University of South Florida Muma College of Business     February 2019
Rob Hammond talks up the lab
The Center for Marketing and Sales Innovation lab is about to come online with with biometrics capabilities that can measure brain waves, track eye movements and more. The facility will be used by ...

Nancy Tower
Nancy Tower, president and CEO of Tampa Electric Company, is slated to be the next guest at the upcoming Conversation with a CEO taking place next month. She came on board two years ago and has made it a mission to accomplish main three goals.  To find out more about her, click here. To register for the event, click here. 

Sagar Samtani
New to the faculty, Sagar Samtani is shining a light on the dark web, finding out about cyber thieves who steal identities and where all that pilfered information goes. No one is totally safe from ...  

Matt Mullarkey
ISDS instructor Matt Mullarkey, who also serves as program director of the DBA, is the latest Muma College of Business faculty member to be awarded a Fulbright scholarship. Mullarkey will travel to Ireland next spring to research information systems and technologies involving smart ...  

Many points of light in ISDS
From papers published in highly respected academic journals to presenting research at conferences, the faculty of the ISDS Department rose to new heights in the last quarter of 2018. Here's what they accomplished ...

Marc Randolph speaks
A gentle reminder: Marc Randolph, Netflix co-founder, will speak next week at the Marshall Student Center as part of the Muma College of Business Thought Leader Series. Check out ...

BBC etiquette dinner
Everything you wanted to know about the Bulls Business Community and ZAP, how they measure success and how they get there, is here, with interviews with advisers, students and ... 

* Alan Hevner,  professor with the Information Systems and Decision Sciences Department, recently was named an Albert Nelson Marquis Lifetime Achievement Award recipient by Marquis Who's Who, a premier publisher of biographical profiles. Hevner, a Distinguished University Professor and Eminent Scholar, is a pioneer in the use of design science in the field of computer information systems.
* Patrick Wheeler, associate professor, and Tom Smith , assistant professor, both with the Lynn Pippenger School of Accountancy, recently won "best paper" awards at the Accounting Information Systems and Strategic & Emerging Technologies joint conference. Doctoral student Stephanie Walton and former PhD students Yiyang Zhang, Rob Pinsker and Neal Snow, also garnered awards.
* Dipayan Biswas, marketing professor, recently had an article appear in the Journal of Marketing Research, examining the impact of ambient food scents and how they can affect a person's food choices. His work revealed a direct connection between the length of exposure time to an odor and whether  or not that alters consumers' decisions in what to eat. The paper is titled "The Smell of Healthy Choices: Cross-Modal Sensory Compensation Effects of Ambient Scent on Food Purchases." The story was picked up by WUSF. To read more, click here.
* Moez Limayem, dean of the Muma College of Business, penned an article titled "What I've Learned as a Leader" that was published in the most recent issue of Edge Business Magazine. The piece offers insights and observations for those in leadership roles. To read the article, click here.
* Scott Carpenter is now a business consultant for the Manatee County market of the Florida Small Business Development Center at USF. He has a background in reputation management and marketing communications and he has owned his own business in Sarasota for the past 12 years. Carpenter is experienced in leading national and local business-to-customer and business-to-business campaigns.


* John Chiang ('84, Finance) was recently named to the board of directors of Apollo Medical Holdings. He served as the California State Treasurer from 2015-19 and prior to that was the state controller. He began his career as a tax law specialist for the 

* Dana M. Jacobs ('13, Finance) has been promoted to vice president of institutional equity sales at Raymond James. She has been with the company for nearly four years.

* Shane Smith ('01, MBA) has joined the Jim Moran Institute for Global Entrepreneurship as director of Central Florida operations. He has more than 15 years of marketing and entrepreneurial experience and is the founder and president of SaleFish, a consulting firm focused on helping small-to-medium-size businesses.

* Brian Lamb ('89, Accounting) was one of seven African-American leaders recognized recently by the Cincinnati USA Regional Chamber of Commerce for achieving success. Lamb is executive vice president of wealth and asset management at Fifth Third Bancorp and serves on the board of the Urban League of Greater Southwestern Ohio. He currently chairs the USF Board of Trustees and is a former USF Basketball player. Last year, Lamb was named one of the 100 Most Influential Blacks in Corporate America on a list published by Savoy magazine.

* Kristina Vorndran  ( 16, Entrepreneurship) is now a  Certified Financial Planner and has been promoted to paraplanner with Allegiant Private Advisors in Sarasota. She joined the company three years ago as a wealth-management intern and was hired a short time later as a full-time financial planning assistant. 

* Tara Thornton ('12, MS, Management) has been promoted to director of human resources of Minor League Baseball. She leads human resources initiatives by planning, designing, developing and evaluating human resources-related projects. She joined MiLB in 2017. 

* Belicia Montgomery ('17, MBA and MS, Sport and Entertainment Management) has been named manager of business and data process es where she supports all departments of the Minor League Baseball office with research, data collection and analysis. She joined MiLB in 2016.
* Feb. 21, 2:15 p.m., the Muma College of Business Thought Leader Series  will feature Netflix co-founder and serial entrepreneur Marc Randolph, who will discuss the origins of Netflix and how it has grown to change the culture of popular entertainment. The lecture series, which was established to draw nationally recognized speakers, innovators, idea generators, entrepreneurs, philanthropists, authors and "turn-around artists" in business and industry, will take place in the Oval Theater in the Marshall Student Center. The event is free and open to the public, but all seats were claimed shortly after the announcement was made. To reserve a spot on the waiting list, click here. To read more about Randolph, click here.
* March 26, 8:30-10 a.m., the Muma College of Business Conversation with a CEO featuring Nancy Tower, president and CEO of Tampa Electric Company, will take place at the Center for Advanced Medical Learning Simulation, 124 S. Franklin St., in downtown Tampa. For more information, click here. To register, click here.
* March 26, 1-6 p.m. and March 27, 8:30 a.m. until 4 p.m., the USF Sport & Entertainment Analytics Conference will be held at the USF Gibbons Alumni Center. Sponsored by the Vinik Sport & Entertainment Management Program and Ticketmaster, the conference will feature discussions on the important role of analytics in the global sport and entertainment industries. Key leaders will share insights that promote education, growth and innovation with a theme of "Storytelling with Data." Speakers are from the NBA, the PGA Tour, the Miami Dolphins, MiLB, the the Women's Tennis Association, Turner Sports, the International Speedway Corporation and the Tampa Bay Lightning. For more information click here. 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 and dark web cybersecurity. Keynote speakers include Hari Balakrishnan, with MIT; Hsinchun Chen, with the University of Arizona; and Alex Chohlas-Wood, with Stanford University. To register for the event, click here.
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