Tuesday, April 24, 2018

Winners announced from 22 entries in COBI’s 2018 Business Plan Competition

Narges Shayesteh Moghaddam, left, is congratulated by Dr. Sonny Ariss for her first place finish in the 2018COBI Business Innovation Competition  for her QuickFlow product.



Left to right, Third place winner, Retractor: Ahmadreza Jahadakbar, Parisa Bayatimalayeri. Second place winner, The Fierce: Tyler Ray, Rebecca Potts, Emily Wallace, Caren Aramouni, Therese Orsagos. First place winner, QuickFlow: Narges Shayesteh Moghaddam.
The winners of the 8th Annual University of Toledo College of Business and Innovation's Business Innovation Competition were announced on April 19, with the first place $10,000 prize awarded to Narges Shayesteh Moghaddam for her QuickFlow product.


Quickflow is a novel device offers several advantages over PMT (Percutaneous Mechanical Thrombectomy) devices currently on the market and provides a higher degree of authority and maneuverability for capturing and removing clots. The prototype device uses a pair of superelastic Nitinol-capturing elements to aid in the collection of a thrombus and minimize distal embolization.

“The incidence of pulmonary embolism is estimated to be 650,000 cases per year, and the mortality rate is estimated at approximately 100,000 deaths per year which making pulmonary embolism the third most common cause of death for hospitalized patients in the US,” Moghaddam said.  “As current treatments specifically for acute massive and submassive PEs patients are not effective, we have decided to develop and commercialize QuickFlow PE a thrombectomy device which addresses the shortcomings of current therapies or surgical procedures, and also provides a non-invasive procedure with lower cost solution.”

“Our device design and the method of deployment distinguish it from the competition in several ways. ThermoMorph’s  (ThermoMorph is a startup company established by inventors from the University of Toledo to develop QuickFlow) device has a smaller profile and can capture and encircle the entire clot for retrieval the whole clots without distal embolization. We are working to develop this device since 2015,” Moghaddam said. “The main problem was how to optimize the baskets to maximize its authority to capture the different size of blood clots without shearing off.”

Other members of the Quickflow team are Dr. Mohammad Elahinia, professor of mechanical engineering, Hamdy Ibrahim and Reza Mehrabi. The coinventors of the device are Dr. Elahinia, Dr. Rajesh Gupta, assistant professor of medicine and an interventional cardiologist, and Dr. Christopher Cooper, professor of medicine, dean of the UT College of Medicine and Life Sciences.

“Our goal is to help increase the number and scale up businesses in Ohio,” Dr. Sonny Ariss, Chair of the COBI Department of Management, told the winners.  “We are willing to support you, to provide free advice about how to spend, where to spend and when not to spend.  Your prize money is a major leap. Don’t underestimate yourself. Surround yourself with a great advisory board.”

“This year the Business Plan Competition had 22 total submissions with business plan ideas ranging from bioengineering to mechanical engineering to recreation and consumer related products,” Dr. Ariss added.

“Of the 22, seven semifinalists were selected for an oral presentation in front of the judges.”
Finishing in second place was the Fierce, by Tyler Ray, Rebecca Potts, Emily Wallace, Caren Aramouni and Therese Orsagos.  FIERCE is the Female Individual Ergonomically Re-designed Carrying Equipment (FIERCE), a new rucksack intended for female soldiers in all branches of the military. It intends to reduce the weight pot onto the spine and increase the weight on the hips through multiple innovations based on the biomechanics and anatomy of the female.

Finishing in third place was Retractor by Parisa Bayatimalayeri, Ahmadreza Jahadakbar, Mohammad Elahinia and E. Ishmael Parsai. The Rectal Retractor is a minimally invasive device to move the rectum away from the vicinity of the radiation field and also the path of the radiation beam allows for delivery of higher doses of radiation per fraction and shorter treatment days while eliminating the undesirable damage to the rectal tissue.

The COBI Business Plan Competition was open to all UT faculty, staff and students.  The first place $10,000 prize is sponsored by O-I; second place $5,000 prize is sponsored by Chuck and Ann Hodge Business Plan Competition Fund; and the third place $2,000 prize is sponsored by PNC Bank.


