Marriott Alumni Magazine

Summer 2017

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Alumni News Colorado Springs, Colorado "We have a strong network of BYU Marriott School alumni in Brazil," says Rixa Oman, Management Society executive director. "All the chapter leaders are dedicated to helping the professionals there grow and develop. They are really making a huge difference in the lives of so many." The Management Society has ninety chapters and twenty-four thousand members worldwide. To learn more about it or to find a chapter near you, visit CLASS NoTES 1979 Clocking 1,985 miles over nineteen days on a bicycle is no small feat, but that's the distance M. Tim Welch con- quered on a transcon- tinental ride from Canada to Mexico. A few years later he took to the saddle again, this time covering 2,345 miles between Florida and Canada in twenty-six days. MANAgEMENT SoCIETy Management Society Expands to Include New Chapters Along with hosting numerous events and conferences, the BYU Management Society has expanded across the world in the past year, now including the new Colorado Springs Chapter and new chapters in Brazil. Colorado Springs In December 2015 the executive committee of the Colorado Springs LDS Business Group was reorganized. As a new chapter of the Management Society, the group boasts a strong executive committee, more than three hundred members, and a history of successful events and programs. Founding president L. Scott Pann believes the chapter can be a positive local influence by offering fellowship, intellectually stimulating presentations, missionary opportunities, and positive contributions to the professionalism of the membership. One of the chapter's main priorities is its career engagement program, which connects mentors with local young adults interested in both white- and blue-collar professions. Pann drew on his experience as a volunteer career coach at the University of Colorado Colorado Springs (UCCS) to build the program. "[Volunteering at UCCS] allowed me to witness the positive impact professionals can have on the career development of young adults," Pann says. "Our chapter has adopted this program, and a number of the members have volunteered to be career coaches. The program is having a very positive impact on the lives of the students we are coaching." Brazil Due to growth and geographical limitations, both the Brazil, São Paulo and Brazil, Northeast Chapters have split to form additional chapters. The São Paulo Chapter divided to form a new chapter in Alphaville, and the Brazil, Northeast Chapter split to become the new Brazil, Fortaleza and Brazil, Recife Chapters. The Alphaville Chapter has an active membership committed to helping other alumni and LDS professionals in the area. Global Steering Committee member and Alphaville resident Sandro Silva has largely led the organization of new chapters in the area. In addition to getting the new chapters going, he organized the society's Latin American board and enlisted those executives to lead the now seven chapters in Brazil. Alphaville Chapter president Eduardo Michelutti hopes to better serve members through the new chapter. Among the goals established for the group are to increase membership, develop mentorship programs for LDS returned missionaries, kick-start GMAT prep classes in the area, and plan events. The Recife Chapter was organized by its president, Alexandre Cavalcante. The Brazil Management Society chapters are also involved in mentoring programs in partnership with the LDS Church's Self-Reliance Services. Fortaleza, Brazil Recife, Brazil 43 summer 2017

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