Rohrer College of Business Awards 2024

Rohrer College of Business Awards 2024

A Message from Assistant Dean Young

Young_KelleyOn behalf of the Rohrer College of Business, I would like to congratulate our 2023-2024 award winners and scholarship recipients. We are consistently impressed by our students' exceptional accomplishments and ability to thrive while juggling competing priorities. We are excited to see what you accomplish in the future! You continue to make us Rowan Proud! 

I would also like to thank Landon Nicholson, Bureau of Business Associations (BOBA) Club President, for his hard work and dedication this year. Landon, who is scheduled to be our student speaker at commencement, worked diligently with our student club members and RCB administration to help ensure his fellow students had fulfilling and memorable educational experiences. Thanks, Landon, and congratulations Class of 2024!

 

Congratulations from the William G. Rohrer College of Business Faculty and Staff!

 

2024 Medallion Award Winners

 

Tevis M. Goldhaft Leadership Award

This award is in honor of Tevis M. Goldhaft, who served as a member of the Board of Trustees from 1968 to 1981. This award honors a business student who exhibits strong leadership, achieved academic success, participated actively, and exhibited leadership in student organizations and activities. 

Awarded to Lily Fuchs

Linda Ross Award for Entrepreneurial Engagement

This medallion has been established in honor of Dr. Linda Ross, a founding member of Rowan’s entrepreneurship program and prominent university leader. The Ross medallion is bestowed upon the Rowan student who is most engaged in and supportive of Rowan’s entrepreneurial ecosystem. Awardees do more than just show up to events or participate in programs; they are entrepreneurial leaders who give back more to Rowan’s entrepreneurial ecosystem than they ever hope to receive. 

 Awarded to Isabella Shainline

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Leo C. Beebe Excellence in Marketing Management Award

This award is presented to a student who has shown excellence in marketing management. It is given in honor of Leo C. Beebe, who was a professor in the Rohrer College of Business from 1972 to 1985, and served as dean for most of those years.

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Awarded to Kavin Haldo

 

Robert D. Lynch Award for Leadership in HR Management Award

Dr. Robert Lynch was a professor in the Department of Management and MIS until his retirement in 1999. This medallion has been established in his honor and is presented to a student who excels in the field of human resources management.

Awarded to Gina Tierno

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Joseph Robert Sorelle Scholar-Athlete Award for the College of Business

This award is in honor of Joseph R. Sorelle, a graduate of the Rohrer  College of Business, who was a member of the New Jersey and Pennsylvania bars. This award honors a College of Business student who not only achieved high academic success but also earned a varsity letter.

 Awarded to Dario Epifania

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Management Institute Outstanding Business Students

This award, donated by the Management Institute, is given to the student who excels in professional, volunteer, research and leadership activities in the Rohrer College of Business, has achieved academic success, and demonstrated leadership in student organizations and civic activities.

Awarded to Caroline Adam

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Professor Kimble Byrd  Award for Entrepreneurial Leadership

This Medallion is given in honor of Professor Kimble Byrd, a founding member of Rowan’s entrepreneurship faculty and prominent member of the business community. The medallion is established through the generosity of Greg Payton, a former student of Professor Byrd’s, who notes “Professor Byrd inspired me to think bigger and work harder. He emphasized the importance of service above self, academic achievement, perseverance, and an entrepreneurial mindset.” The recipient of this award embodies these very traits that Professor Byrd worked tirelessly to instill in his students.

 Awarded to Megan Steckler

 

Margaret Van Brunt Business Medallion

Margaret Van Brunt served as the Assistant Dean in the Rohrer College of Business for over 20 years and recently retired in 2018. This medallion was donated by a College of Business alumni who was encouraged by Ms. Van Brunt to start his own business while he was a student. The medallion is awarded annually to a hard-working business student with an entrepreneurial mindset, who possess the strength of character and tenacity needed to thrive as a future business owner and plans to open their own business one day and create jobs for the betterment of society.

 Awarded to Kaitlyn Tran

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The Drs. Mark and Barbara Chamberlain Medallion Award for the Master of Business Administration (MBA) program

This Medallion honors the exceptional achievements of an MBA program graduate. The recipient is chosen based on demonstrated strengths in academic performance combined with being an engaged MBA community member. The Chamberlain Medallion Awardee will also exhibit promise to be an excellent ambassador of the Rohrer MBA as an alumnus. As the awardee expands in career successes, the drive to advance and grow will be in alignment with Rohrer MBA Pillars of Entrepreneurial Thinking, Responsible Leadership and Social Impact, Business Analytics, and Technology Agility.

