Ernie Humphrey is an active member of Krannert's growing alumni community. (Photo by Della Pacheco)
Career inspiration comes in many forms, some traditional, others more offbeat. For alumnus Ernie Humphrey, it was Michael J. Fox’s character on the hit 1980s television series “Family Ties.” Like the character, Humphrey aspired to a vocation in finance and accounting.
A Krannert graduate, Humphrey spoke to Indianapolis-area alumni at a networking event in March, sharing his tips on building and managing a professional network for career development. He earned a BSM degree in 1990 and an MSM in 1993, both in economics.
As vice president of Proformative, an online community and resource for more than 150,000 finance and accounting professionals based in Silicon Valley, Calif., Humphrey wants to share the knowledge of the members of the Proformative community with Krannert students, faculty and alumni and allow members of the Krannert family to network, learn, and get work done using his company’s website.
Giving his time and talent to support Purdue and Krannert is important. “I spent a lot of my life at Purdue, and I take a lot of pride in being a Boilermaker," he says. "As I Iook back on my career, I wish that I would have had fellow alumni to turn to for advice in helping me effectively manage my career.”
Humphrey wants to develop with Krannert a model for joint educational programs connecting alumni with each other and current students that could be expanded to include other Big Ten business schools.