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Hugh Malkin Goes Abroad for an MBA

Saturday, August 20th, 2011

Hugh in the Schiphol Management Group Lobby

As the construction industry was collapsing in Florida, Hugh Malkin read the following in Fareed Zakaria’s book, “The Post American World”:

“Look around. The tallest building in the world is now in Dubai. The world’s richest man is Mexican, and its largest publicly traded corporation is Chinese. The world’s biggest plane is built in Russia and Ukraine, its leading refinery is in India, and its largest factories are all in China. By many measures, Hong Kong now rivals London and New York as the leading financial center, and the United Arab Emirates is home to the most richly endowed investment fund. Once quintessentially American icons have been appropriated by foreigners. The world’s largest Ferris wheel is in Singapore. Its number one casino is not in Las Vegas but in Macao, which has also overtaken Vegas in annual gambling revenues. The biggest movie industry, in terms of both movies made and tickets sold, is Bollywood, not Hollywood. Even shopping, America’s greatest sporting activity, has gone global. Of the top ten malls in the world, only one is in the United States; the world’s biggest is in Dongguan, China. Such lists are arbitrary, but it is striking that twenty years ago, America was at the top in many, if not most, of these categories. “ 

When Hugh decided to return to school for an MBA, he looked abroad. He wrote the following describing his reasons and his experience.

“I felt that I lacked international experience. However, when I researched American MBA schools and compared them to foreign MBA schools, I saw that American classes averaged 50% internationality while foreign schools averaged close to 90%. A 2011 New York Times article explained that US schools intentionally maintain 50% American students so they can strongly market an “exposure to Americans” as a benefit to potential international students. I am American so I decided to get what the international students were getting from coming to America. I chose to go overseas to the small but highly ranked Rotterdam School of Management, Erasmus University in the Netherlands.

“Our class of 112 had 40 different nationalities and just as many ideas about how businesses should be run. This gave me a completely different perspective on the American created MBA. Even simple ideas that I normally took for granted, took on whole new meanings when foreign voices spoke up. These voices, questions they asked, and the ideas they shared would not have been heard if any one culture dominated the class. Our professors would regularly join us as we discussed late into the night around a warm fire and a delicious assortment of alcohols and foods. Our school had handpicked experts in their fields from top universities to give us the most accurate and current view of the world.

“The Dutch company, Philips Electronics, gave me a chance to write the future strategy for their outdoor lighting segment. After presenting to a CEO of Philips Lighting, they offered me a position to implement my strategy in the US. I took the job and moved back to Atlanta. The contacts and recognition I have received in the US and internationally due to my successful daily interaction with three different countries is priceless.”

Hugh currently lives in Atlanta and works for Philips Lumec.

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TKE HQ Sets Dates for 2012 RLCs

Thursday, July 14th, 2011

TKE HQ has set the dates for the Regional Leadership Conferences of 2012.

Throughout the weekend-long Regional Leadership Conference, collegiates and alumni participate in educational sessions that better prepare them for success while in college and later in the business world, network and build relationships with other Fraters, and strengthen their understanding of the ideals and principles of TKE.

Consider checking one out if you live close by. It’s a good way to see what kind of educational programming Greater TKE provides and to meet some of the key staff and volunteers that “keep the wheels on the wagon”.

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Young Alumni Enter Top MBA Programs

Thursday, June 30th, 2011

A lot of Tekes who finished undergraduate degrees at Georgia Tech in the late 1990s and early 2000s are taking the next step in their careers by starting grad school at top-notch MBA programs this fall:

  • Mark Cupta – Stanford.   Jamie Evans graduated from Stanford as well back in the 80s.
  • Javier Fernandez and (in 2012) Manuel Jimenez – Harvard.  Javi and Manuel join other Tekes from Tech who have made the trip to Boston including Jerry Bell, Mark Loch, Rick Tuley and Josh Hix.
  • Ian Stewart – UCLA.
  • Helmut Drews – Cal Berkeley.
  • Phillip Deutschler – University of Michigan.

They join others who are already studying for MBAs, including:

  • Carlos Tan and Griffen Fulmer at Emory University.
  • Drew Hollahan and Russ Gagnon at Georgia Tech.
  • Ryan Riggs at Northwestern.

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Chad Colman earns Master in Real Estate Degree from UF

Thursday, June 2nd, 2011

Frater Colman with his wife Jenna and their sons Asher (chomping) and Devin

Frater Chad Colman (BC ’97, Beta-Pi 1044) graduated with honors from the University of Florida’s Hough Graduate School of Business with a Master in Real Estate Degree.   The ten-month, 34 credit hour,  full-time in residence program, housed in the Warrington College of Business Administration (WCBA), features interaction with high-level working professional, and nationally recognized professors.  In addition to a comprehensive set of core real estate courses, Master in Real Estate students may select from a broad array of finance, entrepreneurship, development, building construction, and urban and regional planning electives. The required “capstone” course provides MSRE students the opportunity to analyze “live” commercial real estate cases supplied and coordinated by practicing real estate professionals.

The Colman house is now the true enemy of UGA with a Yellow Jacket and a Yellow Jacket/Gator representing!

“Sorry about the Gator ‘Chomp’,” he wrote, “my boy has been indoctrinated after a year in Gainesville.”

Colman was prytanis of the Chapter during the tumultuous months leading up to the Centennial Olympic Games in Atlanta in 1996.  He and his wife Jenna were among the “magnificent seven” who remained at the TKE house working on repairs and renovations until the ACoG officially took possession of the property on behalf of the Irish Olympic team.

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