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    Since 1922, Samford University has delivered life-long business education to students through quality teaching, meaningful scholarship, and servant relationships, imbued by its Christian commitment. In order to sustain this legacy for the next generation, Samford needs a next generation building that will equip them for the future ahead.

    Located directly behind the Harwell G. Davis Library and to the east of Mamie Mell Smith Residence Hall, the new Brock School of Business building will provide much needed classroom, office and meeting room space for the Samford and Birmingham community. A breathtaking glass atrium will be the center of this five-story building, but the true heart of the building will be a revived sense of learning, innovation and opportunity.

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    Brock School of Business Students and Alumni Launching New Ventures+

    Birmingham, Ala. –Several of Samford’s Brock School of Business entrepreneurship students and alumni are preparing to launch or have recently launched new companies.  Rob Jackman, a 2013 graduate of the Brock School’s entrepreneurship program, has raised the money needed to open an Iron Tribe fitness center.  He and his partners will open two locations in Greenville, S.C.  While in school, Jackman worked as a personal trainer at Gold’s Gym in Vestavia Hills, Ala. Since graduating, he has been a coach at Iron Tribe in Montgomery, Ala.  Howard Finch, dean of the Brock School of Business and professor of finance, advised Jackman on how to attract and negotiate with investors to help launch his own Iron Tribe centers. 

     
    Work of Worth (WoW), which imports fair trade, handcrafted goods from entrepreneurs in  countries in the developing world, will be launching their fall product line at an event on Sept. 9 from 5-8 p.m. at Christian Service Mission in Birmingham.  Five Brock School students--Daniel Denning, Olivia Dunn, Drew Fahrion, Ben Goolsby and Madison Kerns--wrote WoW’s business plan under the supervision of Jeremy Thornton, associate professor of economics and Social Entrepreneurship Program Coordinator.  They earned fourth place at the TCU Ventures and Values Competition and second place in the Region’s New Venture Challenge in April 2014 for their business plan, and several have remained involved in the start-up of the company.

     
    “We are proud that our students and recent alumni are living their entrepreneurial dream,” said Finch.  “Entrepreneurs like them are the heroes of economic growth.”

     
    About the Brock School of Business:

     
    Samford University’s Brock School of Business has a long history of achievements in business education. The university has offered degrees in business and commerce since 1922. In 1965, the School of Business was established to offer both bachelors and masters degrees in business. It was formally named the Brock School in 2007 for Birmingham banker and Samford trustee Harry B. Brock Jr., reflecting his long career in business and his commitment to high quality business and entrepreneurship education. The Brock School of Business holds AACSB Accreditation, the benchmark of quality worldwide and the most widely sought after standard of excellence by U.S. business schools.  In 2010, the U.S. Association of Small Business and Entrepreneurship (USASBE) selected the Brock School’s entrepreneurship program as the best new program in the U.S.

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    Samford's Brock School of Business Students are Bloomberg Strong+

     Birmingham, Ala. –This spring Samford University’s Brock School of Business finance students once again excelled on the Bloomberg Aptitude Test (BAT).  The global test is designed to aid employers in identifying and screening students who wish to pursue careers in investment management and financial services.  The test encompasses current events in business, finance and economics, as well as business skills and aptitude.
     
    Samford students scored high on the BAT relative to other university students from around the world, including Europe, North and South America, Asia and the Pacific Rim, and the Middle East and Africa.
     
    The Brock School of Business made the investment in this state-of-the-art program to provide students the opportunity to learn to analyze and perform research with economic and financial market data in real-time, according to Howard Finch, dean of the Brock School of Business.  In addition, students can become certified in their Bloomberg proficiency skills while still enrolled in school.
     
    “The BAT results provide concrete evidence of our return on this investment,” Finch said.  “Our students demonstrated a level of performance that indicates they are well-prepared to make immediate contributions as research and investment professionals following graduation.”  Employers worldwide have access to the test results from Bloomberg when seeking to fill positions at their companies.    
     
