Ross Professor and Two Ross Alums Make ‘20 In Their 20s’ List


Move over 30 Under 30 - there’s a new list of successful and influential young leaders competing for your attention. And yet again, Ross alums and professors make an impressive showing.

Following six Ross alums getting named in Forbes’ ‘30 Under 30’ list this past winter, two Ross alums and a Ross professor are making their mark in the Motor City, landing on Crain’s Detroit Business’ list of 20 twenty-somethings to watch in 2016.

Included on the list are:

Eric Schwartz, Assistant Professor of Marketing, Ross School of Business

Professor Eric Schwartz's expertise focuses on predicting customer behavior, understanding its drivers, and examining how firms actively manage their customer relationships through interactive marketing.

“Schwartz also is advising a UM team that's using smartphone technology to gather and analyze lead-contaminated water data in Flint,” Crain’s says in the list. “The project, funded with a $150,000 grant from Google, aims to predict areas more likely to have been contaminated.”

Read more about Eric in Crain’s

Carly Li, MBA ‘12 - Manager, strategy and research, Taubman Centers Inc.


Li advises senior leadership of the shopping mall conglomerate on business strategy. Li is fluent in three languages and serves as a go-to liaison for domestic and international deals alike.

“Li has been involved in many of the company's largest deals, touching on about $5 billion in projects,” Crain’s said. “[She] is also the author of the Chinese best-selling time management book 72 Hours a Day, which was published in Mandarin for young professionals in China.”

Read more about Carly in Crain’s

Michael Kabcenell, MBA ‘14 - Director, strategic initiatives and business development, Penske Automotive Group


Kabcenell has made quite the impact on the automotive company since joining the team during his time at Ross - helping the group secure more than $150 million in profits.

Kabcenell helped streamline a process for online sales for Penske, allowing customers to “nearly complete a deal before setting foot in the dealership.”

Crain’s said this resulted in “More than 3,200 cars sold, $105 million in revenue and $9.6 million in gross profits. It's been ‘one of Penske's most successful projects in recent times,’ said Terri Mulcahey, executive vice president at Penske.”

Read more about Michael in Crain’s

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