Past Featured Profiles
CONGRATULATION TO JUNIOR RYAN
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.
CONGRATULATION TO FRESHMAN EMILY PENNINGTON
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
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.
MARKETING CASE STUDY COMPETITION:WCB STUDENT ATHLETES COME IN FIRST PLACE
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.”
UNDERGRADUATE BUSINESS MAJORS CHOSEN AS WINNERS OF XAVIER LAUNCH-A-BUSINESS (X-LAB) COMPETITION 2011
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.