     
    About Samford's Brock School of Business: U.S. News & World Report ranks Samford 3rd among regional universities in the South, and the university is widely acknowledged as a leader in liberal arts and professional school education.  Samford University’s Brock School of Business has a long history of achievements in business education. The university has offered degrees in business and commerce since 1922. In 1965, the School of Business was established to offer both bachelors and masters degrees in business. It was formally named the Brock School in 2007 for Birmingham banker and Samford trustee Harry B. Brock Jr., reflecting his long career in business and his commitment to high quality business and entrepreneurship education. The Brock School of Business holds AACSB Accreditation, the benchmark of quality worldwide and the most widely sought after standard of excellence by U.S. business schools.  Learn more at www.samford.edu/business

    Samford University’s Brock School of Business home to new Birmingham Entrepreneurial Peer Group+

    Birmingham, Ala. -- This past spring, 21 members of the Birmingham business community joined forces under the umbrella of Samford University’s Brock School of Business to serve as an unofficial board of directors to provide counsel and advice on business-related matters and to serve as a networking and resource guide for members. In addition, group members have plans to interact with Brock School of Business students in a mentorship capacity beginning this fall.

    The new group is a merger of two groups that had previously met independently of each other but with a similar mission and purpose. The group has a diverse membership ranging from firms with international reach to sole proprietorships with only the owner involved in the operations of the firm.

    Currently the group meets monthly at the offices of Sirote and Permutt law firm but will transition to the new Brock School of Business building upon its completion in summer 2015.

    “We want to give back to the business community and help the Brock School of Business develop the next generation of business leaders,” said member Jeff Cooke, president of Access Marketing.

    A list of group members and their respective firms:


    Susan Brouillette - Alacare Home Health

    Chad Carson - Carson Management Consulting

    Jeff Cooke - Access Marketing

    Russell Cunningham - Red Mountain Law
     
    Carol Dodgen - Dodgen Security

    David Gentry - Sites that Sizzle

    Mark Haas - Meeting Street Graphics

    Laura Hinton - Bridgeworth Financial

    Davies Hood - Induron Coatings

    Mark Jackson - Moreson Conferencing

    Sam Jackson - Air Ambulance Card

    Jim Kennemer - Vision Research Corporation

    Deborah Lechner - ErgoScience

    Ronald Levitt - Sirote & Permutt

    Mike McCown - PPM Consultants, Inc.
     
    Brent Peinhardt - Vantage Associates
     
    Marc Porter - Porter Capital Corporation

    Martin Sher - AmSher Collection Services

    Jacob Shevin - Standard Furniture

    Max Stern - Rite Way Service

    Marcy Williams - Chooch & Warbucks
     
    About Samford's Brock School of Business: U.S. News & World Report ranks Samford 3rd among regional universities in the South, and the university is widely acknowledged as a leader in liberal arts and professional school education.  Samford University’s Brock School of Business has a long history of achievements in business education. The university has offered degrees in business and commerce since 1922. In 1965, the School of Business was established to offer both bachelors and masters degrees in business. It was formally named the Brock School in 2007 for Birmingham banker and Samford trustee Harry B. Brock Jr., reflecting his long career in business and his commitment to high quality business and entrepreneurship education. The Brock School of Business holds AACSB Accreditation, the benchmark of quality worldwide and the most widely sought after standard of excellence by U.S. business schools.  Learn more at www.samford.edu/business.

    Samford’s Brock School of Business announces faculty, student awards during its 50th Annual Scholarships and Awards Ceremony+

    Birmingham, Ala. – Samford’s Brock School of Business announced the 2014 Outstanding Faculty Awards at the 50th Annual Scholarships and Awards Ceremony held in Reid Chapel on May 2. In addition to recognizing faculty, the Brock School awarded student scholarships totaling more than $110,000.

