Hospitality & Tourism Management graduate Laurie Stroll '83 was recently honored with the department's highest alumni accolade, The Stephen E. Elmont Award, at a banquet in Boston. Stroll is president and owner of Newport Hospitality.
Robert "Bob" Epstein '67, CEO/President of Horizon Beverage Group reflects on his legacy of leadership at the family-owned business that he took from a small regional operation to New England's largest distributor of alcohol beverages.
Isenberg's annual Scholarship Celebration on April 24 at the Log Cabin in Holyoke awarded more than $460,000 in privately funded scholarships and honors to 120 deserving students. The gathering of 300 students, parents, alumni, and faculty heard rousing remarks from Dean Fuller, Associate Undergraduate Dean Linda Shea, and Isenberg's Director of Development, Andrew Clendinneng.
Shelly Duncan '92, a partner in Deloitte's Technology, Media & Telecommunications practice, was principal honoree at Isenberg's Annual Accounting Banquet on April 17. Duncan received the department's Accounting Alumni Award, its alumnus of the year honor. A second alumnus, Jason Janoff '93, accepted an award for his commitment to diversity initiatives at Isenberg. Catherine Lowry '96, 01' MBA, a senior lecturer in the department, was honored with the Massachusetts Society of Certified Public Accountants' Outstanding Educator of the Year Award. And 60 students received scholarships and other accolades for academic excellence and community service.
The Douglas and Diana Berthiaume Center for Entrepreneurship will be the hub of a campus network of scholars, innovators and entrepreneurs, with a three-fold mission of supporting research, education and practice, all targeted at transforming ideas into business realities. The Berthiaumes' gift builds on the couple's extraordinary support for the university, which includes a previous gift of $5 million in support of Isenberg School initiatives.
If I had to do it all over again, I'd be glad to be in your shoes at this great university, remarked Isenberg accounting graduate Brian Croteau '94 to accounting students during his campus visit on April 8th. ʺConsidering the accounting profession's importance to capital markets and investors, you're going to have phenomenal opportunities for career growth,ʺ he observed. Croteau is Deputy Chief Accountant of at the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission's (SEC) Professional Practice Group in its Office of the Chief Accountant.
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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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The time is right to showcase Isenberg's fantastic alumni in a stylish annual event like the school's Business Leadership Awards Dinner (IBLA), observes Isenberg alumna and IBLA host committee member Beth Gamel '78 MSBA. Now in its second year, the annual gathering on June 18th at the Colonnade Hotel in Boston had a spectacular launch last June with its principal honoree and keynote speaker, Red Sox General Manager Ben Cherington '97 M.S.
"As an agent, the only things you can control are preparation and effort," emphasized sports marketing uber-agent J.B. Bernstein '90 in Stephen McKelvey's class in sport promotion & sales. To that end, the UMass Amherst graduate offered a structured approach to pitching an athlete's promotional value to potential "buyers." As the cofounder, president and CEO of Access Group of Miami, Bernstein has represented a host of high-profile athletes, including baseball's Barry Bonds and football's Barry Sanders and Emmett Smith.
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The Isenberg School of Management mourns the passing of Eugene M. Isenberg '50, '00H who died on March 16, 2014. For 25 years, Gene was chairman and CEO of Nabors Industries, a world leader in gas and petroleum drilling. Gene's gift with his wife, Ronnie, to the then School of Management was the largest contribution from an individual in UMass Amherst's history. The gift brought the Isenberg alumni community together with unprecedented energy in the school's campaign to build its 42,000-square-foot Harold Alfond Management Center wing. In 1998, the school became the Eugene M. Isenberg School of Management in honor of Gene's generosity and leadership.
Isenberg's dedication ceremony for the Arthur '57 and Barbara R. Elkins Business Intelligence Boardroom on March 10 attracted an enthusiastic gathering, including Chancellor Subbaswamy, Dean Fuller, former Dean O'Brien, and a number of Arthur Elkins' beloved former colleagues on the Isenberg faculty.
On March 5th 2014, several hundred students met with recruiters from 68 companies in the 40th annual Isenberg Hospitality & Tourism Management Career Day. Run like clockwork by Isenberg HTM students, the stylish event featured a central career fair in the Campus Center Auditorium, individual information sessions hosted by recruiting firms, and, at the end of the day, a lavish reception and networking event for recruiters and students in HTM's Marriott Center for Hospitality Management.
Three Ph.D. candidates at Isenberg are among ten recently named UMass Amherst recipients of the 2014 Eugene M. Isenberg Awards. Established in 1995 by Eugene '50 and Ronnie Isenberg, the annual scholarships of up to $10,000 per awardee recognize outstanding graduate students who are committed to the integration of science, engineering, and management. The three Isenberg Ph.D. students are Sara Saberi (Operations & Information Management), Ryan Guggenmos (Accounting), and Xiaohui Yang (Finance).
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Isenberg's inaugural Women of Isenberg Conference on February 8th attracted over 150 alumni, students, faculty, and staff members to a full day of panels, networking, and relationship building. Organized by the student group, Isenberg Women in Business, and generously sponsored by Target, the event featured seven breakout panels with 24 alumnae panelists spanning the Isenberg classes of 1978 through 2012. Several Isenberg faculty and staff members were also panelists. In an eighth panel, four women managers at Target described their career paths and the firm's culture.
Former Isenberg management and finance major Marc Schneider '81 was a guest speaker in Marc Weinberger's class, Managerial Perspectives in Marketing Strategy. Schneider is Group President of Heritage Brands in Manhattan, one of three divisions in the American-based clothing giant, PVH Corp (Phillips-Van Heusen).
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On a two-day visit to Isenberg in September, David Fubini '76 (Marketing) and David O'Leary '81 MBA offered strategic advice to the school's MBA program. Fubini, a Director with McKinsey & Company, and O'Leary, former Chief Administrative Officer with State Street Corporation, met with MBA faculty, administrators, and students.