- BS Business Administration 1982
Marie Cleveland ’82 loves her job. As a worldwide corporate account manager for Federal Express, she handles six major accounts and is responsible for bringing in $50 million in sales each year.
“We believe in helping clients in any way we can,” she says, “which often involves finding innovative solutions to improve their bottom lines.” This freedom to think and act outside the box is one of Cleveland’s favorite aspects of the position.
Though initially skeptical about working in sales, Cleveland found a talent and a passion for the high level of client interaction. She became a regional recruiter for Roadway Package Systems (RPS) in 1988 and went on to hold various positions with the company. When FedEx purchased RPS in 2000, Cleveland was named a corporate account executive.
There is no doubt that Cleveland has had a big impact at FedEx and is a highly valued employee. FedEx has recognized her contributions with numerous accolades over the years, including Rookie of the Year, Senior Account Representative of the Year, Corporate Account Executive of the Year, Ambassador’s Club Award, and the Largest Corporate Account Close Award. In 2010, she received the highest honor at FedEx, the President’s Club Award.
The key to professional satisfaction, according to Cleveland, is finding balance. “I love my job, but it is not my life,” she says. “One of the great things about FedEx is that they promote priorities; for me, it’s faith, family, and FedEx.”
Along with her family—her husband, Michael, is a 1982 chemical engineering graduate, and daughter, Kerstin, is a chemical engineering first-year student at Michigan Tech—Cleveland is heavily involved in her community. She is the president of her neighborhood association, the president of the Illinois Cook County chapter of Thrivent Financial for Lutherans, a member of various church committees, and a volunteer for Habitat for Humanity.
In addition, Cleveland finds the time to connect with Michigan Tech. As a member of the Presidential Council of Alumnae, she works with the Society of Women Engineers, serves as the vice president of the Chicago Alumni Chapter, is an Alumni Association Gold Carpet and Life Member, and works to recruit students and help fellow alumni find and keep jobs by setting up networking events and job fairs.
“I have always loved Michigan Tech,” she says. “When I was a student, I didn’t realize how much of my tuition was subsidized. Volunteering with the University is my way of returning the favor, of giving back.”