COBI Faculty members win awards and recognition


Dr. Paul Chongkun Hong, professor of information operations and technology management, has been  named Distinguished University Professors in recognition of their exemplary teaching, research, scholarship and professional service, and was so recognized by the UT Board of Trustees earlier this year.

Dr. Hong joined UT in 1999. He is an internationally recognized researcher in network capabilities, global supply chain management, international comparative studies, and building growth engine industries for national competitiveness.

Dr. Hong’s expertise is in the implementation of supply chain management practices to build firms for domestic advantage and global competitiveness. Much of his work has been in the service sector, notably, U.S. health-care industries as well.

“This recognition is about the value of teaching, research and outreach of business faculty for the world at large,” Dr. Hong said. “I accept this honor along with my colleagues here at The University of Toledo and around the world who have worked with me over the years.”

Dr. Hong, who was selected as Fulbright Scholar in 2017, has published more than 200 peer-reviewed articles and three books. He received UT’s Outstanding Researcher Award in 2015.
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Amy O’Donnell has been selected as a Distinguished University Outstanding Lecturer.  The committee reviewed many excellent nominations and recognized Amy’s distinction as an educator, as advancing student learning, facilitating and supporting student success and demonstrating a commitment to the University’s educational mission.

O’Donnell teaches Career Development and Job Search Preparedness. As the College's Career Development Lecturer, her Amy's current emphasis is on Career Development I and II required career courses, and she supports the Business Career Programs Office with its function.

COBI Interim Dean Hassan HassabElnaby said, “This is the highest permanent honor the University bestows on a lecturer.  Amy is very deserving of this award and it speaks well for our College that in the University’s short two year history with this award, our lecturers have been selected in both years!  Impressive!”
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Deirdre Jones, director of the COBI Edward Schmidt School of Professional Sales,  received two honors recently: she was inducted as an honorary member of Blue Key for her dedication to the service of students and the general UT community, and Jones was named the recipient from among 45 nominees of the UT Lancelot Thompson Service to Students Award, which recognizes an individual who exemplifies what it means to be student-focused in their duties and who excels in providing service to students at The University of Toledo. This award is in recognition of Dr. Thompson’s motto, “Students First.”
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Dr. Margaret M. Hopkins’ (Department of Management) paper titled “How perceived riskiness influences the selection of women and men as senior leaders,” co-authored with Chantal van Esc, Deborah A. O'Neil, and Diana Bilimoria has been accepted for publication at the Human Resource Management, which is in the Financial Times Top 50 journal list (A+ journal.)
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Dr. Michael Mallin’s (Department of Marketing and International Business) paper "Power-Base Effects on Salesperson Motivation and Performance: A Contingency View," co-authored with Charles B. Ragland has received for Best Paper in Journal of Business-to-Business Marketing.  JBBM is A- journal in the college journal list.

Beta Gamma Sigma honor society inducts COBI students


Thirty-nine College of Business and Innovation students –ranging from undergraduate to graduate to PhD levels - - and one faculty member were inducted into the The University of Toledo College of Business & Innovation ZETA of Ohio Chapter of the Beta Gamma Sigma honor society on Sunday April 15 during a ceremony at Toledo’s Inverness Club.


This year’s COBI faculty inductee is Dr. Heba Y. Abdel-Rahim, Assistant Professor of Accounting.
Students inducted were:

DOCTORAL STUDENT - Nitya Singh;

GRADUATE STUDENTS - Ashmita Barua,  Neerar Jayan, Malachi Benesh, Maria Johar, Jacob Boyden, Amy Keister-Kobold, Lifei Chen, Curtis Lane, Christopher Farkas, Mahalakshmi Ravi, Chad Gottschalk, Jonathan Rethorn, Mitchell Howard, Christopher Riling

SENIORS - Tracy Keene, Waleed Salem, Martin Linthicum, Lindsey Wittenauer, Benjamin Prosak,

JUNIORS - Dylan Barr, Alexis Marok, Jamal Shaheen, Laurie Britt, Morgan Martin, Nicholas Skiba, Zachary Frame, Connor Mcguire, Natasha Snelling, Jonathan Gust, Cameron Mills, Madison Steiner, Tiffany Hatcher, Bevanne Pember, Brandon Stewart, Yana Khabina, Matthew Rower, Joseph Zickes, Troy Kozak

Beta Gamma Sigma is an exclusive business honor society established in 1913 and associated with the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business. Beta Gamma Sigma is not a fraternity nor sorority, but an organization that recognizes academic excellence in business studies.

