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Rob Relief Featured in Michigan College Alliance “We Are The Independents”

October 10, 2016

Robert Relief - Restructuring Analyst

Mackinac Partners’ Restructuring Analyst Rob Relief was recognized in the Michigan College Alliance publication “We Are The Independents” as an Alumni of the Day on October 7th. The organization, which promotes the benefits of Independent Colleges, including their success with smaller class sizes, in-depth programs, and creative, disciplined and real world skills preparation, highlighted Relief’s experience at Kalamazoo College and his career plans as part of it’s students and scholars spotlight.

Independent Alum of the Day – Robert Relief

Turnaround and Restructuring Advisor – Mackinac Partners

B.A., Business; Minor in Mathematical Statistics
Class of 2013 – Kalamazoo College

In his college search, Rob Relief stumbled upon a small college in Kalamazoo, MI, and made a leap, unsure of what was in store for him.  The next four years afforded him many opportunities for growth.  “During my time at K, I cultivated my strongest skills and developed new ones along the way,” Rob says.  Rob chose to pursue his bachelor’s degree at Kalamazoo College in business with a minor in mathematical statistics.  Along the way to receiving his degree, Rob was a four year letter winner in footballstudied abroad in Madrid, and started a student group on campus, Young Men of Color (YMC).

Latest Career Steps

After graduating, Rob joined Mackinac Partners, a leading financial advisory and turnaround management firm that focuses on guiding companies strategically towards financial growth, as a financial and statistical analyst.  In fact, he was the first analyst ever hired by Mackinac Partners as a new undergraduate.  Since joining the company in 2013, Rob has learned the ins and outs of corporate finance and operations.  He’s had the opportunity to work on five different engagements, including the restructuring of Colt Defense and the Chapter 11 bankruptcy of Agfeed Industries.

Rob enjoys trying new activities and experiences, learning new, exciting business concepts and having engaging discussions with friends, preferably over a great meal.

My motivation

My family, friends and dreams. My family always put a lot of faith in me to be great, so I only want to give them greatness.  My friends continue to provide motivation even when I start to see success.  My dreams were simple: generate wealth, obtain sustainable happiness, be my own man, create opportunities for my family to be successful, and make sure people remember my name.

My latest accomplishments

My latest accomplishment is being one of the youngest consultants to receive a CIRA (Certified Insolvency and Restructuring Advisor) certification and subsequently moving to Santa Monica, CA, to help build out the Mackinac Partners West Coast Practice.

Next big goal

Woah! My next big goal is actually huge.  I plan on getting into a top 20 business school, and winning a few start-up competitions while I’m there.  After that, I plan to start a business.

Why is choosing your own path important?

Choosing your own path is extremely important to me and even more important, is managing your own path.  Success or failure should always be a direct result of your decisions and not the decisions made for you.  The world would be a better place if everyone had faith in themselves, chased their dreams and believed they can be the best at whatever it is they truly want to do.  I encourage everyone to choose their own path and run it at 100 mph.

Favorite place on campus

Hicks, of course, that’s where the food was!