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Alumnus Rich Reinecke to address School of Business graduates

Rich Reinecke headshotOn Saturday, December 9, 2017, Rich Reinecke will return to his alma matter to address the graduating class at the School of Business Commencement Ceremony.

As a recruiting industry veteran and the co-founder of The Fahrenheit Group, Rich Reinecke has a unique blend of large corporate experience and an entrepreneurial spirit. He works with every level of business, from emerging growth and middle market to Fortune 500 companies, and is key in client development and talent recruitment, both internally and for clients. As a founding partner of The Fahrenheit Group, Reinecke brings more than 20 years of dynamic experience to the firm, and is a well-networked connector. This gives his firm the ability to leverage relationships to help clients accomplish their goals.

After launching a career in the executive-search industry, Reinecke had the opportunity to become an entrepreneur. He launched Career Quest in 2002 and built a successful, highly reputable executive search firm. He connected with his partner, Keith Middleton, to launch The Fahrenheit Group in 2010. Since then, Reinecke and his team use their collective experiences to make an impact for the firm’s many clients. He is instrumental in building a unique culture at Fahrenheit while creating a great place for the team to work. The company has been named one of the best places to work in Virginia for consecutive years and is a finalist of the RVA Impact Award.

Reinecke graduated from Virginia Commonwealth University with a degree in marketing and is very active
in the business community, serving on several boards, including the Venture Forum, the VCU School of Business Department of Management Entrepreneurship Advisory Board and the Virginia Council of CEOs Advisory Board.

VCU Alumni Win Governor’s Datathon 2017

 

Members of the winning team with Governor McAullife
Members of the winning team with Governor McAullife

Recent grads of the VCU School of Business Decision Analytics Professional Track (DAPT) program took first place in the 2017 Virginia Governor’s Datathon: Using Data and Analytics to Battle the Opiod Crisis.

Subhash Jaini, Sharat Tadimalla and Sam Waters, all class of 2016, and Khai Wisler, 2017, were on the winning team, which was comprised of data scientists from Analytics Adventures and staff from the Virginia Center for Addiction Medicine. Other alumni and faculty from the program also participated in the competition.

The Governor’s Opioid Addiction Crisis Datathon is a groundbreaking competition that brought together multi-discipline teams comprised of individuals from government, higher education, private industry, and non-profits together to take new and existing datasets and turn it into actionable information that will support the Governor’s goal of using data and analytics to stem the tide of the opioid crisis, reduce addiction harm, and save lives.

Data stewards from health, public safety, and other agencies across federal, state, and local government and health systems provided existing and new non-sensitive de-identified data to this challenge for the teams to explore and use.

For more details http://ideastations.org/radio/news/using-data-disrupt-virginias-opioid-crisis

VCU School of Business to receive $2.5 million from CoStar Group for endowed chair

VCU School of Business Dean Ed Grier (left forefront) and CoStar Group CEO Andrew C. Florance shake hands after signing the agreement for the CoStar Group Endowed Chair in Real Estate Analytics as Laura Kottkamp, executive director of VCU School of Business Foundation and Corporate Relations, and Jay Davenport, vice president for development and alumni relations at VCU, look on.

October 12, 2017

Virginia Commonwealth University today announced a $2.5 million gift from real estate data firm CoStar Group to establish the CoStar Group Endowed Chair in Real Estate Analytics in the VCU School of Business.

“In establishing the CoStar Group Endowed Chair in Real Estate Analytics, we aim to bring the intersection of big data and real estate together to bring more transparency, velocity and efficiency to the global commercial real estate market,” said Andrew C. Florance, founder and CEO of CoStar. “Dr. David Downs, Alfred L. Blake Endowed Chair of Real Estate and director of the Kornblau Institute, and his team have done a tremendous job in taking a leadership role in developing the next generation of real estate professionals, and we want to provide VCU with the resources necessary to support and grow that effort.”

Florance founded CoStar in 1987, fundamentally changing the way commercial real estate professionals access, use and share information. Through CoStar, Florance pioneered the concept of commercial real estate firms outsourcing research functions to a third-party information provider. CoStar is among Forbes magazine’s 2017 list of 100 most innovative growth companies in the world, placing it among the top 10 companies within the software and services category.

