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School News byu Leads the Way at ais Competitions BYU information systems students excelled at the Association for Information Systems (AIS) Student Chapter Leadership Conference, taking first place in both the video and security competitions and second place in the IBM Bluemix competition. "These AIS events allow us to showcase the skills and knowledge of our students on an international stage," says Tom Meservy, associate teach- ing professor and team advisor. "Once again they have demonstrated that they can compete with the best information systems students in the world. They are simply amazing." Kyle Longhurst, a senior from Orem, and Alexandra Whitesides, a junior from Warrenton, Virginia, won first place in the video competition. In BYU's other top finish, seniors Josh Haws from Alpine, Utah, and Cathy Kennelly from Franklin, Tennessee, joined juniors Drake Loud from Liberty, Utah, and Jason Smith from Forest Grove, Oregon, to win the security case competition. The team provided the best proposal for helping a fictional insurance company keep its client data secure, continuing a three-year winning streak for BYU in the security competition. "I think what sets our program apart is that we learn a lot of technologies and the business side at the same time," Ken- nelly says. "To be able to understand both worlds and figure out how to bridge them and solve problems is unique." "Do your very best," Bateman said. "When opportunities come, take them. Pray about them, but generally take them." This year more than twenty teams of students participated in the new Marriott School Interdisciplinary Case Competition, which was implemented to build unity across majors and pro- duce solutions to improve the school. The winning team developed a way to improve club awareness through a new portal called Club Hub. Attendees also heard from Carine Clark, president and CEO of MaritzCX. Clark earned both her undergraduate degree and MBA from BYU and was named 2015 CEO of the Year by Utah Business magazine. "Decide today that you will be a person of tremendous faith and that you're going to put that faith to work in every aspect of your life," Clark said in her speech. "Impossible is an opinion, not a fact." David Royce Named Entrepreneur of the Year David Royce has made pests less pesky by creating four of the most successful, environmentally responsible pest control companies in North America. To recognize the serial entrepreneur's achievement, the Rollins Center for Entrepreneurship and Technology awarded the Entrepreneur of the Year Award to Royce at its semiannual Founders Conference banquet. "We have been very fortunate to win different awards, but this one from the Rollins Center is especially important to me," Royce says. "is organiza- tion means so much. It is a group of peers that I deeply respect and an organization that helped me to have the vision to become an entrepreneur right out of school." Royce graduated in entrepreneurship from BYU in 2004. He most recently founded Aptive Environmental, a Provo-based residential and commercial pest control company that provides service to more than 1,500 cities. Royce also started his previous company, Alterra, in Utah before sell- ing it to Terminix in November 2015. "ere is something really special going on in Utah right now," Royce says. "ere is a sense of entrepreneurship that is getting noticed nationally and throughout the world." Royce has received much recognition for his success as an entrepre- neur. His companies have been featured in several national publications including the Wall Street Journal, Fortune, and Entrepreneur. In 2015 Royce was named the Ernst & Young National Entrepreneur of the Year, and that same year his company received the first-place award for Fastest Growing Service Company in America from the American Business Awards. Royce has also transformed his success into supporting a good cause as a proud partner of the United Nations Foundation's Nothing But Nets campaign. A portion of company profits go toward providing people in sub-Saharan Africa with insecticide-treated bed nets that help save millions of lives. "When thinking about this award we look for men and women of high integrity and entrepreneurial savvy," says Steven Fox, acting managing director of the Rollins Center. "David exemplifies these traits." Royce joins other inspiring past recipients of the Entrepreneur of the Year Award, which include Amy Rees Anderson, founder of REES Capital, and Joshua James, CEO of Domo. Potential recipients for the Entrepreneur of the Year Award are chosen by the board of the Rollins Center's Founders. Nominees are then vetted and approved by BYU leadership. Information systems students finished in first and second place at the ais conference competitions. 36 MARRIOTT

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