Beta Gamma Sigma members serve in corporate, entrepreneurial, government, non-profit, and academic sectors. Members currently reside in all 50 states and more than 190 countries. Notable members include Nobel Prize winners, Olympians, inventors, CEOs of major global companies and nonprofit organizations, deans of the top business schools, and others who are making the world a better place at all levels of contribution through social enterprise, service, and leadership. BGS was founded in 1913, and is the international business honor society for AASCB- accredited schools, which are the top 5% of business school programs around the world. Beta Gamma Sigma is a proud member of the Association of College Honor Societies (ACHS).

Benefits of belonging to Beta Gamma Sigma include global connections, global recognition, lifetime value. Beta Gamma Sigma has inducted more than 830,000 outstanding business students into membership. Our members represent corporate, government, non-profit, educational, and other management positions at every level of responsibility. As an international honor society, BGS members currently reside in all 50 U.S. states and more than 190 countries around the world.

Friday, April 20, 2018

2018 Pacemaker Awards honor Alan Barry, outstanding UT business students

The University of Toledo College of Business and Innovation (COBI) and the Business Engagement and Leadership Council recognized both business and academic excellence during their 55th annual Pacemaker Awards on Friday, April 13 at the Inverness Country Club.

The 2018 Business Pacemaker award was presented to Alan H. Barry, a 1966 graduate of the University of Toledo College of Business and Innovation, is a certified public accountant, retired president and chief operating officer of the Fortune 200 company Masco Corporation, and a member of the UT Foundation’s Board of Trustees.

Alan H. Barry

Barry joined Brass Craft Manufacturing Company in 1972 as controller and became president of the Masco division in 1988. In 1996, he became a group president of Masco, a manufacturer of home improvement and building products. He has broad business experience that includes finance, manufacturing, customer development, acquisitions and general operating management.

Barry currently serves on the board of directors of the H. W. Kaufman Financial Group. He is the retired director of Arch Aluminum & Glass Co. Inc., Scotts Miracle Gro Company, and IPS Corporation. He also served as an executive board member of the Plumbing Manufacturing Institute from 1985 through 2000, and as chairman of the Institute in 1994. In addition, Barry served on the executive board of the associate member division of the American Supply Association during 1995 and 1996.

Barry and his wife, Karen (UTCTC, ’64) have a history of philanthropy at The University of Toledo. In 2014, the University named a new accounting lab in the College of Business and Innovation for Alan Barry. At the time the lab was established, it was the first one nationwide to have a certified management accountant (CMA) license, in which students could access for free the CMA review material from Wiley, a leading provider of educational programs for professionals and students who are preparing for the CMA exam.

The Barrys also endowed the Alan and Karen Barry Scholarship Fund, which provides support for full-time UT business accounting students, based on both merit and needs. Alan Barry, a native of Toledo, is an active member of the UT Alumni Association’s Phoenix Chapter as well as being active in UT’s Blue Key organization, and also serves on the executive committee for the children’s charity Variety. In 2017 the Barrys donated a $1 million gift to establish an endowment that supports The Alan H. and Karen A. Barry Endowed Professorship in Accounting at The University of Toledo.

“Recipients of the Pacemaker Award over the past five decades read as a Who’s Who of current and legendary business leaders in the Toledo region,” said Dr. Hassan HassabElnaby, Interim Dean, UT College of Business and Innovation, "and Alan Barry certainly belongs in that impressive roster. The Pacemaker Award is the College of Business and Innovation’s highest honor, recognizing individuals for outstanding achievement in business as well as contributions to the community and the University. We are also pleased to recognize the excellence of students from each of our departments through the Student Pacemaker Awards.”

