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Honored by Vanderbilt

Posted in: Class Acts, Summer 2014

Todd Jackson, BA’96, EMBA’08, received the inaugural Alumni Volunteer Award from the Vanderbilt Alumni Association Board of Directors. The award recognizes an alumnus who has positively represented the institution and its mission and has a significant pattern of volunteer service to the university. As founders and co-chairs of the Vanderbilt-Ingram Cancer Center Young Ambassadors, Jackson [...]



Game On

Posted in: Class Acts, Features, Summer 2014

Alumni-owned OwerDog has recruited hundreds of professional athletes to play the video world’s most popular multiplayer games, including Call of Duty, Madden NFL, FIFA and NBA2K, with fans via the OverDog mobile application.



Community Leader and Problem Solver

Posted in: Class Acts, Features, Summer 2014

Francis Guess has been a problem solver in business, government, community and nonprofit arenas ever since he returned from Vietnam and picked Vanderbilt’s new graduate management school instead of law school.



Welcome to Owen Event

Posted in: Class Acts, Winter 2013

Alumni Jason Reusch, MBA’05, and Steve Berneman, MBA’10, JD’10, were among the Owen alumni who greeted incoming students at the welcome event in August. The incoming class includes 166 full-time MBA students, 53 Executive MBA students, 33 MAcc Valuation students, 43 MS Finance students and 29 Master of Management in Health Care students. More than [...]



Celebrating Alumni Weekend 2013

Posted in: Class Acts, Winter 2013

Owen alumni donated $314,694 in honor of their reunion in April 2013. Alumni Board President Brent Turner, MBA’99, (center), prepares to present the really big check to Dean Jim Bradford during the weekend’s kick-off barbecue.  



All in the Family

Posted in: Class Acts, mini-feature, Winter 2013

Two years ago, Jane Kennedy Greene, BA’75, MBA’81, went from being shareholder in the family business to running it when her father asked her to take over the company’s reins. With 4,000 employees and operations in 30 states and Canada, Greene has her hands full as a third-generation CEO and board chair of Kenco Group [...]



Students Say Thanks

Posted in: Class Acts, Spring 2013

Current Owen students honored outgoing Dean Jim Bradford on April 18 during their last Thursday Social at Owen of the academic year. The students surprised him with a specially designed and created Hatch Show Print recognizing Bradford’s tenure as dean. The poster was one of only 100 made using hand-carved images and letterpress printing in [...]



Business-driven

Posted in: Class Acts, Spring 2013

Nelson Andrews III, BA’89, EMBA’95, grew up around the automobile business, but he didn’t see himself making it his career. His father owned a dealership in Michigan before the family moved to Brentwood, Tenn., to establish the area’s first Cadillac dealership. As a teen, Andrews found himself doing whatever needed to be done for the [...]



Happy Travels, Tricia

Posted in: Class Acts, Spring 2013

Tricia Siegfried, EMBA’83, retired at the end of 2012 after 17 years as Owen’s chief financial officer. “With an overriding passion for this school’s success over the years, she has time and again proven her dedication to Owen,” said Dean Jim Bradford in announcing her retirement. “Her husband, John, has finally convinced her that they [...]



Dean’s Visit to Microsoft

Posted in: Class Acts, Fall 2012


Mini Reunion in Istanbul

Posted in: Class Acts, Fall 2012


Child By Child

Posted in: Class Acts, Fall 2012

Jim Steele, MBA’82, knows what it’s like to be up against tough odds. Eight years ago he was diagnosed with Charcot-Marie-Tooth disease and spinocerebellar ataxia, both genetic neuromuscular conditions that have since left him disabled. “I have partial symptoms of both, but the doctors can’t do anything for either one,” he says. “They’re progressive diseases, [...]



The Sweet Spot

Posted in: Class Acts, Spring 2012

Sheru Chowdhry, MBA’00, laughs about his earliest experience living in New York City. His first apartment was in Times Square, and there was little respite from the noise and lights. “It’s a wonder that I didn’t end up half-deaf and half-blind from all of that,” he says. “It was sensory overload.” Chowdhry eventually settled on [...]



