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.
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.
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“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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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.
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“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.
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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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More than 250 alumni, students, faculty, and friends from the industry attended the HTM Annual Awards Dinner in Boston, which was preceded by an hour of convivial networking. Alumni represented every age group in the program’s history and every subsector in the hospitality industry.
Laurie Stroll ’83 went from a single mother in college to the President and Owner of Newport Hospitality and she cites the strong network she built through UMass and the Isenberg HTM program as one of the keys to her success.
This year's Accounting Alumni of the Year is John Micalizzi '94, Director of Human Resources at RSM-Boston. Micalizzi will be honored on April 14th at Isenberg's Annual Accounting Banquet at The Log Cabin in Holyoke, MA.
The third annual Women of Isenberg Conference took place on February 28th in the UMass Amherst Campus Center. Put on by student organization Isenberg Women in Business, the event attracted 310 attendees and offered a full day of speakers, panel discussions, and networking
Organizational management is a lot like tailoring a suit. Stitch two pieces of cloth together randomly, and you’ll get nowhere. Do the exact same thing with a design in mind, and you’ll end up with a well-made product. Marc recently visited campus to talk about his career and his advice for current students.
At the second annual McCormack Future Leaders Conference, industry speakers advised McCormack students on career avenues and issues. In separate sessions, specialists helped students explore challenges in marketing, sales and sponsorship, event and facilities management, finance, and athlete representation.
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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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