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Students meet the "Oracle of Omaha"

October 20, 2008
Peter Ricchiuti led a group of 27 Freeman School students to Omaha on Oct. 17 to meet with billionaire investor Warren Buffett.

Billionaire investor Warren Buffett shared his thoughts on the future of Wall Street, the upcoming presidential election and what he looks for

in an investment with a group of 27 Freeman School students during a two-hour question-and-answer session at the headquarters of Berkshire Hathaway Inc.

The students traveled to Omaha, Neb., on Oct. 17 to meet Buffett, chairman and CEO of Berkshire Hathaway Inc., tour two of his companies, and enjoy lunch...

Tulane Business Forum preview

September 26, 2008

Richard M. Bracken, president and COO of HCA, the world's largest private operator of health care facilities, highlights a wide-ranging lineup of speakers scheduled to present at the 29th annual Tulane Business Forum.

This year's forum, which will take place on Friday, Oct. 17, at the Hilton New Orleans Riverside, focuses on the theme of innovation, a topic that forum co-chair Keith Crawford says is relevant to all businesses regardless of size or industry.

"Innovation can be found in some unlikely places," says Crawford, a management consultant and chief financial officer...

Entrepreneurship program ranked among nation's best

September 09, 2008

For the third straight year, Entrepreneur magazine and The Princeton Review have named Freeman one of the nation's top business schools for entrepreneurs.

The Freeman School was ranked 17th on this year's list of the Top 25 Graduate Programs for entrepreneurs. The ranking appears in the October issue of Entrepreneur.

"This ranking reflects our commitment to providing students with the practical skills, real-world experience and inspiration to fulfill their aspirations to start and build companies that make the world a better place," said John Elstrott, clinical professor of...

Freeman jumps in latest U.S. News survey

September 01, 2008

The Freeman School jumped five spots to No. 43 in the latest U.S. News & World Report ranking of undergraduate business programs. The ranking appeared in the magazine's Sept. 1, 2008, issue.

"This is great news for the Freeman School and the undergraduate program, but as always we must be cautious about putting too much weight in this or any other ranking," said Angelo DeNisi, dean of the Freeman School. "Our true focus continues to be making the program the best it can be regardless of rankings."

The ranking was based on a spring 2008 survey of deans and senior faculty...

AméricaEconomía ranks MBA program 24th in the world

August 26, 2008

In its latest survey of global MBA programs, Latin American business magazine AméricaEconomía has ranked the Freeman School's MBA program 24th in the world and 15th among U.S. business schools. The ranking, a jump of two spots over last year's position, appears in the August 2008 issue.

"I think this ranking reflects the breadth of our activities throughout the region," said Angelo DeNisi, dean of the Freeman School. "Between our Global Leadership Module, the Global MBA option, and our international executive and PhD programs, the Freeman School has become one of the premier U.S....

Partisan politics fuels energy debate

July 29, 2008

America's energy policy took center stage at a special congressional debate hosted by the Freeman School's Entergy-Tulane Energy Institute, but despite the organizers' goal of fostering a constructive dialog between parties, the participants in large part stuck to familiar partisan scripts.

"America is addicted to oil, but instead of developing new energy sources, the Republicans are demanding more drilling," proclaimed Rep. Bart Stupak (D-Mich). "We can't drill our way out of high prices. We need to develop alternative energy sources beyond drilling to reduce energy prices and...

Four alums make DiversityMBA Top 100

July 15, 2008

Four Freeman School alumni are among the outstanding young executives to make the latest DiversityMBA Magazine list of the Top 100 Under 50 Diverse Executive Leaders. The annual survey of minority executives was featured in the magazine's summer 2008 issue.

Earning the honor were Bryan Brown (MBA '93), partner with Porter & Hedges; Timothy W. Goodly (MBA '95), senior vice president for human resources at CNN Worldwide; Eric Lopez (MBA '99), vice president for key accounts and national Hispanic sales and marketing at National Life Group; and Vijay Parmar (MBA '88), founder,...

Timing of messages key to successful product launch, researchers say

July 07, 2008

Innovators take note: If you're thinking of launching a revolutionary new product, plan a two-phased marketing strategy that first emphasizes the product's benefits and later focuses on the practical aspects of using it. That's the most effective means of getting consumers to buy a new product, according to a recent article co-authored by researchers at the Freeman School.

"Managing Consumer Uncertainty in the Adoption of New Products: Temporal Distance and Mental Simulations," by marketing professors Mita and Harish Sujan, assistant marketing professor Manish Kacker, and Raquel...

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It's never too late to graduate

May 19, 2008
Henry St. Paul became one of the oldest graduates to earn a Freeman School MBA when he graduated in 2008.

Henry St. Paul knew it would take time to earn enough credits to get a master of business administration degree when he started night classes at Tulane. He just never thought it would take 53 years.

On May 17, 2008, 53 years after starting the MBA program, Henry St. Paul crossed the stage in McAlister Auditorium along with 187 fellow graduates of the A. B. Freeman School of Business, finally receiving his master of business administration degree. At 81, St. Paul is one of...

Energy firms highlight Burkenroad Conference

April 28, 2008

With oil prices hovering around $120 a barrel, it doesn't take much imagination to guess what the hot ticket was at this year's Burkenroad Reports Investment Conference.

"Energy stocks were white hot," says Peter Ricchiuti, assistant dean and organizer of the event. "Everybody was interested in energy. There were some presentations where I couldn't even get into the room."

Energy companies, banks, offshore service providers, a chicken processor and a manufacturer of products for infants were among the 34 regional small- and mid-cap companies to participate in this year's...

Reiss and Houston honored as Entrepreneurs of the Year

April 21, 2008

The Freeman School has named two distinguished businessmen with close ties to New Orleans as this year's Tulane Entrepreneurs of the Year.

James J. Reiss Jr., a private investor and manager of Reiss Companies, was honored as the 2008 Tulane Most Distinguished Entrepreneur, and Allan Houston, former NBA player and founder of the Allan Houston Foundation, was honored as the 2008 Tulane Social Entrepreneur of the Year.

The awards were presented at the annual Tulane Council of Entrepreneurs Awards Gala on Friday, April 18, at the Westin New Orleans at Canal Place. The Freeman...

Startups compete for cash in business plan competition

April 19, 2008

Can small loans up to $250 be enough to fight global poverty? A group of students from the Freeman School and University of Texas at Dallas are banking on it. They got an endorsement from peers and faculty Friday at the 8th annual Tulane Business Plan Competition.

The Audubon Global Opportunities Fund won a first place prize of $10,000 in the social entrepreneurship track for a plan to raise $30 million to invest in stable micro-finance intuitions across the globe. These institutions provide small loans and lines of credit to those living in poverty in the hopes of spurring...