Student Pacemaker Awards are presented to UT College of Business and Innovation graduate and undergraduate students for their outstanding academic achievement, University and community service, and leadership. The 2018 student Pacemakers are:

Aanchal Senapati
Aanchal Senapati
Aanchal Senapati is a recipient of the MBA Pacemaker Award.  She is majoring in Information Systems and Operations Management and has a cumulative grade point average of 3.834. Aanchal is currently the Director of Live Event and Entertainment for Campus Activities and Programming, is a member of the Student Allocation Committee and is a past Treasurer of the International Student Association.  She has also been involved in the Indian Students Cultural Organization, the Second UT Kalahari International Leadership Conference, UT Leadership Conference, the Advanced Leadership Academy, the International Youth Academy, and a member of APICS.  She is serving as a graduate assistant in the College’s Business Career Programs Office and has Lean Six Sigma Green Belt and ITIL Foundation Certifications.  Her bachelors degree was received from VTU University in India where she served in positions with Cisco Systems and Tata Consultancy Services.  Aanchal is from India, can speak 5 languages and has lived in more than 15 cities and has visited 4 countries.

Mitchell Howard
Mitchell Howard
Mitchell Howard has also been chosen as an MBA Pacemaker Recipient.   He is majoring in Leadership and has a grade point average of 3.8 and will graduate this May.  Mitchell already holds a Doctor of Pharmacy degree from UT and as a graduate student he has been a member of the Advanced Leadership Academy, Beta Gamma Sigma, on the Editorial Advisory Board of the American Pharmacist Association New Practitioner Network Transition, serves as an Ohio Delegate to the American Pharmacy Association, is a Faculty Adviser and Volunteer of the Ohio Pharmacist Association Legislative Day, a member of the OPA Emergency Preparedness Task Force, a Mentor for the APHA and APHA-ASP and the Student Volunteer Director and Pharmacist in Charge for the Community Care Clinic.  Mitchell has a wide range of activities, experience, journal publications and presentations.  He has been involved with the UT Medical Center, various pharmacies and has served on a Medical Mission to Guatemala and this June will travel to the Philippines on another Medical Mission.  Mitch enjoys the outdoors and traveling and in fact in August, back packed across Isle Royale National Park located in Lake Superior.

Tyler Hecht
Tyler Hecht
The Accounting Department has selected Tyler Hecht as its Master of Science in Accountancy recipient.  Tyler holds a 3.8 grade point average and is the current Vice President of Beta Alpha Psi, the current Becker Campus Ambassador, and has been involved with Alpha Kapa Psi as the Standards Board Chairman. He was also a member of the KLAR Leadership Academy.   Tyler has been a tax intern with Weber O’Brien and currently serves as a graduate assistant in the Accounting Department.  He has already passed one of the four parts of the CPA Exam.


Martin Linthicum
Martin Linthicum
Marty Linthicum has a cumulative grade point average of 3.9 and is a junior double majoring in Accounting and Political Science.  He is a member of Beta Alpha Psi and is also involved with UT Student Government, the Student Allocations Committee, the Institute of Management Accountants, the Student Legal Services and the Political Science Students Association.  Marty is a member of Beta Gamma Sigma, was named the UT Student Government Executive Member of the year, was a presenter at the Midwest Political Science Association Annual Conference and is a Student Ambassador to the College of Arts and Letters.  He is also a Student Tutor in the College of Business and Innovation.  In addition, Marty is an Eagle Scout and is proud of the work he completed with the Veterans Memorial Park to attain the Eagle Scout status.  Interestingly, Marty can recite all 15 federal executive cabinet positions.


Sarah Avina
Sarah Avina
Sarah Avina is a senior with a 3.5 grade point average double majoring in Accounting and Finance and minoring in Spanish.  She was chosen by the Accounting Department as one of its Student Pacemakers.  Sarah is the Service Chair for Beta Alpha Psi and a member of the Phi Eta Sigma National Honor Society.  She is also a member of the KLAR Leadership Academy and a UT Academic Coach, is a recipient of the State Farm Insurance Scholarship, the Charles Sullivan Scholarship, a recipient of the BP Scholars Fund, a winner of the Shapiro Essay Contest, a member of the Spanish National Honor society and has consistently appeared on the Dean’s List.  She traveled to Spain with the UT Study Abroad Program.  She has also served as an IFS Start Intern with Pricewaterhouse Coopers and has been a Certified Volunteer Tax Preparer with United Way of Greater Toledo.  Sarah has studied abroad in Spain and is fluent in the Spanish language.