“We are thrilled and excited to receive such a generous gift from CoStar,” said Ed Grier, dean of the School of Business. “The VCU School of Business and CoStar are natural partners with our common focus on creativity, analytics and innovation. We couldn’t have a better partner for our university and community.”

Read the full story from VCU News

VCU Ph.D.s Shine at Academy of Management

Congrats to VCU School of Business doctoral alumnus, George Banks (Ph.D., 2012), who was awarded the Early Career Award by the Research Methods Division of the Academy of Management at their Annual Meeting in Atlanta, Ga.

In addition, a paper with VCU doctoral student Sheila List as lead author was one of five nominees for the Best Paper award in the Research Methods division of at the Academy of Management.  (List, S. K., Kepes, S., & McDaniel, M. A. (2017). Sensitivity analysis on the relation between extrinsic rewards and intrinsic motivation. Best Paper Proceedings of the Academy of Management Annual Meeting).

In receiving the Early Career Award, Banks follows in the footsteps of VCU graduate Ernest O’Boyle, (Ph.D., 2010), who won in 2015. Fresh off returning from Atlanta yesterday, S. Douglas Pugh, Ph.D., chair of the Department of Management, shared the good news. He says, “Clearly, we have established ourselves as a very strong program in this domain, and we are keeping company with faculty from some pretty impressive research schools.”

Early Career Award (sponsored by Sage Publications and CARMA)
Awarded to scholars who have made distinguished contributions to research methods, practice, and education during their early career stage. Candidates for the 2017 award must have received their PhD no earlier than 2010.

Year Name Doctorate From Current Institution
2017 George Banks Virginia Commonwealth University University of North Carolina at Charlotte
2016 Louis Tay Univ of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign Purdue University
2015 Ernest O’Boyle Virginia Commonwealth University Indiana University
2014 Nathan Podsakoff University of Florida University of Arizona
2013 Zhen Zhang University of Minnesota Arizona State University
2012 Mike Zyphur Tulane University University of Melbourne
2011 Mo Wang Bowling Green State University University of Florida
2010 Daniel Newman Pennsylvania State University University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

 

Diane Leopold (MBA’98) to Give VCU Business Graduate Programs Commencement Address

Diane Leopold

Alumna Diane Leopold will give the VCU School of Business Graduate Programs Commencement Address in a ceremony at the Dominion Arts Center on Saturday, May 13.

As president and chief executive officer of Dominion Energy, Diane Leopold oversees a business unit responsible for 2.3 million natural gas customer accounts in five states; 14,400 miles of natural gas transmission, storage and gathering pipeline; nearly 51,000 miles of gas distribution pipeline; more than 1 trillion cubic feet of natural gas storage; and 1.3 million retail energy and related services customer accounts in 13 states.

Her recent positions include senior vice president, Business Development and Generation Construction; senior vice president, Dominion Transmission; and president, Dominion Energy. Leopold is member of the board of trustees of Virginia Union University and recently served as president of the board of trustees of the Virginia Commonwealth University Foundation. She also serves as chair of the board of directors of the Interstate Natural Gas Association of America and is a member of the board and executive committee of the American Gas Association.

She graduated from the University of Sussex in the United Kingdom in 1989 with a bachelor’s degree in mechanical and electrical engineering. She received a master’s degree in electrical engineering (energy conversion, power and transmission) in 1993 from George Washington University and an M.B.A. from Virginia Commonwealth University in 1998.

For ceremony details, see https://sites.google.com/vcu.edu/graduatebusinessceremony/home

VCU Executive MBA Students Win ACG Cup

ACG team

Virginia Commonwealth University School of Business took first place in the 2017 Richmond ACG Cup competition held on February 21, 2017 at the offices of presenting sponsor, Williams Mullen.  VCU team members included Executive MBA students Catherine Brisland, Thomas Cleary, Greg Creel, Sarah Crews and Keith Perkins.  Associate Professor Greg Waller served as the team’s advisor.  In addition to the first place scholarship award of $2,250, Virginia Commonwealth University earned the right to display the Richmond ACG Cup Trophy for the next year.

The Richmond ACG Cup is a unique case study competition designed to give students from the commonwealth’s leading MBA programs invaluable insight into mergers and acquisitions, investment banking, and private equity.

Four MBA teams competed for $5,000 in scholarship money for their schools.  University of Richmond placed second, winning a $1,250 school scholarship; The College of William & Mary’s Mason School of Business placed third, winning $1,000. The finalist team from Virginia Tech earned $500.

