Bouncing Back from Failure
Monday Feb 07 2022
When the Great Recession in 2008 caused his startup real estate company to fold, Case Lawrence thought he knew what failure was. Years later, however, the COVID-19 pandemic put his trampoline park company on the verge of another business failure. As a mentor with the Rollins Center at BYU Marriott, Lawrence uses his experiences with failure to help young entrepreneurs be better equipped for the road ahead.
The Spell of Discouragement
Friday Feb 04 2022
Growing up in Ajloun, Jordan, Dunia Alrabadi had a goal at a young age to attend college in the United States. As a child, she met many people who thought her dream was impractical and maybe even impossible. Alrabadi doubled down on her goal to prove she could be more than others believed. Now, as an MBA student at the BYU Marriott School of Business, Alrabadi has her sights set on helping others like her achieve their dreams.
The Problem Solver
Wednesday Feb 02 2022
Some people may shy away from the challenging and unpredictable, but not Gentry Davies. He has made a career out of solving tricky projections and analyzing future business opportunities. Now a senior director of product at Divvy, Davies credits his problem-solving abilities to his 2012 degree in strategy from the BYU Marriott School of Business.
Small Beginnings and Big Dreams
Monday Jan 31 2022
As a child, Courage Tamakloe faced extraordinary trials as part of his everyday life. Despite these challenges, Tamakloe believes that any situation in his life can be viewed as either a lesson or a blessing, and he chooses to look for the opportunities to grow in any circumstance. As a senior at the BYU Marriott School of Business, Tamakloe now uses his past experiences to stand as an advocate for minorities in the global supply chain program.
The MBA Dad
Friday Jan 28 2022
Students in the MBA program at BYU Marriott fondly refer to fellow cohort member and 2022 class president Ethan Felix as their "MBA dad." Despite being older than most of his classmates, Felix connects with other students and empathizes with those going through difficult times. Felix's life has been shaped by overcoming obstacles, both personal and educational.
Students Find Connection, Motivation Through Founders Conference
Wednesday Jan 26 2022
Students who participate in the Rollins Center at BYU Marriott know they can find financial support, mentorship, and motivation for their entrepreneurial ventures through the center. Those themes were magnified during the center's annual Founders Conference, which allowed students to connect with and showcase their business skills to members of the Rollins Center's Entrepreneur Founders organization.
Excellence in Leadership, Excellence in Life
Monday Jan 24 2022
During the fall 2021 semester, the global supply chain management program at the BYU Marriott School of Business recognized accounting alum Brian Hancock with the Global Supply Chain Excellence Award. Members of the BYU Marriott Global Supply Chain Advisory Board, students, and Hancock’s family gathered at BYU’s Gordon B. Hinckley Alumni and Visitors Center to recognize Hancock’s achievements as a successful C-suite executive, leader in supply chain management, and corporate mentor.
Fueling Customer Satisfaction
Friday Jan 21 2022
After he learned from a fast-food mogul and role model, Dustin Leonard dreamed of becoming a successful marketer. Now a BYU Marriott School of Business marketing senior, Leonard discovered that success comes through mentorship, pursuing his marketing passions, and seizing opportunities.
BYU Marriott MBA Students Awarded 3rd Place by Disney and Adobe
Wednesday Jan 19 2022
A team of BYU Marriott School of Business MBA students won third place out of 4,500 teams during the 2021 Adobe Analytics Challenge held throughout the month of November. The students’ success earned them a prize of $6,000 and provided experience in real-world business situations.
$6,800 in Prize Money Awarded at Big Idea Jam
Monday Jan 17 2022
With products ranging from airless tires, healthy baby food, and perfectly fitting watch bands, innovative ideas were shared by BYU student entrepreneurs at the Big Idea Jam final. The event is hosted annually by the Rollins Center for Entrepreneurship and Technology at the BYU Marriott School of Business as part of the Miller Competition Series. Entrants had the opportunity to share their ideas, whether those ideas started in a lab or on the back of a napkin.