Alex Odenweller
Alex Odenweller
Alex Odenweller is a junior majoring in Financial Services with a perfect 4.0 grade point average.  He serves as the Recruiting/Communications Executive and Board Member of the Institute of Management Accountants, is a member of Beta Gamma Sigma, the Financial Management Association and the Habitat for Humanity.  He consistently appears on the President’s List and the Dean’s List and is a recipient of the Prestige Transfer Scholarship.  Alex has been an insurance agent, a legal intern, the head coach of the Delphos St. Johns 5th Grade Basketball team and currently is employed as a Finance Tutor in the O-I Tutoring Lab and works at Ameriprise Financial as an intern.  Last summer, Alex studied abroad in London and Berlin.

Brianne Michel
Brianne Michel
Brianne Michel was chosen by the Finance Department as its senior Student Pacemaker of the Year.  She is double majoring in finance and accounting and has a grade point of 3.9.  She is a member of Beta Gamma Sigma, was the Marketing Chair and Vice President of SHARP UT Investments, is a member of CHAARG and was a participant in the 2017 Accounting Professionals in Residence with Plante Moran.  Off-campus Brianne is a member of the Institute of Internal Auditors, Toledo Young Professionals Network and EPIC Toledo.  Brianne consistently appears on both the President’s and Dean’s Lists, is a recipient of the Rockets Honors Award, a Hanf Scholarship, a Student Spotlight Honor and will graduate summa cum laude in May.  She has done all this while completing internships at Welltower, Plante Moran, Scottrade and while studying and sitting for sections of the CPA exam.  This summer, Brianne will run in 6 races, including 3 half marathons.

Brandon Stewart
Brandon Stewart
Brandon Stewart was chosen by the IOTM Department as a Student Pacemaker.  He is a junior majoring in Supply Chain Management and Information Systems with a 3.753 grade point average.  He resides in Cleveland, Ohio and is a distance learning student in our partner institution, Lorain County Community College, where is an Honors Associate of Applied Business.  His efforts are spent learning the material taught in class and in his spare time teaches himself python programming and plans to learn the R programming language next.  He has been on the President’s List and the Dean’s List, is a member of Beta Gamma Sigma and Phi Kappa Phi.  He was a team leader for Eaton Corporation where he led a Rapid Improvement Event which saved the company 20-30 thousand dollars a year.  Brandon has climbed Mt. Washington in New Hampshire in perfect weather, has run a half-marathon, collects board games and played acoustic guitar for 7 years.


Lindsey Wittenauer

Lindsey Wittenauer
Lindsey Wittenauer is a senior double majoring in Information Systems and Management with a 3.953 grade point average.  She is a member of Beta Gamma Sigma, President of the Association of Information Technology Professionals, President of Golden Key International Honor Society, a member of Phi Kappa Phi Honor Society, a participant of the KLAR Leadership Academy, and a Peer Career Assistant.  She is a regular volunteer for the COBI Job Fair and the UT Invitational Sales Competition.  Also, she attended the UT Leadership Conference.  Lindsey has been an intern at Material Handling Services, Eaton Corporation, Toledo Lighthouse Church, was a participant in the Cleveland Leadership Program and a team member at Menards.  She has appeared on both the Dean’s List and the President’s List, was the student keynote speaker at the KLAR Graduation and was a homecoming queen nominee.  Lindsey has been a competitive baton twirler for most of her life and is now a certified baton judge for competitions.


