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The Necessary Spark

Posted in: Features, Spring 2011

In chemistry, if you want to get a reaction, you have to find a way to bring the right molecules together and have them bump into each other with sufficient force. Sometimes you need a catalyst to get things started.



Theory into Practice

Posted in: Cover, Features, Spring 2011

Market impact. It is part of the very fiber of Owen’s finance department. Members of the school’s finance faculty are not only contributing to the industry’s intellectual underpinnings and analytical tools but also training students who, as Vanderbilt alumni, are putting theory into practice worldwide.



The Journey No One Chooses

Posted in: Features, Spring 2011

Imagine going to see your dermatologist and leaving her office knowing you have several swollen lymph nodes. That is exactly what happened to me in early August 2009. I was told “run, don’t walk” to my primary care physician, which I did—the dermatologist’s office even called to make sure I had followed their directions.



Bill of Health

Posted in: Cover, Fall 2010, Features

Christopher Parks found himself facing an all-too-common dilemma. He and his mother, who was in the midst of cancer treatments, were sitting in her living room going through a stack of her medical bills and those of his father, who had died recently.



From the Dean

Posted in: Fall 2010, Features, From the Dean

Inspiration comes in many forms and often from unexpected sources. As business leaders we plan, budget and dream, yet we often don’t find the needed spark in the incremental day-to-day events of life.



Owen’s Health Care Advisory Board

Posted in: Fall 2010, Features

CHAIR Dr. William Frist, Partner, Cressey & Company Dr. Bill Bates, President and CEO, digiChart Jack Bovender Jr., Chairman, HCA Ron Calhoun, President, The Remi Group Rep. Jim Cooper, 5th District, U.S. House of Representatives Richard Cowart, Partner, Baker, Donelson, Bearman, Caldwell & Berkowitz Deke Ellwanger, Former President, HealthSpring Catherine Gemmato-Smith, Managing Director, Jefferies & [...]



Military Discipline

Posted in: Fall 2010, Features

Ray Sumner, MBA’10, woke up in a bed with white sheets. He recognized his mother, who was holding his right hand. She had traveled from their family farm on Staten Island to keep vigil at his bedside in Bethesda Naval Hospital.



Q & A with an Owen Staff Member

Posted in: Campus Visit, Fall 2010, Features

Read McNamara recently joined the staff at Owen after spending 35 years in the consumer goods industry.



Flour Power

Posted in: Business and Society, Fall 2010, Features

Some of the grandmothers—only in their 50s, but aged by the hardships of living in one of the world’s poorest places—liked the porridge so much that they started dancing, hopping on one foot and then the other, grinning toothless smiles and kicking dust onto their colorful skirts.



Diverse Offering

Posted in: Features, Spring 2010

During lean economic times, many business owners look for a lifeboat. In the case of David Ingram, Chairman and President of Ingram Entertainment Inc. (IEI), his came in the form of beer. Or beer distribution, that is.



Team Players

Posted in: Features, Spring 2010

For Tom Clock, MBA’98, it all clicked when Owen’s fledgling rugby club carpooled to Fort Campbell, Ky., to take on a team from the 101st Airborne. “It was with those guys that I think we crystallized our identity,” says Clock. “Hanging out with them, we became a team.”



Long-Term Bet

Posted in: Fall 2009, mini-feature

Twenty years can create some distance between a university and one of its graduates. Not so for Kevin Kaseff. A member of the Class of 1989, Kaseff fondly recalls both the friends he made at Owen and his academic experience. “I loved the school and the experience,” he says. “I’ve maintained those friendships the past [...]



Seeds to Sow

Posted in: Fall 2009, mini-feature

Professor Germain Böer and I have much in common. We both arrived at Owen in the same year, we both have practiced accounting, and we both are serial entrepreneurs. This last item is a shared passion of ours. Whether starting his own business before coming to Owen or launching the Center for Entrepreneurship at the [...]



Bridge to Success

Posted in: Fall 2009, Features

When investment banker Rob Louv, MBA’97, met with a Texas entrepreneur in 2008 about selling a company, neither was aware that they shared an important common link: Both had graduated from the Owen School. The entrepreneur, Jack Long, MBA’83, had contacted Louv’s San Francisco firm, Montgomery & Co., on reputation alone, but the coincidence helped him make up his mind about using Louv to shop his company to potential buyers.



Real Deal

Posted in: Fall 2009, Features

During the 2009 spring semester, a group of 10 second-year students took part in the inaugural Real Estate Capstone course that saw them devise a long-term growth plan for downtown Lebanon, Tenn., a city just east of Nashville. The specific thrust involved transit-oriented development.



Even Eighths Seemed Odd

Posted in: mini-feature, Spring 2009

Bill Christie, Frances Hampton Currey Professor of Management, was just a junior faculty member at the Owen School in the early ’90s when he and Paul Schultz, a colleague at Ohio State University, stumbled across some data that pointed toward collusion among market makers at NASDAQ. Christie and Schultz discovered that the majority of the [...]



An Eye for Enterprise

Posted in: mini-feature, Spring 2009

Are entrepreneurs born or made? Professor of Management Germain Böer believes it’s a bit of both. On the one hand, he says, “You have to know how to reach your customers, how to build an operation that works smoothly. These are things that many people who start companies don’t really know. That’s why, for entrepreneurs, [...]



Three’s Companies

Posted in: Features, Spring 2009

Fortunately for Rob Hunter, MBA’91, clients weren’t in the habit of visiting the original headquarters of his fledgling company, Alliance Communications. Had they walked into the office—actually, a trailer in a parking lot—in 1999, they might have noticed that Alliance, which manages sophisticated telecommunications for its clients, lacked a phone system capable even of transferring calls from one extension to another.



Stock in Trade

Posted in: Features, Spring 2009

The 1995 conference sponsored by the Owen School’s Financial Markets Research Center is one that Adena Testa Friedman will not soon forget. Just two years removed from graduation, she was back on campus watching Bill Christie, a favorite professor of hers, endure a searing critique from his former mentor Merton Miller, a Nobel laureate in economics. And as if that weren’t awkward enough, Friedman was actually rooting against Christie.



A Town Transformed

Posted in: Fall 2008, Features

Sharran Srivatsaa, MBA’08, remembers arriving in Tupelo, Miss., well after dark and encountering what most people would expect to see on a small-town Thursday night: very little. “There wasn’t much going on.” In the morning he saw the place, physically and figuratively, in an entirely different light.



Organic Chemistry

Posted in: Fall 2008, Features

They are among the nation’s most compelling potential customers— the nearly 100,000 men, women and children who are in line for the fewer than 30,000 organ transplants that will be performed this year. That staggering gap is caused both by a scarcity of donors and by the fact that only 70 to 80 percent of the organs actually harvested can be utilized because of problems with quality or preservation.



In a Tailspin?

Posted in: Fall 2008, mini-feature

Michael Lapré, an Owen faculty member who studies operations and performance in the airline industry, sees many challenges ahead for the major airlines. Maintaining customer satisfaction will continue to be a problem, he predicts, as fuel costs continue to soar and the industry works to keep costs down. “Right now the biggest issue is cost,” [...]



Riding Out the Turbulence

Posted in: Fall 2008, Features

Grounded. In airplane parlance, it’s an ironic way to describe someone who oversees the fifth largest airline in the country, but that’s exactly how friends and colleagues of US Airways Chairman and CEO Doug Parker, MBA’86, view him. While he’s adept at managing the 30,000-foot view, they say he remains one of the most down-to-earth people they know—even as his embattled industry confronts soaring costs and plummeting customer satisfaction.



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