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From the Football Field to the Classroom

By Kerri Howell | August 22, 2016

Entering college as a promising athlete, Trent Williams, assistant professor of entrepreneurship at the Whitman School, didn’t know he would end up in academia. “In addition to obtaining my English and philosophy degrees, I spent a lot of time in the gym and on the field,” he said. “My plan was to pursue sports in college and beyond, but then…

Featured Alumni Entrepreneur: Christian Giancarlo Pérez Romo ’09 MBA

By Christian Giancarlo Perez Romo | August 19, 2016

Zen philosopher Alan W. Watts once said: “This is the real secret of life –to be completely engaged with what you are doing in the here and now. And instead of calling it work, realize it is play.” My entrepreneurial activities have taught me precisely what Watts said, and that you always have to be true to yourself. I’ve always…

Whitman School Executive Education Seminars

By Arielle Spears | August 18, 2016

Syracuse University‘s Whitman School of Management offers executive education events that help professionals gain the essential skills needed to compete in a complex and evolving marketplace.  The Whitman School will host two new seminar events covering finance for non-financial managers and corporate innovation, which will be held in New York City. Finance for Non-Financial Managers Many employees struggle with understanding the financial…


From Six Sigma to Success

By Arielle Spears | August 18, 2016

In the world of manufacturing, Six Sigma is a phrase that professionals hear nearly every day. However, the Six Sigma methodology has applications reaching far beyond its traditional use that can save companies time and money. Six Sigma  The Six Sigma methodology is based on the idea of measuring and subsequently reducing defects in a process. In the Six Sigma course at Syracuse University‘s Martin…


Syracuse University’s Whitman School of Management Ranked in Top 20 by Gartner for Supply Chain Management Programs

By Kerri Howell | August 16, 2016

Gartner, Inc. announced this month that the supply chain management program (SCM) at the Martin J. Whitman School of Management at Syracuse University is one of the top 20 in the country, granting a #17 ranking to the graduate program and a #20 ranking to the undergraduate program. Gartner’s biennial North American Supply Chain University Program Survey evaluates the curricula, experiential…

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Alumni of the Week: Sandeep Ramachandran ’15 MBA

By Sandeep Ramachandran | August 11, 2016

Pursing an MBA has always been my career goal and I was very confident that I wanted to specialize in supply chain management. With a technical background and some supply chain experience, I was always fascinated by how each and every material in this world is connected to the components of supply chain just like a huge spider web. While…

Bringing Supply Chain Management to Life

By Kerri Howell | August 11, 2016

When Pat Penfield first met Fred Easton, Whitman School professor of supply chain management, he was president of the Central New York chapter of the Association for Operations Management (APICS) where he often would teach associated courses. Professor Easton was on the board of APICS and he noticed that Penfield really enjoyed teaching. “Professor Easton offered me an adjunct instructor…

British Investors Stand to Lose Out on Big Beer Money

By Tom Barkley | August 8, 2016

As AB InBev edges closer to acquiring SABMiller, fall-out from “Brexit” threatens share value. In what will become one the top five merger and acquisitions ever, the deal brings together two global beer giants. Tom Barkley, professor of finance practice, offers some insights into the AB InBev/SABMiller merger. “This deal has been in the works for some time but it…


Whitman Research Newsletter – July/August 2016

By Kerri Howell | August 5, 2016

The Whitman Research Newsletter highlights awards, honors, new research and more from Whitman’s research faculty. It is published bi-monthly. Send your research inquiries/highlights to: Michel Benaroch, associate dean for research and doctoral programs. Awards and Honors Ravi Dharwadkar, chair and professor of management, has been reappointed to the editorial review board of Academy of Management Journal. Journal Publications Julie Niederhoff, assistant professor of supply chain management, has her…

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Alumni of the Week: Danielle Masanoff ’11

By Danielle Masanoff | August 4, 2016

Danielle Masanoff ’11 came to Whitman from Parkland, Florida, ready to conquer college. She triple majored in supply chain management; marketing management; and entrepreneurship and emerging enterprises at Whitman. She went on to obtain a master’s in project management at Drexel University. Today, Masanoff lives in Denver, where she works as a senior logistics analyst for Lockheed Martin. In this…