Kathleen Kurman
Kathleen Kurman
The Management Department has chosen Kathleen Kurman as one of its Student Pacemakers.   Kathleen is a junior with a 3.7 grade point average who is double majoring in Human Resources and International Business.  She has been on the recruitment team for Pi Sigma Epsilon, has been the Secretary and Treasurer of the South American and Hispanic Students Association, a member of the National Society of Collegiate Scholars, the International Students Association and the Society for Human Resource Management.  In the community, Kathleen is involved with Creating Family Readers, St. Paul’s Community Center, Boys and Girls Club, PetSmart Charities and Adopt-a-Family.  She consistently appears on the Dean’s List, received an International Student Scholarship and an Honors Award.  She has participated in RocketThon and UT’s Big Event.  Kathleen was a Human Resources Intern for Dana and also for MaritzCX.  Kathleen speaks four languages: German, Spanish, English and French.  She is from Venezuela but has lived in 6 different countries.

Jenna Jeffers
Jenna Jeffers
Jenna Jeffers is a senior majoring in Human Resources.  She holds a 3.555 grade point average, is the Vice President of Finance for the Pi Beta Phi Fraternity for Women and the New Member Professional Development Chair for Pi Sigma Epsilon.   She has participated in the Big Event, is a member of the Society for HR Management, the Vice President of Communications for Lambda Sigma, a member of Levis Leadership UT and Basketball intramurals.  Jenna is a volunteer for Boys and Girls Club and the YMCA.  She has appeared on both the President’s List and the Dean’s List and is a recipient of a Levis Leadership Award and a Savage National Merit Award.  She has participated in the Pi Beta Phi Leadership Institute and the China U.S. Rising Star Study Tour.  She has also served as an intern for Owens Corning in their Human Resources Talent Management area.  Jenna’s parents own a greenhouse and she can actually name a lot of flowers.

Haley Orr
Haley Orr
Haley Orr is a junior with a double major in Professional Sales and Organizational Leadership with a perfect grade point average of 4.0.  She has held various positions in Pi Sigma Epsilon such as New Member Service Chair, Executive Associate for the President, Prospective Member Training Assistant and the VP of Administration.  She is a Presidential Ambassador, is a competitor in the UT Invitational Sales Competition, and is a member of the Lambda Sigma National Honor Society.  She also is a competitor with UT Club Tennis.  Haley works with the organization Helping Other People Everywhere and is an assistant Basketball coach for 5th and 6th grade girls.  She consistently appears on the President’s List and the Dean’s List, placed third place in the UT Invitational Sales Competition, first place in the UT Internal Sales Competition and was on the Pi Sigma Epsilon national Future Leaders Team.  Haley could not be with us tonight as she is in San Diego competing at the National Conference/Competition for Pi Sigma Epsilon. Haley thrives on competition and enjoys competing on the UT Club Tennis team and in sales competitions.”

Amanda Martin
Amanda Martin
Amanda Martin is a senior majoring in Digital Marketing and minoring in Digital Art and Visual Communication with a grade point average of 3.845.  She is the President of the Searles Ambassadors, VP of Membership for Beta Gamma Sigma, the Vice President of the Family Business Student Association, a volunteer for the UT Invitational Sales Competition and a member of the American Marketing Association, CHAARG, Pay it Forward and the Rucking Club.  Amanda has also been involved with the Catholic Student Association, the Marketing Edge Collegiate Summit, the Youth Nations Global Leadership, the Toledo Air Show, Special Olympics Flag Football and the Cuyahoga Valley Alternative Spring Break.  She is a regular on the Dean’s List and the President’s List.  Amanda has been a Sales and Management Intern at Menards, a Special Events Intern at Cedar Fair Entertainment Company and an Orientation Leader for the UT Office of New Student Orientation.  Amanda is both a Presidential Service Award winner and a Jefferson Nobel Award winner.

Julia Foley
Julia Foley
Julia Foley is the Dean’s Award Recipient.  She is a senior double majoring in Information Systems and Management and holds a 3.7 grade point average.  Julia is the Treasurer and Vice President of the Association of IT Professionals, a student leader with the KLAR leadership Academy, Vice President of Programming for Beta Gamma Sigma, a student and national member of the Society for Collegiate Leadership and Achievement and a student leader with the H20 Church.  She is a Peer Career Assistant and a student participant in the Ball State Case Competition.  She has consistently appeared on the Dean’s List, has received the Honors Award Scholarship, the OSFA Department Award, a Skilliter Memorial Scholarship and a Certificate of Achievement from the KLAR Academy.  Julia volunteers for the Howard Hanna organization and is a member of the SCLA Honors Society.  She has been an IT Intern with the FRAM Group in Perrysburg.  Julia plays guitar and bass guitar.