VCU School of Business recognized by AACSB International for driving innovation in business education

Featured photo
Portrait of Innovation: Maggie Walker

“It’s wonderful that the School of Business recognizes the transformative power of art,” Scalin said. “The opportunity for connection, collaboration and dialogue allows the students to have a more in-depth learning experience, which will not only enhance their classroom experiences, but their lives beyond the school’s walls as well.”

Noah Scalin.
Noah Scalin

As the 2016–2017 artist-in-residence, Scalin has conducted several creative-thinking seminars, delivered guest lectures, spearheaded creative sprint challenges and created a large-scale artwork installation with students. These projects connected VCU School of Business students, faculty and staff with elements of the strategic plan through experiential learning, problem-solving curricula, impactful research and creative culture.

“Having an artist-in-residence is unique for a business school and distinguishes VCU as a leader in combining business and creativity,” said Ed Grier, dean of the VCU School of Business. “Creativity is one of the most sought-after skills for 21st-century leaders. VCU is at the cutting edge in recognizing the value that an artist’s perspective can bring to problem-solving and ideation in the business world.”

The second annual Innovations That Inspire initiative recognizes institutions serving as champions of change in business education. A total of 315 submissions were received from 33 countries, mirroring society’s growing global demands, as well as the critical need for strong, connected and forward-thinking business schools. The initiative, and the impressive work it showcases, underscores the important role that innovation plays in achieving the industrywide vision for business education, which AACSB unveiled in 2016.

“This year’s Innovations That Inspire initiative has highlighted the groundbreaking and commanding influence that AACSB’s member schools can have on the world when they focus their attention on creating impactful ideas for all of society,” said Tom R. Robinson, president and CEO of AACSB International. “We are honored to highlight the VCU School of Business’ innovation as a pioneer in the business education landscape, and use them as an example for how AACSB’s schools are facilitators for innovation and leadership.”

For a detailed overview of the featured innovations, visit www.AACSB.edu/Innovations-That-Inspire. In addition to the named 35, AACSB will continue to share exemplary practices that highlight the remarkable efforts underway to transform business education via its award-winning BizEd magazine, AACSB LINK newsletter, the AACSB Blog and its global advocacy and awareness building initiatives.

VCU School of Business cohosts Mandela Washington Fellowship for Young African Leaders

MWF fellows with Dr. Rao and faculty and staff
The VCU Mandela Washington Fellows on opening day with VCU President Rao, School of Business Dean Ed Grier, Dr. Nanda K. Rangan, associate dean for international and strategic initiatives, Michaela Bearden, director of the Center for Corporate Education, and other VCU faculty and staff from the Global Education Office and Wilder School of Government and Public Affairs.

Fifty of Africa’s brightest emerging leaders in the areas of public management, business and entrepreneurship are spending June 20-July 31 in Richmond participating in the Mandela Washington Fellowship for Young African Leaders.

For the second consecutive year, Virginia Commonwealth University will host this prestigious flagship program of the Young African Leaders Initiative and President Barack Obama’s signature effort to invest in the next generation of global leaders. The program is co-sponsored by the VCU Global Education OfficeL. Douglas Wilder School of Government and Public Affairs and School of Business.

MWF Fellows with Dr. Rao“Part of what we hope you’ll learn from this experience is that it is mostly your initiatives that will make the biggest differences in this world,” VCU President Michael Rao, Ph.D., said to the fellows at a welcome reception Monday. “A world full of people who absolutely, positively need your leadership, need your initiative and need you to be thoughtful about their concerns.”

The School of Business will host 25 fellows in a business and entrepreneurship institute. Fellows will attend sessions in Snead Hall with VCU faculty members and business practitioners to gain knowledge in critical topic areas such as creativity and ideation, entrepreneurship, brand management, analytics, technology, grants and more. In addition, fellows will be out-and-about in the business community with site visits such as Luck Stone, Greater Richmond Chamber of Commerce and Federal Reserve Bank of Richmond.

Each fellow is matched with a peer collaborator from the local business community for networking and information sharing.  In addition, International Coaching Federation-certified coach Lynn Ellen Queen of Queen & Associates, recruited 44 professional coaches from around the world to provide 10 one-on-one coaching sessions to each fellow — two sessions in the U.S. and eight once the fellows have returned to their home countries.

