Congratulations to the newly-selected MBA Torch Fund Managers

Fourteen first-year MBA students were selected to manage the MBA Torch Funds for the 2016-2017 academic year.  The Haslam and LaPorte funds are managed by the members throughout the four calendar quarters . Combined, these funds are currently worth approximately $1.5 million. Torch Fund managers are selected each September, and those selected receive a total of three hours of academic credit for their one-year tenure as a wealth manager.

Congratulations to the new Haslam and LaPorte fund managers.

2016-2017 Haslam Torch Fund Members

Collin M. Thul

Tanvi Hukerikar

Phillip Montag

Marc Chris Morris

John Keny

Jonathan P. Neuman

Rohan Jain

2016-2017 LaPorte Torch Fund Members

Natalie Barker

Daniel Pitcher

Samuel H. Stevenson

Seth Houston Jobe

Ben Vega

Yanrui Ma

Arthur Balaam Long


Welcome Class of 2017!

We extend our warmest welcomes to our newest Class of 2017 students! We are excited to support you along your Haslam MBA journey, and look forward to sharing your many successes!


Class of 2017 Group Shot

Case Competition Three Concludes

As Spring Session One comes to a close, our students wrapped up their final Case Competition for their program.

Coming in first place was the team “16 Shades of Gray”

CC3 Winners

Team from left to right: (Chad Talbot, Trevor Smith, Divyansh Chaturvedi, Chris Ruel, and Sharan Anne)

Congratulations to the team, and everyone who participated!


MBA Team Advances to Deloitte Supply Chain Challenge Finals

This past Friday, 6 teams competed in the first round of the Deloitte Supply Chain Challenge.  This annual event, hosted by Deloitte, presents a supply-chain focused consulting challenge where teams need to present a comprehensive solution to the case to faculty and Deloitte-representative judges.

The winning team was comprised of (from left to right): Whit Lammons, Divyansh Chaturvedi, Javier Sosa, and Shamiron Thomas.

Deloitte SCC Winners 2016 First Round


The winning team will move on to compete in the Finals round on February 12th at Georgia Tech against other university’s winning first-round teams.

Congratulations and good luck!



Entrepreneurship Student Wins Startup Day Event


Crosby_BryanMore than a dozen groups participated in the 3rd annual Start-up Day 2015.

Bryan Crosby, owner of the startup FunLPro Technology, came out on top and won $5,000 for his product.

FunLPro Technology created a unique spout and closure system for fluid containers. This idea has evolved and succeeded during Crosby’s MBA program, and will continue to expand moving forward.  The company plans to use the winnings to fund shipments of their product to local KenJo stores early next year.

Congratulations Bryan and the FunLPro Technology team for your success!



Finance Students Recognize Retiring Faculty Member

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A dozen students joined in celebrating the career of an MBA faculty member, Dr. John Wachowicz.

John M. Wachowicz, Jr., is Professor and the Regions Bank Scholar in Banking and Finance at The University of Tennessee, Knoxville. He has received sixteen teaching, research and service awards, including three MBA Outstanding Faculty Awards, the L.R. Hesler Award for Excellence in Teaching and Service, and two Alumni Outstanding Teacher Awards.



Final Week of Grads to Golf for NAWMBA

Our NAWMBA members have participated in Grads to Golf events throughout the fall, and are wrapping up their final scramble and awards event this Saturday. Students received five golf lessons at the UT Golf Facility, and then were invited to the Gettysvue Country Club for clubhouse orientation.

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Kim Smith, Karen Bilotti, and San Hicks enjoyed a sunny day with UT’s mascot, Smoky at the UT Golf Facility for a golf clinic.

Grads to Golf is designed to “promote leadership development and to welcome MBA students at colleges and universities nationwide with an opportunity to learn and play the game of golf. Students will be able to use golf to lead to additional business opportunities, networking and relationship building while recognizing the importance of golf in the business world”. For more information about the Grads to Golf program and The Executive Women’s Golf Association, click here

Fall 2015 Case Competition One Another Success!

Yesterday, our students researched a case for Whole Foods and competed in their teams to demonstrate the knowledge that they have accumulated for their first session to make recommendations for the issue that they were trying to solve.  Each team had the opportunity to compete in the morning, and four teams were selected for the finals shortly thereafter.  With only 20 minutes to present, each team had to present a compelling case to faculty, staff, and guest judges to win.

CC1 Winner photo

Team Ocho (from left to right): Whit Lammons, Shaheen Shaik, Toccarra Thomas, Chris Ruel, and Rob Miller

While it was very close, Team Ocho: Infinite Possibilities came out on top, winning this year’s Case Competition One.  We congratulate the members on this team, and well as all of the teams who presented in the finals.

Donnie Smith, CEO of Tyson Foods speaks with our MBA students

Donnie Smith discusses Tyson's short and long-term strategy for growth

Donnie Smith discusses Tyson’s short and long-term strategies for growth

On October 1st, Donnie Smith, UT alumnus and CEO of Tyson Foods, spoke with a group of MBA students yesterday on varying topics such as the importance of growth, consumer satisfaction, and personal time management. Offering his insight, students were given an open forum to ask questions about his organization and his professional career.