Tuesday, April 10, 2018

Job placement rate again hits 93% as major national companies recruit UT business students


Nearly 100 employers - - including major national companies such as Coca-Cola, Reynolds and Reynolds, Quicken Loans, Dana Holding Corporation, Owens-Illinois, and Owens-Corning - - came to the University of Toledo campus to participate in the College of Business and Innovation’s most recent job fairs.

It is one of the reasons why the job placement rate for Spring COBI graduates has continued to hit 93% for several years.

“We are always excited for our students that so many well-known companies come to us to find the talent they need,” Dr. Gordon-Moore said.  “This reflects very positively on the quality of both our programs and our students. It also demonstrates the extremely dynamic and mutually beneficial relationship enjoyed by COBI and recruiters for major national companies.”

“The semi-annual job fair is a very important part of what we do to prepare our students for their futures,” Dr. Gordon-Moore explained, adding that the college’s Business Career Programs office works year-round to assist students in acquiring internships and jobs upon graduation.  “We strive to provide the necessary resources so our students can conduct their own tailored job searches.”

“One of the four key components of the COBI Brand is Transform, and that is exactly what happens at each of our two yearly job fairs,” noted Dr. Terribeth Gordon-Moore, COBI Senior Associate Dean. “Seniors are already securing job offers, underclassmen are polishing their job skills by acquiring internships, and freshmen are encouraged to participate to immediately begin developing their valuable connections and job-seeking skills.”

More than 500 students participated in the most recent job fair where among the companies recruiting COBI students were the Cleveland Indians, 3M, Chick-fil-A, Dish Network, Eaton Corporation, Fifth Third Bank, Hilti, Marathon Petroleum, Therma-Tru Doors, UPS and the United States Department of Defense.

Tuesday, March 27, 2018

Outstanding departmental alumni awards presented for 2018


The University of Toledo College of Business and Innovation held its second annual Outstanding Departmental Alumni Recognition event on March 22 to honor an outstanding alum from each department within the college.

Recognized during the ceremony were: Accounting – Catherine A. Sheets; Finance – Steven M. Cavanaugh; IOTM – Jason J. Hood; Management – Robin Wooddall Klein; and Marketing and International Business – John P. Greco.

The 2018 UT College of Business and Innovation Outstanding Departmental Alumni recipients are (clockwise from top) John Greco, Steven Cavanaugh, Robin Wooddall Klein, Jason Hood and Catherine Sheets. 
“Each of these individuals is a tremendous representative of our college,” noted COBI Interim Dean Hassan HassabElnaby. “We established this important award to thank them for their commitment to the UT College of Business and to congratulate each of them on their professional success…all built upon what they learned here at COBI.”

Catherine Sheets obtained both a bachelor’s degree in accounting and a master’s degree in taxation from UT. She started her career with Arthur Young, then moved to Plante Moran where she is a tax partner. Cathy is known for strategizing with entrepreneurial owners and private equity investors on tax minimization strategies. She uses her knowledge to assist in structuring alternatives that can be used to achieve desired results. Cathy has 26 years of experience focusing on the manufacturing and distribution and service industries, is a recipient of the “20 Under 40” Leadership award and a Woman Business Advocate for the U.S. Small Business Association.

Steven Cavanaugh serves as Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer of HCR ManorCare, a multi-billion dollar post-acute health care services company. Prior to being named to his current position in September 2017, Cavanaugh was Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer of HCR ManorCare since 2011. He joined the company in 1993, advancing through a series of financial and strategic planning positions before being elected Vice President, Director of Corporate Development in 1999. Cavanaugh is also chairman of the University of Toledo Board of Trustees. In 2014 he and his wife Tiffany made a $500,000 gift to COBI to provide scholarships to honor students and enable the college to pursue new initiatives.

