University of South Florida Muma College of Business     July 2019
Doug Hughes
Doug Hughes, former Michigan State University marketing professor and department chair, now oversees the Muma College of Business Marketing Department. Starting this month, Hughes replaces Donna Davis, whose leadership the past two years has resulted in two new majors and a new center focused on supply chain management. Hughes' immediate plans call for ...  

Renata Gomes Martins
A native of southern Brazil, Renata Gomes Martins has called USF, Prague and Nairobi home over the spring and summer this year. The high-achieving senior majoring in global business and marketing knows what it takes to excel and she makes time to share her insights. She mentors students in her home country letting them know how education can change ...

Dean Moez Limayem
The AACSB, the largest accreditation organization for business colleges and universities around the globe, named Muma College of Business Dean Moez Limayem to its board of directors this month, joining an esteemed panel of educational leaders who ...   

Bill Sutton, Jared Smith
Bill Sutton, founding director of the Vinik Sport & Entertainment Management Program, is taking a "farewell tour" on his path to a December retirement. At a recent stop at the TicketMaster Summit in Los Angeles, he received the Albert Leffler Lifetime Achievement Award from TicketMaster President Jared Smith. What most people don't know is ...  

TFE Times national rankings are out and the Muma College of Business MS in management ranked No.24, the MS in marketing, No. 41 and the MS in finance, No. 80.  

* Kristina Demek, assistant professor in the Lynn Pippenger School of Accountancy, received notice of the acceptance of her coauthored article, with S. Kaplan and A. Winn, in Auditing: A Journal of Practice and Theory, a highly regarded trade publication. The article is titled " Who Really Performs the Audit? Examining the Effects of Supplemental Voluntary Disclosure of the Use of Other Auditors on Investors' Perceptions of Audit Quality."

* Tim Heath, professor in the Marketing Department, was the recent recipient of the USF Outstanding Faculty Award from the USF Provost's Office. Heath has been with USF since 2013 and last year won a Fulbright scholarship awarding him a visiting professorship at the Vienna University of Economics and Business in Austria.

* Seckin Ozkul, instructor with the Marketing Department, has been appointed to the Florida Freight Advisory Committee as an adviser to the Florida Department of Transportation's multimodal freight planning efforts. Ozkul, who teaches and conducts research on supply chain management issues, will be part of an office that focuses on freight transportation and logistics and has an annual budget of $1 billion.

* Gert-Jan de Vreede, is now the associate dean for research and professional programs. He had served as interim dean on the USF Sarasota-Manatee campus and is a professor in the Information Systems and Decision Sciences Department on the Tampa campus.

* CEOworld Magazine has named the USF Center for Entrepreneurship to the top 20 list of the best programs in the nation. The ranking, published in the July 1 issue, puts the center at No. 18 and is the only Florida program on the list. To read more, click here.


* Sunny Bokhari ('12, MBA; MS, Finance and Economics) has taken a job with VanEck Associates, an asset-management firm based in New York. She works in the Tampa office.

Nico Ghibaudy ('16, Marketing and Management) is now a marketing manager  at Littledata. He previously worked at CEA Marketing where he was the content marketing lead and copywriter.

* Ashley Young ( '15, Business Economics; '17, MS, Global Sustainability) has accepted a job as director of engagement at Climate Futures. She is a former 25 Under 25 honoree.

* Christina Kay (Crosby) Russell  ('10, MBA) is now the CEO of Sola Salon Studios in Denver. Previously, she was CEO of Pure Barre.

* Ralph Herz ('16, Accounting and Finance) has taken a position as senior analyst in corporate development at Bacardi. He is a former 25 Under 25 honoree.

* Courtney Kramer ('17, MBA, MS in Sport and Entertainment Management) has joined IRONMAN as a social media specialist, leading the social media efforts for Rock 'n'Roll Marathon Series.

* Dode Ackey ('02 Finance; '12 MBA) is now CFO of ADS Group - Africa Development Solutions - in Dakar. Previously, he was a senior control specialist with HealthPlan Services.

* Chip Whitworth ('12, MBA) has been promoted to director of Tampa Electric Company's Big Bend Power Station. He has been with the utility since 1997 and previously served as manager of operations at the Big Bend plant.

* Aug. 30, 11:45 a.m. until 1 p.m., the Muma College of Business Scholarship Luncheon,
in the ballroom of the Marshall Student Center, features guest speakers and a chance for scholarship recipients to have lunch with and thank those who donated toward their scholarships.

* Sept. 19, 8:30-10 a.m., the Muma College of Business Conversation with a CEO 
featuring Steve Presley, chairman and CEO of Nestlé USA, will take place at the Center for Advanced Med ical Learning Simulation, 124 S. Franklin St., in downtown Tampa. Presley is a USF alumnus who earned a bachelor's degree in accounting and finance. To register, click here.

* 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 be held in the Center for Advanced Medical Learning Simulation, 124 S. Franklin St., in downtown Tampa. To register, click here.

* Oct. 11, beginning at 5 p.m., the Muma College of Business Homecoming Parade Watch Party takes place in the atrium and in the breezeway with free eats and giveaways topped off with a front row seat to watch the annual Running of the Bulls Homecoming Parade, which begins at 7 p.m.

* Nov. 5-8, the Florida Small Business Development Center at USF will host its 43rd USF Basic Economic Development Course, which allows registrants who successfully complete the program to sit for the Certified Economic Developer examination. All classes will be held at the USF Embassy Suites, 3705 Spectrum Blvd., on the Tampa campus. For more information, click here.

* Nov. 5-6, NASA's Destination Station visits Tampa and will land at the Muma College of Business over two days. Watch for details.

* Jan. 9, the State of the Region, hosted by the Muma College of Business along with the Tampa Bay Partnership, is scheduled to take place at the USF Marshall Student Center. Watch for details.
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