UT Haslam College of Business Students to Study in Cuba

KNOXVILLE—In December, the Haslam College of Business at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, will take 18 first-year business students to study abroad in Cuba. The program, led by George Drinnon and Andrew Seidler in the college’s undergraduate programs office, will take place in Havana Dec. 11-19.

“When I pitched the idea of a program in Cuba, I had no idea how it would be received,” Seidler said. “But Haslam leadership and our Center for International Education were immediately enthusiastic and supportive about providing this sort of once-in-a-lifetime experience for our students.”

In light of recent economic reforms and the United States’ historic push toward normalized relations with Cuba, the program will explore Cuba’s emerging entrepreneurial and international business environment. Students will visit with small business owners, professors, students and government officials, taking in a variety of perspectives on complex issues.

The curriculum will consist of tailored lectures at the Centro de Estudios Martianos on the Cuban economy, history and culture delivered by Cuban experts; discussion of challenges and business opportunities in Cuba; and site visits exploring key businesses, such as those in the cigar industry.

“This is a historic opportunity to observe firsthand the growth of entrepreneurship with the Cuban people,” Drinnon said. “It also gives our students a chance to see the potential challenges that U.S. firms might face in a new foreign market.”

The program, developed in collaboration with the Institute for Study Abroad at Butler University, will include a full-day excursion out of Havana to the community of Las Terrazas. Throughout the program, students will have the opportunity to experience Cuba’s rich culture, including its music, art and dance traditions.

To find out more about study abroad programs offered at UT, visit http://studyabroad.utk.edu.

For more information on the Haslam College of Business, visit http://haslam.utk.edu.

C O N T A C T :

Katie Bahr (865-974-3589, katiebahr@utk.edu)

Tyra Haag (865-974-5460, tyra.haag@tennessee.edu)

Posted in 2014

Two Faculty to Retire from Haslam’s Graduate and Executive Education Programs

Glenn D. Swift & Michael J. Stahl

Glenn D. Swift & Michael J. Stahl

Two faculty members in the Haslam College of Business’ graduate and executive education programs recently announced their intent to retire. Michael J. Stahl, the William B. Stokely Professor of Business, and Glenn D. Swift, a lecturer in the Department of Management and Stokely Faculty Scholar, will officially leave their posts on Dec. 31, 2015.

Stahl has served as director of the Physician Executive MBA program since its inception in 1997. The program rose to be recognized nationally as the premier executive MBA for physicians under his leadership, and a new faculty fellowship was named in his honor this August.

“It has been a rare and enjoyable privilege to help grow this program over 18 years,” Stahl said. Kate Atchley, a distinguished lecturer and executive director of Haslam’s executive MBA programs, will assume Stahl’s responsibilities.

“I am honored that Mike is entrusting me with PEMBA,” Atchley said. “He’s worked tirelessly to create a world-class program, and because of his vision and efforts, PEMBA alumni are influencing health care delivery around the globe.  We are grateful he’ll continue to be part of the PEMBA faculty.”

Glenn Swift joined the Department of Management in 2003, primarily working with the full-time MBA program. He served as its interim director and championed the new entrepreneurship and innovation track, which was ranked 17th in the nation by Bloomberg Businessweek.

Swift co-mentored 61 new student business ventures with faculty partner Pat Richardson during his tenure. “Under Glenn’s leadership of [the entrepreneurship track], every MBA student has graduated from Haslam with the opportunity to be part of a real world consulting project and with skill development in benchmarking, strategy, professional communication and critical thinking,” said Amy Cathey, aerospace and defense division lead for graduate and executive education and former executive director of the full-time MBA program.

Stahl will continue teaching and recruiting part-time for the PEMBA program after retiring, while Swift plans to enjoy time with his family and continue pursuit of his dreams.

Posted in 2015

Supply Chain Forum Launches New Women’s Initiative, Recognizes Industry Thought Leader

Kevin O'Marah

Kevin O’Marah

The Haslam College of Business’ Supply Chain Forum, held on Nov. 11-12, included an inaugural reception of Nexxus, a program aimed at promoting gender diversity in the field. In addition, industry professional Kevin O’Marah was honored with a faculty fellowship.

Nexxus was developed by female supply chain faculty at Haslam to address gender diversity while connecting women in the field.

“We’re using this first session to ask attendees exactly what they’d like Nexxus to be,” said Diane Mollenkopf, McCormick Associate Professor of Logistics and Supply Chain Management, and one of the initiative’s founders. “Women are severely underrepresented in supply chain, and we’d like to make concerted efforts to improve that as other organizations have done in the field of engineering.”

