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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 [...]

Hitting Pay Dirt

Posted in: Class Acts, Fall 2009

Virginia “Gigi” Banks Lazenby, BA’67, MBA’73, graduated from Vanderbilt with a degree in European history and fine arts—and few job prospects. When family friend Henry Hooker, BA’54, said that he would hire her as his assistant if she learned to type and take dictation, she was more than willing to oblige. The job would turn [...]

Cutting Edge

Posted in: Class Acts, Fall 2009

Inserted form tools may not be a familiar concept to most, but the products they help manufacture are integral to our everyday lives. Inexpensive turned metal parts for everything from spark plugs to bullets to bearings would not be possible were it not for the technology pioneered by Nashville businessman John Peterson Sr. in the 1950s. [...]

Good Timing

Posted in: Class Acts, Fall 2009

Like a lot of record label veterans, Doug Howard, EMBA’85, has a good sense of timing—not just in terms of having an ear for music, that is, but in understanding the business trends as well. As the Senior Vice President of Artist & Repertoire for Disney’s Lyric Street Records and Disney Music Publishing, he has helped [...]

Worth It

Posted in: Class Acts, Fall 2009

Lucy Davis Haynes, MBA’88, meant for her sales job to be something of a timeout, a way to keep her hand in the business game as she relocated to Nashville while pregnant with twins. Seventeen years later she is still with the same company. “I never did go get that real job,” she laughs. Haynes [...]

Signature Style

Posted in: Class Acts, Spring 2009

James Hoffman, MBA’83, has spent more than 25 years in the health care industry. Today he is Senior Vice President of Signature Hospital Corp., based in Houston.  In the course of his career, Hoffman has developed definite opinions about the state of health care and health care delivery.  “The dirty secret of health care is [...]

The Right Tools

Posted in: Class Acts, Spring 2009

Hugh Tanner, MBA’85, is Managing Director in the Fixed Income Banking Group at Morgan Keegan & Co. Inc. in Nashville. He credits Owen with teaching him how to think critically and creatively. Those skills led him to create the first publicly offered, privatized student housing project on a college campus.  “Colleges know that students do better [...]

From a Smile to a Grin

Posted in: Class Acts, Spring 2009

If anyone understands the changing face of America, it’s Polo Romero, MBA’02. In the decade since studying at Owen, the Mexico native has witnessed not only a boom in the Hispanic population of the United States but also a profound shift in the country’s demographic map. No longer are Hispanics concentrated solely along the southern [...]

Watershed Moment

Posted in: Class Acts, Spring 2009

Jeff Recker, MBA’08, can point to the moment when environmental issues became personal to him. It was Labor Day weekend,and the creek that runs through his backyard in West Nashville suddenly began filling up with dead fish. As he would later come to find out, a toxic spill had occurred at a construction site upstream. This [...]

Owen Alumni Weekend

Posted in: Class Acts, Fall 2008

Join us for Owen Alumni Weekend. April 17-19, 2009 Visit the Owen Web site for more information »

A Piece on Peace

Posted in: Class Acts, Fall 2008

A 2,500-year-old text called The Art of War may strike some as an unlikely source of advice for today’s business leaders, but Thomas Huynh, EMBA’04, believes that there are valuable lessons to be learned from Sun Tzu’s masterpiece. Huynh has recently penned a new translation of the work, titled The Art of War: Spirituality for Conflict, with [...]

An Investment in Experience

Posted in: Class Acts, Fall 2008

Leverage. The power to get things done. That’s how Dave Marchese, BE’95, MBA’00, views his experience at Owen and his ability to switch careersfrom engineering to finance. Currently a Vice President at Haddington Ventures, a Houston-based private equity fund focused on the midstream energy sector, Marchese assists with deal sourcing, transactional work and portfolio company [...]

SIRIUS Business

Posted in: Class Acts, Fall 2008

If you are a SIRIUS Satellite Radio subscriber, then you are likely benefiting from savvy strategy developed by award-winning marketing veteran and Owen alumna, Vance LaVelle, EMBA’91. As a Senior Vice President, she is helping SIRIUS grow its subscriber base through service, sales and marketing. She also is helping the company prepare for its recently approved [...]

Banking Is in Her Blood

Posted in: Class Acts, Fall 2008

When asked what put her on the career path to her current position as CEO of Citizens First Bank in Bowling Green, Ky., Mary Cohron, EMBA’88, points to two pivotal factors: family and the Owen School. Cohron’s predilection for banking comes naturally, by way of paternal DNA. Her father spent his life building a successful community [...]

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