Office of Alumni Engagement

Mark Kraft-Strong

My hometown when I was a student was:

Alpena, MI

I graduated from Alma in:

2008

I studied:

Sociology

I currently live in:

Essexville, MI

I am now:

Assistant Vice President at Fifth Third Bank and Owner of Beyond Horizons Tour & Travel LLC

Since graduating from Alma:

I have found a passion for working to help create a better community where I live, actively participating with nonprofit organizations focused on improving the housing market and supporting local businesses and resources.

My Alma education:

Prepared me to be a leader in the “Real World,” placing me in a better position to promote and succeed within my company.

My favorite place(s) on campus included:

Gelston Hall, Zeta Sigma House, & Joe’s Place

My favorite professor(s) included:

Dr. Borrello & Dr. Thorsen

My most vivid/best memory of my time at Alma is:

The fire at Relay for Life

How Alma has helped with my current plan/job/graduate school/etc.:

Alma taught me how to be a leader, and a more effective communicator with different groups. This has placed me in a position to be a high performing individual with successful team developing skills. I often reference experiences in and out of the classroom at Alma when facing difficult situations in my career to assist me in overcoming obstacles and moving forward.

How I have given back to Alma since graduation

Actively involved with the Alumni Board, and also participate in various events with the CSO & assist with Home XC & Track Meets.

Advice I would give a new graduate:

It’s okay to fall down as long as you get back up.