A new beer baron

Alumnus Alex Evans isn’t Frederick Pabst—and he doesn’t want to be

In April 2013, Alex Evans was schlepping growlers of his fledgling brewery’s suds to Madison-area bars, delivering barrels in a 1998 Ford Ranger. Tired and sore, he just wanted to crack into one of the most competitive craft beer markets in the Midwest. Exactly two years later, the 2007 Marquette Business alumnus is the co-owner of and marketing wizard behind Karben4, one of the fastest-growing and well-liked breweries in Wisconsin.

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Alumnus Seramur establishes $1 million scholarship

Marquette Business recently announced that alumnus John C. Seramur, former president and CEO of Stevens Point, Wisconsin-based First Financial Corporation, has established a $1 million endowed scholarship in his name. A longtime supporter of his alma mater, Seramur made his initial gift in 1998 – this further investment creates only the second million-dollar endowed scholarship for the college.


Team of real estate students again wins regional case competition

A team of four Marquette Business undergraduate real estate students recently took first place for the second year in a row at the 2015 NAIOP Minnesota University Challenge in Minneapolis. The team won $5,000 from NAIOP and the Opus Foundation, as well as the right to bring the traveling trophy home once again.







Andrew Hanson, associate professor of economics, wrote an opinion piece on the need for the federal government to reform the nation's tax code. Hanson said reform would be central to any successful economic policy.
Story appeared on the website of Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, April 7, 2015

Mark Eppli, interim Keyes Dean of Business Administration and Bell Chair in Real Estate, discussed the challenges that come with mall turnarounds. Eppli said that big investment, such as these massive mall turnarounds, demands big returns in rent.
Story appeared on the website of The Journal Times, April 11, 2015

Abdur Chowdhury, professor of economics, commented on the American Legislative Exchange Council’s release of its 2015 “Rich States, Poor States” report with Wisconsin ranked 13th in economic outlook. “It is surprising to see how Wisconsin had jumped to the top 20 in the last two years. Recent performance in the state doesn't support the economic outlook ranking,” Chowdhury said.
Story appeared on the website of The Capital Times, April 9, 2015

Alumna honored for top CPA examination with Elijah Watt Sells Award

Amanda Isken, who graduated from Marquette Business with a bachelor’s degree in accounting in 2013 and a master’s in accounting in 2014, is the recipient of a 2014 Elijah Watt Sells Award from the American Institute of CPAs. The award is bestowed annually upon candidates who have obtained a cumulative average score above 95.50 across all four sections of the Uniform CPA Examination and passed all four sections of the examination on their first attempt. A total of 91,384 individuals sat for the exam in 2014, with 60 candidates meeting the criteria to receive the Elijah Watt Sells Award. Isken works for PricewaterhouseCoopers in Milwaukee.


Accounting alumnus named CFO of the Year

Jonathan Sohn, a 1995 accounting alumnus and senior vice president and chief financial officer for Wheaton Franciscan Healthcare, was named CFO of the Year by the Business Journal of Milwaukee. In its fifth year recognizing southeast Wisconsin’s accomplished CFOs, the Business Journal honored Sohn in the Large Private Companies ($250 million+) category.

EMBA alumna named executive director of nation’s largest youth orchestra

Linda Edelstein, a 2011 executive MBA alumna, has been named executive director of the Milwaukee Youth Symphony Orchestra, the largest youth orchestra in the United States. She leaves her role as the chief operating officer for the United Performing Arts Fund.