A Collaborative Community Culture
Friday Jan 14 2022
Fostering connections between students is the number one priority for leaders of the Association for Information Systems (AIS) chapter at the BYU Marriott School of Business. The association encourages connection by providing opportunities for students to interact with faculty members, alumni, and other students involved in the information systems (IS) program.
MPA Alum Recognized for Extraordinary Career
Wednesday Jan 12 2022
On November 5, 2021, the Romney Institute of Public Service and Ethics at the BYU Marriott School of Business presented the 2021 N. Dale Wright Alumni Award to Dr. Tamara Sheffield. She is currently the medical director for preventive medicine at Intermountain Healthcare.
Hogwarts, Han Solo, and Hatchet Throwing
Monday Jan 10 2022
Roaming the streets of Provo, you can find all sorts of places promising exciting experiences: candle-making shops, hatchet-throwing companies, escape rooms, and soda shops. A new class offered by the experience design and management (ExDM) program at the BYU Marriott School of Business—ExDM 490R: Current Trends and Opportunities in the Experience Economy—dives into why these experiential businesses often find success.
Inviting All to the Table
Friday Jan 07 2022
When Scott Lovejoy was a newly enlisted medic in the United States Army, he received a surprise visit from his father. The conversation that took place during this visit was a turning point in the 18-year-old's life, reminding him who he was and how important faith was. This experience, along with his time spent in the Army ROTC program at the BYU Marriott School of Business, ultimately led Lovejoy to his career as a chaplain.
Handcrafting Solutions to Poverty
Wednesday Jan 05 2022
As a child in Arroyo Grande, California, Sydni Dunn crafted woven purses out of empty Capri Sun pouches to sell to her friends, a pet project of hers that was a preview of things to come in her career. While this BYU Marriott School of Business graduate had dreams of helping run a business, she did not know that she would grow up to empower artisans around the world to sell their own handcrafted products as a way to reduce poverty.
Romney Institute Honors MPA Student with 2021 Buckwalter Scholarship
Monday Jan 03 2022
The Romney Institute of Public Service and Ethics at the BYU Marriott School of Business presented the annual Doyle W. Buckwalter Scholarship to second-year MPA student Heather Shurtliff, who hails from Taylor, British Colombia, Canada. The $2,000 scholarship recognizes Shurtliff's excellent contributions to her internship for the city of Vineyard, Utah.
BYU Marriott Students Win First Place in Case Competition
Wednesday Dec 22 2021
BYU Marriott School of Business marketing students won first place at the 2021 MarketStar Sales and Analytics Champion Competition at Utah State University (USU). The team members were awarded $4,000 in prize money for their victory and have caught the attention of recruiters and potential employers with their award-winning work.
A Statement of Character
Tuesday Dec 21 2021
As Bob Ycmat arrives early at his office every day, he finds himself reflecting on his career path, which began in marketing and will end in finance. As CFO of Revere Health, Ycmat is proud of the lessons he has learned and the impact he has had throughout his career, a journey he says was reenergized by his participation in the executive MBA program at BYU Marriott.
Staying on Track with Life’s Priorities
Monday Dec 20 2021
Forty-five years after earning an MBA from the BYU Marriott School of Business, George Erickson is retired from a successful career in the railroad industry. Erickson’s dynamic career took him to 48 different states and a variety of prestigious positions, but as he reflects on his life, he says what he is most proud of has nothing to do with his work.
LIFTing Others to Financial Freedom
Friday Dec 17 2021
As a child, Kami Mak grew up with limited finances, and her family was unaware of the resources available to help their financial situation. Wanting to ensure greater financial freedom and stability for her future, Mak decided to learn as much as she could about money management and budgeting. Through the help of a mentor, this BYU Marriott School of Business senior grew from a financial novice to an up-and-coming expert now working as a financial analyst intern at a multinational technology company.