Winners! Pitch Your Passion 2015

On Sunday afternoon, 10 student-voted finalists each presented their 5-minute pitch (with a 5-minute question and answer period) to a panel of judges.

 

1st Place ($1,500)

Sophia Caravella (Exploratory, ’18), Alex Colletta (BU, ’18), Zack Maroon (BU, ’18)

Campus Connect

2nd Place ($1,000)

Megan Priester (Psychology/Elementary Education, ’18)

DripedyDoo

3rd Place ($750)

Alex Sprague (BU, ’19)

Shire Apparel

All of our students performed exceptionally well.  All finalists deserve to be recognized for their academic achievements and for sharing their passion with the judges and the College community.

v  Willis Reid Breyette (BU/Political Science, ’16) presenting Uganda and the Rights of Sexual Minorities

v  Samuel Costes (Accounting, ’18), Julie Morrison (Art/Elementary Education, ’18), Blaine Schimoler (Computer Science, ’18) presenting Sandie’s Clothing

v  James Popp (BU, ’18) presenting Right Fit

v  Tim Bolger (BU, ’16), Casey Curtin (BU, ’16), Mike Schell (BU, ’16) presenting xPinyon

v  Karen Penafiel (BU, ’16) presenting WithIN Center

v  Eric Simpson (BU, ’17) presenting Alpine Armor

v  Nate Taylor (BU, ’16) presenting Arborvitae

Panel:

Dr. Sarah Kelly, Vice President for Enrollment and Marketing

Bill Anderson, Chief Information Officer

Graduate alumni Christian Miner (2004) and Angela Côté (2005).

 

The faculty in the Department of Business Administration and Accounting wish to recognize all the efforts of the organizers of the very successful event: students in Made it in Vermont, SMC Business Society and SMC Enterprises.  Special acknowledgement and thanks to the efforts of Mary Doane (Dec. ’15) and Julia Kirby, DBAA Administrative Assistant

 

Cash prizes were sponsored from the DBAA and the Office of Admission

Pitch Your Passion: 1 Page Summaries for Finalists

On Sunday afternoon, 10 student-voted finalists each presented their 5-minute pitch (with a 5-minute question and answer period) to a panel of judges.

1st Place ($1,500)

Sophia Caravella (Exploratory, ’18), Alex Colletta (BU, ’18), Zack Maroon (BU, ’18)   Campus Connect

 2nd Place ($1,000)

Megan Priester (Psychology/Elementary Education, ’18) DripedyDoo

 3rd Place ($750)

Alex Sprague (BU, ’19) Shire Apparel

All of our students performed exceptionally well.  All finalists deserve to be recognized for their academic achievements and for sharing their passion with the judges and the College community.

  • Willis Reid Breyette (BU/Political Science, ’16) presenting Uganda and the Rights of Sexual Minorities
  • Samuel Costes (Accounting, ’18), Julie Morrison (Art/Elementary Education, ’18), Blaine Schimoler (Computer Science, ’18) presenting Sandie’s Clothing
  • James Popp (BU, ’18) presenting Right Fit
  • Tim Bolger (BU, ’16), Casey Curtin (BU, ’16), Mike Schell (BU, ’16) presenting xPinyon
  • Karen Penafiel (BU, ’16) presenting WithIN Center
  • Eric Simpson (BU, ’17) presenting Alpine Armor
  • Nate Taylor (BU, ’16) presenting Arborvitae

Panel:

Dr. Sarah Kelly, Vice President for Enrollment and Marketing

Bill Anderson, Chief Information Officer

Graduate alumni Christian Miner (2004) and Angela Côté (2005).

The faculty in the Department of Business Administration and Accounting wish to recognize all the efforts of the organizers of the very successful event: students in Made it in Vermont, SMC Business Society and SMC Enterprises.  Special acknowledgement and thanks to the efforts of Mary Doane (Dec. ’15) and Julia Kirby, DBAA Administrative Assistant.

