Dean’s Message – Dr. Hugh Courtney, Associate Dean of Executive
Dear EMBA Alumni,
Your ranks are growing. After one last exhilarating and exhausting
week spent in our capstone business simulation experience, our ninth
cohort of EMBAs graduated on May 21st here in College Park. Please
join me in congratulating the “Wolfpack” (their cohort “mascot”)
and welcoming them to your alumni community!
It will be a busy summer here at Smith and the University of Maryland
overall. Dan Mote is stepping down as President at the end of the
summer and we are undertaking a global search to find a worthy replacement.
Smith is working on a new branding campaign and a whole host of
new degree and non-degree programs that will better leverage our
intellectual capital and location to have a bigger impact on business
and society. And our EMBA team will be focused on helping our current
students to not just survive, but actually thrive during the “dog
days” of summer, and actively recruiting our next cohort of extraordinary
As always, we invite you to partner with us and each other to help
make our EMBA program, business school and university one of the
best in the world. Would you like to come to lunch and visit with
and mentor our current students? Introduce us to potential new students?
Participate in thought-leader events, panels, conferences and non-degree
executive education courses? Host alumni events and develop focused
alumni interest groups and networks? Plan a cohort reunion? Your
community is getting bigger and better every year, so if you let
us and the entire EMBA alumni community know your interests and
ideas, good things are bound to happen!
As always, I hope to see many of you again soon, and wish you all
a wonderful summer!
What is happening at Smith EMBA?
It was wonderful to see so many members of the Smith EMBA Community
at the recent April 14th Alumni Event in Washington, D.C. For those
of you who missed the event, 50 alum, current students, professors
and staff met to mingle at The University Club. Dr. Jahangir Boroumand
(bio), one of Smith's expert economics professors and a previous
professor for many of you, gave a lively discussion on Current Economic
Trends. Attached is the presentation. I highly encourage you to
take a moment to review.
For those of you who had JB as your professor, you will recognize
his signature inclusion of an interesting video clip. The "rap off"
is something you really will not want to miss. There is a link to
the video on the last slide. [DOWNLOAD]
We hope to see you at future Smith events. Dates for the Fall
EMBA Speaker Series will be coming soon.
Have a wonderful summer!
EMBA Business Simulation - Who will be the next winner of the
EMBA Capstone Business Simulation?
Amanda Lavino and Joyce E. A. Russell
As all our alums know, the Business Simulation run by Dr. Joyce
E. A. Russell is the capstone of the entire EMBA experience. Over
time, this simulation experience has grown from the first four day
intense experience with EMBA teams competing against each other
to our current simulation with teams from the EMBA program, SAIC,
and our International EMBAs all competing to take away the title
of Grand Market Master of the Universe. What many of you may not
remember is who those winners were from years gone by.
So, a trip down memory lane … From the EM01 cohort who graduated
in May 2004, the winning team was called Advantage, Inc and was
made up of David Beagan, Alberto Menendez-Hassel, Frans Meuwissen,
David Pelgrim, and Nilesh Shroff. Who can forget how they shared
and traded clothes to make sure everyone was “dressed for success”
in their presentations? Or, how they used great project management
skills to plan out the entire process on the whiteboard? And remember
the great offices for the teams? NOT. What we survived back in those
days… From EM02, graduating in February 2005, the team of
made up of a “take no prisoners” team of Chris Carlisle, Todd Garliss,
Eric Gwin, and Natesh Manikoff . They quietly went about their work,
overcoming the team with the matching shirts and even the team with
the late-night inspirational speeches given by Donta’ Wilson (of
course!). Not an easy feat!
In September, 2005, the EM03 team,
Infiniti Machines (Liam Brown,
Ed Burke, Chris Luchtefeld, and Sandeep Thumula) won the big award
overcoming the other “8 of the 12 monkeys” as well as the rest of
the teams and that pesky Badger team that gave them a run for the
money. By EM04, the team names got even more interesting, and the
team of Ferris Bueller and Partners, made up of Joanne Ferchland-Parella,
Mark Robinson, Patrick Smith, and Viyas (‘sports car’) Sundaram
took the big win.
EM05 graduated in November 2006 and the last year of the single
universe went out with a win by Venturi International, that all
male powerhouse team of Steve Fisher, Ron Josey, Scott Knorr, Geoff
Underwood, and Burak Uzman. But, who can ever forget the beautiful
advertising work (a prize to this day) by Swan Systems or how the
other teams shot them out of the sky! Oh well..
