University of South Florida Muma College of Business     March 2019
The crowd photo bombs a selfie
Marc Randolph, who cofounded Netflix some 20 years ago, was the guest speaker at the 2019 Muma College of Business Thought Leader Series. To view video, click here. To see the photo gallery, click here.

Fresh faces tour the campus
Dozens of high school seniors interested in majoring in business toured the Tampa campus recently. We hope to see them back here at the Muma College of Business in the fall. To read more, click here.  

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 ...

Nick Vojnovic
Nick Vojnovic, president of Little Greek Fresh Grill, spoke to the Executive MBA class this month, offering tips on how to succeed as well as what to avoid, like hiring "drama mamas" and ...

Dana Butz
Dana Butz was headed for a career as an engineer, when her sister convinced her to try accounting. It was the numbers and math that drew her into the Lynn Pippenger School of Accountancy and the rest is ...

The Florida Small Business Development Center at USF will celebrate its third annual SBDC Day by sponsoring a "Meet the Small Business Experts" event on March 20, taking place in the office of state Rep. Susan Valdez beginning at ...

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. 

Pam Muma flashes USF horns
Pam Muma helped ring the closing bell of the New York Stock Exchange this week. She was there on behalf of Junior Achievement's centennial anniversary.

Won prizes, but not this car
The Muma College of Business analytics team won top honors in two categories at a hackathon competition last month, besting seven other universities. The 24-hour marathon was in Naples.

* Patrick Wheeler, associate professor with the Lynn Pippenger School of Accountancy, recently completed a paper that was accepted by the Journal of Accounting & Organizational Change. The paper, titled "Decision-Aids for Non-Expert Decision Makers: An Experimental Investigation of Performance and Learning," was co-authored by Maia Farkas, a former USF PhD student now teaching at California State University San Marcos.
* Matt Mullarkey, instructor with the Information Systems and Decision Sciences Department, recently was appointed an Extraordinary Research Scientist in the Workwell Research Unit for Economic & Management Sciences at the North-West University in Potchefstroom, South Africa. The recognition is for his work helping NWU faculty and students incorporate design science research methods into articles, dissertations and theses.
* 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. As a result, his work has attracted widespread media coverage including Time Magazine, Newsweek and CBS. To read the article in Newsweek, click here. Biswas also co-authored a paper with Sarah Lefebvre, assistant marketing professor at Murray State University, titled "The Influence of Ambient Scent Temperature on Food Consumption Behavior" that was accepted by the Journal of Experimental Psychology: Applied.
* Moez Limayem, dean of the Muma College of Business who chaired the AACSB Business School Communications and Development Symposium in Clearwater Beach earlier this month, wrote a blog for the organization's website titled "Transforming the Business School Through Donor Relationships." To read the piece, click here.


* Joseph Raiano ('17, Executive MBA) was recently featured in a Florida Trend article titled "Post MBA." In the profile, Raiano explained that the program taught him how to apply classroom lessons to real-life business challenges and how classmates helped him devise strategies. He is general manager of laboratory operations at Aurora Diagnostics, a national health care firm.

* Michelle Ledford ('95, Marketing) now chairs the Lakeland Chamber of Commerce. Only the fifth woman to serve in that role in the chamber's 98-year history, Ledford is the cofounder of MADE, a branding agency that does marketing, advertising and public relations in Lakeland.

* Christopher C. Bross ('89, Business Administration) has been named deputy executive director of operations for the South Florida Regional Transportation Authority. He had been the chief contracting officer for more than 14 years.

* Amanda Chen ('16, Marketing) now works for INTO University Partnerships as a recruitment and marketing officer in Taipei. She recruits students for INTO USF, USF, and other partnered universities in the United States from overseas. She previously worked for Hawaii Tourism Taiwan to promote Hawaii as a destination for Taiwanese tourists.

* Carlos Medina ('83, Management) has joined One Technologies as vice president of strategic business development. Medina previously worked for Experian for 11 years, most recently as senior vice president of strategy and growth operations.

* Emily Colon ('10, International Business) is now the assistant city manager of the city of Lakeland. Prior tot hat, she was a program administrator for Pasco County government, where she oversaw a number of departments. She also is an adjunct professor at USF and in the past served as an admissions recruiter and adviser.

* Dan Cross ('18, Executive MBA) was featured in an article appearing in Florida Trend this month. Titled "Post MBA" the profile said Cross enrolled in the program after being told he could not advance in his company without a post-graduate degree. Three months after his graduation he landed a job as business controller for Wartsila, a marine technology firm.

* Bianca Echtlier, ('16, Accounting, Finance) is now an associate financial adviser with RBC Wealth Management in Sarasota. She previously worked as an associate integrated channel marketing manager with Carillon Tower Advisors.

* March 20, is the Florida Small Business Development Center at USF Day,  which unites SBDCs across the country by sharing success stories and notable impacts SBDCs have on the small business community. Social media plays a central role and the day will be celebrated through proclamations, online and in-person workshops and other events.  For more information, click here.

* March 25, Registration for degree-seeking students begins for the summer and fall semesters. For more information, 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 through a theme of "Storytelling with Data." Speakers are from the NBA, the PGA Tour, the Miami Dolphins, MiLB, 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.
* March 30, April 13, Bulls Unite Day  is a chance for incoming freshmen to stop by and learn what life is like for a USF student. It's a chance to learn firsthand from staff, academic leaders and students about getting off to a great start. For more information and to register, click here.

* April 3, 1 p.m., the Investing in Sustainability Symposium will be held in the Muma College of Business atrium. The event, which is free and open to the public, features keynote speaker Lily Trager, executive director of investing for Morgan Stanley Wealth Management. To register, click here.

* April 4, Giving Day,  help us celebrate Rocky D. Bull's birthday through your generosity. Join alumni, faculty and students worldwide on this special day to show USF pride and support areas of the university that matter most. Give a gift of any amount. For more information, click here.

* April 6, the Frank and Ellen Daveler Entrepreneurship Program will host a pitch competition open to undergraduate students from across the state. Twenty students will be selected as fellows and receive $3,000, and of the 20, five will be selected as scholars and receive an additional $5,000. The deadline to apply is March 24. 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. Keynote speakers include 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. Watch for registration details.

* 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 earning a bachelor's degree in accounting and finance. Watch for registration details.

* Oct. 10, 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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