42,000 strong. Isenberg graduates are dynamic, driven business leaders across the U.S. and in 72 countries. They are a community of change agents who energize industry and create hands-on learning opportunities for our students. Here are just a few of their stories.
“Deep in me I believe that it doesn’t matter what you achieve; it’s how happy you are,” exulted Apple cofounder Steve Wozniak during the October 7 debut of Driven, Isenberg’s new series of conversations with business innovators at the UMass Club in Boston.
“What are the true opportunities for cross-pollination in a world sports community? What skills and network will you need?” asked sports agent/marketing innovator J.B. Bernstein ’91 in Professor Todd Crosset’s graduate course, Social Historical Foundations of Sport. The UMass grad is best known for creating The Million Dollar Arm contest in India, which generated the first two athletes from India to sign professional sports contracts in North America.
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At his Michelin-starred Restaurant Marc Forgione, Isenberg HTM grad Chris Blumlo '99 insists that "every point during the customers stay be positive." Blumlo's m.o. calls for attentiveness to customers, business diligence, and improvisation in response to unforeseen challenges.
Four high-ranking executives shared career insights and advice at the UMass Club in Boston with Isenberg's entering first-year MBA class. The executive panel was part of the David C. O'Leary MBA Leadership Orientation, which immerses students in workshops and team exercises devoted to professional development skills.
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On September 16, Isenberg alumni, students, faculty, and staff celebrated ground breaking for the school’s $62 million Business Innovation Hub. When the Business Innovation Hub does open in January of 2019, the futuristic building complex will add 70,000 square-feet of classrooms, labs, and student-focused spaces.
Pam Batalis (MS 1992) has been honored by SportsBusiness Journal as one of 35 women across the sports industry for its annual Game Changers Award. Since 2011, Game Changers recognizes women in the industry who have broad, deep and varied responsibilities and who are contributing to the success of the industry in multiple ways. Batalis and the other award winners will be featured in the Sept. 12 issue of SportsBusiness Journal, and celebrated on Sept. 15, in New York at the annual Game Changers: Women in Sports Business conference.
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Three decades ago, Isenberg accounting graduate Larry Mestel ’84 took a quantum business leap. It was 1989, and Mestel was Arthur Young’s (a Big Six accounting firm) point man for its client, Polygram Records, during its acquisition of Island Records. Toward the end of negotiations, Mestel received a phone call from Island’s top business officer, Mel Kline.
This year's 4th annual Isenberg Business Leadership Awards, held at the Colonnade Hotel and Boston and attracting 330 members of the Isenberg community, honored Chuck and Karen Peters of New England Wire Products and Recent Alumni awardee Brian Tino, account executive at InVision.
“Before Isenberg, most everything I knew about management was ‘the government way,’ observes Alexander Haldopoulos, a Colonel with the Massachusetts Air National Guard at Barnes ANGB in Westfield. “I craved to add a civilian business mindset to my skills,” continues the Colonel, who will complete his Part-time MBA degree from Isenberg this fall.
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Marcella Zalot (MS ’90) has been appointed to the position of Commissioner of The North Atlantic Conference (NAC). Marcella, previously the Director of Athletics at Colby College in Maine, becomes only the second permanent Commissioner of the NAC.
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Larry Mestel is ready to rock. Having spent time at music industry giants Island and Arista, Larry opened Primary Wave in 2006 and today manages some of the biggest names in the entertainment industry. Watch his interview with the UMass Profile Series.
“No matter where we go, no matter what we do, we carry the Isenberg brand with us,” Senior Class Speaker Stephanie Berenson ’16 told an audience of over 4000—graduating seniors, their families, and Isenberg faculty and staff—at Isenberg’s Senior Celebration at the Mullins Center on May 7. “We are part of each other. We are each other’s network, and one day, as graduates, we will be a resource for Isenberg students just as alumni have been for us,” emphasized the dual marketing/journalism major.
“Real founders are driven by purpose,” remarks entrepreneur and angel investor Wayne Chang. “All the other [motives], including the money itself, are waste products,” adds Wayne, who excelled as keynote speaker and received an honorary doctorate in business at UMass Amherst’s Undergraduate Commencement Ceremony on May 6.
Chuck and Karen Peters will be honored at this year's Isenberg Business Leadership Awards. UMass alumni and parents to an Isenberg almna and two current Isenberg students, they are a family who support and believe in the school and its future.
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Isenberg is the highest ranking public undergraduate business school in the Northeast, according to Bloomberg Businessweek’s 2016 Undergraduate Business School Rankings. Climbing three places since the 2014 ranking, Isenberg now ranks 11th among public undergraduate business school programs in the United States. The new rankings clearly illustrate Isenberg’s growing national stature, with the school moving up 45 spots among private and public business schools since 2010.
Thrillist president Eric Ashman '89 and his company are implementing strategies geared to the accelerating migration from traditional to mobile media. The company measures success not by clicks but by metrics that gauge consumers' intent to buy.
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