Rocky Mountain Reunion

Posted in: Class Acts, Spring 2012


Thank You to Our Alumni Ambassadors

Posted in: Class Acts, Spring 2012

The Admissions office would like to thank the following alumni for their help in recruiting prospective students. If you would like to be involved in future Admissions events, please email admissions@owen.vanderbilt.edu. Atlanta Bella Abel, MBA’09 Matt Abel, MBA’09 Javier Canas, MBA’05 Jared Degnan, MBA’09 Travis Dunn, MBA’11 Astrid Huebner, MBA’09 Erin White, MBA’09Austin Paige Brown, [...]



Executive MBA Class of 2011 Fulfills Scholarship Challenge

Posted in: Class Acts, Fall 2011

This past spring Bruce Brockenborough, EMBA’01, President and CEO of Hannan Supply Co., issued a challenge to the Executive MBA Class of 2011. If they would raise at least $145,000 for their class gift with 100 percent participation, he would pledge money of his own to help launch much-needed scholarships within the EMBA program. The [...]



Budapest Rendezvous

Posted in: Class Acts, Fall 2011

This summer Peter Veruki, Owen’s Director of Corporate Relations, traveled to Budapest, Hungary, with his wife, alumna Judy Spinella, EMBA’93, Vice President and Project Leader at B.E. Smith. While there, they met up with several local Owen alumni at a rooftop restaurant overlooking the city. Pictured from left to right are Peter Holtzer, MBA’94, Partner [...]



Lifelong Learner

Posted in: Class Acts, Fall 2011

Frank Bumstead, MBM’72, admits he really didn’t know what to expect when he enrolled in Vanderbilt’s Graduate School of Management in 1970, soon after finishing a tour in Vietnam as a mine warfare officer. The school, which had yet to adopt the Owen name, was young then and trying to establish its identity, much like [...]



The Owen Network in Action

Posted in: Class Acts, Fall 2011

This past spring Rachel V. Rose, MBA’05, Assistant General Counsel and Director of Business Development for BCE Healthcare Advisors, was given the task of developing a new website for her company. Unsure of where to send the requests for proposal, she sought the advice of her former professor and fellow alumnus, Bruce Lynskey, MBA’85, who [...]



CityOwen Recap

Posted in: Class Acts, Fall 2011

The CityOwen program is led by alumni around the country and provides value through networking opportunities, updates on the school and featured faculty or staff presentations. The program also helps strengthen the relationship between Owen and local communities in areas such as recruitment. Birmingham: Sept. 8 C.T. Fitzpatrick, MBA’90, hosted an event at the offices [...]



Home on the Range

Posted in: Class Acts, Spring 2011

There was no single “aha” moment that convinced Kim Parlett, MBA’04, to leave her job at a marketing firm and embrace a more rustic way of life. Rather, she says, it was a series of realizations during a 2009 horse-packing trip through Yellowstone Park that helped her make up her mind. “I was continually struck [...]



Street Smarts

Posted in: Class Acts, Spring 2011

A new mobile application called SmartFuel allows drivers to search for live gas prices along any route in the United States, find the cheapest price and save an average of $5 with every fill-up. SmartFuel provides this information by gathering credit card purchase data that is continuously updated. That is just one of the features [...]



Thank You to Our International Alumni

Posted in: Class Acts, Spring 2011

From Peru to Germany to India, Owen alumni around the world have supported the Admissions team’s efforts at B-school fairs. These alumni have played an important role in rallying support from other Owen graduates, relaying market-specific information that might improve recruiting strategy, hosting applicant gatherings, and representing the program at fairs. The Admissions team would [...]



CityOwen Recap

Posted in: Class Acts, Spring 2011

The CityOwen program is led by alumni around the country and provides value through networking opportunities, updates on the school and featured faculty or staff presentations. The program also helps strengthen the relationship between the Owen School and local communities in areas such as recruitment. Birmingham Jan. 26 Margaret and Jim Brunstad, both MBM’75, hosted [...]