By May of 2007, we had some international teams join the College
Park teams so we created two universes. The winners of the Red Universe were
Eulen Systems Solutions with the talented and diverse team
of Jerry Godwin, Cahba Kingwood, Johanna Polsenberg, Eddie Tyner,
and David Sarpal. The Blue Universe winner was Summit Computer Corp.
a highly competitive and strategic team consisting of Philip Altschuler,
Dean Abrams, Prakash Sesha, and Steve Sullivan. One thing we can
say for sure - the entire EM06 cohort knew how to welcome our international
students to a “good time”! EM07 graduated in May, 2008 and the winners
of the Red Universe were appropriately named Red Alert Corp (Tim Jurco, Dave Morgan, Terry Munroe, and Rao Vangaru). The winners
of the Blue Universe were the multi-talented team, Symphony Computing
made up of Bambo Bamgbose, Terry Johnson, Greg Oliven, Rabinder
Singh, and Michele White. By this time, the facilities got nicer
yet the competition remained fierce for the coveted 1st place.
Last year, for the first time the EMBA cohort had to take on
both international students and teams from SAIC – a task quite formidable
and challenging. The competition was tough as the SAIC teams fought
to take the titles. It was neck and neck the whole way, with our
EM08 cohort capturing 2nd place in both universes. Or course, we
do have those lovely pictures from the Challenge Course they can
always sell online… Thanks to the “Panda” and the intense dedication
of the White Lotus team in the Red Universe (Samira Askarova, Tony
Davenport, Eugene de Ribeaux, Raj Gopalaratnam, and Wendy Sanhai)
they were able to get the top prize for the EMBA class. In the Blue
Universe, Reliant Computers, Inc. (Karen Cuviello, Brian Donnelly,
Deepak Joseph, Mike Kriel, and Amit Reizes) worked steadily to get
to the top of the EMBA class, and who can forget their “video” presentation
at the end of it all? A classic. One big success – the EM08 cohort
got the international and SAIC execs to finally party and dance…
well, maybe a little…
So, what will happen this year with the EM09 Wolfpack cohort?
They too, will have to take on the SAIC teams who have also been
to the Challenge Course to build their teams’ strengths. What will
it take to win it all this year? Stay tuned for our next issue to
find out who will be the next Grand Market Master of the Red and
Blue Universes… and who will win the coveted VC Awards…
EMBA Faculty Blogging
EMBA faculty will be posting occasionally on what is on their
minds and what's going on in the EMBA program overall. The first
two posts are up and we'd love your comments.
The Smith School launches the
The Smith Connector is a place to update your contact information
and connect with other Smith Business School alumni professionally
and socially. It links to Facebook automatically. And the Smith
Connector can be used to search for jobs or to post jobs. In its
first month 1,349 alumni updated their profiles! Make sure you check
For more information check out the article in Smith Business Magazine
We have two areas where we ask you to make sure your email and
mailing address are up to date.
- UMD – Email university relations at
This is important if you want to keep getting the Smith Business
Magazine and other UMD publications.
- Smith Connector:
Don’t forget to look for the Smith School on LinkedIn, Twitter,
Healthcare Worker Shortage Solution Started Here
Healthcare may be the fastest growing industry, but it is facing
a shortage of both healthcare workers and the faculty to train them.
Military to Medicine – a non-profit that provides healthcare training
and career opportunities to the extended military family – offers
a solution. This solution was first conceptualized here at Robert
H. Smith School of Business to Executive MBA Alum Daniel Nichols,
now Executive Director of Military to Medicine.
Nichols, combined his experience as the Director of Recruitment
for Inova Health System based in Falls Church, VA, and his passion
to support the military community when he first developed Military
to Medicine as a recruitment initiative for Inova in 2007. Having
experienced great success for Inova, Military to Medicine, launched
as a national military service organization in April. Now it provides
the nation’s military family with a career path to quality employment
in healthcare. Military to Medicine offers both online training
(free to the military community) and access to the National Healthcare
Career Center that houses thousands of open healthcare positions
nationwide. The combination of both training and placement assistance
is dramatically enhancing not only the talent pool for those hiring
healthcare employees, but is also enriching the lives of military
families nationwide. In 2009, Military to Medicine served 1,200
members of the extended military family. The numbers are expected
to jump to 3,200 in 2010, and expansion plans could provide services
to as many as 30,000 in coming years.
To learn more about Military to Medicine visit the Web site at
www.militarytomedicine.org where you can also join our social networks
on Ning, Facebook, Twitter and YouTube.
Camila Rose Josey was born April 20 to proud parents, Ron (EM05)
and Marisse Josey.
Job Opportunities for EMBA Alumni
Director of Development, Southwind: The Director of Development
is responsible for establishing and maintaining relationships with
a broad range of stakeholders, including but not limited to client
senior executives at the CXO level as well as other client stakeholders,
each member of the Southwind senior management team, key executives
and other marketing resources at The Advisory Board, the Office
Services Manager, and Controller. The Director of Development reports
to the Southwind CEO/Chief Development Officer. Currently, two Development
Managers report to the Director of Development. For more information,
please contact James Zenyuh
Finally, we would like to request personal updates to share with
all of our EMBA alumni. We would like to highlight your successes!
Please send any updates you want to share such as new job or new
baby. Email the updates to
We are looking for a couple of your classmates; we do not have
a good email address for them. Please contact
Thank you for your help!
- Heather Eck
- Robert Zakroff
- David Sarpal
- James Franklin