News & Notes

The Richmond MBA

January 28, 2015

Dr. Richard Coughlan

MBA Community:

Even after 17 years at Richmond and 11 years as director of The Richmond MBA, I continue to learn new things about the fascinating organizations that surround us. In this edition of the newsletter, you will learn about three such organizations through the stories of our students and alumni. 

First, Red River Foods served as the host for an intriguing MBA Capstone Project recently completed by Sam Chin. The importer of food products is not well-known among Richmonders, but its global reach provides its leaders with great insight on international commerce. 

Closer to home, Brookdale Senior Living Solutions operates Gayton Terrace, a large assisted living facility where one of our current students, Britt Blackwelder, serves as associate executive director. In the story below, you can learn about how Britt applies what she has learned to do her job more effectively. 

Finally, Silicon Valley Bank has its headquarters in Santa Clara, California but is establishing a presence in Virginia thanks to a team that includes Richmond MBA graduate Michael Copty. The commercial bank’s focus on growing with startup firms in the technology sector is a welcome addition to the entrepreneurial ecosystem in central Virginia. I know you will find their story intriguing.

Richard Coughlan
Senior Associate Dean
Robins School of Business

MBA Highlights
A Day in the Life of Britt Blackwelder, GB'16MBA student offers glimpse inside her typical day balancing work and school
Britt Blackwelder, GB'16, provides a glimpse into her typical day balancing work and The Richmond MBA.
Michael Copty, GB'08MBA alumnus joins team at top technology bank
Michael Copty, GB'08, vice president at Silicon Valley Bank (SVB), a top commercial bank in the technology space with 31 offices across the country and worldwide, talks life since The Richmond MBA.
Sam Chin, GB'15MBA student and Richmond-based food importer look abroad
Sam Chin, GB'15, uses his Capstone Project to collaborate with Red River Foods, Inc., a food products and ingredients importer looking to expand its facilities and operations abroad.

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