    “We are indeed fortunate that Samford’s alumni and friends provide generous financial support for our students” said Howard Finch, dean of the Brock School of Business. “Scholarships fill a critical funding gap which allows deserving students to pursue their dreams of personal and professional success.”

    Individual faculty members were also recognized for their outstanding contributions to the Brock School of Business. The following awardees were nominated and chosen by their peers.

    Ms. Sharon Jackson, Assistant Professor of Accounting, received the award for Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching. The award recognizes a full-time business school faculty member for outstanding achievements, innovation and performance in teaching at the undergraduate level.

    Dr. Steven Jones, John W. Gay Professor of Banking and Finance, received the award for Excellence in Graduate Teaching. The award recognizes a full-time business school faculty member for outstanding achievements, innovation and performance in teaching at the graduate level.

    Dr. Sara Helms, Assistant Professor Economics and Coordinator of the Brock Scholars Program, received the award for Outstanding Scholarship. The award recognizes a full-time business school faculty member for outstanding achievements in nationally recognized research and scholarship.

    Dr. Jeremy Thornton, Associate Professor of Economics and Dwight Beeson Moody Chair for Business, received the award for Distinguished Service. The award recognizes a full-time faculty business member for outstanding service rendered to the school, the university, the academic profession and the business community.

    Finch added, “Each of these faculty members are very deserving of their respective recognition. Their dedication to maintaining high academic quality and to individual student success contributes greatly to our mission at the Brock School of Business.

    About the Brock School of Business: U.S. News & World Report ranks Samford 3rd among regional universities in the South, and the university is widely acknowledged as a leader in liberal arts and professional school education. Samford University’s Brock School of Business has a long history of achievements in business education. The university has offered degrees in business and commerce since 1922. In 1965, the School of Business was established to offer both bachelors and masters degrees in business. It was formally named the Brock School in 2007 for Birmingham banker and Samford trustee Harry B. Brock Jr., reflecting his long career in business and his commitment to high quality business and entrepreneurship education. The Brock School of Business holds AACSB Accreditation, the benchmark of quality worldwide and the most widely sought after standard of excellence by U.S.business schools. Learn more at www.samford.edu/business

    Entrepreneurship minor Josh Kendrick takes home top prize in Regions New Venture Challenge for business plan that creates an app to streamline operations+

    BIRMINGHAM, ALA. – Josh Kendrick, a student minoring in entrepreneurship and a resident of the Brock School of Business Student Incubator, impressed the judges so much with his company and business plan for Quickwork, LLC that he won the overall Regions New Venture Challenge competition earlier this Spring. Josh took home $7500, the top prize in the sixth annual competition, to use as seed money to start his business. Josh has developed a mobile application or “app” for smartphones (Quick Work), and online program to streamline operations and repairs for major corporations. For example, if a light bulb goes out, instead of filling out traditional paperwork and waiting on the repair, facilities departments will now be able to go to the app and submit the repair as it happens and a repair order will automatically be generated.

    "I believe that my app will help companies become more efficient in the way they handle repairs and maintenance,” said Josh Kendrick, Founder of Quickwork, LLC. “I am honored to have won the Regions New Venture Challenge; now my dream of making Quick Work a reality can come true.”

    Each finalist team took home seed money in the Regions New Venture Challenge:

    Second place ($5000) in the Open Division went to Work of Worth, a business that trained women in rural India to weave silk to provide them an alternative to entering prostitution. The third place winner($2500) was Release Rowing, an organization in Chattanooga that trains visually impaired people to row.

    BUSA 100 winner Destination Station, a subsidized day care center in Memphis, took home $2500 as top prize,second place at $1500 went to Recycle and Return, a for profit recycling company in Birmingham, Alabama, and third place at $1000 went to Cereally?, a healthy cereal restaurant in Birmingham that used the same concept as frozen yogurt shops.

