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Baldwin Wallace University MBA Association Newsletter January 2018
Next Week! Economic Insights: Global, National, Regional

Wednesday, January 31, 2018

6:15 p.m. Networking
6:45 p.m. Presentation and Q&A

Center for Innovation and Growth
Free of charge. Register now.

Join us for perspectives on global, U.S. and Northeast Ohio economic outlooks, challenges and opportunities for 2018 and beyond. The panel of experts includes Executive Director of International Strategic Analysis (ISA) Michael Weidokal '94, BW's Boynton D. Murch Chair in Finance and former economist with the U.S. Treasury Department Kevin T. Jacques, and CEO of Team NEO William “Bill” Koehler. The panel will be moderated by the Dean of the School of Business John Lanigan. This event is free of charge, but please let us know you're coming so we can plan for you.

Handshake Network Helps Alumni Recruit BW Students

Are you looking to hire for a full-time position or summer internship? BW's Office of Career Services invites all employers to create an account with Handshake, an expanded career network designed to connect students with internships and jobs. Learn more here about recruiting BW students with the help of Career Services, whether through the online Handshake network or in-person opportunities like the Spring Career & Internship Expo.

Stay Connected!

MBA Association Leadership

President: Scott Monaco '10
CMO: Cory McComas '13, '13 MBA
COO: Corey Brayer '12

Alumni Staff: Lisa Judge '00
Faculty Advisor:
John Fuehrer '91, '96 MBA

Bob Esper '01
Mike Gill '12
Steve Horne '09
Jeffrey Jackson '13

Bernice Parks '12

Leadership opportunities are available! Contact Scott Monaco to learn how you can add value to the work of the MBAA.

Letter from the MBAA President

Greetings Friends,

I hope you all enjoyed a happy, healthy, and warm (obviously not in the temperature sense) holiday season. As we turn the calendar page I wish you all the best for a prosperous and fulfilling 2018.

The MBA Association enters the new year with a great deal of enthusiasm and the broadest cross-section of BW experience we have had on our team in many years. As the avenues to earning an MBA at BW have expanded, we look forward to finding new ways to build bridges across our very important network. This semester we will build on our event series including Economic Insights, Dessert and Dialogue, and Dr. Param Srikantia’s Why Life Sucks seminar series while also finding new ways to stay connected.

Leadership opportunities within the MBAA are always open to you. I invite you to join our LinkedIn group and reach out to me personally ( to learn more.

Looking forward,

Scott Monaco '10
President, BW MBA Association

Student Spotlight: ACG Cup 2nd Place Finish!

The BW team scored second place in the 2018 ACG Cup tournament. The team was edged by a team from The Ohio State University’s Fisher School of Business and placed ahead of five other teams from MBA programs across the region.
The BW team is comprised of Alexis Becker (One Year MBA), Matt Baldwin (One Year MBA), Collin Mottice (Hybrid MBA), Katelyn LeGros (Healthcare MBA), and Pedro Manolo Sandoval (3/2 Accounting MBA). This year’s team was coached by BW adjunct professor Kevin Flynn. The rigorous competition was a great experience for all participants and the broad cross-section of BW students provided for a well-rounded presentation. Congratulations on the excellent showing and for proudly representing the BW MBA programs.

The ACG Cup, sponsored by the Association for Corporate Growth (ACG), is a regional merger and acquisition (M&A) case study competition for graduate business programs. Participating teams are challenged with complex issues and asked to provide strategic advice to a panel of M&A professionals. The tournament is run annually in January and BW has fielded teams every year since its inception in the Cleveland chapter of the ACG. The ACG Cup was a catalyst in the re-invigoration of the BW MBA Association in 2009.

On the Move: Member News and Notes  

Theresa Cross ’04, ’06 MBA was honored by the Milken Family Foundation with the Milken Educator Award and a $25,000 cash prize. The honor was bestowed on recipients as a surprise during the foundation’s annual national tour. Theresa is a master teacher and math instructor at a charter school in New Orleans. Rick “Rickey” Layton ’08 MBA has re-located to South Carolina from Ohio and is now a senior manufacturing engineer at UEC-Electronics. Brandon Guzman ’13 MBA was inducted to Crain's Cleveland Business "40 Under 40" Class of 2017. He is the president of MFS Supply.

Have career news or other updates? Submit through the Alumni Update Form.

Special Remembrances  

We regret sharing sad news about the loss of two members of the MBA community in this issue.
Long-time adjunct professor Robert Ward '61, who taught at BW for over 30 years while pursuing a successful law career, passed away in early 2017. His course in business ethics was a differentiator for the BW MBA, as it was one of the first ethics courses adopted into a graduate business curriculum in the country. He studied German and business during his undergraduate years at BW and maintained life-long interests in genealogy and German-American culture. His full obituary is available here.

Jennifer Lynn Castro '08, '10, who earned a Bachelor of Arts in business and MBA in human resource management, passed away in December after battling cancer for several years. Jenn was a dear friend and an early, enthusiastic supporter of the programs and activities of the MBAA. Her contagious, unmistakable laugh and vibrant personality are remembered by many. Her full obituary is available here.

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