Jason Hood’s career has brought his knowledge and skills through some of the most recognizable and respected major companies of America, including Hewlett Packard, Aeroquip Vickers Corporation, Dana Incorporated, Eaton Corporation, HCR ManorCare, and First Solar. Jason is currently Vice President of Infrastructure at Material Handling Services in Perrysburg, where he has been for one year. “I am a proud alumni of UT,” Hood said. “I continue to recruit for intern and full- time positions at the University of Toledo and the students and professors continue to impress me.  The students are prepared for the workforce and do a great job when we make them a part of our team.”

Robin Wooddall Klein
has worked at two well-known companies. Her first job was with Sky Financial Group, now known as Huntington, where she worked for 13 years. Then, for 18 years until now, she worked at Root, where she is a senior vice president. Robin has said that her “Professional Passions” are helping people and organizations navigate change and achieve goals; creating breakthroughs and solving problems where people or organizations may be stuck; getting to the truth of the issues and communicating truth with transparency and care; building cultures that promote shared values and growth; and growing people. She obtained both her bachelors and Executive MBA degrees at UT and said her favorite UT memory was the EMBA international trip.

John Greco has been an offensive lineman for 11 years in the NFL. He is currently in his second season with the New York Giants, played three years with the St. Louis Rams, also played with the New Orleans Saints, and six seasons with the Cleveland Browns. While at UT, John of course was a member of our beloved UT Rockets Football team, and he also served an internship in the UT athletics office.

The department chair from each represented area introduced the recipient, who spoke about their favorite memories of their time at UT and about their business success.

Olympic champion advises to Pursue Victory with Honor at Edwin Dodd Distinguished Lecture Series


Multiple Olympic gold medalist and sportscaster John Naber entertained and challenged an auditorium of students and community leaders during the March 22 Edwin Dodd Distinguished Lecture Series in Business Ethics. The event was sponsored by Dana Incorporated and Owens-Illinois, Inc. and co-hosted by The University of Toledo College of Business and Innovation, College of Law and the Jesup Scott Honors College.




In 1976, John Naber became the most highly decorated member of the U.S. Olympic Team, winning four gold medals and one silver and setting four world records in the sport of swimming. He became the first swimmer in Olympic history to win two individual medals on the same day. In 1977, he was named the recipient of the James E. Sullivan Award as the nation’s outstanding amateur athlete.

“Sport is a good metaphor for work,” Naber said during his presentation.  “Sport helps men and women how to follow the rules, work hard, and sport tries to teach character.  The Olympic charter seeks to create a way of life with respect for universal, ethical principles. We were not paid to swim, we did it for the thrill of the competition. I would rather win the title than make the money.”

“But the standards are slipping,” Naber observed. “Lance Armstrong. Oscar Pistorius. Doctor Nassar. A badmitton scandal! What happened to the system designed to make better people?  People used to say ‘I was tempted to do something,’ but now say ‘We are pressured to produce results.’ Today nothing matters but winning, and society encourages that. Competition only matters if we all play by the same rules.”

Naber provided several examples of Olympic athletes doing things to help competitors, from replacing a broken ski pole to providing a bolt to repair a brochure sled to a German Nazi helping Olympic Champion Jesse Owens find his starting point mark during a long jump event, all because it was the right thing to do, even if it meant that their own finishes/results were lowered.    

Naber stated, “Sportsmanship is the desire to win on an opponent’s best day, but the opposite of sportsmanship is gamesmanship, a willingness to do anything to win. “

Naber also explained that this applies to the corporate world as well. “Winning the contract is not the same thing as earning the business.

He observed that there are forms of rationalization, and they need to be cured. “Myopia is the thought that if nobody is watching, nobody knows. People will behave differently at work than they would want their children to behave at home.  But you will know! Be accountable to yourself. How would you act if you knew your actions would be in the news tomorrow?”

“There is the pitfall of ethical relativity, the thought that everybody does it. But what would happen if everybody really did it, if everyone cheated on their taxes, or if everyone drove 95 miles an hour….there would be more accidents and death? Don’t justify what you do, the solution is to change the rules.”

Naber said, “What are the rewards for good character today?  They are respect, friends and reputation.”