University of South Florida Muma College of Business
September 2016

USF researchers find political bias makes for riskier state pension funds
Around the nation, state pension funds are a hot political issue. Many are underfunded, leading to tough questions. Should state employees be required to contribute a percentage of their own earnings? Should pension programs be offered at all?
It turns out that some of that underfunding might not be inevitable or due simply to the whims of the market. State-run pension funds across the country are only about 70 percent funded, with close to a trillion dollars of underfunded liabilities. Read More.
$475,000 awarded at Scholarship Luncheon
In August, the Muma College of Business hosted its annual Scholarship Luncheon, awarding more than $475,000 in scholarship money to 200+ students. The luncheon featured speeches from Dean Moez Limayem, USF alumna Ashley Washington, and keynote speaker Arben Kabashi - who shared his moving story about being captured in Kosovo as a young teen and his journey to become an American citizen earning a college degree at USF.
T. Rowe Price, USF partner for jobs, student success focus
Since 2007, T. Rowe Price and the USF Muma College of Business have helped connect business students to one of the most prominent asset management firms in the world.
This relationship began when John Townsend, who serves as vice president of T. Rowe Price and general manager of the Tampa branch, was invited to meet with students who lived in the Bulls Business Community. After being impressed with the work ethic of the business students, Townsend readily accepted an invitation to serve as a mentor in the college's Corporate Mentor Program. Read More.
From stock clerk to vineyard consultant 
Vic Motto knows his career as a consultant in the luxury wine business is an enviable one. He has grounds for comparison, too:  working in wine wasn't his first career or even second, but a third line of work for the '74 USF Muma College of Business alumnus. Since forming his consulting and wine investment business nearly four decades ago, the CEO of Global Wine Partners has advised wineries around the world, including Robert Mondavi. Read More.
 Week of Welcome 2016
The Muma College of Business hosted a cookout where faculty greeted business students with hot dogs, giveaways, and t-shirts during the University of South Florida's annual Week of Welcome.The cookout was held both inside and outside the Muma College of Business, where organizations associated with the college hosted tables to interact with interested students. Students enjoyed 1,200 shirts and hot dogs thanks to sponsor GTE Financial. For photos of the event, click the link here. 
SBDC staff win two state business awards 
Javier Marin, a business consultant and assistant director for the Florida Small Business Development Center at University of South Florida, won the Florida SBDC Network State Star Award during the opening day of the ASBDC National Conference in Orlando on Sept. 19. Marin was honored for assisting small businesses throughout the SBDC's 10-county region. Read More.

Marketing Department Advances in Research Rankings
The Muma College of Business's Marketing Department at the University of South Florida is making great strides toward becoming one of the best in the world, and over the past three years, they have moved much closer toward that goal. Read More.
Join us for a conversation with Kenneth Feld, the CEO of Feld Entertainment, best known for Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey productions. On Sept. 28, he will share the lessons he has learned as a CEO and his leadership principles. For more information, email Melody Hardy.

The next conversation will be with Tech Data CEO Bob Dutkowsky on Nov. 18. One of the world's largest wholesale distributors of technology products and services, Tech Data serves 125,000 re-sellers in 100+ countries. Dutkowsky oversees all aspects of the company's worldwide IT products distribution operations. Click here to reserve your seat for the November 17 conversation!
  Join Us for USF Homecoming Events!

View a listing of university-wide homecoming events here.  There are tons of events across campus all week - or come to the USF Muma College of Business Homecoming Lecture and Parade Watch Party on Friday afternoon.  The dean will share his tips on how to negotiate and guests will enjoy great food and beverages from several alumni-owned vendors.  RSVPs required for the college watch party.  Free t-shirts (while supplies last) for those who attend the lecture.

Alumni Notes

  • David Bohl ('82, Finance) has been appointed director of addiction services for Rogers Memorial Hospital in Oconomowoc, Wisconsin. 
  • Wendy Ramirez Gattis, ('99, MBA) has been promoted to chief operating officer at DITEK Corporation. Gattis has been DITEK's chief financial officer since 2007 and will also continue in that role. She will provide the leadership, management and vision necessary to ensure that the company has the proper operational controls, administrative and reporting procedures, and people and systems in place to effectively grow the organization and to ensure its financial strength and operating efficiency.
  • Jonathan Demers ('06, Accounting) has joined Caresync, Inc. as an accounting manager.  Demers was formerly the senior financial analyst for EFI Global. He is a U.S. Army Special Operations Aviation Regiment veteran.
  • Hilary Lehman ('15, MBA) accepted a position as a communications and outreach manager with Forward Pinellas, a land use and transportation planning agency focused on integrated transportation and land use solutions in Pinellas County.  It addresses countywide land use and transportation concerns, as both the Pinellas Planning Council and Pinellas County Metropolitan Planning Organization.
Faculty and Staff Notes 
  • Associate Professor Lisa Gaynor was selected as a recipient of the 2017 Distinguished Service to AJPT award given for outstanding reviewing. Audit Journal of Practice & Theory representatives lauded Gaynor for her "critical thinking and for always given constructive suggestions to authors."
  • Javier Marin, a business consultant and assistant director for the Florida Small Business Development Center at University of South Florida, won the Florida SBDC Network State Star Award during the opening day of the ASBDC National Conference in Orlando on Sept. 19.
View more updates here. 
Sheila C. Johnson has been a powerful force in the hospitality and entertainment industries for more than 35 years. The CEO of Salamander Hotels & Resorts, Johnson is also the vice chair of Monumental Sports & Entertainment.
A powerhouse in the entertainment industry, she is a woman of firsts. For those reasons and more, she is the honoree for the Celebration of Free Enterprise 2017, being held March 8 in Tampa. Find out more about the event on our website.
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