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GMAC President and CEO Dave Wilson joins Business School Council

Thursday, March 1st, 2012

Dave Wilson, president and CEO of the Graduate Management Admission Council, is the newest member of the Business School Council, the primary advisory board of the A. B. Freeman School of Business at Tulane University.

Dave Wilson

GMAC is a $100 million enterprise best recognized as the owner of the Graduate Management Admission Test, presently used by approximately 5,100 business school programs around the world. Wilson has served as president and CEO since 1995.

“Dave Wilson knows more about MBA education than just about anybody on the planet,” said Ira Solomon, dean of the Freeman School. “I’m delighted that he’s agreed to join us as a member of the Business School Council.”

Wilson earned his undergraduate degree from Queen’s University in Canada, his MBA from the University of California, Berkeley, and his doctorate from the University of Illinois. Prior to assuming his current position, Wilson served as managing partner and national director for professional development at Ernst & Young. From 1968 to 1978, he held faculty positions at the University of Texas at Austin, where he was awarded tenure, and at the Harvard Business School. He has published dozens of books, articles, texts, cases and monographs, and he is a chartered accountant in Canada and a certified public accountant in the United States. In 1993, the Province of Ontario honored him as a Fellow Chartered Accountant for his contribution to the profession and the community.

Wilson currently serves as executive chairman of the British North-American Committee and is a director of the Atlantic Council. He serves on the boards of two public companies, Barnes & Noble Inc. and CoreSite Realty Corp.


Freeman and SENO announce PitchNOLA 2011

Monday, August 8th, 2011

Got an idea to improve life in New Orleans? Enter PitchNOLA and you could win $1,000 to help make it a reality.

Alan Fisher of GTC NOLA, a green transportation company, makes his pitch at last year’s PitchNOLA competition.

Budding entrepreneurs have about a month to submit entries to PitchNOLA 2011, an “elevator-pitch” competition for ventures designed to effect positive social or environmental change in New Orleans.

Now in its third year, the contest gives local social entrepreneurs the chance to pitch breakthrough ideas to a panel of celebrity judges and an audience of more than 200 business professionals, social activists and community members.

The competition takes place at 7 p.m., Thursday, Oct. 6, at Freeman Auditorium in the Woldenberg Art Center on Tulane University’s uptown campus. To enter, individuals or teams must submit a one- to three-minute YouTube video pitch and a 500-word proposal online at by 11:59 p.m., Sept. 7. The top 10 proposals will earn a spot in the live PitchNOLA competition at Tulane. Anyone interested in participating as an audience member may visit this same website to register to attend. The audience plays a key role in the competition by providing constructive criticism and helping entrants better connect with resources and contacts.

“The Freeman School of Business is delighted to partner with PitchNOLA to give entrepreneurs a platform to not only hone their presentation skills but to engage and inspire the community with their innovative ideas for social change here in New Orleans,” said Ira Solomon, dean of the A.B. Freeman School of Business at Tulane.

The individual or team with the most innovative idea will win $1,000 plus executive mentorship, consulting and pro-bono technical assistance from Social Entrepreneurs of New Orleans (SENO). A second $500 prize will be given to the audience’s favorite pitch.

PitchNOLA is sponsored by SENO, Tulane Social Entrepreneurship Initiatives and Tulane University’s A. B. Freeman School of Business. For more information about the competition, visit

Ira Solomon named new dean of Freeman School

Wednesday, March 23rd, 2011

Ira Solomon, the R.C. Evans Endowed Chair in Business and head of the Department of Accountancy at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, has been named the new dean of the A. B. Freeman School of Business at Tulane University. The appointment is effective June 1.

Ira Solomon

University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign professor Ira Solomon has been named the new dean of the A. B. Freeman School of Business.

Tulane President Scott Cowen made the announcement on Monday, March 21, culminating a nine-month national search led by Professor of Finance Sheri Tice and Tulane Provost Michael Bernstein.

A leading scholar in his field, Solomon has been a primary architect in creating what is widely regarded as one of the finest accountancy programs in the country.

Solomon received his BBA, MPA and PhD in accounting from the University of Texas at Austin. He initially held faculty appointments at the University of Arizona before moving to the University of Illinois in 1983.

Throughout a distinguished career, Solomon has focused his research and teaching on external auditing and attestation. He has published more than 35 scholarly articles, monographs and books, many of which have been recognized for their innovation and impact by organizations such as the American Accounting Association (AAA) and the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants. He has served as an associate editor of The Accounting Review and Accounting Horizons and is currently on the editorial boards of numerous journals. He is also a vice president of the AAA and has previously served as research director of its Auditing Section, vice president of its Academic Section and its president. The AAA recognized Solomon as the Outstanding Auditing Educator of 1997. Also, in 1997, 2000 and 2003, the AAA Auditing Section recognized him for Outstanding Dissertation Supervision. In 2009, he received a Special Award of Merit by the Illinois CPA Society and recognition by the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants for Distinguished Achievement in Accounting Education.