Cash prizes were sponsored from the DBAA and the Office of Admission

Pitch Your Passion: Innovative Idea Challenge

The Annual Pitch Your Passion Competition took place over two days in November this year. It was an excellent event! Students from all classes participated in the event. There were 2o total teams that competed in the competition and the Innovative Ideas ranged vastly. Below are details of the event’s structure:

The pitches were a two-stage process and can be any product/service/idea or project. 

Stage 1:  November 10 at 6 pm in McCarthy.  Student pitches.  There was a student panel that voted for the top 10 pitches.

Stage 2: November 15, 11:45 am – 12:45 there was a luncheon with judges panel and student leadership

1 pm: pitches begin. 

 Stage 1 pitches: 2 minutes; no demos (electronic or otherwise).

Stage 2 pitches: 5 minutes with 5 minutes Q&A from judges, demos and visuals were encouraged.  

Account Manager Position – Staples – Contract Division

Class of 2013 alum, Rob McCarty, reached out the Business Department recently, hoping to reach out to current students and St. Michael’s College alumni about open positions with Staples. Below is a testimonial he wrote describing his time with Staples, since graduation. Rob’s email is attached if you are interested in speaking directly with him!

“The last few months have been more exciting than I ever thought they could be this early in my career. When I took an entry level, outside sales position with the Contract Division of Staples less than two months after graduating in May of 2013, I never thought I could have so much fun at work.

 

I’ve been lucky enough to be trained by some of the best sales leaders in the industry. Our company strives to give its associates the latest technology available for the task at hand, and truly cares about the people who come to work everyday. 

 

Mastering the art of social selling, leveraging a deep network of resources and utilizing technology in the field are things we do on a daily basis, and are also some of the major benefits of working for a Fortune 500 company. 

 

I began as a B2B Sales Consultant in July 2013 following graduation and was responsible for prospecting and setting up meetings on Mondays and Tuesday’s in the office. Wednesday through Friday, I would attend the meetings I had set in previous weeks, during which I provided industry leading solutions to customers. In the role, I found consistent success, challenge and satisfaction.

 

Being on one of the teams located nearby our corporate HQ in Framingham, MA, we often had opportunities to meet people from different divisions of the company. They were interested in learning more about the ways that we found success in the field, so they could help or share best practices with their teams.

 

One such opportunity took me across the world to Taipei, Taiwan last August for a week to coach and mentor our Business Development team that is planting its roots in the Taiwan markets.

 

When I returned, I was lucky to be chosen as the Area Sales Manager for a new division of Staples Contract Sales and have been working to develop a sales process that will be used by hundreds of Account Managers across the country. 

 

I consider myself extremely fortunate, but always remember the help from my network; personal and professional and all of the hard work that it took to prepare myself for success when the right opportunity arose. 

 

I’ve heard from several leaders that luck is all about timing and positioning. Timing in a company this big typically is not something that is within my control. Working hard, showing results and developing my leadership is within my control, and I continue to position myself for future opportunities for my colleagues and I as my new team develops.

 

We’re growing like crazy. If you’re interested in a career with Staples, shoot me an email and we can chat. 

 

The St. Mike’s community is unlike any other college in the nation. 

Adjusting to the culture at Staples was a seamless transition for me and I hope to help any Alumni that is interested to do the same.”

 Rob.mccarty@staples.com

Annual Business Bash

The 2015 Annual Business Bash (held on October 14th) was designed to engage first and second year exploratory and declared business majors and minors, as well as upperclassman interested in adding or switching to business. The program sought to introduce new students to the new curriculum, department professors, and demonstrate the important and value of a degree in business. Our keynote speaker is an alumni who shared his favorite memories of SMC, his post graduate experiences in finding his niche in the work world, and his best advice for students. The program also incorporated an innovative product competition in which students had to work with a group for ten minutes to design a product and prepare a marketing pitch to present to the audience. Our four guest judges selected an indoor home irrigation product as the winner of the competition for its long term market feasibility. Following the program, students were able to network with upperclassmen and discover business groups on campus to get involved with while enjoying candy and hot cocoa.

