University of South Florida Muma College of Business     April 2019
Hundreds attend the special announcement
Monica Wooden, co-founder of MercuryGate, made a donation for which the Muma College of Business named the Center for Supply Chain Management and Sustainability in her honor. To read more, click here. What is supply chain management? To view a video, click here. 

Sagar Samtani
While most of the National Science Foundation research grants end up in the laps of scientists and engineers, there is hope for business analytics professors. Just ask Sagar Samtani, who recently landed a highly competitive NSF grant to further his research into ...

Allie MacLeod
Sports data analytics experts engaged the crowd of nearly 200 over two days last month revealing how data can be used in innovative ways to boost the bottom lines in terms of profits, fan satisfaction, marketing success and ...  

Thought leaders from across the country will converge on USF in May for the Florida Business Analytics Forum, hosted by the Center for Analytics and Creativity. To register, click here. They will discuss hot tech topics such as ...

Aitemir Yeskenov
Born in Kazakhstan, Aitemir Yeskenov always felt he could make a go of it at an American corporation. After earning a degree in business analytics and landing a job at Raymond James Financial, he now is on a fast track to leadership opportunities. A big part of his rise: the Corporate Mentor Program, which matched him with the person who ...

Daveler fellows photo bomb judges' selfie
An idea to reduce the wear and tear on a camera lens pushed Jacob Barrineau into the winners' circle at the annual Daveler Pitch Competition held earlier this month. Students from all over the state competed for cash and ...

The Vann brothers
Mosheh and Eliiahu Vann may be the start of a trend at the Muma College of Business. Together, they have established a scholarship to benefit students who have overcome adversity. Mosheh is still a student and Eliiahu, a recent ... 

Bob Fisher
Steve Griggs
The Tampa Bay Times listed the top places to work in the region and selected three CEOs to honor for their leadership styles. Two are on the Muma College of Business Executive Advisory Board. Congrats to the Tampa Bay Lightning's Steve Griggs, and Bob Fisher, with Grow Financial. To read more, click here.
* G.J. de Vreede was named associate dean for research and professional programs at the Muma College of Business last week. He currently serves as the interim dean of the College of Business at the USFSM campus and is a professor in the Information Systems and Decision Sciences Department on the Tampa campus. Previously, de Vreede was the Charles & Margre Durham Distinguished Professor of Interdisciplinary Informatics at the University of Nebraska at Omaha and the founding director of the university's Center for Collaboration Science. He will replace Kaushal Chari who recently was named dean of the Sheldon B. Lubar School of Business at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. Chari has been the associate dean since 2013.
* Anand Kumar, associate marketing professor, was named Teacher of the Year at the annual Muma College of Business Teacher Symposium last month. Kumar,
Anand Kumar
former chair of the Marketing Department, has been at USF since 2005 and teaches undergraduate, graduate and PhD courses. He also leads the Digital Marketing Certificate program. The award was presented by Dean Moez Limayem, who has worked with Kumar for the past seven years. Kumar, Limayem said, Is known throughout the college for engaging current and former students and leveraging alumni to obtain prestigious internships for students.
* Dipayan Biswas, marketing professor, was named Educator of the Year by the American Marketing Association Tampa Bay at a recent reception. Research by Biswas also was accepted for publication in the Journal of Consumer Research. The article, titled, "Using the Sixth Sensory System for Food Evaluations: Effects of Vestibular Sensations Associated with Sitting Versus Standing Postures on Taste Perception," was co-authored by former PhD student Courtney Szocs and current PhD student Annika Abell.
* Diana Hechavarria, assistant professor who teaches social and global
Diana Hechavarria (center) celebrates her award
entrepreneurship and business planning, received the USF Women in Leadership and Philanthropy Dr. Kathleen Moore Faculty Excellence Award at a recent event. Hechavarria has taught at the Muma College of Business since 2013. She coordinates the annual Fintech Business Plan Competition and serves as the I-Corps program committee adviser for USF Connect. She also volunteers her time as a member of the Junior League of Tampa. 
* Alan Hevner, Distinguished University Professor in the Information Systems and Decision Sciences Department, was profiled in a publication of the Association for Information Systems. The piece, titled "Ten Questions with Al Hevner," was published in March. To read the article, click here.
* Samantha Fitzmaurice has been hired as the student outreach and programs coordinator in the dean's office, where she will plan and implement all special events and community outreach programs. Previously, she worked for The Walt Disney Company as a resort operations assistant at the Fort Wilderness Resort and Campground. There, she oversaw employee special events and recognition programs.
Iana Shaheen, a PhD student in the Marketing Department, was the recipient of the USF Provost's Award for Teaching by a Graduate Teaching Assistant at an event held last week. She was one of six teaching assistants honored university-wide. The award recognizes graduate teaching assistants who exhibit excellence in undergraduate education. Her teaching philosophy is this: "I want students to care about the material, since only people who are passionate about something can make a difference."
* Erwin Danneels, associate professor of management, has co-authored an article titled "Normalizing vs. Analyzing: Drawing the Lessons from Failure to Enhance Firm Innovativeness" which soon will be published in the Journal of Business Venturing. While some popular theories suggest managers embrace failure, he finds that tolerance for failure does not promote innovation. Instead, firms need to make efforts to analyze past failures and make attempts to convert failure experiences into knowledge by extracting lessons learned. These efforts are effective only if the organization has a climate of what Danneels calls "constructive conflict," which enables an open and honest discussion. The paper was co-authored by Alex Vestal at the University of North Carolina, Wilmington.


