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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The Mark H. McCormack Department of Sport Management at UMass Amherst recently recognized Brett Danahy, BS ’06 of SJX Partners, Christine Franklin, BS ‘00 of Octagon, George VanderZwaag, MS ’89 of the University of Rochester and Bill Dinn, BS ’89 of Dinn Trophy Company with their annual alumni awards.
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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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By completing a curriculum that includes Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) and SAP (Systems, Applications and Products), Isenberg Operations and Information Management students join the business world with strategic, differentiating skills, says Cecilia Shea '83. The Isenberg alumna is Director of IT Services for the Americas with SABIC (Saudi Arabian Basic Industries Company.
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Continuous improvement in an organization's systems and performance go hand in glove with a company's people and culture. "If you can't work with people, you're sunk," insists Mike Chludzinski '92, a change agent with Royal Philips N.V.
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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.
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In a visit to WEBS, "America's Yarn Store," students in Marc Weinberger's class, Managerial Perspectives on Marketing Strategy," talked business strategy with owners Steve and Kathy Elkins. Founded by Steve's parents, Art '57 and Barbara Elkins, WEBS is the nation's largest retailer of knitting supplies and services.
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HTM’s annual NYC Reception on November 12th at the InterContinental New York Times Square Hotel attracted an enthusiastic gathering of alumni, students, faculty, and industry leaders. Ashley Goodhue '08 was honored with alumni award for her work at her successful start-up Ashley G. Productions.
An HTM alumni panel offered career development advice and insights to freshmen and transfer students at the 14th annual HTM Welcome Reception for New Students. The panelists underscored the importance of internships and other experiential learning, personal adaptability, and networking.
Nassim Taleb and other financial pundits headlined the Center for International Securities and Derivatives Markets (CISDM)’s annual Research Day. The speakers explored financial fragility, bubbles, and credit markets, including the current crisis in Greece.
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.
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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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During her day-long visit to Isenberg, HTM graduate Victoria Vega ’88, a division vice president with the food and dining management firm Unidine, explored human resources and food management issues, in the classroom. In a schoolwide presentation, she shared insights in and personal stories devoted to crisis management.
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