Awarded to Dan Connor

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Annual Award

The Margaret Van Brunt Dedication to Excellence Award

This award is presented annually to a Rohrer College of Business student who has been identified by their peers as exemplifying the traits of former Assistant Dean Margaret Van Brunt: a passion for the advancement of the Rohrer College of Business community and an unwavering commitment to the success of business students.

 Awarded to Landon Nicholson

 

Professors of the Year

 

 Professor of the Year, Accounting and Finance 

Quotes from Students:

  • "He made the class easier to understand."
  • "He is an advisor to FMA, and apart from that, his knowledge is really helpful to finance students."
  • "Helps within and outside the classes."
  • "He cares about his students and teaches Principles of Finance in a way where students learn the content easily."
  • "He is one of the best professors I have had in my college experience."
  • "He is a very dedicated and caring professor."
  • "He dedicated so much of his time outside of class to help me actually learn the concepts from class."

 Richard Ogden

Richard Ogden

Professor of the Year, Management Department

Quotes from Students:

  • "His lectures are very informative and he is always available to help."
  • "I think he is the world's best professor, No doubt any other professor in Rowan beats him contemporary."
  • "Great professor overall and is smart and inspirational to students."
  • "Great Professor. Really helpful whenever I asked a question."
  • From transferring schools, Dominy's class was my first ever class at RU. Being an 8 am class, he continuously found ways to make the class interesting and stress-free. I thank Professor Doming for ultimately making a good first impression to me for his class and RU as a whole."
  • "I had Professor Dominy last Spring for business law and he was by far one of the best professors I've had at Rowan he makes a difficult subject extremely fun with his great personality/good vibes, cracking jokes all the time, telling stories from his life that relate to the topic. Amazing Professor!"

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John Dominy

Professor of the Year, Marketing & Business Information Systems Department

Quotes from Students:

  • "She’s an enthusiastic and passionate professor who cares about what she’s teaching and what she’s doing for her students."
  • "I like her style of teaching and she's amazing!"
  • "Professor Watson is an overall great teacher. Watson taught my freshmen seminar (Bus Env). The class was challenging yet Watson was able to keep everyone engaged. She always encouraged questions and offered many opportunities to meet with her outside of the classroom. Her strictness with deadlines taught me how to manage my time properly but, she also taught us that with proper communication we could have extensions, etc. I feel as though she connected everything we did in the classroom to real life and I could tell that her students including myself, appreciated it. Great Professor!"
  • "I have had this professor since freshman year. I delayed taking Principles of Marketing by 2 semesters to take it with Prof. Watson. She is an amazing lecturer."
  • "She’s probably one of the most enthusiastic professors I’ve seen so far. She’s the embodiment of Marketing to me, especially and specifically in terms of attitude and knowledge. As a Marketing major, it was wonderful starting off my first semester with someone so passionate and genuine about Marketing."
  • "Professor Watson has always went above and beyond for her students. Her way of lecturing is like no other, she wants her students to succeed and truly understand the information."

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Renee Watson

Professor of the Year, School of Innovation and Entrepreneurship

Quotes from Students:

  • "Works with you and is really understanding. Helps push yourself to really understand the material."
  • "Dr. Mike is one of the greatest teachers that I have ever had. I had him for Entrepreneurship and Innovation as well as currently for Technology Entrepreneurship. He's always in a positive motivational mood and does an amazing job at teaching whatever subject he brings you. He offers help in whatever way he can in or outside the classroom. Teaches lessons that you'll bring with you for the rest of your life. Overall a phenomenal person, teacher, and friend! Give this man a raise!"
  • "He is the best professor I had during undergrad. He made entrepreneurship exciting and brought out our passion."
  • "I heard great things about this professor."
  • "Very knowledgeable and very organized."

