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Freeman expands relationship with China's Zhejiang University

March 27, 2012

The Freeman School has signed an agreement with China’s Zhejiang University to begin admitting students from its School of Management to the Freeman School’s Master of Accounting and Master of Finance programs.

Freeman School Dean Ira Solomon, left, and School of Management Executive Dean Xiaobo Wu signed an agreement in February outlining a host of joint programs and activities.

The new agreement, signed in February by Freeman School Dean Ira Solomon and School of Management Executive Dean Xiaobo Wu, expands a relationship the Freeman School had previously had exclusively with...

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Ideas growing for businesses that make a difference

March 23, 2012

Ventures with strong connections to Tulane University and the A. B. Freeman School of Business were big winners in last week’s 2012 New Orleans Entrepreneur Week, an event highlighting the city’s thriving startup community. Companies founded by Tulane staff, students or alumni won three of the five major contests, each winning a $50,000 cash prize, while many more participated as contestants throughout the week.

NanoFex CEO David Culpepper, left, is congratulated by Tim Williamson (BSM ’87), CEO of the Idea Village, after being selected as winner of the $50,000 Tulane Challenge during...
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Burkenroad mutual fund celebrates 10-year anniversary

March 11, 2012

The mutual fund based in part on the Freeman School’s Burkenroad Reports investment research program recently celebrated its 10-year anniversary with a pair of prestigious honors.

Peter Ricchiuti says the performance of the Hancock Horizon Burkenroad Small Cap Fund has been phenomenal.

Morningstar awarded the Hancock Horizon Burkenroad Small Cap Fund a coveted five-star overall rating, and Lipper ranked the fund as the second-best performer out of 303 funds in the small-cap core category over the last 10 years.

“It’s just a phenomenal story,” says Peter Ricchiuti,...

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Freeman professor to be honored at the White House

March 06, 2012

Sherif A. Ebrahim, adjunct professor of management, strategy and entrepreneurship, will be honored at the White House on Wednesday, March 7, as an entrepreneurial mentor and “Champion of Change.” Ebrahim is one of 11 individuals from across the nation being recognized for outstanding leadership in entrepreneurial mentoring, counseling and training.

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The Champions of Change program was created as a part of President Obama’s Winning the Future initiative. Each year, a different sector is highlighted and groups of champions, ranging from educators to entrepreneurs to...

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GMAC President and CEO Dave Wilson joins Business School Council

March 01, 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.

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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...

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KPMG chief optimistic about U.S. economy

February 16, 2012

John Veihmeyer, chair and CEO of the global accounting firm KPMG, has some advice for anyone interested in knowing what’s really going on in the world.

“Don’t believe anything you hear on CNBC or MSNBC,” Veihmeyer told students at the A. B. Freeman School of Business. “All you do if you watch those programs is get really depressed about the state of the world.”

In his talk at the Freeman School, John Veihmeyer said CEOs “are generally feeling pretty good about their companies and their prospects over the next 12 to 15 months.” (Photo by Cheryl Gerber)

Despite what you...

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Global accounting firm KPMG to fund professorship at the Freeman School

February 14, 2012

During a speaking engagement at Tulane University yesterday, KPMG Chairman and CEO John Veihmeyer announced plans to establish the KPMG LLP Professorship in Accounting at the A. B. Freeman School of Business.

During a speaking engagement at Tulane, KPMG Chairman and CEO John Veihmeyer announced plans to establish the KPMG LLP Professorship in Accounting at the A. B. Freeman School of Business.

KPMG partners, retired partners and employees, supported by matching gifts from the KPMG Foundation, together have pledged $150,000 over five years to support the teaching and research of...

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Freeman team takes top prize at Wall St. Training Valuation Competition

February 14, 2012

Four Freeman School Master of Finance students beat out teams from more than 25 universities to take home the top honors at the inaugural Wall St. Training Valuation Competition. The contest, sponsored by Wall St. Training, a provider of training programs for finance professionals, took place in New York on Feb. 3.

Hamilton Lin, left, CEO of Wall St. Training, with the winning Freeman School team. From left to right, Bo Yuan, Bohua Liu, Feifan Qiang and Luo Xue. (Photo by Craig Williston/Qool Foto.)

In winning the competition, the Freeman School team—Bo Yuan (MFIN ’12), Bohua Liu...

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Burkenroad Symposium tackles ethics of social media

February 11, 2012

If there was an overriding theme at this year’s Burkenroad Symposium, “Taming the Dragon: The Ethics of Doing Business in the World of Social Media,” panelist David Vinjamuri summed it up best.

Burkenroad Institute Director Adrienne Colella, left, with panelist David Vinjamuri. Vinjamuri emphasized the importance of ethics in social media at this year’s symposium. Photos by Cheryl Gerber.

“Just because you can doesn’t mean you should,” said Vinjamuri, founder of ThirdWay Brand Trainers and “Brand Truth” columnist for Forbes magazine. “There are many things that are...

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Study shows 'downsizing' options beat calorie warnings in convincing diners to eat less

February 08, 2012

Studies have shown fast-food calorie postings do little to deter diners from overeating. A better approach may be for restaurants to simply ask consumers if they’d like smaller portions, according to new research by a Freeman School professor in this month’s Health Affairs.

A new study by the Freeman School's Janet Schwartz shows that "downsizing" is more effective than calorie labeling at getting consumers to make healthy choices.

The study, by Janet Schwartz, assistant professor of marketing, found that when servers asked customers whether they’d like to...

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Burkenroad Symposium to explore ethics and social media

January 31, 2012

Now that it’s easier than ever for companies to engage their customers via social media, it’s also easier than ever to get burned in 140 characters or less.

Just ask Bank of America, Netflix, Kenneth Cole or any other famous brands who’ve gotten a very public earful online after a marketing misstep or tone-deaf tweet. The Freeman School’s Burkenroad Institute will host a free symposium this month featuring advice and insights from national social media experts on the new ethical issues companies face in authentically engaging customers via social networking.

The 19th...

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Freeman takes home third-place honors at trading competition

January 21, 2012

A team of Freeman School students traveled to New York in December and came away with third-place honors at the 2011 University Trading Challenge.

Freeman students Trevor Plath, Mario Cano, Savanna Speciale and Edward Hall, left to right, took home the third-place trophy at December’s University Trading Challenge in New York. Also pictured is Bryant Nielson, managing director of CapitalWave Inc., organizer of the competition.

The annual competition, sponsored by CapitalWave Inc., a leading provider of training solutions for the capital markets and finance community, took place...