Running After the Torch and Other Opportunities

By Tahirah Newkirk | August 4, 2016

Working on site at the Olympic Games is an opportunity that few communications students – let alone students in general – get the chance to take advantage of. Juwan Thompson, an entrepreneurship and emerging enterprises major here at Syracuse University’s Martin J. Whitman School of Management and a public communications minor at the S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications, has a way of…

Tesla Seeks to Become More than a Car Company

By Kerri Howell | August 3, 2016

This week, electric car company Tesla confirmed its intention to merge with SolarCity, a solar energy firm. Elon Musk is CEO of Tesla and co-founder and chairman of SolarCity. Gary Witt, professor of finance practice at Syracuse University‘s Whitman School, offers some insights into Tesla’s proposed acquisition of SolarCity. “SolarCity is a company that puts solar panels on homes and…

From Stats to Class

By Kerri Howell | August 3, 2016

Professor Gary Witt’s academic career began in the late 1980s when he completed his Ph.D. in statistics at the University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton School of Business. But it wasn’t until 2008 that he returned to higher education as a professor at Temple University. Today, he is an assistant professor of finance practice at the Whitman School, teaching corporate finance to…

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Orange Family Legacy: The Ryan Family Tree Blooms Orange

By Kelly Ryan | July 31, 2016

As long as I can remember, the Ryans have truly BLED ORANGE. It’s impossible to make it through one page of a Ryan family photo album without seeing Syracuse paraphernalia. With countless memories on campus, from my brother Colin ’07 being babysat at a sorority house when he was an infant, to picking out my favorite t-shirt at Manny’s, and…

Dear Whitman Alumni: August Message from Cindie Adams

By Cindie Adams | July 30, 2016

You’ve heard it time and again, that Orange is everywhere. You likely have your own story about seeing our beloved Otto on a fellow alum’s T-shirt when you were thousands of miles from home on vacation. The fact that SU alumni are all over the globe is one of the things I love about my job. Anyone who knows me understands…

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Class News and Notes

By Alison Kessler | July 30, 2016

We welcome announcements of new jobs, promotions, board positions, marriages and family additions. Please visit our online submission form to share your news. You can also use this form to request your copy of the Whitman biannual magazine via email rather than in print. To update your address or contact details, please visit https://securealumni.syr.edu. NEW POSITIONS AND APPOINTMENTS:  Ken Sosne ’80 – Director of Regional Grant…

Whitman School of Management Featured Entrepreneur

Our Alumni Entrepreneurs Do Business Far and Wide

By Alison Kessler | July 30, 2016

This month, we are pleased to introduce you to three Whitman alumni who brought their business sensibilities and entrepreneurial spirit to family businesses and a nonprofit start-up venture in India and Central America. Hailing from a family with diverse businesses, Chandini D P ’09 MBA helps run Classic Group, an entrepreneurial venture started by her father which focuses on distribution of alcoholic beverages, modern…

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This Month’s Featured Alumni Live on Three Different Continents

By Alison Kessler | July 30, 2016

Whitman alumni live and work in every corner of the globe. This month, we would like you to meet three alums who each calls a different continent home. Learn about their jobs and lives in Europe, Asia and South America. Rebecca Barreto, supply chain analyst at Grupo Technos in Brazil Dustin Palmer, EMEA CFO program manager at Deloitte in Ireland Ben Wightman, channel marketing and sales…

Whitman Summer Reads

By Tahirah Newkirk | July 29, 2016

This summer, Syracuse University’s Martin J. Whitman School of Management is highlighting reading material. Check out our summer reads on sustainability. Assistant Professor of Entrepreneurship and Sustainability Todd Moss has recommended three books on how sustainability and business can coexist and still be profitable. “Natural Capitalism” highlights the newest business model that businesses should consider if they are interested in gaining a competitive advantage in…

Questions, Answers and Disney World with Professor Balasubramanian

By Catie Jones | July 29, 2016

Natarajan Balasubramanian, associate professor of management at Syracuse University’s Whitman School, has made a career of questions and answers. Before joining academia, he provided answers to business and finance questions as a consultant. Today, he is the one asking questions, encouraging students to think critically about management issues. “Being able to change the way students think by helping them look…