Making a splash

Two alums offer advice on getting the most out of your venture

There is no shortage of Marquette Business alumni entrepreneurs. Many former students have gone on to start, grow and ultimately sell successful businesses.

Two such alumni, Maurizio Azzarello and John Martinka, are entrepreneurs who help other entrepreneurs – both men run successful consultancies. They’ve agreed to lend their expertise to Marquette Business Update.

Azzarello, a graduate of the Master of Science in Applied Economics program, is managing partner of Optima Plans. The Italian native is also an adjunct instructor at St. Norbert College in De Pere, Wis., and has taught at Marquette. He writes about using motivation, passion and values to start a business.

Martinka earned his bachelor’s and master’s degrees from Marquette Business. Billed as “The Escape Artist” for the work he does creating large exits for small businesses and for helping execs buy a business to escape the corporate world, Martinka provides some insight from his forthcoming book.

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Noted Harvard economist Raj Chetty to deliver Marburg Lecture

Dr. Raj Chetty, Bloomberg Professor of Economics at Harvard University, will deliver Marquette Business’ 2013 Marburg Lecture, followed by a special presentation of Marquette Law School’s “On the Issues with Mike Gousha.” The joint event will be held Tuesday, Nov. 5, in the Alumni Memorial Union. The lecture begins at 4 p.m.; the “On the Issues” forum will immediately follow. Signup to attend...

A graduate of University School of Milwaukee, Chetty received his Ph.D. from Harvard in 2003 at the age of 23. He has been awarded a MacArthur “Genius” Fellowship and the John Bates Clark medal.

Supply chain prof Bastl honored with Best Paper Award

Dr. Marko Bastl, assistant professor of management in the operations and supply chain management program, was recently honored with the Best Paper Award from the Logistics Research Network of the Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport in the United Kingdom.

The study, “Sustainability assessment of food chain logistics,” which Bastl co-authored with three others, presents a sustainability research framework for food chain logistics and analyzed and diagnosed the current status of food industry using that framework.

David Krause, director of the Applied Investment Management program, in separate interviews, discussed the financial impact of the government shutdown and investing in commodities like gold.

Government shutdown story aired on WDJT-TV (CBS 58), Sept. 30, 2013
Commodities story appeared on, Oct. 1, 2013

Abdur Chowdhury, professor of economics, commented on the potential economic consequences if Congress does not raise the federal debt ceiling and defaults on the nation's debt.

Story appeared on, Oct. 8, 2013

Felicia Miller, assistant professor of marketing, explained how having a late Thanksgiving this year is going to affect Black Friday sales, crowds and store revenues.

Story aired on WISN-TV (ABC 12), Oct. 11, 2013

New books available by two Marquette Business alumni

Daniel Weinfurter, a 1979 Marquette Business alumnus who also earned his MBA from Marquette in 1985, has written Second Stage Entrepreneurship: Ten Proven Strategies for Driving Aggressive Growth, which was published in September by Palgrave Macmillan.

A posthumous memoir of Marquette Business alumnus Joseph Zilber, co-written by Milwaukee Magazine Editor Kurt Chandler after extensive interviews with Zilber, was published this month by Marquette University Press. Titled, How I Built an Empire & Gave it Away, the book chronicles the Milwaukee real estate mogul’s entrepreneurial and philanthropic journeys.


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.