Matt Missad

CEO of UFP Industries

Entrepreneurship Instructor
While making his way through Hope College and Thomas Cooley Law School, Matt Missad worked maintenance jobs at UFP. After earning his law degree, he became UFP’s manager of legal compliance, eventually taking on roles including executive vice president, general counsel and secretary. In 2011 Matt became chief executive. UFP Business School students benefit from Matt’s experience in business startups and turnarounds, entrepreneurship, and mergers and acquisitions, as well as his time serving on the board of directors of Independent Bank and UFP Industries. Matt was recently featured in an Investor’s Business Daily article focusing on UFP’s unique culture and his effectiveness in growing the company. Matt is proud to helm a company powered by hardworking people who value integrity in everything they do, who look for opportunity around every corner, and who enjoy a culture that demands accountability and mutual respect while providing opportunities for personal and professional growth. He relies on the inspiration and support of his 15,000 coworkers to continue UFP’s tradition of achievement.

Howe Wallace

President of PalletOne

Leadership Instructor
Howe Wallace has served as President of PalletOne since inception in 2001. Previously, Howe was the Executive Vice President of Human Resources for IFCO Systems North America, Chief Human Resources Officer for PalEx, Inc., and Director of Human Resources for Ridge Pallets, Inc. Since 2005, Howe has been sharing his thoughts on the organization, leadership, and communication in an online daily note to teammates called Daily with HQ. Howe’s aim is to develop the full potential of individuals, helping to shape them into better people who are more successful and effective in all aspects of their lives. With more than 2,000 blog messages penned on leadership, teamwork, motivation and simply being your best, UFP Business School students can learn something from Howe Q. Wallace.

Sarah Conley

Senior Manager of Talent Acquisition

Job Search Instructor
Sarah Conley has over 20 years of experience in recruiting and human resources. She started with UFP Industries in 2013 as a Recruiting Coordinator, grew to a Recruiting Manager, and now serves as Senior Manager of Talent Acquisition. Sarah thoroughly enjoys assisting candidates and students with their career growth aspirations in her professional role, and she carries that same drive and compassion to the classroom. Sarah delivers knowledge and expertise with finesse and vigor to teach students how to develop resumes, professionally network, and interview with confidence.

Jeremy Marshall

Vice President of Operations – Industrial North Professional

Professional Selling Instructor
Jeremy Marshall is the Operations Vice President for UFP Industrial and has been with the company for 10 years. He started as a trainee in the Western Purchasing office and quickly rose through the sales ranks, building skills as an Account Manager, Sales Manager, and Industrial Regional Sales Manager. He has curated an impressive collection of best-practice strategies to build lasting business and professional relationships and generate innovative solutions to customer problems. Jeremy is an expert communicator who skillfully translates his experience and expertise into real- world-reflective classroom discussions and projects that illuminate how professional selling can make the difference in winning or losing.

Ben Zbikowski

Regional General Manager of Operations

Operation Management Instructor
Ben Zbikowski started with UFP Industries as an intern in the Finance Department, leading to his role as the Far West Regional Controller upon his graduation. Ben pivoted his career through the UFP Production Management Trainee program and worked his way through the company managing everything from Plant to Sales to Operations. Through UFP, Ben grew into a General Manager of Operations and is currently a Regional General Manager of Operations. He is an expert in building relationships with customers and UFP employees alike and sets a daily goal to take care of both to the best of his ability. Ben brings a wealth of knowledge and experience to the classroom to create real-life learning opportunities that illustrate how to build and maintain a successful operation.

Jill Heron

HRIS – HCM/Talent Manager

Business Ethics and Organizational Management
Jill Heron is a Human Resources expert with UFP Industries. She is currently a Manager within the Human Resources Systems team and has managed a variety of HR functions in her eight years with UFP Industries with three of those at corporate headquarters, including recruiting, employee relations, and talent and development. Jill has a diverse and multifunctional perspective of UFP Industries operations and how different stakeholders can influence one another, making her professional experience invaluable to her course content. Her expertise provides meaningful, real-world context and application in an experiential and exploratory class.


If you are self-motivated and hard-working, and seek a path to a successful career, then apply today.