Solomon will replace Angelo DeNisi, the Albert Harry Cohen Chair in Business Administration, who has served as dean of the Freeman School since July 2005. DeNisi will join the faculty at the business school.

Bloomberg economist to discuss economic recovery

Thursday, March 3rd, 2011

Richard Yamarone, senior economist with Bloomberg Brief: Economics, will discuss the current state of the economy in a special lecture at the A. B. Freeman School of Business.

Richard Yamarone

Richard Yamarone

Yamarone’s presentation, “What Indicators to Watch for Signs of Economic Recovery,” will take place on Tuesday, March 15, at 5 p.m. in Room 2110 of Goldring/Woldenberg Hall II on Tulane’s uptown campus. The lecture is free and open to the public. A reception will follow.

Yamarone is an economist who has more than two decades of experience and focuses on monetary and fiscal policy, economic indicators, fixed income, commodities, and general macroeconomic conditions for Bloomberg Brief: Economics, a daily newsletter that features analysis, data and news on the forces shaping the global economy. Yamarone and the Bloomberg Briefs economics team provide in-depth analysis of macroeconomic data, policy and trends and how they will impact financial markets.

Yamarone forecasts U.S. economic statistics and trends, builds macroeconometric models, and analyzes possible outcomes. He is the creator of the Bloomberg Orange Book, a compilation of macroeconomic anecdotes gleaned from comments CEOs and CFOs made on quarterly earnings conference calls. He travels extensively to speak to clients and corporate executives on the economic outlook, public speaking, and career and management coaching.

The Bloomberg Brief: Economics is one of several specialized newsletters that combine Bloomberg data and news with industry-specific original content and commentary. Bloomberg Briefs are a product of the Bloomberg Professional® service. Bloomberg Briefs are available to customers of the Bloomberg Professional® service at no additional cost at BRIEF. Non-Bloomberg users can subscribe to the newsletters at

He has won numerous accolades for his work, including being featured as one of the top 10 economists in the nation by USA Today in 2007 and “Nosttradamus of the Financial Industry” by Bank Advisor in 2008 for his prediction of the financial crises.

For more information about the lecture, contact Rhonda A. Brown, director of constituents services and initiatives, at or 504-862-8470.

Business Plan Competition announces semifinalists

Wednesday, February 23rd, 2011

The Tulane Entrepreneurs Association has announced the semifinalists for the 2011 Tulane Business Plan Competition. The competition, which takes place on Friday, April 8, at the Freeman School, will award up to $70,000 in cash to the most promising new venture.

This year’s competition attracted 76 entries from 50 universities in five countries, including China, Thailand and Spain, and the 20 ventures selected to move on to the second round run the gamut from biotechnology to finance to alternative energy.

“Yet again, we have been extremely impressed by both the quantity and quality of the plans submitted in this year’s competition,” says Chris Williams, president of the Tulane Entrepreneurs Association, organizer of the annual event. “It gives us reassurance that the principles of conscious capitalism are continuing to spread throughout the global business community. The plans advancing to the second round represent the best ideas that our generation has to offer, and the Tulane Entrepreneurs Association is proud to be associated with ventures of this caliber.”

The Tulane Business Plan Competition is the nation’s only competition dedicated to the principles of conscious capitalism. In order to be considered, ventures must demonstrate not only market potential but also the ability to positively affect all stakeholders and the society in which they operate.

The 2011 semifinalists are:

  • Bioceptive (Tulane University)
  • Drop the Chalk LLC (Tulane University)
  • Eden Organic Water (Northwestern University)
  • EMOPP (Tulane University)
  • enVivaTech (Tulane University)
  • Forfront Industries (Ball State University)
  • G&G Heritage Hotels (Purdue University)
  • GTC NOLA (Tulane University)
  • HomePoint Testing (University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill)
  • Nooch (Duke University)
  • Oculeve (Stanford University)
  • Orthopeptide Biotechnology (Drexel University & Tulane University)
  • OsComp Systems (Massachusetts Institute of Technology)
  • Pathostat LLC (University of Arizona)
  • Project Yele (Carnegie Mellon University)
  • Rebirth Financial Inc. (Tulane University)
  • Sanergy (Massachusetts Institute of Technology)
  • Tilapiana (Brigham Young University)
  • True Products LLC (Dartmouth College)
  • TrueId Security (University of Louisville)

Each of the above ventures must now submit a full business plan for review by competition judges. On March 18, the Tulane Entrepreneurs Association will announce three finalists who will be invited to compete for a grand prize of $50,000 in the competition’s live final round.

