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New Research Examines Non-Compete Agreements and Their Effect on Entrepreneurship

By Kerri Howell | July 28, 2016

New management research from the Martin J. Whitman School of Management at Syracuse University offers new insight into the practice of non-compete agreements common in many industries across the country. Non-competes are often in place so companies can protect innovations/ideas and confidential information and, according to a White House report released in May, 2016, “can play an important role in…

Featured Alumni Entrepreneur: Samir Pradhan ’91 MBA

By Samir Pradhan | July 27, 2016

    After completing his undergraduate degree in industrial engineering and an MBA in finance and marketing from Syracuse University, Samir Pradhan ’91 MBA started his career in manufacturing operations. He subsequently worked with a leading management consulting company in the Boston area. He then decided to pursue opportunities with start-up and privately held companies that had developed data driven…

Sharing Real-Life Entrepreneurial Successes and Failures

By Kerri Howell | July 26, 2016

Some say being in the right place at the right time makes all the difference in life. To Professor Alexandra “Alex” Kostakis that statement holds true as the right timing led her to Syracuse University’s Martin J. Whitman School of Management. “I was visiting a friend on Lake Ontario one summer several years back and I ran into John Torrens,…

Establishing (CO)COnnections

By Tahirah Newkirk | July 25, 2016

The end of August marks the beginning of school for thousands of college students across the United States. However, for Martin J. Whitman School of Management MBA candidates Phil Rossi and Dan Strumlok, the end of August not only means the start of classes but also the launch of their new app, COCO. The COCO (College Connection) app allows users…

Picturing Success

By Tahirah Newkirk | July 22, 2016

Abigail (Abby) Hamilton’s passion for entrepreneurship started long before she came to Syracuse University’s Martin J. Whitman School of Management. From the lemonade stand she started at age 10 to Patriot Portrait, her photography service that she began in high school for military families facing deployment, Hamilton actively pursued her dream of running her own business. Now a rising junior…

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Alumni of the Week: Ben Wightman ’99

By Ben Wightman | July 20, 2016

My Advice to Whtiman Students at Syracuse University: Carpe Diem – seize all the opportunities the school has to offer. When I arrived at Syracuse as an undergraduate, I was an eager type-A who had already developed a course spreadsheet to maximize my educational experience while a dual major at Whitman (then just called the School of Management) in marketing…

The Coffee Trade: Fair, Direct or Transparent?

By Corey McKeon | July 18, 2016

by  Eric F. Frazier Coffee perks up many sleepy-headed Americans each morning, but too few are sufficiently roused to investigate the economic struggles of those who grow and harvest it. U.S. consumers will spend a projected $13.6 billion for coffee in 2016, largely unaware that a small fraction trickles down convoluted supply chains to 25 million “smallholder” farmers, who rely largely on family…

Featured Alumni Entrepreneur: Katherine Najera ’14

By Katherine Najera | July 17, 2016

De Manos Con Amor, which means From Hands with Love, is a 501(c)(3) not for profit that empowers women and girls in Central America to break the cycle of poverty. The organization was founded in April 2016 and officially launched on June 7, 2016, but Katherine Najera has wanted to do this for years. She spent her childhood traveling to…

How Ravi Shukla Balances Finance and Football

By Catie Jones | July 14, 2016

Ravi Shukla, associate professor of finance at Syracuse University’s Whitman School, still has the teaching evaluations from the first statistics course that he taught to undergraduates as an MBA student. “The university needed somebody and my supervising professors suggested my name” said Shukla. “Most of these students were taller and bigger than me, and I was in awe of the…

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Alumni of the Week: Rebecca Barreto ’14

By Rebecca Barreto | July 13, 2016

Originally a finance major who dreamed of working only on Wall Street, a particular class took me by surprise. Analytical, yet colorful and dynamic, I fell in love with retail management immediately and never looked back. In retail, I found a place where I can use my creativity and curiosity for fashion mixed with my rational way to make decisions based…

