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.
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For a senior-year honors project, three students in finance explained retirement options to hundreds of UMass faculty and staff members. To help their audience make their far-reaching choices, the students created a user-friendly online decision tool.
Manhattan-based entrepreneur, realtor, and developer David Gaunt '70 MBA recalled the early years of his real estate career in New York City. The Isenberg graduate explained how he combined creative problem solving and persistence to gain traction in the market.
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.
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Student-driven ideas will be the focus at HackUMass at UMass Amherst’s Integrative Learning Center on April 11-12. More than 600 participants, including 70 companies and students from across the region, will take part in the event, which is the Pioneer Valley’s largest hackathon and is hosted by the Isenberg-based Berthiaume Center for Entrepreneurship.
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Three Isenberg finance majors—Sam Jezard ’15, Hannah Kim ’17, and Joshua Owczarski ’17—are competing against student teams from 14 other business schools in this year’s Kerrisdale Capital Investment Case Study Competition on the Economist.com web site.
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.
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Name: Rishi Bahl Location: Connecticut Current Profession: Financial Management Program, GE Capital Program: Undergraduate On-Campus Major: Finance
Rishi Bahl ’14, a corporate finance major, got his job with GE Capital through what he calls a “networking dream story.”
While attending an Isenberg-affiliated Net Impact talk, Rishi met a panelist from GE Power & Water. Rishi expressed his interest in the company, and the panelist put him in touch with a colleague at GE’s Financial Management Program (FMP). The rest is history.
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.
October 31 conference "Financial Innovations, Sustainable Investments, & Social Entrepreneurship" coordinated by the Center for International Securities & Derivative Markets (CISDM) features four speakers, including Gavin Andresen, chief scientist at the Bitcoin Foundation.
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.
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During a two-day visit to Isenberg in October, MBA alumnus Michael Philipp '80, the former Chairman and CEO of Credit Suisse Europe, Middle East, and Africa, described some of his current ventures students and faculty. In his presentations, Philipp described the activities of his merchant bank, Ambata, where as chairman and managing partner he helps capitalize and bring best practices to projects in developing nations.
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CISDM Research Day brought many interesting speakers, including keynote Andrew Lo, Charles and Susan T. Harris Professor and Director of MIT's Laboratory for Financial Engineering, who made who spoke about how financial engineering can bring value to cancer research.
When Kristin Peters '13 attended an orientation at Isenberg before she applied, she knew it was the right school for her. ʺI just got a really great vibe,ʺ she says. Plus, both her parents graduated from UMass, and they were eager to keep the tradition alive.
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According to the University of Massachusetts Foundation, the Minutemen Equity Fund (MEF), a portfolio managed principally by Isenberg students, has outperformed rival student-managed funds on the UMass Boston, Dartmouth, and Lowell campuses. During the fiscal year spanning June 2012-May 2013, the MEF returned 15.62% on its portfolio, narrowly topping its closest rival, UMass Lowell. In November, the Foundation will award both funds $5,000 during a gathering in their honor at the UMass Faculty Club in Boston.
Established in 2007 with a $25,000 grant from the UMass Foundation, the MEF currently manages $175,000 in assets. "We're a long-only fund; our number-one goal is to preserve capital," notes its chair, David Nataloni, an Isenberg senior and finance major.