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Whitman Research News – Fall 2018

By Kerri Howell | November 20, 2018

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 Alejandro Amezcua, assistant professor of…

Class Notes

November Class Notes

By Alison Kessler | November 19, 2018

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…

Featured Entrepreneur

Featured Alumni Entrepreneur: Brett Kaplan ’15

By Brett Kaplan | November 19, 2018

The idea for Brett’s Napkin started by accident. I was on the phone with a good friend of mine who was moving to Miami and asked if I could create a budget for him. I quickly grabbed a pen and a…

Christmas tree ornament

Where Do Christmas Trees Come From?

By Daniel Strauss | November 19, 2018

E-commerce giant Amazon now sells full-sized live Christmas trees online. The retailer offers a wide range of trees, from 7.5 foot Kingwood Firs for around $80 to 6.5 foot Dunhill Firs for almost $140, with Prime shipping options for consumers.…

Alumni of the Week

Alumni of the Week: Shawn Zamani ’13

By Shawn Zamani | November 19, 2018

Ever since I was in high school, I knew I wanted to work in finance. As an Iranian immigrant who moved to the United States when I was only four years old, I struggled in English class more than other…

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The Evolution of Wine Futures Pricing Research

By Delaney Wehn | November 16, 2018

Many people enjoy fine wine, but for most this enjoyment comes from drinking the luxury product. For Burak Kazaz, The Steven R. Becker Professor of Supply Chain Management at Syracuse University’s Martin J. Whitman School of Management, this enjoyment comes…

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New Course Available at the Whitman School!

By Arielle Spears | November 15, 2018

Syracuse University’s Martin J. Whitman School of Management is offering an exciting new course, Entrepreneurial Deal Making, in New York City (NYC) during winter break. The course, taught by Professor of Entrepreneurial Practice John Torrens of the Whitman School, is…

David Park

Professor David Park Honored by Poets and Quants for Undergrads In Top 50 Undergraduate Business Professors List

By Arielle Spears | November 14, 2018

David Park, assistant professor of entrepreneurship at Syracuse University’s Martin J. Whitman School of Management was honored as one of the top 50 undergraduate business professors in the world by Poets and Quants for Undergrads, a website devoted to offering information and…

Alison Verp '19

#WhitmanWatch: Alison Verp

By Julia Fiedler | November 8, 2018

Name: Alison Verp Graduation Year: Spring 2019 Major(s)/Minor(s): Management and Public Relations (Whitman/Newhouse Dual) Hometown: Demarest, New Jersey Alison Verp’s grandmother attended Syracuse University as one of the first female architecture students. A woman with dreams and ambitions ahead of…


Syracuse University Launches Unique, Multidisciplinary Institute Focused on Infrastructure

By Arielle Spears | November 7, 2018

The Syracuse University Infrastructure Institute is a new venture involving all of the University’s schools and colleges, and focused on facilitating effective and efficient development of new, modernized and socially responsible public infrastructure. The institute’s core mission is to achieve…

Five Terrifying Mistakes That Haunted Businesses

By Julia Fiedler | October 31, 2018

Some mistakes can haunt businesses long after the mistake is made. Here are some of the worst mistakes that hindered prominent companies: Kodak’s Refusal to Go Digital In the mid-1970s, Steven Sasson, an engineer for Kodak, created the first portable…

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Remembrance Scholar: Ankita Varman ’19

By Kenneth Mintz | October 29, 2018

Name: Ankita Varman Graduation Year: May 2019 Major(s)/Minor(s): Management & Public Relations Hometown: Johns Creek, Georgia This year, Ankita Varman ’19 of the Martin J. Whitman School of Management and S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications at Syracuse University has…

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Remembrance Scholar: Jacob Urban ’18

By Vatsal Popat | October 29, 2018

Name: Jacob Urban Graduation: December 2018 Hometown: West Chicago, Illinois Majors: Finance, Energy and Its Impacts Jacob Urban strives to make the most of his time at Syracuse University’s Martin J. Whitman School of Management by heavily involving himself on…

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Orange Tank Business Pitch Competition Doles out $21,000 in Cash to Promising New Ventures

By Kerri Howell | October 29, 2018

On Oct. 19, 2018, the Whitman School hosted the fourth annual Orange Tank business pitch competition. Student and alumni entrepreneurs pitched their ventures to a panel of accomplished judges in hopes of receiving valuable feedback and winning a cash prize…

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Study is One of First to Examine Effectiveness of Native Advertising

By Kenneth Mintz | October 22, 2018

There is now research to prove a correlation between the serial position of a native advertisement and the ad’s effectiveness. This study is among the first to examine native ads in this way. Serial position is a term used to…

Entrepreneurship and Emerging Enterprises

Entrepreneurship and Emerging Enterprises Program 2017-2018 Annual Review

By Alexander McKelvie | October 18, 2018

The field of entrepreneurship is evolving at record pace. The number of universities and colleges developing new entrepreneurship programs and student interest in entrepreneurship as a vocation and mindset is staggering. Luckily, Syracuse University has been well ahead of the curve in terms of…

Drone in flight

Whitman School Drone Research Goes Global

By Arielle Spears | October 16, 2018

In mid-June, Maria Minniti, the Bantle Chair in Entrepreneurship and Public Policy at the Martin J. Whitman School of Management, delivered the keynote address to the Foundation for Strategic Analysis of SMEs at the University of Cantabria in Spain. Later…