* Jeremy Berger ('16, Global Business) was named in the Forbes 30 under 30 Asia 2019's Banking and Fintech Superstars list this month. Berger is co-founder and COO of Arival Bank in Singapore. Before that, he worked in corporate investment and wealth management. He also is the portfolio director of Life.Sreda, a financial/technical venture capital firm also based in Singapore.

Shelley Brooks ('94, Accounting) has been hired by the Boys & Girls Clubs of Sarasota County as vice president of finance. She has 28 years' experience in nonprofit and financial management businesses across Tampa Bay.

* Jamie Palm ('02, MAcc) was promoted to vice president, corporate controller and chief accounting officer with Welbilt. He joined the company in 2017. Welbilt provides top chefs with industry-leading kitchen and food-preparation equipment.

* Alex Mladek ('90, MAcc) has assumed the dual roles of chief executive officer and chief financial officer for Foundation Finance Company. He has more than 30 years' experience in a variety of industries, the last 20 years being in consumer finance.

* April 29, 10 a.m. the Center for Marketing and Sales Innovation lab  will hold an open house. The event will take place in the lab, BSN 2404. 
* May 2-5, USF Commencement  will take place at the Yuengling Center on the Tampa campus. Business students graduating with master's and doctoral degrees will walk at 6 p.m. on May 3 (Friday) and students receiving bachelor's degrees, at 9 a.m. on May 4 (Saturday). For more information, click here.
* May 7, 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., the Florida Small Business Development Center at USF's 2019 Business Awards Celebration Luncheon will take place at the Renaissance Tampa International Plaza Hotel. In observance of National Small Business Week, area business leaders will be recognized and awards will be handed out. Hayes Fountain, CEO of Widescope Consulting and Contracting Services, will be honored as the U.S. SBA Veteran-Owned Small Business Person of the Year for the South Florida District. For more information and to register, click here.

* May 14, 11:45 a.m. until 4:15 p.m., the third annual Florida Business Analytics Forum  will feature experts on analytics and information systems from across the nation delivering keynote speeches and participating in panel discussions. The event will be held in the Marshall Student Center Ballroom and feature experts in the fields of mobile analytics, artificial intelligence, cybersecurity and the dark web. Among the distinguished presenters: Hari Balakrishnan, with MIT; Hsinchun Chen, with the University of Arizona; and Alex Chohlas-Wood, with Stanford University. For more information, click here. To register for the event,  click here.

* May 16-17, the Accounting Circle CPE Conference, hosted by the Lynn Pippenger School of Accountancy, will take place in the USF Marshall Student Center. The conference gives more than 500 alumni and professional partners hands-on continuing professional education that qualifies for CPE credits. The proceeds pay for student scholarships. RSVPs are required. For more information and to register, click here.

* Sept. 19, 8:30-10 a.m., the Muma College of Business Conversation with a CEO  featuring Steve Presley, chairman and CEO of  NestlĂ© USAwill take place at the Center for Advanced Medical Learning Simulation, 124 S. Franklin St., in downtown Tampa. Presley is a USF alumnus who earned a bachelor's degree in accounting and finance. Watch for registration details.

* Oct. 10, 8:30-10 a.m., the Muma College of Business Conversation with a CEO with Rich Hume, chief executive officer with Tech Data, will take place  at the Center for Advanced Medical Learning Simulation, 124 S. Franklin St., in downtown Tampa. Watch for registration details.
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