 

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Michael Dominik

Adjunct Professor of the Year

Quotes from Students:

  • "Professor O'Toole was an excellent teacher and kind person. Although he does not work here full time unless you were told that you wouldn't know. He dedicates tons of his time to the course and works quickly to get tests and other graded assignments back to you in a very timely manner."
  • "He’s extremely passionate about MIS and talks about his experiences as to how they relate to MIS. He was very genuine in his teaching and helped whenever you asked."
  • "He was very kind and taught the material really well."
  • "Very nice, loves airplanes."
  • "I haven't had any of these professors that are listed but I take O'Toole next semester and heard he's a great professor."
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Stephen O'Toole
 

 

2024 Accounting Student Writing Competition Winners

First Place Carlos Gaviria
Second Place Hadassa Juste
Third Place Bipana Nepal
Honorable Mention Kathryn Meehan
Honorable Mention Megan Smith

2024 Idea Challenge 

Faculty Judged Category

 

First Place: Bobica Bars

Bobica Bars offer the world's first superfood glazed; high antioxidant granola bar, with unique health benefits for everyone to enjoy. When most people think of superfoods like açaí and pitaya we think of these delicious frozen fruits that are eaten in a smoothie bowl. They’re not portable, convenient, and quite honestly not very good for you in smoothie bowl form. You can’t even stay in the heat without it melting. That all changes now with bobica bars! Now you can optimize superfood health benefits during any physical activity. You can take Bobica Bars snowboarding in some deep powder or to the beach in the blazing sun. Parents now have a quick healthy snack for their kids or themselves!

  • Harrison Nastasi, Supply Chain & Logistics
  • Justin Iannelli
  • Giovanny Veliz
  • Frank Kopaczewski
  • Jalen Washington

Second Place, $1,000 winner:  

 

 

Third Place, $500 winner: Frugo

 

 
 People's Choice Category  

Winner: Cool Beanz

  • Joseph Abate
  • Manshree Patel
  • Evan Rinier

Most Promising New Venture

 

Social: Circlez LLC

 a mobile app company bridging the gap between social media and productivity. Circlez is refreshing the current productivity app space and incorporating tried-and-true methods of accomplishing goals.

  • Aidan Tahmazian
  • Christopher Daverso

CPG: Copra

  • Sarah Glessner
  • Darby Blades
  • Matthew Fekete

Technology: BreezyPass

  • Riley Fisher
  • Eric Hill
  • Emma Joyce
  • Jackson Ferrante
  • Marissa Gardner

Service: AmericaQuest

  • Aaliyah Pacheco
  • Johan Metz
  • Will Dineen
  • James Baltz

Honorable Winner: lushious beauty

lushious beauty is a sustainable, boutique makeup brand on a mission to empower through representation and high quality. lushious beauty satisfies the need for clean and sustainable beauty products. Paired with the luxury experience of high-end designer makeup, our products provide convenience. With our new effort for expansion, we are focused on representation, sustainably sourcing our products, and mindfully incorporating ingredients during the product development phase.

 

 
  • Shaila Saini
  • Kimberly Ting
  • Alexis Allen
  • Raaha Kumaresan

Honorable Winner: Budget Bites

 
  • Anthony Macejka
  • Drew Fountain
  • Tucker Gabrich

 

MedTank (RowanSOM)

 

1st Place: 4U Medical

4U Medical Designs patent pending medical device stickers overlay blank areas of devices to look child-friendly & provide conversation starters.

 

  • Nick Nastasi
  • Joshua Perry 

 

 Place: TNA

 

  • Seth Spicer 

3rd Place: The Anki Fidget Spinner

 
  • Anudeep Deevi
  • Austin Parry

 


  2024 Rohrer New Venture Competition & Expo 

 2024 Rohrer New Venture Competition  

First Place, $30,000 winner: Lunch Box Cards Co.

  • Anna DeMasi

Second Place, $2,500 winner: Bobica Bars

Bobica Bars offer the world's first superfood glazed; high antioxidant granola bar, with unique health benefits for everyone to enjoy. When most people think of superfoods like açaí and pitaya we think of these delicious frozen fruits that are eaten in a smoothie bowl. They’re not portable, convenient, and quite honestly not very good for you in smoothie bowl form. You can’t even stay in the heat without it melting. That all changes now with bobica bars! Now you can optimize superfood health benefits during any physical activity. You can take Bobica Bars snowboarding in some deep powder or to the beach in the blazing sun. Parents now have a quick healthy snack for their kids or themselves!

  • Harrison Nastasi, Supply Chain & Logistics
  • Justin Iannelli, Business Management

Third Place, $1000 winner: Circlez

 Circlez is a mobile app company bridging the gap between social media and productivity. Circlez is refreshing the current productivity app space and incorporating tried-and-true methods of accomplishing goals.

