Tag: Executive MBA



Alumni in the news

Retired US Air Force veteran Don Halpin, a 2016 graduate of Olin’s Executive MBA program, is the Healthcare Systems Engineer at the Jump Simulation Lab at OSF Innovations in Peoria, IL. He is responsible for supporting socio-technical innovation projects. In this role, he develops new technologies and processes – particularly the incorporation of aviation safety tools into the healthcare arena. Halpin’s second career at “Jump” was recently featured in The Edwardsville Intelligencer.

Don Halpin is a graduate of the USAF Academy with a BS in Electrical Engineering (computer design focus) and a MS in Aeronautical Science from Embry-Riddle University.

Halpin employs forward-thinking best-practices from his 28 years in the Air Force. His final assignment was as the Director of Safety for Air Mobility Command where he was responsible for the flight and ground safety of its 55,000 person operation. He was an airlift and air refueling pilot, capability planner, political-military affairs officer, squadron and wing commander.  Now, he’s applying his knowledge of mobility operations to the medical sector at Jump Simulation, also known as Jump, for short.

Jump, which opened in April 2013, is a collaboration between OSF Healthcare and the University of Illinois College of Medicine at Peoria, and aims to improve the experience of medical practitioners and patients through education and simulation initiatives. One such initiative includes printing 3-D hearts for cardiovascular surgeons to employ before surgery, an example of the high-tech atmosphere at the innovative company.

Halpin credits his strong family support system and Olin’s Executive MBA program as assets to his work at Jump, where he started working following his retirement from the Air Force. He was actively engaged in the EMBA curriculum, graduating with honors, while also fully engaged in the important work at Jump. Managing work, family and EMBA is a challenging yet rewarding experience for Executive MBA students.

With healthcare positioned as one of world’s most relevant and global industries, Halpin practices the EMBA pledge to take “business knowledge and translate concepts into real world applications,” on a daily basis.

To read more about Halpin’s work, please see the news article from The Edwardsville Intelligencer here.

CATEGORY: Career, News



Contrary to the size of the crowd at Olin’s Centennial Gala in April, not everyone in the Olin community could be in St. Louis for the celebration. So, Professor Kurt Dirks decided to take the celebration to his Executive MBA students in Mumbai.

Dirks, the Bank of America Professor of Leadership, packed a few extra centennial t-shirts in his bag when he traveled to India last week to teach Batch (class) 2 in the joint program with IIT-Bombay. “They are extremely proud of being Olin students,” Dirks reported. “They all showed up to class the next day wearing their Olin t-shirts! Very cool to experience.”

So, of course, they had to take a photo and share it on social media. Thanks, Batch 2 EMBAs for wearing your Olin pride on your sleeves, literally!!

Where have you been wearing your Olin100 t-shirt recently? Tweet us or share on Instagram or Facebook with #Olin100

 




Alumni in the news

David A. Peacock, former President of Anheuser-Busch and active community leader, has been named President and Chief Operating Officer (COO) for Schnuck Markets, Inc., Schnucks Chairman and CEO Todd Schnuck announced today [May 4, 2017].

“Dave’s entrepreneurial spirit, vision and drive, along with his extensive business background will help us set a strong course for the future,” Schnuck said. “His counsel and leadership on our company’s Advisory Board have been instrumental in positioning Schnucks for growth. Further, his commitment to St. Louis and the region is aligned with Schnucks’ commitment to superior customer experience and community support. Dave also has strong values and a leadership style that will fit well within the Schnucks’ culture.”

Schnucks benefits from a highly experienced management team with an exceptional track record of managing the business. Peacock joins a management team with an average industry experience of over 20 years and that is well respected in the industry.

Among his duties, Peacock will manage Procurement/Merchandising, Operations, Marketing/Communications and Supply Chain for a company whose 100 stores and 14,000 teammates span five states.

“This is a tremendous company and opportunity. Our teammates are focused on serving customers, delivering quality products and making Schnucks the best grocery shopping experience in the region,” Peacock said. “I am excited to work with Todd and his management team more directly on continuous improvement and innovation that will assure industry leadership, customer service and community support for the long term.”

Peacock managed U.S. operations for Anheuser-Busch, a wholly owned subsidiary of Anheuser-Busch InBev, from 2008 through early 2012, and was responsible for the commercial success of Anheuser-Busch during its integration with InBev in the United States. In 2008, Peacock led the negotiating team for Anheuser-Busch during the merger with InBev – the largest all-cash transaction in history at the time.

Peacock joined Anheuser-Busch in 1992 and served many roles in management, finance and marketing. At various times, he led the financial planning, mergers and acquisitions, information technology, procurement and route-to-market development as well as several groups within marketing. In 2007, he was named Vice President of Marketing for Anheuser-Busch and in that role led the revitalization of the company’s marketing approach.

Peacock is dedicated to the St. Louis community and region and he serves on the board of directors of several charitable and civic organizations. Peacock is chairman of the St. Louis Sports Commission and is a member of the Pro Football Hall of Fame Board of Trustees. He is a member of St. Louis’ CityArchRiver Board where he co-chaired the initial campaign helping raise $180 million for the new Arch grounds revitalization. Peacock formerly served as chairman of the Beer Institute, the U.S. beer industry’s policy organization in Washington DC and was also previously chairman of the St. Louis chapter of the American Red Cross.

Peacock’s Vitaligent, LLC owns 78 Jamba Juice stores in Northern California and Missouri.  Vitaligent has reported $61 million in sales and is Jamba Juice’s largest franchisee. He is also an investor in Crushed Red, an elevated fast-casual restaurant with locations in St. Louis, Denver, Columbia and Kansas City. Peacock served as a member of Schnucks’ Advisory Board beginning in July 2013 and will give up that role in his new position. A native of St. Louis, Peacock holds a bachelor’s degree in journalism from the University of Kansas. He also holds a master’s degree in business administration from Washington University in St. Louis, from which he received the Distinguished Alumni Award in 2009. He lives in St. Louis with his wife and three children.

