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Alumni Highlight: J. Robert Mann, Jr.

Screen shot 2014-12-02 at 12.25.33 PMSince graduating from ECU’s MBA program in 2002, Robert Mann has stayed busy building high profile projects across the country.

He first worked in Washington, D.C. on the post 9/11 Pentagon rebuild, then tackled the Howard Hughes Medical Institute East Coast campus, one of the largest private funding organizations for biological and medical research in the United States. He also worked on the Newseum in Washington, D.C., an interactive museum of news and journalism.

After dating and ultimately marrying a Houston girl, he moved to the Lone Star State and today works with the Patrinely Group – a national real estate development firm specializing in commercial office and residential projects throughout the country.  As development manager, Mann oversees the entire building development process for his projects, including design, construction, and ultimately occupying the facility.

His latest project involves managing much of the build of the new Southwestern Energy Headquarters, a 515,000-square-foot corporate headquarters campus in Springwoods Village, located in north Houston.

Mann credits his MBA and business minor for laying a strong foundation that has helped his career, complementing his construction management degree. It’s his business education, he says, that has helped him to see the full view.

“Business school was something I always wanted to do, and it gave me a fundamental understanding of the bigger picture,” Mann said. “Having a business base teaches you how to lead and improve, versus simply specializing in a technical trade.”

Originally from Dunn, N.C., today Mann lives in Houston with his wife, Elizabeth, and two daughters, Mary Evans (4) and Eloise Elizabeth (1).

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Students Participate in N.C. State Human Resources Conference

Screen shot 2014-12-02 at 12.25.53 PMThe 2014 N.C. State Human Resources conference was held in Greenville, N.C. earlier this fall, and ECU’s Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) chapter was invited to volunteer and participate.

Ten students from the College of Business attended the event over the course of four days. With more than 700 HR professionals from across the state attending the conference, students networked, asked questions, and made meaningful connections.

Zach Brown, vice president of ECU’s SHRM Student Chapter, said, “The networking opportunities were endless, and all of our LinkedIn networks grew quite a bit afterwards.

Being able to go to the ‘Breakout Sessions’ and hear world class speakers present on relevant business topics was something we will take with us as we graduate and leave East Carolina University. We all left the conference confident in our business accumen as well asour networking skills, and it is all thanks to thevpreparation that the ECU College of Business faculty and staff have given us in our college careers thus far.”

Earlier this summer, ECU’s SHRM chapter was awarded the Honorable Mention Award for its excellence and achievement during the 2013-2014 Student Chapter Merit Award period.

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Strategic Marketing Class Visits Silicon Valley

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This past summer, 18 students in Dr. Tracy Tuten’s Strategic Marketing Innovation Class learned about innovation first-hand by visiting some of Silicon Valley’s top companies.

Students first studied innovation in the classroom, teaming up to report on 10 companies which they then visited during the fourth week of the course. While on-site, the class was able to tour the corporate campuses of Google, Apple, Ideo, Salesforce.com, Walmart Labs, Clorox, Joyent, Twitter, Netflix, and Goodby, Silvertein & Partners.
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Accounting Student Finds Music Industry Niche in NYC

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Three years ago, senior business student Mitchell Attaway took his first accounting class and failed. After taking it again with a different instructor, something clicked. He earned an A and even began thinking about a career in accounting.

A music industry buff, he applied for and received an internship that summer doing volunteer management for six major music festivals with 35,000+ attendees each. The next summer, he worked additional music festivals and met Patrick Templeman, business manager for the Electric Forest festival and managing partner with PS Business Management LLC – a full service business management firm based in New York City that works with individuals and businesses in the entertainment industry.
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Faculty Friday: Meet Dr. Joshua Bendickson

Dr. Joshua Bendickson: Department of Management

BendicksonBendickson began his teaching career in 2003 at Austin Public Schools and has since worked in industry at Robert Half International and taught at Louisiana State University. This is his first year at ECU.