  • Aidan Tahmazian
  • Sydney Wiredu

Honorable Mention: Finn

  • Kevin Crawford

Honorable Mention: Flo Good Technologies

 
  • Jerek Garcia
  • Florinda Good-Gonzales
 2023 New Venture Expo  

First Place, $4000: ...



People's Choice: RUFit

  • Kathryn Meehan
  • Aidan Sharpe
  • Gabriella Randazzo
  • Stefan Simon
  • Tanish Jain

Most Promising New Venture: Social

MarketSimplified

  • Jacob Delega
  • Jason Jarecki

Most Promising New Venture: Cannabis Commercialization

Green Grow High Yield Returns

 

  • Justin Dougherty
  • Rosario Barbagallo
  • Connor Schwartz

Most Promising New Venture: CPG

TerraTackle

 
  • Aaron McGarvey
  • Marcial Rosario
  • John Ditzler

Most Promising New Venture: Service

Growan

 
  • Yasmin Smith
  • Jakob Goldfarb
  • Devonte Bishop
  • Abigail Popoff
  • Srivalli Valluri

Most Promising New Venture: Technology

Finn Finance

 
  • Kevin Crawford

Honorable Mention: Bobica Bars

Bobica Bars offer the world's first superfood glazed; high antioxidant granola bar, with unique health benefits for everyone to enjoy. When most people think of superfoods like açaí and pitaya we think of these delicious frozen fruits that are eaten in a smoothie bowl. They’re not portable, convenient, and quite honestly not very good for you in smoothie bowl form. You can’t even stay in the heat without it melting. That all changes now with bobica bars! Now you can optimize superfood health benefits during any physical activity. You can take Bobica Bars snowboarding in some deep powder or to the beach in the blazing sun. Parents now have a quick healthy snack for their kids or themselves!

  • Harrison Nastasi, Supply Chain & Logistics
  • Justin Iannelli, Business Management

Honorable Mention: TerraTackle

  • Aaron McGarvey
  • Marcial Rosario
  • John Ditzler

 

The stARTup Gallery 

 

1st Place

 

  • Nichole Castelli

 

2nd Place

 

  • Jared Maristch

3rd Place

 
  • Ethan White

 

 

2024 Project Nest Competition Winners

 

Scholarship Winners

Leo C. Beebe Scholarship

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Leo C. Beebe Scholarship

 

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Leo C. Beebe Scholarship

 

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Richard Craver Scholarship

 

Brielle Eck'Art

Cumberland Insurance Group Scholarship

 

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Christopher M. DeMayo Endowed Scholarship

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Hailey Sacco

Christopher M. DeMayo Endowed Scholarship

 

Nijel Perry

Gene D'Orazio Annual Scholarship in Business

 

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Sunny Dublick Annual Scholarship in Marketing

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Eagle Management Group Scholarship

 

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Eagle Wealth Scholarship

 

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Sharon Edwards Scholarship

 

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Sharon Edwards Scholarship

 

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Entrepreneurial Advocate Scholarship

 

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Anthony J. Galvin Scholarship

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Eritzahy Moran Carro

Anthony J. Galvin Scholarship

 

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Holman Automotive Group Scholarship ...
Blaise Iaconelli Management Information Systems Scholarship

 

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Robert D. Lynch MBA Scholarship

 

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Management Institute-Foundation Scholarship

Carlos Gaviria

Management Institute-Foundation Scholarship

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Management Institute-Foundation Scholarship

 

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Marie T. Holland Entrepreneurship Scholarship

 

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Sean and Danielle McCarthy Scholarship Jacob Lyko
Sandra R. Mozze-Smith Scholarship in Accounting 

 Asriyel Shaw

Robert and Deana Palmer Scholarship in Business

 

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Dr. Robert Pritchard Scholarship

 

Amit Prabhu

Dr. Robert Pritchard Scholarship

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Taiwo Bamidele-Sanni

Dr. George Romeo Scholarship

 

John Zerillo

Rob and Angela Sontz Scholarship

 

Joshua Bradley

Mark Spinelli Scholarship

 

Joshua Bradley

Robert F. and Mary A. Sweeney Endowed Scholarship in Business

 

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Vanguard Adjusters Group Scholarship in Business

 

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WilkinGuttenplan Scholarship

 

Jared Ruppert

Tanika Wilson MBA Annual Scholarship in Business

 

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