News & Notes

The Richmond MBA

March 26, 2014

Dr. Richard Coughlan

MBA Community:

The word impact is used too often these days. Because of that, its true meaning may have been lost.

My favorite dictionary defines impactful as “having a major effect on something or someone.” As I reviewed the stories in this edition of the newsletter, I thought about the major effects our students and alumni are having in sometimes unexpected places.

Matt Barany is the incredibly successful head coach of the women’s swim team here at Richmond. In the story below, he talks about how his experience as an MBA student has shaped his coaching. Conference championships and coaching awards are tangible evidence of his work but Matt’s true impact is seen in the personal, professional and athletic growth of each young woman who has been guided by his humor and wisdom.

Mike Andrews has a fascinating job. He oversees strategy and analytics at the New York ad agency that has built creative campaigns for BMW over the last several years. The major effects of Mike’s work can be seen in those advertisements and in the development of those who work on his team at kbs+.  In this month’s newsletter, you get a neat look at the intersection of analytical and creative work at his firm.

Finally, The Richmond MBA community impacted hundreds of elementary school students again this year by volunteering to teach for Junior Achievement. In the story below, you can learn more about the day our students, alumni, faculty and staff took over one elementary school in Richmond. Dozens of volunteers stepped out of their comfort zone to serve as teachers and have a major effect on a really neat group of youngsters.  We look forward to doing it again next year.

Richard Coughlan

Senior Associate Dean
Robins School of Business

MBA Highlights
Matt Barany, GB '14After 15 years, head coach of University of Richmond Women's Swim team dives back into the classroom
As the head coach of the University of Richmond Women’s Swim team,
Matt Barany, GB ’14, brings a unique background to The Richmond MBA.
JA in a DayMBA students, alumni, faculty and staff volunteered at a local elementary school to teach lessons in economics and finance
A group of Richmond MBA students, alumni, faculty and staff volunteered at Miles Jones Elementary School for JA in a Day, a program run by Junior Achievement of Central Virginia.
Mike Andrews, GB '08MBA alumnus blends creative and analytical thinking to achieve results
As executive director of the Strategy & Analytics Group at Kirshenbaum Bond Senecal + Partners, Mike Andrews, GB '08, plays a key role in analyzing the business opportunities of his firm’s clients and building solutions for those problems.

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