Dean’s Message – Greg Hanifee, Assistant Dean of Executive
Dear EMBA Alumni,
With great honor and pleasure I write my inaugural "Dean's
Note" to you as we move into the heart of Spring, and as we
close in on the beginning of Summer. I want to thank all of you
that sent along your notes of congratulations and wishes for
success, and it reminds me that I, as is all of our staff and
faculty, are humbled by the opportunity you've given us to
provide learning environments from which you can change your
life. We've heard many of those stories over my first few weeks
as Assistant Dean, and we've highlighted a few in the
newsletter. I can already tell that we will have a chronicle of
success and growth from the updates that you'll send our way,
and we're delighted to share the news with Alumni, faculty and
staff. If you do have news for us to share, please email Amanda
Lavino at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Speaking of learning environments, one of my commitments to
you is to bring more opportunities to you for life-long learning
from the Smith School. It's so great to see some of the Alumni
at our panel events, and we will continue to offer topical
conversations and panel discussions, mainly featuring our great
alums. In addition, we will be reaching out to you soon to
announce a workshop to hear what you would like to have offered
as life-long learning opportunities from Smith for EMBA Alumni.
It may simply be continued invitations to Smith-wide events,
such as CEO@Smith, special discounts to short-course offerings
like miniMBA2.0 or Beyond Borders, or a reunion combined with
leadership lessons at Gettysburg. What I do know is that the
best ideas will come from you, and then we can work with you to
build great experiences. We have a save-the-date for June 25,
when we'll ask for alums to join us in this discussion. If you
have ideas in the meantime, please forward them to me.
This past week we welcomed Shelbi Brookshire back from
maternity leave, and she's already diving into the recruiting
for Cohort 12. She's starting from a great spot thanks to the
wonderful job provided by Chris Larsen during Shelbi's (brief)
absence from the front lines. Supporting our efforts building
another high-quality cohort is a new radio campaign - you may
have heard it, we refer to it as: The Smith Effect. The ads tell
the story of how the Smith MBA or EMBA transforms peoples’ lives
- one featuring our own Dan Nichols (Cohort 5) will be airing
soon, so keep an ear out. I know I'm biased, but I think it's
really hitting the mark and I've personally had a lot of people
comment on its powerful statement. All that being said, I think
there will be no better source then yourselves for recommending
your friends, executives in your organizations and colleagues to
our program, and I really believe the ads help to support your
accomplishments here, so if you do know someone that is
considering a life-changing event like the Smith EMBA, please
let Shelbi or I know.
Lastly, I'd like to give special thanks to Vice Dean Hugh
Courtney and Dean Anandalingam for giving me this opportunity to
lead the Executive Education office - we've got a lot of work
ahead, but with an incredible team, outstanding faculty and an
ever-engaged alumni base, I know we can continue to create
leaders like no other Business School. Under Hugh Courtney's
leadership the EMBA program has reached new and lofty heights,
and I for one will be working hard to make sure we are at the
top of our game.
Be safe, and I hope to see you soon -
EMBA 12 - Recruiting Now!
It's that time of year again....the beginning of our
recruiting cycle for the next cohort - Cohort 12 - which will
begin January 2012. The first deadline of April 30th has passed.
We will begin interviewing mid- to late-May. While the next
deadline is July 15, we do accept applications on a rolling
basis. If you have friends or colleagues who are interested in
learning more about joining the Smith EMBA program, feel free to
pass along my contact information. I am happy to help answer any
questions they may have which we could do over lunch or coffee
with you and your colleague.
One important note, the July 15, deadline is the priority
deadline for anyone looking for scholarship funds. The
Scholarship Committee will allocate 80% of the funds during this
I. Save the Date: EMBA Alumni Event with Jim Parker -
Friday, June 24
Mark your calendars for now and look of more information soon
for an opportunity to join Cohort 10 and Cohort 11, Vice Dean
Hugh Courtney, and special guest Jim Parker, former CEO of
Southwest Airlines for a talk on what has made Southwest
Airlines successful. The session will be held from 2:15-6:15
p.m. in Van Munching Hall with an alumni reception to follow.
Details are coming soon!
II. EMBAs Needed to Serve as Venture Capitalists for
Dear EMBA Alums,
I hope you are all doing well. We miss you here at the Smith
School and hope to see you soon. In fact, I would love to have
you back as Venture Capitalists for our new Capstone Business
Simulation. Yes, the simulation has a new look and features.
It's exciting! You can check it out at www.marketplace-live.com.
The game will be played in mid July with 36 Cohort 10
executives and some international executives. We will have 9-10
teams in two universes and will need plenty of VCs. The VC Day
is scheduled for July 25, 2011 (approx. 8:30am-2pm, lunch
included). The schedule will include VC training, team
presentations, lunch & VC fair.
As you know, you will be competing with each other for the
Highest ROI as well as the Most Constructive and Helpful VCs.
