Dean's Update October 2012

Learning from leaders

Business Leaders Forum brings CEOs to campus

Since 1999, Marquette Business’ annual marquee speakers’ series – the Business Leaders Forum – has brought chief executives to campus.

“Bringing top-flight business leaders to Marquette to share their experiences and expertise is an invaluable opportunity for our students,” says Mark Eppli, interim Keyes Dean of Business Administration. “It’s a rare chance for them to interact with the smartest, most accomplished CEOs and executives in the world, and I can think of no better way to show our future business leaders true leadership.”

Funded through a special endowment from the Kathleen and Frank Thometz Foundation, the Business Leaders Forum has featured such executives as Jeff Immelt, CEO of General Electric; Herbert V. Kohler, chairman, chief executive officer and president of Kohler Co.;  James J. Mulva, chairman and CEO of ConocoPhillips, among others.  This year was no exception, where John Schlifske, chairman and CEO of Northwestern Mutual, spoke to an audience of more than 300 on the challenges of maintaining excellence.

Watch Schlifske’s address and videos of past speakers online.


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New professor hired for Center for Supply Chain Management

Mark Barratt was on faculty in top 3 program at Arizona State University

Marquette Business has hired Mark Barratt as an associate professor of management. An expert in retail supply chain management, Barratt will teach in the operations and supply chain management program and serve as a member of the college’s nationally ranked Center for Supply Chain Management. Prior to joining Marquette, Barratt was an assistant professor of supply chain management at the W.P. Carey School of Business at Arizona State University. ASU’s supply chain program is ranked in the top 3 nationally by U.S. News and World Report. Previously, he was the founder and director of the e-Supply Chain Research Forum at the Cranfield School of Management at Cranfield University in Bedfordshire, United Kingdom.

Beta Alpha Psi again names Marquette chapter ‘Superior’

Beta Alpha Psi, the honors organization for finance information professionals and students, has recognized the Marquette Business chapter internationally as a Superior Chapter. The Psi chapter at Marquette has been named a Superior Chapter for more than 20 consecutive years.



Abdur Chowdhury, chair and professor of economics, spoke with Chicago’s WBBM Newsradio’s “Noon Business Hour” about jobless claims and pending home sales, as well as durable goods orders. (Interview starts at the 02:30 mark.)

Abdur Chowdhury, chair and professor of economics, discussed India's agricultural industry with, saying that there has not been much investment in the agricultural industry in the country but that there is hope going forward.

Terence Ow, associate professor of management, commented on Time Warner Cable’s new savings deal for light online users, saying that most people do not know how much data they use in a month. “For a $5 savings on their monthly bill, they probably won't be motivated to check data usage that often and limit usage to five gigabytes,” Ow said.



From Forbes: An interview with Acquity Group CEO Chris Dalton

Immediately following Acquity Group’s (NYSE: AQ) IPO, CEO Chris Dalton sat down with Forbes to talk about the public launch, the firm’s business strategy and China.

Dalton, who graduated from Marquette Business in 1990, co-founded Acquity in 2001 to address an opportunity in the marketplace for a truly integrated technology and marketing company that could elevate global brands in a digital economy.  Under his strategic direction and guidance, Acquity has emerged a world leader in multi-channel commerce and digital marketing. As Acquity Group’s President & CEO, Dalton was inducted into the Chicago Area Entrepreneurship Hall of Fame in 2007 and awarded Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year recognition in 2009.   








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.