The other 25 fellows will participate in the public management and leadership institute through the L. Douglas Wilder School of Government and Public Affairs. This institute will expose participants to world-renowned scholars in the fields of governance, management, administration and leadership across the public and nonprofit sectors.

“We hope that the inspiration that has already begun to formulate in you will flourish completely and will enable you become the strongest leaders imaginable,” Rao said. “If VCU can be a small part of strengthening your ability to truly make a difference in the lives of millions of others, then we feel wonderful about that.”

The combined cohort of fellows will attend the 54th annual Independence Day Celebration and Naturalization Ceremony at Monticello on July 4 and were also welcomed at a special reception hosted by Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe and first lady Dorothy McAuliffe at the Governor’s Mansion on July 20.

The fellows at VCU are part of a larger group of 1,000 being hosted across the U.S. this summer. Upon completion of their program, these exceptional young leaders will meet with President Obama during a summit in Washington, D.C. Select fellows will also receive hands-on experience through six-week placements with U.S. companies, organizations and government agencies.

Fellows are young leaders from Sub-Saharan Africa who have a proven record of accomplishment in promoting innovation and positive change in their organizations, institutions or communities.

The Mandela Washington Fellowship for Young African Leaders is a U.S. government program that is supported in its implementation by the International Research & Exchanges Board, an international nonprofit organization that provides leadership and innovative programs to improve the quality of education, strengthen independent media and foster pluralistic civil society development.

For more information about the Mandela Washington Fellowship, visit yali.state.gov and join the conversation with #YALI2016.

Thomas Receives Two Microsoft Research Awards

Manoj ThomasManoj A. Thomas, Ph.D.
Assistant professor and director of technology Department of Information Systems
School of Business

Microsoft recently granted Manoj Thomas two $20,000 Microsoft Azure research awards. The first award is to assess consumer sentiment about medical marijuana in social media. He will collaborate with VCU doctoral student Dapeng Liu. The second award is for a Continuing Medical Education capacity building, on which he will work with Mahabir Pun, winner of the renowned Magsaysay Award, a prize that celebrates transformative leadership in Asia. Both projects will use different Microsoft Azure-based technologies.

Thomas has been involved in information and communication technology projects around the world and his research has been published and presented internationally.

School of Business Foundation Welcomes New Trustees

At its May 20, 2016 board meeting, the VCU School of Business Foundation elected two new trustees. Welcome!

William GiffordWilliam F. Gifford, Jr. (B.S.’92/ACCT)
Chief Financial Officer
Altria Group, Inc.

Billy Gifford serves as Chief Financial Officer, Altria Group. In this role, Gifford is responsible for the Accounting, Tax, Treasury, Audit, Investor Relations, Finance Decision Support and Strategy & Business Development organizations. He also oversees the financial services business of Philip Morris Capital Corporation. He most recently was Senior Vice President, Strategy & Business Development.

Since joining Philip Morris USA in 1994, Gifford has served in numerous leadership roles in Finance, Marketing Information & Consumer Research and as President and Chief Executive Officer of PM USA. Prior to that, he was Vice President and Treasurer for Altria. In this role, Gifford led various groups at Altria Client Services including Risk Management, Treasury Management, Benefits Investments, Corporate Finance and Corporate Financial Planning & Analysis.

Gifford received a bachelors degree in accounting from Virginia Commonwealth University School of Business in 1992. Prior to PM USA, he worked at the public accounting firm of Coopers & Lybrand, now known as PricewaterhouseCoopers.

He serves on the Board of Trustees of the Virginia Foundation for Independent Colleges.

John D. O'Neill

John D. O’Neill, Jr.
Partner
Hunton & Williams

John O’Neill’s practice focuses on public-private infrastructure development, public finance, capital finance and complex commercial lending. Substantial experience in structuring transactions for a broad range of public and private infrastructure projects, including airports, roads and highways, convention and conference centers, educational facilities, government administrative facilities and water and wastewater facilities.

O’Neill received his B.A. from the University of Richmond and his J.D. from the Pepperdine University School of Law. He is a member of the American Bar Association, the Virginia Bar Association, the Richmond Bar Association, the National Association of Bond Lawyers, and a member and past president of the Bond Club of Virginia.

Further information on his work as an attorney can be found at hunton.com/john_oneill

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