About Schnucks

Founded in St. Louis in 1939, Schnuck Markets, Inc. is a third-generation, family-owned grocery/pharmacy retailer committed to nourishing people’s lives. The company takes pride in its community partnerships and gives more than $13 million annually in food to food pantries and more than $1.7 million to not-for-profit organizations through the company’s My Schnucks Card program. Schnucks currently operates 100 stores in Missouri, Illinois, Indiana, Wisconsin and Iowa. Privately held, Schnucks employs 14,000 teammates and is headquartered in St. Louis, Missouri. Follow Schnucks on Facebook at www.facebook.com/schnucks.

Source: Schnuck Markets, Inc. Press Release

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Paulino do Rego Barros, Jr., President of US Information Solutions (USIS) at Equifax, is the keynote speaker at Olin’s Executive MBA Class 47 Graduation – the first ceremony of the spring graduation season – that takes place May 5, 10:30 a.m. in Emerson Auditorium, Knight Hall.

Paulino Do Rego Barros Jr. ©Photo by Jerry Naunheim Jr.

Before joining Equifax in April 2010, Barros was the founder and president of PB&C- Global Investments (LLC), an international consulting and investment firm.

When Barros joined Equifax, he led the company’s international unit with responsibility for Latin America, Europe, Asia and Canada, and also led expansion efforts into other countries.

Barros’ career has included executive positions with a number of global corporations including: AT&T where he was president of Global Operations; several top positions at the BellSouth Corporation before it was acquired by AT&T in 2006, including chief product officer, president of BellSouth Latin America, regional vice president of Latin America, as well as chief planning and operations officer.

Barros also served at Motorola, Inc., as corporate vice president and general manager – Latin America Group and was also corporate vice president and general manager of Market Operations – Americas. He also held a variety of positions with The NutraSweet Company as well as with Monsanto Company in the U.S and Latin America.

Patti Williams

Patricia Williams, has been selected by her classmates as student speaker. She is Vice President and General Counsel – Strategy, Litigation and Business Development
for Peabody Energy.

The Executive MBA is a rigorous 20-month degree program designed for working executives. When Class 47 entered the program, these stats provided a snapshot of the students:

  • Average age: 39
  • Average work experience: 15 years
  • Average management experience: 9 years
  • % female: 40% (roughly double the EMBA industry average)
  • % born outside the U.S.: 18%
  • % military veterans: 21%

Olin’s Executive MBA program is also offered in Shanghai in conjunction with Fudan University; in Mumbai with partner school IIT-Bombay; and satellite campuses in Kansas City and Denver.

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Sports, much like business, represent a global entity. No matter the sport, the values created and embedded on the court, mat, and field don’t just lie within the lines. How can the drive and passion for sports carry over to society, where individuals can enhance business organizations and their own enterprises with their background in sportsmanship? In turn, how do sports shape society? The 2017 Leadership Perspectives series continued by discussing these topics and more at the Charles F. Knight Executive Education Center at Olin.

The St. Louis Business Journal’s Senior Reporter, Brian Feldt, moderated the forum. The panelists included Solomon Alexander, Foundation Director, St. Louis Sports Commission; Drew Caylor, Partner, Louis York Capital & EMBA Alumnus; Khalia Collier, Owner/General Manager, St. Louis Surge Women’s Basketball; Tim Hayden, Co-Founder and Managing Director, Stadia Ventures; and Greg Waldbaum, CEO, 3D Lacrosse & Olin Alumnus.

Each of the panelists brought a unique perspective on the contribution of sports, with commentary on topics ranging from the value of trophies in kids’ sports leagues to the recruiting of high school and professional athletes. One attendee brought her high school-aged son to learn from the panel’s experiences. Waldbaum pointed out that “grades and more grades” are most important in college scouting, emphasizing the importance of success in the classroom as well as in competition. However, he specified that colleges contact high school coaches quite frequently to find out how players perform as a team player and how they lead and show good sportsmanship. Much like academics, sports play a key role in opening up opportunities for getting into a reach school.

On the impact of sports on leadership, Collier noted, “96 percent of women at the executive level attribute their success to sports.” The St. Louis Surge players not only serve as All-American NCAA athletes, but also as role models and mentors, fostering the next generation of leaders. Caylor, who spent several of his early post-college years in the NFL as a center, is a prime example of how sports values also carry over to a business career. Caylor realized that although his true passion and talents lie more within the financial industry, he still balanced the technical skills necessary for the investment sector with the team and collaborative-based skills learned on the field.

In a similar vein, Hayden brought up a fun fact: “Junior Bridgeman is the second-wealthiest athlete”—not holistically due to athletic achievements, but due to entrepreneurship in using his sports salary to buy and invest in franchises both in and out of the sports world. Hayden and Waldbaum both agreed on how experiencing the reality of either a ‘W’ or a ‘L’ in sports educates a former athlete on how to rebound after a failure as an entrepreneur and problem solve when it comes to adapting strategies for business.

In addition to skills for the job market, perhaps the most applicable takeaway of the session, and of sport itself, is learning invaluable life lessons on how to be a teammate and an emphatic human being. Collier underscored that much more than stats contribute to an athlete’s success—character, she said, speaks volumes.

As the forum ended, Solomon Alexander said, to a round of applause, that the best translation of sportsmanship to society is “treating each other like a fellow human being in the most respectful way.”