Dorothy Deng

From Whitman to Silicon Valley

By Guanlin Li | October 16, 2018

Dorothy Deng ’20 is a current student at Syracuse University‘s Martin J. Whitman School of Management majoring in finance, accounting and entrepreneurship and emerging enterprises. During her time at the Whitman School, she has learned many valuable skills inside and…

Class Notes

October Class Notes

By Alison Kessler | October 15, 2018

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…


Hal Fetner ’83 to Receive Whitman’s 2018 Holtz Alumnus of the Year Award and Other Alumni to Be Honored at Annual Awards Ceremony

By Alison Kessler | October 15, 2018

As part of the Orange Central 2018 celebration, Whitman will host our Annual Alumni Awards Ceremony and Reception on October 18. This year’s event will be highlighted by the presentation of Whitman’s highest alumni honor, the Jonathan J. Holtz Alumnus…

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MBA@Syracuse Named a Top 20 Online MBA Program by Poets & Quants

By Amy McHale | October 12, 2018

MBA@Syracuse, the Martin J. Whitman School of Management at Syracuse University’s online MBA program, recently was ranked #17 by Poets & Quants in its publication of 2019 Best Online Business Programs, released Oct. 9. For Poets & Quants online MBA…

Trends and Tips for the 2018 Holiday Retail Season

By Delaney Wehn | October 10, 2018

It’s 44 days until the kick-off of the holiday season and the biggest question for shoppers might be, where will shoppers buy their toys now that Toys R Us is unstable? In a recent update, the retailer announced that it…

Hayley Foster, coach and author

Hayley Foster, Author and Business Coach, to Speak at Syracuse University

By Kenneth Mintz | October 9, 2018

Hayley Foster, business coach and author of Foster Your Passion, will provide a keynote address Nov. 12 from 1-2 p.m. at Syracuse University’s Peter Graham Scholarly Commons in Bird Library as part of Global Entrepreneurship Week. The event is open to the public…

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Remembrance Scholar: Kenny Buckner

By Alexandria Lee | October 4, 2018

Name: Kenny Buckner Graduation Year: 2019 Major(s): Finance, Information Management & Technology Hometown: Atlanta, Georgia Kenny Buckner, a finance and information management & technology dual major at Syracuse University‘s Martin J. Whitman School of Management and The School of Information Studies, was…


WISE Women’s Business Center Relocates, Gaining Space for Growth

By Kerri Howell | October 1, 2018

The WISE Women’s Business Center recently relocated, offering more space for the entrepreneurship resource program. “We are so pleased to be situated just yards away from where we were before,” said Joanne Lenweaver, director of the WISE Women’s Business Center.…

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New Credit Report Freeze Law is Empowering to Consumers

By Kerri Howell | September 21, 2018

By law, American consumers can now freeze their own credit reports for free, preventing lenders from pulling their reports until they unfreeze it. Freezing a credit report can prevent identity theft by making it almost impossible for an unauthorized individual…

Class Notes

September Class Notes

By Alison Kessler | September 18, 2018

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…

Featured Alumnus: Daniel Folkman ’12

By Daniel Folkman | September 17, 2018

Daniel Folkman ’12 joined goPuff—co-founded by Forbes “30 Under 30” awardees Rafael Ilishayev and Yakir Gola—as one of the early employees. goPuff is a digital convenience retailer delivering thousands of products directly to customers. Folkman was brought on to lead the…

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69th Annual Harry E. Salzberg Memorial Lecture Program Features Top Supply Chain Scholar

By Kerri Howell | September 15, 2018

The Martin J. Whitman School of Management’s H.H. Franklin Center for Supply Chain Management, celebrating its 100th anniversary in 2019, hosted its annual Salzberg Memorial Lecture Program Oct. 18, from 2 to 5 p.m. in the Marvin and Helaine Lender…

Elisabeth "Lisa" Fontenelli ’86

Elisabeth Fontenelli Appointed Chair of the Whitman Advisory Council

By Kerri Howell | September 14, 2018

Syracuse University’s Martin J. Whitman School of Management announced that Elisabeth “Lisa” Fontenelli ’86 has been appointed chair of the Whitman Advisory Council. Fontenelli recently retired as managing director at Goldman Sachs in April 2017 after 25 years at the…

Christopher Crooker

Christopher Crooker Appointed Assistant Dean for Advancement

By Kerri Howell | September 12, 2018

Christopher Crooker has been appointed assistant dean for advancement at Syracuse University’s Martin J. Whitman School of Management. With more than 21 years of experience in alumni affairs and development, Crooker has a track record of engagement and advancement success.…

News Voices

Syracuse University’s Whitman School Welcomes New Faculty

By Kerri Howell | September 11, 2018

Syracuse University’s Martin J. Whitman School of Management (Whitman School) has added three faculty members to its team for the 2018-19 academic year.   Robert Arscott is an assistant professor of finance whose research primarily concerns the interaction of corporations and…

David Knox Guest Speaker

Dave Knox Predicts the Turn Sept. 18 at Bird Library

By Linda Dickerson Hartsock | September 6, 2018

Dave Knox, Grand Prix winner of the WPP Atticus Award for his book “Predicting the Turn: The High Stakes Game of Business Between Startups and Blue Chips” (Paramount Marketing Publishing, 2017), will visit Syracuse University to share his insights at a book…