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COBE Graduate, Whitney Hansen, Launched Financial Podcast

Whiteny Hanse MBA graduate Boise State UniversityWhitney Hansen has launched a national podcast on iTunes call The Money Nerd. Hansen is a Boise State University graduate. She received her MBA in 2015 and a bachelor of business administration in accountancy in 2010. She is a former student and a badge holder in the Venture College entrepreneurship program and now adjunct professor in personal finance for the College of Innovation and Design.

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COBE Marketing Students Collaborate with Bogus Basin to Create the Social Season Pass Deal

COBE marketing students collaborated with Bogus Basin marketing team to answer the question, “How do we get more students on the mountain?” A number of ideas were generated in spring 2016 through a semester-long service learning projects in Leslie Koppenhafer’s marketing 301 and 407 classes.

“We’re actually implementing some of the ideas that came out of the projects,” said John Hart, marketing director for Bogus Basin. “These students can look and say ‘that was us, we did that.'”

One of the ideas adopted is the Social Season Pass Deal. This primary idea came from a team of Adam Ramsey, Shawn Cutting, Joe Egbert and Jordan Homan. Adam graduates this fall and the other three graduated in spring 2016.  The deal is: get five students together and each student can purchase a season pass for just $149.

Boise State COBE marketing student, Sage Ceniga photo from KTVB news clip

Marketing student, Sage Ceniga

Sage Ceniga, a senior marketing major, spoke with KTVB Channel 7 news about the collaboration experience with Bogus Basin. See the news clip here.

See the Bogus Basin Social Season Pass Deal here.

Ask Me Anything! Expert Panel Discussed Sales and Entrepreneurship

By Sean Luster, MBA Candidate

Ask Me Anything! event at Boise StateAsk Me Anything! is a College of Business and Economics (COBE) and V-Squared Creative-sponsored recurring event throughout the year, that allows students to ask a panel of Boise business professionals questions about anything. The first edition of this series for the 2016/2017 school year focused on sales and entrepreneurship and featured a panel of five experienced business people. The panel was made up of David Bazan, founder of Time Zone Toys; Butch Whiting, co-founder of Kryptek; Dan Harrington, founder of NLP Secure and MaxGiving; Sheli Gartman, founder of Women Ignite; and Tobe Brockner, founder and creative director of V-Squared Creative.

Each of the distinguished speakers had a chance to elaborate on some of their experiences and ideas concerning business applications. Most members of the audience also took the opportunity to ask questions they were either curious about or that applied to their own personal business ventures. One topic discussed was the importance of having a mentor. Harrington expressed that “the right mentors find you,” while Gartman added that you have to “talk to people and let your ego down.” In another discussion, Whiting commented that you want to “hire and have people that you like to be with,” when expanding your company.

“I thought it was a great event lead by business people with real-world business experience,” noted Ryan Eisenbach, a second year Career Track MBA student. “As a student, it’s important to attend these events because once out of college, you won’t have the opportunity to have these experiences again.”

Stay tuned for more Ask Me Anything! events happening throughout the year, so that you can ask your business-related questions.

MBA Candidates Participate in BOLD Exchanges

By: Sean Luster, MBA Candidate

Students gathered together on the last day of summer to attend one of Boise State University’s BOLD Exchanges. BOLD in this case stands for “Broncos Of the Last Decade,” and features alumni and former staff and faculty. This exchange took place in the Morrison Center’s Founders Room and consisted of a networking/socializing session followed by a discussion. In this edition, the guests were the Honorable Melissa Wintrow (Idaho Legislature Representative, District 19B and the first director of the Boise State Women’s Center) and Tabb Compton (Boise State University graduate and chief operating officer for Scentsy).

The Honorable Melissa Wintrow has spent most of her professional career in higher education, but recently decided to run for office in the Idaho legislature. Her positive attitude reflected in her responses to questions from the audience, and she advised students about lessons she has learned throughout her life. She urged everyone not to worry about things beyond your own control and that when you are trying to make change, you have to invite people to change, not force them.

On the other hand, Tabb Compton had an entrepreneurial background, creating a sunglasses and apparel store, while he was still in college, that he sold to Sunglass Hut. He then went on to accumulate more leadership and management experience in the consumer goods market, and eventually became the COO for the Meridian-based company, Scentsy. Compton’s business experience gave him a lot of insight to share with students of all backgrounds who were in attendance. He noted the importance of being able to learn quickly and staying positive through difficult times.

“I learned that hard work can build your path very well,” stated first-year Career Track MBA student Ali Sharifi Shalmani. Shalmani took Compton’s message to heart and also noted that “[you] have to always be on the positive side. I think this is the key part of business.”

The night concluded with more mingling between students and guests, and more conversation about the bold experiences these Broncos have had.

Zeynep Hansen, Chair of the Department of Economics, Published Article in the Idaho Statesman

image Zeynep Hansen, professor of economics College of Business and Economics at Boise StateZeynep Hansen published a guest opinion titled “Use data, economic analysis to find Medicaid gap solution for Idaho” in the Idaho Statesman

Read Hansen’s article here.

Perrine Blakley, COBE’s New Development Director

Perrine Blakley, development director College of Business and Economics at Boise State UniversityPerrine Blakley joined the College of Business and Economics late September as director of development. Since September, Perrine has been meeting with COBE leadership and donors to better understand the needs and philanthropic direction of the college. She will provide energy, strategy, and partnership across campus to help further cement the excellence of the college and lead our fundraising efforts.

Perrine joined University Advancement at Boise State in August of 2014, and made an immediate impact in leadership-level annual gifts. Prior to joining Boise State, Perrine spent three years working in leadership-level fundraising for the University of Notre Dame. She earned a master’s degree in nonprofit administration at Notre Dame and received her bachelor’s degree in English from the University of San Francisco.

COBE Stakeholders Bring Expertise to Bear on Future Graduate Success

Debbie Flandro, COBEAC pres. at COBE Dean's Dinner 2016Debbie Flandro, president of the COBE Advisory Council, summarizes her table’s discussion on improving student career outcomes at the 2nd annual Dean’s Dinner. Business leaders, key contributors, alumni and friends joined dean Ken Petersen to discuss topics including internships, global business opportunities and essential skills for new graduates. Among other ideas, participants recommended adopting clear objectives and deliverables for internships, building an international experience into the MBA program, ensuring that COBE’s web presence confirms the high caliber of students who are graduating, and coaching students on interview preparation. Suggestions from these influential stakeholders will be reviewed for implementation by COBE Career Services.

Table facilitators were COBE Advisory Council members Dave Cooper, CPA; Debbie Flandro, North Quest Resort and Casino; Mike Mers, Aspen Capital Management; and Susan Olson, Hawley Troxell; along with COBE faculty Cheryl Larabee, Management; Jack Marr, Management; and staff Gerti Arnold, senior development director; CJ Martin, executive in residence; and Diane Schooley-Pettis, associate dean.

Photo collage form COBE Dean's Dinner