Marriott Alumni Magazine

Summer 2014

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Utah Startup Marketplace Brings Budding Business to byu The hottest start-ups from around the state set up at BYU’s Utah Startup Marketplace this semester to find the newest talent for their companies. “This career fair is different because in almost all cases students are not speaking to a recruiter,” says Jeff Brown, assistant director of the Rollins Center for Entrepreneurship and Technology. “They are speaking to top people in a company who make decisions.” In an effort to support entrepreneurship on the Wasatch Front, the Rollins Center has brought this career fair to the university for the sixth time. Only Utah-based companies that started fewer than five years ago and bring in revenue up to $5 million were invited to the event. The thirty-three companies in attendance brought a variety of businesses, including solar panel distributors, social media analytics, and others. Start-ups are known for quality work environments, passion for their product, and quick access to upper management. For students like Ethan Shipp, a business strategy junior from McCammon, Idaho, this fair was a chance to access new and exciting opportunities. “I came today looking for a summer internship because the entrepreneurial side of business attracts me,” Shipp says. “I’ve seen a lot of different companies and business ideas that are all very appealing.” The Utah Startup Marketplace brought in more than five hundred BYU students, giving companies plenty of interaction with potential employees. Jared Richards, CPO of Jamberry, a fingernail-wrap fashion company, was impressed by the quality of students. “We have had a great experience with the BYU graduates and students who are with our company already,” Richards says. “Everyone at BYU has been very professional. This school has students of a great caliber.” Marriott School Appoints New MBA Director The Marriott School appointed John Bingham, an associate professor of organizational leadership and strategy, as the new director of the BYU MBA program, succeeding Craig Merrill, who gave six years of dedicated service in the position. “John is a serious scholar and a superb teacher,” says Lee Perry, Marriott School dean. “He is gifted in connecting with students, especially MBA students. We appreciate his willingness to serve in this new role, and we pledge to support him both as an academic and as a leader.” Additionally, Treavor Peterson, the program’s director of operations and marketing, was named managing director. He will oversee recruiting, admissions, alumni relations, and operations while Bingham will focus on strategic initiatives, faculty, curriculum, and student programs. “Advancing Treavor to this new role will allow him to spend more time and effort improving our operational performance,” Perry says. “I’m confident Treavor’s influence will add tremendous value to our thriving MBA program.” For more than fifty years, the program has provided future business leaders with the skills needed to succeed in a global marketplace. Perry applauds the past directors who guided the program to where it is today. “I would like to express my appreciation and gratitude to Craig Merrill for his inspired leadership of the MBA program throughout the past six years,” Perry says. “Craig will leave a healthy and thriving program behind when he steps down.” Under Merrill’s leadership, the BYU MBA program was ranked No. 4 in the West and No. 2 for placement. He bolstered the program by emphasizing high academic standards for students and strengthening relationships through alumni outreach. As this transition takes place, Merrill will return to teaching as a professor of finance, and his associate director, Monte Swain, will become the professional stem group leader in the School of Accountancy. Their dedication and service have allowed them to hand over a strong program to Bingham as he steps into this new role. “Dr. Bingham is a star professor in the BYU MBA program,” Merrill says. “He has been teaching the core OBHR course for many years and has consistently been one of the most appreciated faculty in the program. He is a gifted scholar and teacher who will work well with all who are involved in the MBA program.” Bingham has served as an associate professor for the past eight years, teaching organizational behavior and human capital management. He has received multiple awards for his work with students at BYU, including the Outstanding MBA Mentor Award and the Outstanding Faculty Teaching Award, among others. His knowledge and expertise have landed him a solid reputation among students and faculty alike.

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