This year, thanks to a gift from the Domain Companies, the competition will also award a prize of $20,000 to the venture judged to have the most positive economic impact on New Orleans. In addition to the six Tulane-based plans above, five other ventures were  chosen to move on to the second round of the Domain Companies New Orleans Entrepreneur Challenge. Three finalists will be selected to compete for the $20,000 prize in a live round following the Tulane Business Plan Competition.

The 2011 Tulane Business Plan Competition is sponsored by the Domain Companies, the Graduate and Professional Student Association of Tulane University, the A. B. Freeman School of Business, the Graduate Business Council of the A. B. Freeman School of Business, Crescent Bank & Trust, Nola Graphics, the Tulane Association of Business Alumni, and the New Orleans BioInnovation Center.

For more information about this year’s competition, visit

Financial Times ranks EMBA program among world’s best

Monday, October 25th, 2010

In its latest survey of executive MBA programs at the world’s leading business schools, Financial Times has ranked the Freeman School’s EMBA program 75th in the world and 35th among U.S. business schools. The ranking appeared in the newspaper and on on Oct. 25.

Finanial Times RankingsFinancial Times bases its ranking on measures of alumni success, program diversity and quality of faculty. Graduates of Freeman’s EMBA program reported an average salary of $159,592 three years after completing the program, and graduates experienced a 45 percent increase in average salary compared with levels prior to entering the program. Freeman’s executive MBA program also earned relatively high marks for both international course experience, which refers to the percentage of classroom teaching hours that are carried out outside the country in which the business school is situated, and aims achieved rank, which refers to the extent to which alumni fulfilled their most important goals or reasons for doing an EMBA.

To see the full executive MBA ranking online, visit To learn more about the Freeman School’s EMBA program, visit

CNBC’s “Mad Money w/ Jim Cramer” comes to the Freeman School

Tuesday, September 28th, 2010

CNBC’s “Mad Money w/ Jim Cramer” is coming to the Freeman School of Business on Oct. 19 to broadcast in front of a live audience as part of the show’s “Back to School Tour.”

Jim Cramer

Jim Cramer brings his CNBC show "Mad Money" to Dixon Hall on Tulane's uptown campus on Oct. 19. Freeman School students can pick up tickets to attend the show on Oct. 5 in the lobby of Goldring/Woldenberg Hall II.

The show, which will broadcast from Dixon Hall on the Tulane campus, will air at 5 p.m. CDT on CNBC and re-air at 10 later that evening. Cramer and CNBC hope to fill the auditorium with an enthusiastic audience of business students, and to help achieve that goal they’ve reserved an allotment of tickets specifically for Freeman School students.

Tickets will be distributed to business students on a first-come, first-served basis on Tuesday, Oct. 5, between 8 a.m. and 4 p.m. in the lobby of Goldring/Woldenberg Hall II. Tickets for the general student population will be distributed during the same time period on Wednesday, Oct. 6, on the main floor of the Lavin-Bernick Center. Students can also reserve tickets online at beginning Oct. 1.

To prepare for the show, “Mad Money” producers will ask students to do their best Hullabaloo on camera at the ticketing events. Students and all of “Cramerica” will then vote for their favorite cheer on The winner will kick off the Lightning Round during the show.

No strangers to giving out investment advice, Freeman students will get a chance to give Cramer their top stock picks on national television. Freeman was one of the first business schools to start a student-led and published securities research program, Burkenroad Reports. The program, which follows more than 40 small-cap companies in six Southern states, spawned a mutual fund that has outperformed 99 percent of U.S. mutual funds since its inception in 2001. Students are also actively managing more than $2 million in endowment funding through the Darwin Fenner Student Managed Fund and beating many Wall Street mutual fund managers in the process.

“We’re delighted to bring Jim Cramer and ‘Mad Money’ to Tulane,” says Angelo DeNisi, dean of the Freeman School. “The Freeman School has long specialized in preparing students for careers in finance. Hosting ‘Mad Money’ at Tulane is a great opportunity to showcase programs like Burkenroad Reports and the Darwin Fenner fund before a national audience.”

Since 2006, the “Mad Money Back to School Tour” has been empowering students, and giving them the chance to experience the energy, passion and excitement of its popular host by being a part of the studio audience. Previously, “Mad Money” traveled to Georgia Tech’s School of Management, the Marshall School of Business at the University of Southern California, Harvard Law School, The Stephen M. Ross School of Business at the University of Michigan, Columbia Business School Boston College, Georgetown University, The Darden School of Business at The University of Virginia, the Red McCombs School of Business at The University of Texas at Austin, Indiana University’s Kelley School of Business, Penn State University and the University of Iowa.

For a glimpse of the “Mad Money Back To School Tour” behind the scenes action, please go to: and view “Back to School: Extra Credit.”