This should be fun. Who will be able to beat last year's top VC
ROI of 598% by David Wexelblat (Cohort 03) or some other notable
scores over 100% from Joe Cudby (Cohort 08), Tom McMullen
(Cohort 06), Dan Pugh (Cohort 07), and Sol Ross (Cohort 02). And
if you recall, our most Constructive and Helpful VS (chosen by
the EMBA teams) were Eugene deRibeaux (Cohort 08) and Sol Ross
(Cohort 02). But, besides all the competitions, it will just be
nice to have you back on campus and to see all of you again. If
you can serve as a VC this year, please let me know
Again, I hope you are all doing well in your personal and
professional lives. We do miss you here at the Smith School of
Business and look forward to seeing you soon!
Joyce E. A. Russell, Ph.D.
Director, Executive Coaching and Leadership Development Program
Ralph J. Tyser Distinguished Teaching Fellow
Lifelong Learning Opportunities
As part of our new effort to extend lifelong learning
opportunities to our Executive MBA Alums at special rates, we
are extending an opportunity for you to join our exceptional
faculty in exciting new short-course programs at the Smith
School of Business. Stay ahead of the crowd by learning from
experts in today's markets! Read below to learn more and contact
us today to register.
The job environment is constantly changing and you need the
skills to stay ahead. Re-energize your career. Short-courses in
social media marketing, strategy, sustainability and digital
business models enable you to develop new areas of expertise,
interact with industry guest panelists and faculty members to
enhance your productivity. The next session runs from May
23-June 3. The best part: Discounts are available to all EMBA
alumni. For the first four (4) EMBA alumni that contact us, you
will save 50% by registering for the entire certificate. For
everyone, save 25% when you register for any single or multiple
www.rhsmith.umd.edu/minimba2.0 for details and please
contact Amanda Lavino to register for the EMBA special rates.
Innovation and Leadership Beyond Borders
China, India and the United States are three key growth
markets for the future, with distinct management and innovation
strengths. Join a cohort of global executives for one-week stays
at Robert H. Smith School of Business, Indian Institute of
Management Bangalore and School of Management, Zhejiang
University in Hangzhou, China. Participants will have the
opportunity to immerse themselves in the study of global senior
management, delivering the key to successful innovation in each
of three critical markets abroad. This international certificate
program and networking experience begins in September 2011. Sign
up now to receive your 10% alumni discount!
www.rhsmith.umd.edu/BeyondBorders for more information.
Executive Education in the News
Our executive education impact continues to expand! The
Office of Executive Programs has signed an agreement with a
Fortune 50 company to deliver a new customized program. Alex
Triantis (Finance) will be the academic director for the
program, which will tailor skill-building content in the areas
of finance, marketing and team building. This acquisition of
this program is the second major win for our office this spring,
and we're on the hunt for more.
Other Smith School News
Krowe Teaching Awards Announced
The Smith School established the Krowe Teaching Excellence
Awards in 1986 to recognize those who have consistently
demonstrated superior teaching skills. The Krowe Awards
nomination and evaluation process is managed by the Smith
School's Teaching Enhancement Committee. The committee received
numerous worthy nominations from Smith students, faculty and
alumni this year, and is proud to announce this year's Krowe
- Frank Alt, Decision, Operations & Information
- Curt Grimm, Logistics, Business & Public Policy
- Colin Linsley, Accounting & Information Assurance
- Paulo Prochno, Management & Organization
- Haluk Unal, Finance
- Jie Zhang, Marketing
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Sandra Brummitt, Cohort 10, currently
director of tax planning at Constellation Energy, was just named
Constellation Energy's director of investor relations.
Adam Bell, Cohort 10, was recently named
Director of Strategic Planning in Constellation Energy’s
Corporate Strategy and Development group. In his new role, he is
responsible for the development of the company’s strategy,
including evaluation of development opportunities that enable
the company’s strategy, coordination with leadership to
facilitate strategic alignment, the development of measures of
strategic progress through the company’s Balanced Scorecard
process, and the development of communication frameworks to help
stakeholders better understand Constellation Energy’s strategy.
Prior to his current role, Adam held a number of accounting and
finance related leadership positions at Constellation in
Baltimore, MD and London, UK.
Pete Plotas, Cohort 9, and his colleagues at
Rollstream moved from pure start-up to the next phase, as
GXS, their oldest alliance
partner, acquired Rollstream at the end of March. Pete will
remain with GXS as Director-Channels & Partners, as will many of
the Rollstream team. Read more at
leading educational platform for teaching K-16 students
life-skills, had two big wins recently: 1) hiring Kara
Hedges, Cohort 10, as Vice President Product
Development, and; 2) acquiring Outside the Classroom, the
leading provider of the largest online alcohol prevention course
Mark Acton, Cohort 10, has been re-nominated
by President Obama as Commissioner, Postal Regulatory
Commission. Read more at
Brian Hopman, Cohort 9, and wife Laura
welcomed twin boys Nathaniel Kean and Benjamin Wilder on March
Heath Campbell, Cohort 11, and wife Kristi
welcomed a son, Jackson Walker, on March 16.
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!
- Vincent DeCarlo
- Matthews Drewery
- Heather Eck
- James Franklin
- Shiva Fritsch
- Mark Haraway
- Shipra Matreja
- Sandeep Thumula
- Heidi Walsh