Bright Future

Posted in: Class Acts, Fall 2010

When asked about his role as Global Brand Strategist at Intel Corporation, the world’s leading manufacturer of microprocessors, Bryan Deaner, MBA’93, cannot help but talk about the future. His job, after all, is to look ahead from 18 months to 2018 and decide, in conjunction with Intel’s other strategists and planners, how best to manage [...]



Congratulations to the Executive MBA Class of 2010

Posted in: Class Acts, Fall 2010

The EMBA Class of 2010 made history by raising more than $140,000 toward its class gift. Not only is it the largest amount ever raised by an EMBA class, but it is also the first time in Owen history that a class—EMBA or otherwise—has reached 100 percent participation. The gift established the EMBA 2010 Strategy [...]



CityOwen Recap

Posted in: Class Acts, Fall 2010

The CityOwen program is led by alumni around the country and provides value through networking opportunities, updates on the school and featured faculty or staff presentations. The program also helps strengthen the relationship between Owen and local communities in areas such as recruitment. Atlanta March 30 CityOwen Atlanta welcomed Nick Bollen, the E. Bronson Ingram [...]



Crossing Paths

Posted in: Class Acts, Fall 2010

When Margaret and Jim Brunstad, both MBM’75, arrived at Owen in fall 1973, little did they know that their paths would soon merge, sending them in a direction that has been unpredictable at times but enjoyable all the same. “We met on the first day of orientation when I borrowed money for a soft drink,” [...]



Phase 2.0

Posted in: Class Acts, Fall 2010

When Todd Jackson, BA’96, EMBA’08, joined Cumberland Consulting Group as Director of Operations this past spring, it signaled a new chapter in the company’s growth. The Brentwood, Tenn.-based firm, which assists health care providers in choosing and implementing electronic medical record systems, has more than doubled in size in the last year. The partners recognized [...]



The Right Place: Connie Ritter, MBA’80

Posted in: Class Acts, Spring 2010

When Connie Ritter, MBA’80, was trying to decide which job offer to accept in anticipation of her graduation from Owen, she got some career advice that she has never forgotten. In her typical analytical fashion, she had created a matrix with factors that she thought should enter into her consideration, but Professor of Management Germain [...]



Bold Ventures: Kathy Harris, MBA’85

Posted in: Class Acts, Spring 2010

In a way the timing couldn’t have been worse. Just when Kathy Harris, MBA’85, was making the jump from an 11-year career in investment banking to a small venture capital firm specializing in Internet startups, the dot-com bubble burst. “I started the exact month that everything began to unravel,” she recalls. “It was fun while [...]



Absorbing Experience: Mike Janes, MBA’94

Posted in: Class Acts, Spring 2010

The Internet essentially has enabled instant marketing,” says Mike Janes, MBA’94, CEO and Co-founder of FanSnap, a Web-based business that provides an optimized search through hundreds of ticket-purchasing options for sports, concerts and theater events. “Historically marketers would learn about customers through research. Now you can make changes and see instantly how customers react.” After [...]



Label Conscious: Dave Ficeli, MBA’99

Posted in: Class Acts, Spring 2010

If you shop for wine or spirits at your local supermarket or big box store, you very well may come across the handiwork of Dave Ficeli, MBA’99, in the near future. His Denver-based company, PL360 Beverage Partners, is focused on building both its own premium alcohol brands and premium, private-label brands owned by the top [...]



Kudos to Our International Alumni

Posted in: Class Acts, Spring 2010

From Peru to Turkey to India, Owen alumni around the world supported the Admissions team’s efforts at more than 80 B-school fairs this past fall. These alumni have played an important role in rallying support from other Owen graduates, relaying market-specific information that might improve recruiting strategy, hosting applicant gatherings, and, at times, representing the [...]



CityOwen Recap

Posted in: Class Acts, Spring 2010

The CityOwen program is led by alumni around the country and provides value through networking opportunities, updates on the school and featured faculty or staff presentations. The program also helps strengthen the relationship between Owen and local communities in areas such as recruitment. Atlanta Aug. 14, 2009 CityOwen Atlanta was launched at this inaugural golf [...]



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