The forum also recognized Kevin O’Marah, chief content officer of SCM World, as a Global Supply Chain Institute Faculty Fellow.

“O’Marah is the industry’s most trusted source on current challenges and innovations,” said Paul Dittmann, director of Haslam’s Global Supply Chain Institute. “We’re recognizing his contributions to the field with this award and hoping to partner with him more in the future.”

O’Marah spoke at the forum on Nov. 11 on current trends in supply chain. Other keynote speakers included Stephen Szilagyi, chief supply chain officer for Lowe’s; Josué Muños, vice president of global customer service and logistics at Colgate-Palmolive; and Bill Hutchison, the chief supply chain officer for Sears.

The Supply Chain Forum at the Haslam College of Business has hosted corporate leaders, faculty and students to discuss the latest in supply chain issues for more than two decades. Managers from 60 top corporations participate, and past keynote speakers have included the CEO and founder of FedEx and senior executives from Goodyear, Walmart and Amazon, among others.

The supply chain program at the Haslam College of Business is ranked among the top programs in the country by U.S. News & World Report, Gartner, Business Week and Supply Chain Management Review. The Supply Chain Forum is a recognized leader in current issues and strategies in global supply chain.

For more information about the Supply Chain Forum, and to see presentations from previous years, visit scforum.bus.utk.edu.

To learn more about the Haslam College of Business and its marketing and supply chain department, visit haslam.utk.edu.

Contact: Katie Bahr, writer/publicist, Haslam College of Business, 865-974-3589, katiebahr@utk.edu

Posted in 2014

Haslam Pursues Greater Diversity at The PhD Conference

A record number of Haslam representatives will attend The PhD Project’s annual conference in Chicago on Nov. 18-20. The conference provides an opportunity to recruit underrepresented students to doctoral programs and has been pivotal to increasing diversity in the Haslam College of Business.

“We met many of our current doctoral students at The PhD Project Conference,” said Tyvi Small, director of diversity and community relations at Haslam. “Sometimes it takes students as long as two years to enroll, but they tell us the conference and our conversations there were pivotal to their decision to attend UT.”

Supply chain faculty member Randy Bradley will speak at the event, and six Haslam doctoral students will attend.

Nick Mmbaga, whose doctoral research in management focuses on entrepreneurship, emphasizes that diversity at Haslam is integral to its students’ success. “The world is not a vacuum and the university has a responsibility to simulate an environment that reflects the totality of what students will likely encounter after graduation,” he said.

Michelle Harding finds the conference helpful to her career even after becoming a doctoral candidate in accounting. “Having access to other people of color and women specifically who also are pursuing their Ph.D. has been invaluable in ensuring my success in the program to date,” she said.

Other PhD Project alumni attending the conference include current doctoral students Vince Castillo (supply chain), Justin Short (accounting), Erika Williams (management) and Jerome Conley Jr. (accounting).

The PhD Project is a non-profit organization dedicated to increasing the number of business doctoral candidates from underrepresented ethnicities. For more information about the organization and its annual conference visit http://www.phdproject.org/.

Posted in 2014

UT Haslam College of Business Honors Alumni, Launches Campaign at Annual Gala

John Arnold, chairman of SouthEast Bank, Marshall Taylor, Sharon Miller Pryse and John Hajjar

John Arnold, chairman of SouthEast Bank, Marshall Taylor, Sharon Miller Pryse and John Hajjar

KNOXVILLE—The University of Tennessee, Knoxville’s Haslam College of Business recognized the accomplishments of three alumni and one corporation during its seventh annual Alumni Awards Gala Nov. 6.

The college also formally announced its Investing in the Journey to the Top 25 campaign to raise $175 million in support of UT becoming a top 25 public research institution.

“We are deeply appreciative of our alumni and friends who continue to support the Haslam College of Business,” said Stephen L. Mangum, dean and Stokley Foundation Leadership Chair. “They come together annually for this benefit event that supports worthy endeavors within the college.”

Approximately 400 alumni, faculty, staff and friends of the college attended the gala, which included a reception, silent auction, dinner and awards presentation.

The award recipients included:

Marshall Taylor (’00, ’01) received the 2015 Outstanding Young Alum Award. Taylor is a managing director in Alvarez & Marsal’s Transaction Advisory Group and has worked at Arthur Andersen’s audit practice in Nashville as well as EY.

