EMBA Alumni Newsletter: Winter 2012

Winter 2012

Dean’s Message – Greg Hanifee, Assistant Dean of Executive Programs

Dear EMBA Alumni,

It was great to see many if you the first week in November at our annual fall happy hour downtown at The Hamilton. The best part about the evening for me was the pride I personally had in introducing many of you to our current and prospective students. There was a palpable energy in the room, and I can't say enough about how grateful we are that you continue to show support for our program and challenge us to continually get better. I am also pleased to announce that Smith’s Full-Time MBA program was ranked No. 24 in the world for MBA programs by Businessweek, as well as No. 2 in teaching. We've got a few highlights below of career changes, babies arriving and general good news to share below, but most of all I want to wish everyone a safe and happy holiday season!


Greg Hanifee, Assistant Dean

In this issue:

EMBA 13 Admissions Update

Thank you to all of you who attended the recent EMBA Alumni, Current & Incoming Student Happy Hour. It was a great mix of individuals and definitely made the difference in the decision making for some of the future EMBA 13 students who attended. It promises to be a vibrant and diverse group of students from the healthcare, government consulting, nonprofit, and finance sectors.

The official deadline of Nov. 1 has passed; however, the Admissions Committee will continue to accept applications until the class is full. To date, we are approximately 90 percent full, meaning we have three to five seats still available. Feel free to pass along any competitive candidates to Shelbi Brookshire at sbrooksh@rhsmith.umd.edu

Smith School in the News

Smith School Ranks No. 24 in MBA programs and Smith School Faculty No. 2 in Best Teachers by Businessweek.

Smith School was ranked No. 24 in the 2012 Bloomberg Businessweek ranking of the nation’s business schools — a jump of 18 spots from our No. 42 ranking in 2010. The full rankings can be viewed online.

Congratulations to our Smith School faculty on being No. 2 Best Teachers in the world by Businessweek.

"Collaboration Among Competitors can be Useful." Dr. Joyce E. A. Russell talks about collaboration with competitors in her recent edition of Career Coach in the Washington Post.

EMBA Student Collaboration

The EMBA program is a natural way for student to collaborate professionally. Last spring during our first term of the EMBA 12 program, we saw one of the great examples of EMBA students teaming up.

EMBA 12 student Farooq Cheema, president of Study Sparkz, tells us that one of his goals was to find a potential partner for his business. The company had grown to a significant stage and he says he reached his leadership ability. Farooq recognized the quality he was missing was in his cohort-mate, Oscar Aldana. Oscar was also looking to make a change professionally and a change where he could start his own company. He had spent the last five years running Delicias Bakery, a wholesale Hispanic bakery with presence in several states on the East Coast.

Farooq and Oscar looked into potential pitfalls for the partnership by utilizing one of Dr. Russell’s evaluations on personalities as well as getting to know each other. When it all checked out, they made the leap!

Study Sparkz provides K-12 in-home tutoring in five states across the East Coast. Their goal is to grow nationally over the next few years. Study Sparkz’s “magic sauce” is their proprietary system that matches the proper tutor to each child – so much so that they guarantee the match.

Do you have a successful collaboration story? Please let us know at emba_alumni@rhsmith.umd.edu so that we may profile your EMBA collaboration story.

Terps Helping Terps – Old Line Capital Club

Old Line Capital Club (OLC) is a Smith EMBA alumni run investment club. OLC was founded by Cohort 11 and started operating Feb. 3, 2012 with 30 partners. This is an exclusive club for alumni and current Smith EMBA students only. Our mission is to benefit partners, educationally and financially, by investing in equities, commodities, REITs, ETFs, mutual funds, index funds, options, currencies, and other investment opportunities that align with OLC’s investment philosophy. Our goal is to build Old Line Capital into a multi-million dollar portfolio while offering networking opportunities with past and future EMBA students as well as other investment clubs around the world. If you are interested in learning more about the operations of the club or would like to visit a monthly meeting, please contact Jonathan Wright at jonathan.wright1981@yahoo.com or oldlinecapitalclub@gmail.com. We look forward to you partnering with us!

Smith Snow Day, Annual Ski Day – Jan. 5, 2013

Save the date: Jan. 5 is the Third Annual Smith Ski Day. Join us at Whitetail Ski Resort for a day of fun in the snow for skiing, boarding, tubing or just hanging out. Josh Jeffires is coordinating and has negotiated a group rate under the name "UMD EMBA." We will have a room set aside from 8:30 am until the last person leaves (the mountain closes at 10 p.m.) for you to leave bags, extra clothing, etc., as well as meet for lunch. A raffle of Smith swag will be held during the noonish hour.

Josh will coordinate a carpool from the Krispy Kreme donuts one block from Smith's Shady Grove campus. RSVP here. If you are interested in getting more details contact Shelbi Brookshire at sbrooksh@rhsmith.umd.edu. We hope to see you and your snow bunnies there!

Upcoming Events

March 14 - 15, 2013 - Center for Financial Policy will be hosting a forum exploring the relationship between the world’s major religious traditions and the business behavior of adherents to those traditions. Visit the website to learn more.

April 5, 2013 - save the date for Cupid's Cup. For those of you who have attended in the past, you know this entrepreneurial competition sponsored by UMD's Kevin Plank has become quite the signature event. Read more online.

Alumni Updates

Zack Hill, EMBA 11, was recently named Director of Strategic Planning for Alliant Energy in Madison, Wisconsin.

Eric Noonan, EMBA 11, was named CEO at CyberSheath Services International, LLC.

Prakash Abraham, EMBA 7, has accepted the role of Program Director with Empathy Lab in the Philadelphia area.

Ron Josey, EMBA 5 has accepted the role of Managing Director, Sr. Internet Analyst, Equity Research at JMP Securities. Read more online.

Elizabeth Bartheld, EMBA 11, has accepted the role of Vice President of Government Affairs at American Forest and Paper Association.

Mike Nugent, EMBA 8, was recently named the WW Group Marketing Manager for Becton, Dickinson and Company. www.bd.com

Josh Zelenka, EMBA 10, and his wife Becky welcomed Benjamin Issac to this world on November 10.

Smith Business Magazine – Our fall edition was sent out last month, if you did not receive one in the mail, let us know at emba_alumni@rhsmith.umd.edu. To read it online, visit the website.

Stay Connected

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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 emba_alumni@rhsmith.umd.edu.