Alumni Profile: Amy Bacon

By Meghan Rimol | July 12, 2016

As a tax manager for PricewaterhouseCoopers in New York City, Amy Bacon’s job changes nearly every day. She currently works in the firm’s private company services group and is responsible for managing tax compliance, reviewing tax provisions and providing tax consulting for a variety of private businesses. Bacon joined the PwC team right out of school as a tax associate,…

Around the World and Back to Syracuse

By Catie Jones | July 7, 2016

Scott Lathrop, professor of marketing practice at the Whitman School, has traveled to more than 27 countries, taught at Harvard University and counseled major corporations, but that doesn’t discourage him from pursuing new talents or experiences. “I enjoy playing golf, the trumpet and keyboard, although I am quite awful at each of them,” admitted Lathrop. An expert in marketing, corporate strategy,…

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Alumni of the Week: Dustin Palmer ’07

By Dustin Palmer | July 7, 2016

In October 2015, my wife Libby and I moved to Dublin, Ireland, where I took a position with Deloitte managing the establishment and growth of our Europe, Middle East and Africa (EMEA) CFO Programme. Our EMEA region encompasses 26 member firms and our CFO Programme looks to deliver nine offerings to CFOs of our most strategic priority global accounts. Deloitte’s CFO…

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July 2016 Class News and Notes

By Alison Kessler | July 5, 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: Megan (Bolduc) Assarrane ’04 – Senior Product Marketing…

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Meet this Month’s Alumni of the Week

By Alison Kessler | July 5, 2016

Our featured alumni for this month include an application architect, senior program manager, supply chain consultant and senior allocation analyst. Please meet: Andrew Bort ’13 MBA Seth Fleming ’08 Amruta Ghodke ’14 MBA  Natasha Olejar ’14

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Meet July’s Featured Alumni Entrepreneurs

By Alison Kessler | July 5, 2016

This month, we are pleased to introduce you to two Whitman alumni entrepreneurs: Ryan Blum ’14 of Study Abroad Apartments Mark Everton Gray ’00 of Gray Noise  

Dear Whitman Alumni: July Message from Cindie Adams

By Cindie Adams | July 5, 2016

Dear Whitman Alumni, It is hard to believe that Orange Central 2016 will be my third homecoming at Whitman. I have met what must be 1,000 or more alumni, and one thing always holds true…your love for your alma mater. I enjoy hearing stories of life-long friendships forged on the Hill, weddings at Hendrick’s Chapel, Georgetown games in the Dome, the bitter cold of Archbold, Varsity…

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Orange Family Legacies: The SU Bond Is Often Genetic

By Alison Kessler | July 5, 2016

With Orange Central 2016 just two months away, we thought it would be nice to look back at the Orange Family Legacy stories we have featured over the past year. Some have been children following in their parents’ footsteps. In one case, it was four sisters. Several include spouses who first met on the Hill. And another family claims 15 Syracuse…

RSVP for Whitman’s Orange Central 2016 Events

By Alison Kessler | July 5, 2016

RSVP for Whitman’s Orange Central 2016 Events by September 12: Annual Awards Ceremony & Reception and Orange Tank Business Pitch Orange Central Homecoming 2016 is set for September 15-18 with a gridiron matchup between the Orange and the Bulls of South Florida. Whitman is pleased to announce two events as part of this year’s Orange Central festivities: On Thursday, September 15, we will…

Alumni Entrepreneurs Needed for Rankings Reporting

By Alison Kessler | July 5, 2016

Entrepreneurship and Emerging Enterprises (EEE) is a flagship program at Whitman and is consistently included among the nation’s best by leading publications. In fact, U.S. News and World Report ranked Whitman’s  undergraduate entrepreneurship program 12th and our graduate program 17th in its 2016 listing. As do all eligible schools, Whitman provides reports to assist with the creation of such rankings. To help with that reporting–…