Nicole is a 20-year-old lifetime native of Leelanau County and a 5th
generation cherry farmer. She has two incredible parents, one amazing younger brother, and one dog – all of whom she loves endlessly; Chris, Cristal, Michael, and Riley. Nicole loves laughing, telling stories, spending time outside in the sunshine, staying physically active, swimming in bountiful freshwater, and more than anything, spending quality time and going on adventures with friends and family. Nicole attended high school at St. Mary Leelanau, where she established her roots in Christian faith and found her passion for business through a club called Business Professionals of America. It was through this organization that she was able to learn invaluable business skills, practice public speaking, and ultimately, place 3rd
in the nation for the Human Resources Management competition. Nicole is currently completing the second semester of her junior year, going into her senior year, at Michigan State University’s Broad College of Business where she is majoring in Human Resources Management and minoring in Leadership of Organizations.
Nicole spends her time studying in East Lansing, using her season tickets for Michigan State Football and Basketball (in normal years), and serving on the Executive Board for the Human Resource Association of Michigan State University as the Director of Recruitment and Student Engagement. Some items not able to fit on Nicole’s one-page resume, but that are still very important to her, are her participation in Youth Group at St. John’s Catholic Student Center near campus and her involvement with the Broad Leadership Association. Lastly, Nicole has been volunteering in her free time since the summer of 2020 at the Pregnancy Care Center in Traverse City to assist with administrative support, fundraiser preparation, and donation organization. This volunteer experience has been one of the greatest joys Nicole has ever had the pleasure to take part in and really helped her discover one of her passions: working with pregnant women and promoting the health and wellbeing of women and their babies.
Nicole was blessed to grow up on her family’s cherry farm in Suttons Bay, Michigan (Guinan Farms to be exact). She was on the farm and eager to help from early childhood. At the farm, she learned the importance of work ethic; a quality she prides herself most on today. Along with her family’s cherry farm, Nicole holds two restaurant jobs every summer; working one shift in the morning and another at night. These jobs have taught Nicole so much about her love for working with people, her patience, and her ability to muli-task. By working these jobs, Nicole has been able to fund a fair amount of her college education and keep her loans at bay. For a portion of the summer of 2021, Nicole will be living in the Metro Detroit Area, as she has accepted an internship offer with Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan as their Talent Acquisition Intern. She will no doubt be home for the week of Cherry Fest, as she wouldn’t miss it for the world!
In the next few years, Nicole plans to establish herself well at her first job and start the process of completing her Master’s in Business Administration (MBA) with a specialization in Human Resources Management. Driven by her passion for business and working as a business partner to help companies hire the best possible human capital, Nicole hopes to pursue a career in Human Resources that surrounds Talent Acquisition, Recruitment, and Personnel Management.
Nicole is extraordinarily excited and grateful to be sponsored by Cherry Bay Orchards.