Competition to award $5K for best social entrepreneurship idea

Friday, September 24th, 2010

Got an idea to improve life in New Orleans? Enter the 2010 PitchNOLA competition and you could win $5,000 to help make that idea a reality.

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The Tulane Entrepreneurs Association is a co-sponsor of PitchNOLA, which will award $5,000 to the best idea to effect positive social change in New Orleans.

PitchNOLA is an elevator-pitch competition for ventures designed to effect positive social or environmental change in New Orleans. Now in its second year, the competition gives local social entrepreneurs the chance to pitch their ideas to a panel of celebrity judges and a live audience of more than 200 business professionals, social activists and community members. This year, a cash prize of $5,000 will be awarded to the entrepreneur or team of entrepreneurs with the most innovative idea, but all the participants will benefit from the opportunity to promote their ventures, get feedback on their presentations and make valuable connections with potential partners and investors.

The 2010 PitchNOLA competition will take place at on Wednesday, Nov. 17, at 6 p.m. in the Woldenberg Art Center’s Freeman Auditorium on Tulane University’s uptown campus. Individuals or teams interested in participating must submit a 500-word proposal online at no later than Friday, Oct. 15, 2010. Anyone interested in attending PitchNOLA as an audience member can also reserve a seat by visiting

The best 10 to 15 proposals received by PitchNOLA will be invited to participate in the live competition at Tulane, and those individuals or teams will also receive coaching from Chris Schultz, founder of Voodoo Ventures and co-founder of LaunchPad, and Ralph Maurer, visiting assistant professor of management at Tulane’s A. B. Freeman School of Business.

“Over the past five years, we’ve seen a growing interest in solving societal problems through entrepreneurship,” says Andrea Chen of Social Entrepreneurs of New Orleans (SENO), one of the event’s sponsors. “With PitchNOLA, we aim to bring creative, innovative minds together and connect them with supporters and resources in the community.”

Chris Williams, president of the Tulane Entrepreneurs Association, adds, “Through events like PitchNOLA, we think we can encourage the growth of innovative small businesses, and those businesses are key to keeping Tulane graduates and entrepreneurs in the New Orleans area.”

PitchNOLA is sponsored by Social Entrepreneurs of New Orleans (SENO), the Tulane Entrepreneurs Association, Tulane Social Entrepreneurship Initiatives, the A.B. Freeman School of Business at Tulane, and the Young Leadership Council.

For more information about the competition, visit

TABA announces Tulane Business Forum program

Friday, June 25th, 2010

Updated July 9, 2010

The Tulane Association of Business Alumni (TABA) has announced the program for the 2010 Tulane Business Forum. With the theme “Leveraging Corporate Resources,” this year’s forum will focus on business leaders and organizations that have demonstrated the ability to leverage assets to strengthen their market positions and achieve goals.

  • “Health Reform: What Is It and What Does It Mean?”
    Charles N. Kahn III, President and CEO, Federation of American Hospitals, Washington D.C.
  • “Distinguishing Your Company in What Could Be a Commodity Business”
    Dean E. Taylor, Chairman, President and CEO, Tidewater Inc., New Orleans
  • “Thriving in the Post-Recession, Post-Mass Media Age (aka Now!)”
    Robbie Vitrano, Agency Founder and Chairman, Trumpet, New Orleans
    John Winsor, CEO, Victors & Spoils, Boulder, Colo.
  • Alternative Capital Markets Panel Discussion
    J. Marshall Page, Partner, Jones Walker, New Orleans
    Nicolas R. Perkin, Co-Founder and President, the Receivables Exchange, New Orleans
    Christopher J. Perry, President, Americas Sales & Service, Markets Division, Thomson Reuters, New York
    Moderator: Peter Ricchiuti, Burkenroad Professor of Finance, Freeman School of Business, New Orleans

Celebrating its 31st year, the Tulane Business Forum is the premier business conference in the Gulf South, with an annual attendance of more than 750 business leaders from across the region. The forum is TABA’s primary fundraising vehicle and provides essential support for Freeman School programs including the TABA Community Service Program, the Tulane Business Plan Competition, Freeman Days networking events, and the annual Rock ‘N’ Bowl Party welcoming incoming graduate students.

The 2010 Tulane Business Forum will take place on Friday, Oct. 8, at the New Orleans Sheraton (please note the change in venue). Registration begins at 8 a.m. with the first speaker at 8:30 a.m. By attending the forum, CPAs can earn five Continuing Professional Education credits and PEs can earn five Professional Development Hour credits.

For more information about this year’s program and to register online, visit

Beta Gamma Sigma inducts newest members

Wednesday, May 19th, 2010

The Tulane chapter of Beta Gamma Sigma, the international honor society recognizing business excellence, welcomed its newest members on May 13, 2010. The 47 inductees, including students from the BSM, MACCT, MBA, MFIN, MGM, MMG, and PMBA programs, are the following: (more…)

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