By DARYL JAMES Time had run out in 1980. An earth capable of sustaining only a limited number of hungry consumers had been pushed too far, and “The Population Bomb” described by conservation biologist Paul Ehrlich would soon explode.
Secrets of a Serial Entrepreneur Entrepreneurs beat long odds when they launch a company, scale it up and sell it to investors. Jason Cohen ’96 has done it five times in 15 years. “A lot of people will tell you that the way I worked, I basically worked to 100 years old. But I did it in 15 years,” says Cohen, who recently gave back to the Smith School in the form of a lead trust that benefits the Dingman Center for Entrepreneurship.
Previous Issue Features We Are Smith Four pillars of a winning brand include experiential learning, collaborative community, entrepreneurial spirit and intellectual impact. Launch. Sell. Repeat. Secrets of serial entrepreneur Jason Cohen ’96, who created and sold five businesses in 15 years.
The fourth annual Smith School Business Summit will be Nov. 13, 2015, at the Baltimore Marriott Inner Harbor at Camden Yards. The event will explore “Workplace 2025: Emerging Trends That Will Redefine Modern Business in the Next Decade.”
’70s Arnie Applebaum ’79 is the new general manager of Maryland Media. Robert Bedingfield ’70 joined the Board of Directors at GeoPark Limited. Donald Denkaus, MBA ’70, joined the Board of Directors of Catalyst Pharmaceuticals.
A wooden Testudo statue holds a place of honor on the desk of Mark J. Manoff ’78, Americas Vice Chair at accounting firm EY, and the new chair of Smith’s Board of Advisors.
This is a critical time in the life of the Smith School, and active engagement by the alumni community is more important than ever. A leadership transition of the Smith Alumni Chapter Board (ACB) took place June 30 while the board was operating progressively and smoothly. As the incoming and outgoing chairs, we would like to share with the alumni community the progress made over the last three years and our future plans as a board.
Brazilian immigrant Viviane Hembrock ’13 grew up surrounded by shipping. Her hometown of Santos, São Paulo, processes more than 3.5 million cargo containers annually, making it the busiest port in Latin America. “My city was all about logistics,” Hembrock says. So a supply chain career seemed natural when she came to Baltimore as an au pair and then found an opportunity to study at the University of Maryland.
Growing up just four blocks from the University of Maryland, Cary Thomas ’70, MBA ’74, lived close to campus but saw higher education as something far out of reach. Most of his family had jobs at UMD but did not understand his desire to go to college. Despite the skepticism, he took a leap of faith that led to two UMD degrees and a pioneering role in technology systems used at universities around the nation.
Follow your inner voice. Elissa Kravetz ’99 has thrived by this yogic proverb. After graduating from the University of Maryland, Kravetz worked alongside shoe mogul Steve Madden before establishing a niche in Los Angeles as a fashion and lifestyle publicist. But three years ago, she launched the anti-bullying nonprofit organization, The Farley Project. The shift was deeply personal.