than 50 nations competed. The experience now informs his service as a business analyst. "A lot of what we did was evaluating companies," he says. "I got a feel for what's out there. It was close to real world experience."
His business prospects are promising. He took a loan and a chance, and "it's worked out well for me. Long days, but I enjoyed school and I enjoy working as well." His abiding guideline is to "be the best that you can be in life." That endeavor, he says, entails a responsibility to help transform the lives of needy people in developing countries. "If I could do one thing to change the world," he avows, "I would love to be successful so that I could use the money to help raise the level of education in poor countries." He views that not as a dream, but as a duty. "We all have certain talents and gifts," he says, "and you have to make the most of them or you're not fulfilling your life. Living in Canada and the US, we are blessed and fortunate. It's not the same in all areas of the world. It's up to the people who have been given these advantages to use them to help others."
Meanwhile, Malekoff is working to earn the professional designation of Certified Managerial Accountant. He is newly married. His wife Stephanie is a nurse, and the couple recently bought their first home in Grand Prairie. In his spare time, he plays guitar, works out, and plays hockey.
He is "absolutely" satisfied with his time at Michigan Tech, describing the hockey team, school, campus, community, and the area as simply "excellent."
Written Fall 2008