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Alumni Spotlight: Orrin Benn

Posted By: Kathryn Marie Malkowski    Published: Thursday, 18 Feb 2016

For alum Orrin Benn, the Big Ten reputation of MSU was a driving factor in his decision to attend MSU for graduate school.  MSU's affordability and proximity to Toronto also influenced his decision.  Benn received not one, but two graduate degrees from MSU.  He received his MBA from the school of business and his MLIR from the school of Labor and Industrial relations.  His fondest memory from MSU was attending his first football game and seeing the tens of thousands Spartans roaring in the stadium.  The sight left him feeling wonderful and privileged to be part of such an experience.  To current students, Benn advises you to "stay the course."  He says that "you made a wise choice by choosing Michigan State and the education you receive and career path that will follow will be an increasingly valuable asset."

Currently, Benn is retired after a career working in senior marketing positions for several multinational companies including Gillette, which is now P&G, and Heublein, which is now Diageo.  He later taught business at Seneca College in Toronto before becoming the founding president of CAMSC—a not for profit corporate led organization in Canada.  After retiring from that position, he became the founder and CEO of  To learn more about Panamericanworld visit their website at

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