Below is a picture of the 2015 Winners!business bash

(From LtR- Peter Flanagan, Sara Crowley, Josh Sumner)

BU 113 (Business Critical Thinking and Communications) Stock Certificates

Every year, first year Business Majors must take BU 113 (or Business Critical Thinking and Communication). A major part of the class consists of a team project, in which teams of three or four students create, market and sell a product both on and off campus. It a great way for students to see and better understand all the facets of running a business (the managing, marketing and financial aspects in particular).

Students can gain initial funding for their project by selling stock certificates to classmates and Business professors. Each year, Professor Letovsky will select a few companies from which to buy stock. Below are some of the stock certificates Professor Letovsky purchased during the Spring 2015 semester.

Check them out!

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Where Are They Now? Rob McCarty ’13

Check out this great snippet written by Rob McCarty, a graduate with the Class of 2013 and Business Major. He does and excellent job explaining how his time at St. Michael’s has helped him get to where he is now. Rob works for Staples Advantage.

“As a graduate of the the Class of 2013, I am constantly reminded of my time and experiences at Saint Michael’s. When I was a student, I was lucky enough to be a member of the Men’s Baseball Team for two years, an Orientation Leader for three and I was able to perform over a dozen times at Turtle Underground with the bank that I am still a part of, B2C. The relationships, sense of community and values that I developed while attending St. Mike’s are still a major part of who I am.

The academic workload was a difficult adjustment form high school early on in my transition to St. Michael’s, but it forced me to become as efficient as possible when it comes to time management — a skill that has significantly helped me as I continue to develop my career with Staples.

As I approach the beginning of my third year as a Business-to-Business Sales Consultant for Staples Advantage (our commercial division), I am responsible for generating new business by partnering with small-mid size businesses in the Metro South Area of Boston. While people traditionally think of us as just an office supply company, many people are surprised to hear that we are the nation’s leading Janitorial/Breakroom Supplier, Commercial Furniture dealer and can supply just about anything a company requires to operate with our product assortment of over 500,000 SKUs.

My typical week consists of two days in the office taking care of administrative work and setting up appointments, and the other three days are spent in the field attending meetings. I am responsible for my own schedule and am constantly challenged to make the most of the “money hours,” or the time when customers are buying. The time management skills I developed at St. Michael’s while balancing academics, baseball, music and my job as a waiter at Sweetwaters, have helped my development and success with Staples.”

Where Are They Now? Justin Castagna ’13

Justin Castagna, a Business Major, a member of the Class of 2013, and a former SMC Ice Hockey player, is now employed by Aerolease in Long Beach, CA. At Aerolease, Justin works on various projects regarding: airport development, airport management consulting, and facility management.

While work keeps Justin busy, he continues to find time for hockey. While it is mainly for fun, Justin and some of his friends from California play in a Sunday league whenever they can.

Where Are They Now? Megan Beattie ’15

Megan Beattie, from the Class of 2015, just started her job as Project Assistant at National Life Group, a life insurance company based in Montpelier, VT. She is working in the Business Delivery Office assisting the VP of Strategic Projects on various initiative and learning about the ins and outs of project management. Megan aspires to work in management on day so this is a great first step for her! At National Life Group, Megan is surrounded by fellow SMC alumni; everyone is extremely friendly and welcoming. National Life Group is already starting to feel like a home away from St. Mike’s!

Keep up the great work Megan!

megan beattie

Where Are They Now? Jesse Machavern

Jess Machavern, who received his undergraduate Business Administration degree from Saint Michael’s College, now runs a clothing store in Shelburne Vermont. The store is called Guns & Money LLC.

Jesse and his brother, Chris, operate the store together.