John Hajjar (’99) was honored as the 2015 Entrepreneur of the Year. Hajjar is a urologist who used his knowledge from Haslam’s Physician Executive MBA program to grow a business of three ambulatory surgery centers into Sovereign Medical Group. The company now includes 69 physicians across multiple board-certified specialties and 15 additional surgery centers along the East Coast.

Sharon Miller Pryse (’72) was honored as the 2015 Distinguished Alum. Pryse was one of a few female business majors at the time of her graduation, and in 1986 founded the Trust Company, which now manages nearly $3 billion in assets.

SouthEast Bank was recognized as the 2015 Outstanding Corporate Partner for its contribution to the college’s Global Leadership Scholars program as well as support of the university’s academic and athletics programs. Six of SouthEast Bank’s scholarships support GLS students.

Proceeds from the sponsorships and silent auction benefited the College Fund, which allows Haslam administrators to allocate dollars toward areas of greatest need, including student and faculty support.

The college has more than 4,200 undergraduates and 400 graduate students. Greater than 20 percent of UT’s undergraduates come from the Haslam College of Business. In 2014, the college became the university’s first named college after a historic $50 million gift from the family of James A. Haslam II (’52). Haslam is a former vice chair of the UT Board of Trustees and a UT Distinguished Alumnus. A former Vol football captain, he founded the company now known as Pilot Flying J.

For more information on the Investing in the Journey to the Top 25 campaign, visit http://haslam.utk.edu/journey.

For more information about the Haslam College of Business, visit http://haslam.utk.edu.

Katie Bahr (865-974-3589, katiebahr@utk.edu)
Tyra Haag (865-974-5460, tyra.haag@tennessee.edu)

Posted in 2014

Haslam’s Director Attends Air Force Scholars Conference

Andy White, director of the Aerospace & Defense Business Institute at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville’s Haslam College of Business participated in the National Security Scholars Conference at Duke University on Oct. 27.

Fifteen scholars from universities and think tanks across the country joined Deborah Lee James, Secretary of the Air Force, and selected general officers and airmen for a day of strategic discussions. The event focused on the strategic direction of the Air Force and the service’s contribution to national defense. White attended the event at the invitation of Secretary James.

“It was an honor to participate,” said White. “America’s military leaders understand the importance of public trust and support. Leaders from education and policy can be a great source for objective feedback and strategic dialogue. Events like this help to strengthen the important link between our nation’s military and academia. Our Air Force is the strongest in the world and does great things for America. Unfortunately, the world remains a dangerous place. Air Force leaders have to be very deliberate to make sure we have the world’s greatest Air Force for generations and generations to come.”

The Aerospace & Defense Business Institute is home to a broad family of programs and capabilities serving organizations and professionals from government and private companies all across the industry. Offerings include the Aerospace & Defense MBA: industry-tailored, executive education short courses; and applied research and implementation support.

Posted in 2014

More than 300 attend Accounting Day

AcctDayHollyWarlickOn Oct. 10, 2015, the Department of Accounting and Information Management sponsored the 40th annual Warren Slagle Accounting Day at the Knoxville Marriott, an annual event that draws alumni and students alike. Hosted by the Beta Alpha Psi honor society, this year’s gathering featured guest speaker Holly Warlick, head coach of the Lady Vols basketball team, who shared the challenges and joys of her job.

“Our number one priority is to make sure these women get degrees,” Warlick (HCB ’81) said. “We want to make sure they leave with character, respect, and discipline.”

AIM hosts a different speaker for each Accounting Day, inviting talks on a wide variety of topics. This year, more than 300 alumni and faculty attended. “This is a unique event for UT,” says Beta Alpha Psi faculty advisor Izabela Vandeest. “Our alumni base attendance always makes this successful for us and very special to our chapter.”

AcctDayCrowd At this year’s gathering, AIM department head Joe Carcello gave a report on the state of the department and named the 2015 Distinguished Accounting Alum Award honoree, David P. Jones. He also announced a new Distinguished Professorship in honor of professor emeritus Dick Townsend. “Accounting Day is the largest departmental alumni event at UT,” Carcello said. “It has clearly stood the test of time.”

The event remains one of Beta Alpha Psi’s top fundraising events. Funds from the day benefit the chapter and supplement travel costs to national and regional meetings, as well as an annual trip to the New York Stock Exchange.

Posted in 2014