Four Isenberg finance professors who recently attended a showing of “The Big Short” applauded the movie for its accurate portrayal of the run-up to the 2008 financial crisis and for its clear explanation of complex financial concepts. In a discussion following the movie, several of the professors expressed approval for regulations that focus on interrelationships among different segments of the financial system.
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The campus-wide Innovation Challenge business plan competition's new seed pitch component is propelling student teams, through mentoring, workshops, and targeted financial seeding. “We introduced the new phase to elevate and accelerate the larger event’s already high level of competition," notes Isenberg professor William Wooldridge, executive director of Isenberg's Berthiaume Center for Entrepreneurship, which coordinates the Challenge.
In a guest lecture in the Isenberg course, Real Estate Principles, Tom Nolan '79 described milestones in a career of financial innovation in real estate. A veteran of diverse commercial and residential ventures, Nolan is CEO of Spirit Realty Capital, which includes over 2500 properties, with commercial tenants like Applebee's, Shopko, and car dealerships.
In a visit to Isenberg, Pat Whelan '80, described an innovative career in big-picture real estate, including 25+ years of executive management with investments and operations in large public and private and companies. Whelan's current market involves preowned rental homes. He's also been a top executive with an apartment REIT, a real estate media and technology firm, and a company with extensive recreational, residential, and golf community assets.
Finance grad John McMullen '81 has placed retirement on hold to serve as CFO of one of America's iconic companies, Eastman Kodak. McMullen is working with the the company's technology developer to leverage its still robust technology prowess. He is also responsible for corporate development, controlling costs, procurement, and Kodak's substantial real estate portfolio.
Isenberg's Berthiaume Center for Entrepreneurship has received a gift of $400,000 from Ernst & Young and Isenberg alumni at the firm. In addition, an in-kind gift from EY has given Isenberg Gold Sponsor status in the firm's regional EY Entrepreneur of the Year awards.
Two days of Isenberg graduation events celebrated the achievements and grit of 1,230 graduating seniors, master’s, and Ph.D. recipients. Addresses by keynote speakers recounted students’ accomplishments at Isenberg and looked ahead to their promising careers and continued engagement with the school.
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Scores of Isenberg students were honored with substantial scholarship assistance at the annual Isenberg Scholarship Celebration, on April 21. The principal speakers—Vinnie Daboul ’87 and Marty Boyle ’15—praised Isenberg as an engine of opportunity and upward mobility. They urged alumni and students to support the school financially and through personal engagement.
Todd Bari '94, an assurance partner with PricewaterhouseCoopers’ Boston office, will be honored as Alumnus of the Year at Isenberg's Annual Accounting Awards Banquet on April 16th. Todd, who helps lead the PWC Boston office's Financial Services Assurance practice, will be the event's keynote speaker.
Isenberg undergraduate Rob Flanagan ’16 and his interdisciplinary team, FogKicker, won the top prize in the campus-wide Innovation Challenge on March 31. Other entrepreneurial teams also won prizes at the annual business plan competition.
An Isenberg faculty member and part-time MBA student are Massachusetts’ two appointees to the nationwide Taxpayer Advocacy Panel. The volunteer group voices consumer concerns over IRS policies and issues.
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The second annual Women of Isenberg Conference took place on February 7. Coordinated by the student group Isenberg Women in Business, the day-long event attracted 210 members of the Isenberg community, including 42 alumnae, a dozen Isenberg faculty and staff members, and 150 students.
Name: Shelley Duncan ’92
“As a student, I received a great professional start in Isenberg’s accounting program,” recalls Shelley Duncan ’92, a partner for over ten years in Deloitte’s Technology Media & Telecommunications practice. “Isenberg’s culture was inclusive, like a family. Professors like Asebrook and Simpson cared deeply about students becoming successful. Over the years, I’ve often returned to Isenberg to recruit because the program has some of the best students in the market.”
Name: Tony Jordan
Position: Partner Ernst & Young
With his extensive experience in forensic accounting, Tony Jordan ’95 has never had to look for work; instead, "employers have come to me," he told students in a visit to Isenberg in 2013. A partner with Ernst & Young in its Fraud Investigation & Dispute Services practice, Tony specializes in forensic accounting investigations, issues surrounding Generally Accepted Accounting Principles (GAAP), and general business-related disputes.
On December 4, the campus welcomed the family of the late Gene Isenberg '50, '00H, including his wife Ronnie, their daughter Diane and husband David and their three children Dylan, Carolyn, and Stefan. A tribute was held to honor Gene and Ronnie's leadership and generosity at UMass Amherst and Isenberg.
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Developed by Isenberg's Director of Internships Kim Figueroa and her colleagues at the school's Chase Career Center, the course "Career and Professional Development," is equipping students with a roadmap for professional development success, giving them a competitive edge in job interviewing, networking, and skills for researching employers and industries.