Past Featured Profiles


Li Luo is a 2013 MBA graduate from China who has been in the United States for 5 years. She studied at the Sichuan International Studies University in China and came to the US to complete another bachelor's degree and an MBA at Xavier. She currently works at Best Food Services as a supervisor in the Accounting Department and oversees a team of 10 others. She and her team manage the accurate and timely processing of at least $8 million in invoices per month for multi-site vendors. She credits participating in Case Competitions and MBA trips abroad to the UK and Germany for expanding her professional network and she contributed to research that has been published in Institute of Business Ethics, the UK titled "Doing Business in China: An overview of ethical aspects". Li credits Xavier's MBA program with providing her with countless and continuing opportunities to network with local business professionals.


Frank is a senior from Cleveland, OH majoring in Economics and Management. He is a community leader who just cycled across America this summer to raise awareness for "Support My School", a social campaign pioneered by Coca Cola India. Frank rode from San Francisco to Cincinnati and stopped in 20 cities to fundraise and deliver presentations to explain Support My School, which builds new schools, improves water conditions and encourages women in India to attend school. While on a study abroad trip to India over spring break, Frank met with representatives from Coca Cola India and they agreed to sponsor his ride. Frank's management coursework at Xavier and dedication to Jesuit values have contributed to his fundraising success.


Ryan is a junior from North Canton, Ohio double majoring in Accounting and Management Information Systems. He came to Xavier to get a Jesuit business education and is a member of the Accounting Society. After his sophomore year, Ryan worked at Invent Now Inc., running payroll checks for 13,000 employees who worked at Camp Invention summer camps in 49 different states. This past August, Ryan started working with the Cincinnati Reds as an Auditing Intern. In this role, Ryan is an assistant to the Concessions Manager at Great American Ballpark. There he helps to verify and reconcile concession stand inventories for up to 60 stands, for every home game! This internship will continue throughout the playoffs for the Reds postseason. Next summer, Ryan hopes to secure an internship with a Public Accounting Firm and plans to sit for CPA exam after graduation.


Emily Pennington is a freshman from Newtown, Ohio studying Accounting. She is the first Cincinnatian to win the prestigious Guild Scholar Award, a scholarship given to legally blind college-bound students by the Jewish Guild for the Blind in New York. Born with a congenital eye condition, Emily is legally blind and can only perceive light and dark. Emily says that �although I have a visual impairment, it doesn�t stop me from doing anything � I just have to do things differently. I can use Excel just as well as the next person � even though I can�t see a computer screen. My disability has allowed me to have really good memorization skills.� Emily picked Xavier because it is an excellent school and she could develop close knit relationships with faculty, staff and students. Emily hopes one day to study abroad and experience a variety of internships; she also has plans to pursue an MBA, law degree � or maybe both!


Congratulations to senior Christine Zalla! As a result of her hard work and professional networking, she landed what she calls, “the opportunity of a lifetime” — a summer position in London for Deloitte’s US Corporate Tax Group. She credits her internships with Barnes Dennig, Fifth Third and 4C for Children and study abroad for preparing her for this job. Next fall, Christine plans to begin work on a Masters in Taxation. She has had a wonderful experience at Xavier and feels the faculty, staff and programs within the Williams College of Business helped her develop and work towards her exciting new career goals.





Congratulations to WCB student athletes: senior (swimming) Michael Zennedjian, senior (track) Nick Williams; junior (swimming) David Maxwell; and junior (swimming) David Gordon on finishing 1st place in a recent Marketing Case Study competition sponsored by The Nielsen Company.

Teams were challenged to determine if it was in the best interest of an organization to introduce a product to market and relied on analytical skills to explore business issues facing Nielsen’s clients. Nielsen experts judged the competition based on analytical thoroughness, creativity & overall quality of final recommendations.

When asked about the experience, the team shared “Our competitive nature lead us to enter this challenge, and we put numerous hours into it. We learned a lot about market research and all the great things Nielsen does. It was a great opportunity to showcase our teamwork & intellect.”



When business majors Brendan Cmolik, Wyatt Link and Sean Zavoda enrolled in Professor Joe Carter’s entrepreneurship class, little did they know they would be developing a real, business plan. During the New Venture Planning class, they discovered their passion and creativity and learned how to apply best business practices to the project. They had an affinity for locally-grown food and also wanted to service their local community. The result was Green City Cuisine, a food truck serving the Greater Cincinnati area with organic, locally-grown food.

Over the summer, Brendan, Wyatt and Sean worked on their business plan for X-Lab, Xavier’s city-wide business plan competition. Over 160 applications were submitted and their plan was selected as one of the top eight. As a result of winning this competition, they will receive assistance from Xavier faculty and business people to help them take their concept to reality.

Brendan, Wyatt and Sean are energized and ready to move forward. Their vision is to reinvigorate Cincinnati’s appreciation for local fare and the people who provide it.