    Regions Financial Corporation has supported the business plan competition every year since 2008, through financial support and as being host of the business plan finals. Students from the Brock School of Business compete in a semifinal round to reach the finals in the competition. There are two categories in the competition:the BUSA 100, for first year business students and the Open Division for upperclassmen, MBA students and recent graduates from any major on campus. Three teams in each division make it to the finals, and then they present to three Birmingham-area judges who are highly regarded in the business community. This year’s judges included: Dawn Kent Azok, Alabama Media Group, Duke Hinds, Regions Financial Corporation and Bob Dickerson, Birmingham Resource Center and Brock Entrepreneur in Residence.

    “Our business plan competition is unique in that it is opened to first year business students from the BUSA 100 class as well as to upperclassmen, MBA students and recent grads,”said Franz Lohrke, Brock Family Chair in Entrepreneurship and creator of the program. “We are very grateful to Regions for recognizing the importance of holding these types of student competitions, and for helping us grow future entrepreneurs.”

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    Two Samford Students Chosen for BBVA's LEAP Program+

    Birmingham, Ala. -- After graduating this week, Samford University entrepreneurship major Katie Sims and finance major Hamilton Bailey will immediately be taking the next step to advance their careers. Both have been accepted to join the prestigious BBVA Compass LEAP (Learning, Evaluation, Application, Placement) program. This selective training program acquires young talent out of college and gives them training and an overview of the banking profession. Both are scheduled to graduate from Samford’s Brock School of Business on Mary 16. Sims is from Windermere, Fla. Bailey is from Atlanta, Ga., and was a member of Samford’s basketball team.

    According to Sims, the LEAP program “gives the opportunity to learn about BBVA Compass, be evaluated on our technical and business skills, rotate throughout the bank to gain hands on experience, and then finally get placed in any of their large metro areas.”

    “I see LEAP as somewhat of a bridge linking you from being a full time student to a full time professional,” said Bailey. “I believe LEAP will allow me to learn not only the ins and outs of banking but how to genuinely conduct myself as a working professional. The relationships I develop and the tools I learn will be able to last me a lifetime in whatever I do.” Both Sims and Bailey had to undergo an extensive interview process before getting accepted into LEAP.

    “I was in a whirlwind of five separate interviews spanning the course of three days,” said Bailey. “At the end of the day of my third interview I received a phone call informing me that I was officially being offered a position in the LEAP program.” Similarly, Sims went through a series of five interviews over the course of a single day before she was offered her position. Bailey and Sims both say the LEAP program will be incredibly beneficial, and what they take away from this prestigious program will likely aid them for the rest of their professional Lives.

    “The relationships that I will form with both the fellow leapers and the bank's top executives will be invaluable,” said Sims.

    “The relationships I develop and the tools I learn will be able to last me a lifetime in whatever I do,” agreed Bailey. Sims and Bailey were chosen for the program from among 600 applicants nationally. Samford has a longstanding relationship with BBVA-Compass. Birmingham-based Compass Bank merged with Spain-based BBVA in 2007.

    About Samford University's Brock School of Business:

    U.S. News & World Report ranks Samford 3rd among regional universities in the South, and the university is widely acknowledged as a leader in liberal arts and professional school education. Samford University’s Brock School of Business has a long history of achievements in business education. The university has offered degrees in business and commerce since 1922. In 1965, the School of Business was established to offer both bachelors and masters degrees in business. It was formally named the Brock School in 2007 for Birmingham banker and Samford trustee Harry B. Brock Jr., reflecting his long career in business and his commitment to high quality business and entrepreneurship education. The Brock School of Business holds AACSB Accreditation, the benchmark of quality worldwide and the most widely sought after standard of excellence by U.S. business schools.

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    Brock School of Business Professor Darin White appointed to chair American Marketing Association’s national Sports Marketing Special Interest Group+

    Birmingham, Ala. – Samford University’s Brock School of Business faculty member Darin White was recently appointed the chair of the national American Marketing Association’s Sports Marketing Special Interest Group. The group is an international academic body that is charged with expanding the knowledge base of the field of sports marketing as well as further developing the sports marketing academic community through activities which involved research, teaching and the practice of sports marketing.

