Aaron Wojtaszek, Spring 2016
WHO ARE YOU WORKING FOR AND WHAT ARE YOU DOING?During my last semester at UMass, I decided to do something different and try doing an internship during the school year. This is my fifth official internship and I have worked for various companies in the past, including a F500 technology company. I’m currently working for a cloud cybersecurity startup called CloudLock based in Waltham, MA. CloudLock is VC funded, and operates as a cloud access security broker (CASB). A CASB specializes in creating security software for cloud based applications, like Google Apps & Drive, SalesForce, Office 365, ServiceNow, Box, DropBox, and many more.
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.
Visa sport marketing executive Zaileen Janmohamed recently became the ninth McCormack Sport Management alum to receive SportsBusiness Journal’s highly-coveted Forty-Under-40 Award. No other sport management program boasts of more recipients of the Forty-Under-40 Awards, a program initiated in 1999 to identify and honor the most promising young executives in sports business under the age of 40.
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“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.
A team of five Isenberg undergraduates scored two first-place and one second-place finish in the International Business Ethics Case Competition, on April 20-22 in Cambridge. The team explored First Amendment and other issues involving free-speech versus abusive messaging on a social networking site.
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.
Hannah Krauth ’16 MBA had a fellowship in Isenberg's Chase Career Center to help develop and implement a launch plan for a new online career resources platform that will be especially helpful for Isenberg's many online students. Along with an internship at Blue Ridge Partners, Hannah feels prepared and confident to take on future business challenges.
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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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Automated Controversy Detection, a startup business founded by UMass Amherst computer science 4th-year Ph.D. candidate Shiri Dori-Hacohen earned top honors of $35,000 in seed money on April 7th at the campus’s 2016 Innovation Challenge business plan competition. Coordinated by the Berthiaume Center for Entrepreneurship, an Isenberg-based initiative that promotes entrepreneurship across the UMass Amherst campus, the multi-stage Challenge, in its culminating event of the year, featured six student teams that vied for $65,000 in 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.
After two seasons with the Minutemen, Frohnapfel led the program to six wins while throwing for 6,264 passing yards and 39 touchdowns. Along with his rigorous schedule for football, Frohnapfel also maintained a 3.67 cumulative GPA in the UMass Isenberg School of Management's Mark H. McCormack Department of Sport Management master's program.
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When asked to account for her recent appointment as Douglas and Diana Berthiaume Endowed Professor of Information Systems, Traci Hess replies with characteristic modesty: “More than anything else, it reflects Isenberg’s growing national footprint in the Information Systems field." That is evidenced, she says, by her program’s national prominence in iconic rankings* based on publications in her discipline’s top research journals.