Isenberg Awards Dinner to Honor Leading Alumni

May 22, 2013

Isenberg will honor two of its notable alumni--Ben Cherington '97 M.S. and Alex Ambroz '05--at the inaugural Business Leadership Awards Dinner, on June 17 at the Colonnade Hotel in Boston. Cherington, who is Executive Vice President/General Manager of the Boston Red Sox, will be the evening's principal honoree. Ambroz, an Associate with J.P. Morgan Securities, will receive Isenberg's Young Alumni Award. (You can register for the event here.)

 

Ben Cherington \'97 MSBen Cherington \'97 MS

A graduate of Isenberg's Mark H. McCormack Department of Sport Management, Cherington has been Red Sox General Manager since October of 2011. Fifteen of his 16 seasons in Major League Baseball have been with the Red Sox. Cherington's previous positions on Yawkey Way include Vice President/Assistant General Manager and head of the club's Farm System, which has produced Clay Buchholz, Jacoby Ellsbury, and other Red Sox standouts. Cherington, who earned his undergraduate degree and played varsity baseball at Amherst College, began his professional baseball career in 1998 as an advance scout with the Cleveland Indians.

 

As a student in Isenberg's Sport Management department, Cherington benefited from a culture that valued diverse backgrounds and points of view, he told a standing-room only audience last October at a panel discussion at UMass Amherst that featured two other Isenberg Sport Management graduates/MLB general managers--Neal Huntington '92 M.S. of the Pittsburgh Pirates and Chris Antonetti '97 M.S. of the Cleveland Indians. "As a general manager, I work to build an organization that values trust, integrity, and a single-minded focus on the game at hand. The bigger part of the job is not tactical, but to create a winning alignment and purposefulness," he emphasized.                        

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Alex Ambroz \'05At J.P. Morgan Endowments & Foundations Group in Los Angeles, Alex Ambroz works as Associate Investor with endowments, foundations, and charitable organizations to develop investment strategies, build portfolios, and invest across long-only and alternative investments. Before joining J.P. Morgan, the Isenberg finance grad was a senior analyst with Morgan Creek Capital Management in Chapel Hill, where he worked with endowments, foundations, and private clients. Ambroz has an M.B.A. degree from Duke University and is a Chartered Alternative Investment Analyst.

 

For more information about Isenberg's Business Leadership Awards Dinner, contact Jennifer Burke, Director of Constituent Relations at jburke@isenberg.umass.edu or 413.545.7956.

 

You can register for the event here.