    “This is a very prestigious honor to have one of our professors chosen to chair this position at the national level,” said Howard Finch, dean of the Brock School of Business. “Darin’s passion for sports will make him very successful in this role.”

    White joined Samford’s Brock School of Business in 2009 as an associate professor in marketing. The Brock School established the sports marketing concentration and program in 2013. The program allows enrolled business students the opportunity to specialize in sports marketing. White was appointed the coordinator of the program at that time.

    White added, “I am looking forward to putting Samford University on the map in the area of sports marketing in my role with the American Marketing Association. I am honored to have this opportunity to serve in this capacity.”

    About the Brock School of Business: U.S. News & World Report ranks Samford 3rd among regional universities in the South, and the university is widely acknowledged as a leader in liberal arts and professional school education. Samford University’s Brock School of Business has a long history of achievements in business education. The university has offered degrees in business and commerce since 1922. In 1965, the School of Business was established to offer both bachelors and masters degrees in business. It was formally named the Brock School in 2007 for Birmingham banker and Samford trustee Harry B. Brock Jr., reflecting his long career in business and his commitment to high quality business and entrepreneurship education. The Brock School of Business holds AACSB Accreditation, the benchmark of quality worldwide and the most widely sought after standard of excellence by U.S. business schools. Learn more at www.samford.edu/business.

    About the American Marketing Association: The American Marketing Association (AMA) was established in 1937 by visionaries in marketing and academia. Today, the AMA has grown to be one of the largest marketing associations in the world, with over 30,000 members who work, teach and study in the field of marketing across the globe. As the leading organization for marketers, AMA is the trusted go-to resource for marketers and academics. We are counted on as the most credible marketing resource where our members can stay relevant with knowledge, training and tools to enhance lifelong learning and obtain valuable information and connections. The AMA is constantly innovating and evolving, helping to shape the field as well as keep abreast of the changing global marketplace to help our members excel in their careers. No other organization provides more ways for marketers and academics to connect with the people and resources they need to be successful.

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    Samford's Brock School of Business Students Participate in the Birmingham Venture Club's Annual University Showcase +

    Birmingham, Ala. – Samford Brock School of Business students and faculty attended the recent Birmingham Venture Club (BVC) meeting to network with members and participate in the Club’s annual University Showcase, which highlights entrepreneurship programs at local colleges and universities.   Laura Beth Allen, Kayla Bower, and Cameron Gonzalez had the chance to talk about the Brock School’s entrepreneurship programs with Venture Club members and students from other universities during the Showcase.  

    Participants also had the chance to hear Noel Gartman a local entrepreneur give an “elevator pitch” about his company as well as about what entrepreneurs can learn from great tennis players. “Focus on positioning” and “Relentlessly pound your competitions’ weaknesses” were two of the lessons Gartman discussed.

     
    Cameron Gonzalez commented that “Attending the Birmingham Venture Club was a great opportunity to continue to learn how to network with members of the business community and put those skills into practice. Hearing the stories of both new start-ups and well-established local companies was inspiring. It challenged me to continue to pursue my entrepreneurial dreams, realizing that I can make a difference both locally and globally."

    The Showcase also provided an opportunity for Howard Finch, dean of the Brock School of Business to deliver an “elevator pitch” about the Brock School’s entrepreneurship programs.  He highlighted key program goals like teaching students to think entrepreneurially, important student experiences like competing in the annual Region’s New Venture Challenge Business Plan Competition, and expansion of the Student Business Incubator when the new Brock School building opens in fall 2015.

    The Brock School of Business maintains an annual membership at the Birmingham Venture Club to provide students with opportunities to network with members and learn entrepreneurship lessons from speakers. Students also can earn professional development credit toward graduation by attending the meetings.