While technology has changed the way Dan Barcheski, ’83, leads Axios, the company he founded to deliver employment solutions to small and mid-sized companies 25 years ago, the importance of personal networking has remained constant.
That’s why he approached his management team to see if there was an internship available when he learned current Albion junior Brett McCarty was looking for professional work experience.
“I remember how hard developing a network was for me,” Barcheski said. “We were in the middle of a recession, and I had to go through the school of hard knocks because I didn’t understand the process.
“I have this sense of loyalty to Albion,” he added. “Albion gave me the opportunity to get a great education with small class sizes and to play sports. It gives me a sense of pride to provide an Albion student with work experience and to act as a great reference.”
McCarty, an economics and management major with an emphasis in accounting, is a member of the Carl A. Gerstacker Institute for Business and Management. He learned about the opportunity with Barcheski’s company last summer during a chance meeting with alumni in Detroit.
“You discover it’s a small world when you put yourself out there and introduce yourself,” said McCarty, who harbors hopes of owning his own business someday. “You can expand your opportunities by talking to people. I sent an e-mail to Dan, and everything came together in the fall.”
As it turns out, the two are also linked through Briton athletics. McCarty achieved all-Michigan Intercollegiate Athletic Association first team status while playing linebacker for the Briton football team last fall. Barcheski played on the offensive line for the football team.
Since starting at Axios in January, McCarty has worked in accounts receivable, and has assisted with payroll taxes and running reports for other executives in the company. An Alto resident, McCarty is hoping to stay with the Grand Rapids-based company until he returns to campus in mid-August while gaining experience in accounts payable and payroll and helping with the roll-out of new software.
While McCarty says networking has exposed him to different types of companies, he has enjoyed the experience at Axios, pointing out the company provides the same comfortable feeling he gets as a member of the Albion community.
“I want to stay with the environment Axios provides – a big company with a small company feel,” McCarty said. “Everyone knows your name – a lot like Albion.”
“I appreciate how Axios has been flexible (to accommodate the football team’s spring practice schedule),” McCarty said. “I want to make it back to campus for as many practices as I can. I have missed being with my football buddies.”