He received his B.S. from St. Cloud State University in 2003, his M.B.A. from Augsburg College in 2007 and his Ph.D. from Louisiana State University.  Bendickson conducts research in Strategic Management, Entrepreneurship, Human Capital and International Business. Outside of work he participates in many recreational activities like tennis, volleyball and softball.

Professor Bendickson has an interest in aviation, and his favorite song is “Going to California.” Finally, his all-time favorite movie is a classic, Forest Gump.

Welcome to ECU, and we hope that you enjoy it here!

MSA Student Wins Best Student Poster Award

MSA StudentMengyuan Fang Farley, an MSA student at ECU and graduate assistant at the Center for Healthcare Management Systems, won the Best Student Poster award at the 2014 North Carolina Health Informatics Career and Internship Fair/Symposium. The event was held on Oct. 24th at the East Carolina University Heart Institute to discuss the latest research trends and developments in health industries along with job opportunities.

Twenty posters from five North Carolina universities (including Duke University, East Carolina University, North Carolina Central University, UNC–Chapel Hill, and N.C. State University) and healthcare organizations such as Vidant were selected for the final presentation at the Fair/Symposium.

Farley’s poster title was “Effects and Sustainability of Healthcare Information Exchange.” Her project was conducted under the guidance of Drs. Yajiong (Lucky) Xue and Huigang Liang.

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Faculty Friday: Meet Dr. Thanh Ngo

Dr. Thanh Ngo

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    Dr. Thanh Ngo was born in Vietnam, where she obtained her Bachelor’s degree in International Business from the University of Foreign Trade in 2001. She came to America in 2003 in order to receive a Master’s degree in Economics, and after this she began working at the University of Texas- Pan American and stayed there for 8 years before relocating to Greenville, NC.

“Where there is a will, there is a way,” are words that Ngo values very highly, despite her busy schedule, she devotes a lot of time to her 6 year old daughter. She enjoys getting out and being with her family, and she has done a lot of research over her years of teaching. She has 32 publications in peer-reviewed journals on corporate restructuring activities, specifically mergers and acquisitions.

She enjoys the books Freakonomics and Super Freakonomics, and likes to spend her free time with her daughter.

Welcome to ECU Dr. Ngo!

Develop A Global Business Perspective- Study Abroad

Written by Dr. Haozhe Chen, Associate Professor, Department of Marketing & Supply Chain Management

I have been involved with COB’s summer study abroad program since 2010, and I have served as a faculty leader for trips to Australia and China. In addition to experiencing foreign cultures, I believe the visiting various companies in foreign countries is particularly meaningful and relevant to our business students. In today’s global economy, no matter where our COB students end up after they graduate from ECU, they are likely to be dealing with international partners. That’s why our college has specific curriculum requirements to develop our students’ international perspective. We also intend to enhance such initiative with our study abroad programs. Therefore, we have put in substantial effort in arranging excellent company visits for our international trips. These visits have been thoroughly enjoyed by our students.
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Faculty Friday: Meet Dr. Aneil Mishra

Dr. Aneil Mishra

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Dr. Mishra was born in New Delhi before locating to Michigan, and then he later attended Princeton University.  After working at General Motors for several years, he then earned his Ph.D. at the University of Michigan.  His academic career began at Penn State, and then he taught at Wake Forest for a decade.  He then helped to launch the online MBA program at UNC-Chapel Hill. In addition to teaching here at ECU, Mishra has also taught 8th grade Economics and Sunday School.

His favorite quote is “Good judgment comes from experience, and experience comes from bad judgment.”  by Barry LePatner, Esq. While talking about experience, Mishra has been teaching for 22 years; however, he does make time to relax and spend time with his family. His wife Karen is a marketing professor at Meredith College, and he has two children. His daughter attends college in Virginia and his son is a junior in high school.

During his free time, Dr. Mishra enjoys taking walks with his wife, bicycling, and watching movies.

Welcome to ECU, Dr. Mishra, we are excited to have you on our team!