- Spring 2013 Alumni Magazine Out
Get your coffee table ready: the spring 2013 Pitt Business alumni magazine is in the mail. The edition features alumni with high-powered positions in fashion and innovation -- and much, much more.
- Insurance Consultant Dives the Seven Seas
Jon Persky (MBA '83) is the owner of a highly successful insurance consulting firm. He's also an accomplished diver who visits the world's most exotic locations as much as he can.
- Lessons in Starbucks' Transformation
Starbucks executive Jeffery Hansberry (MBA '89, A&S '86) spoke to Katz students about global consumer products strategy as the 2013 Thought Leaders in Business speaker.
- Inaugural Katz Invitational Held
The inaugural Katz Invitational Case Competition drew MBA teams from Carnegie Mellon (Tepper), Penn State (Smeal), Case Western Reserve (Weatherhead), Buffalo, and University of Pittsburgh (Katz).
- April 12: 49th Annual Business Alumni Awards
Tickets are available for the April 12 Business Alumni Association Awards. Now in its 49th year, the ceremony is an outstanding opportunity to network, enjoy good food and drink, and support your alma mater.
- Giants of Project Management
Two Katz chaired professors, along with an alumnus, were credited as among the most influential researchers in project management in a paper published in the International Journal of Managing Projects in Business.
- The International Business Consultant
Ranel T. Wijesinha completes business development assignments in the geopolitically sensitive locales of Afghanistan and the post-Soviet states of Armenia, Azerbaijan, Georgia, and the Kyrgyz Republic, among others.
- Alumni Corner: The Right Fit at Lucky Brand
The fingerprints of Brant Hawk are on the latest designs of Lucky Brand clothing. The CBA graduate lives in Los Angeles, where he uses his business expertise to author the fashions of today and tomorrow.
- Katz Creates Official LinkedIn page
Katz has expanded its social media presence to create an official Katz LinkedIn page. The "company" page is a nice complement to the existing group pages run by the school's MBA and CBA alumni, which are outstanding. Be sure to follow Katz on LinkedIn.
- Career Management Seeking More Alumni Involvement
A highly engaged and active alumni community is critical to the continued prosperity of the Katz Graduate School of Business. The Career Management Center has made increasing alumni involvement a priority in 2013.
- Private Equity Investor a Passionate Entrepreneur
The entrepreneur is a unique animal, with guts and passion and no fear of risk. For Joe Campolo (MBA '93), food business entrepreneurs are the chief focus of his own highly successful private equity firm in Chicago.
- Lucky To Be Alive, She Never Gave Up
Jennifer Burroughs (MBA '12) was the victim of a violent pedestrian accident where she was hit by the driver of a stolen car. She fought hard to recover from her injuries and is among the Katz Class of 2012.
- It's Not Cell Spying: From Concept to Start-Up
Cell phone users are getting younger every year, with elementary school kids increasingly going mobile. Julie Dobson (MBA '79) is the creator of a smartphone application that makes monitoring the phone an opportunity for good parenting.
- Meeting Buyers at the Decision Point
Shopper marketing answers the holy grail of consumer goods questions: who is buying a product, where, and why? Megan Hennigan (MBA '11) explores what triggers people's paths to purchase for the global food company H.J. Heinz Co.
- Education Reformer Targets Indonesian Youth
Inspiration comes in many forms. Antarina S.F. Amir drew upon her business background to grow a school system in her native Indonesia. Her schools don't follow rigid curriculums and favor active learning over memorization.
- Alumni Mentoring Program for MBAs
Mentoring is a powerful force in business. It enables the transfer of knowledge and creates valuable networking connections. Katz MBA students have access to one-on-one alumni mentoring through a new program.
- Exploring the Genetics of Consumption
On the surface, people's buying habits can seem unpredictable, irrational, and elusive. But there are patterns behind everything. Powerful data mining tools are making new discoveries into consumer behavior by analyzing digital data.
- Eat'n Park Chair Named Pitt Legacy Laureate
James Broadhurst (MBA '66) is the chairman of Eat'n Park Hospitality Group, a diversified food service company that handles everything from Smiley cookies to upscale catering at the Carnegie museums of Pittsburgh. Broadhurst is a 2011 University of Pittsburgh Legacy Laureate.
- Windows of Opportunities for Homeless Veterans
Jared Souder (MBA '10) draws upon his experiences as an Iraq war veteran to serve as executive director of Veterans Place of Washington Boulevard, a Pittsburgh nonprofit that provides temporary housing to homeless veterans. His job is far from easy, but Souder wouldn't have it any other way.
- Riding to the Top Full Throttle
Toby O'Brien Jr. (MBA '91) is the owner of Hot Metal Harley-Davidson in West Mifflin, the largest dealership in the Pittsburgh market. He didn't get there just because he loves bikes - it took a solid business foundation, too.
- Fulbright Scholar Researches India's Alternative Fuels
Bioengineer John Round (MBA, MS-ENGR '11) is working in India during the next nine months under a Fulbright scholarship. He is analyzing the developing nation's biofuels industry.