Simon Says: Meet the Smith School Economist Who Took on the Doomsayers and Won

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: Jason Cohen '96

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.

Smith Business Magazine: Fall 2015

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.

Business Summit to Explore Coming Decade

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.”

Alumni Notes

’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.

Last Word: A Close-Knit, Collaborative Community

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.

Alumni Chapter Board Letter: Big Events, App and Networking

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.

A Pipeline of Supply Chain Professionals

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.

Brief Case: MBA Alum Leads with (Night) Vision

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.

Bullying Survivor Follows Inner Voice

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.

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