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Alumni: Dan McDonald of PECI

Dan McDonald (MBA 1991)Dan McDonald (MBA 1991)Dan McDonald is an outstanding MBA alum who has continued his engagement and involvement with Portland State University in a very meaningful way.

Dan works for PECI, which designs and manages energy efficiency programs for utility providers, government organizations and other clients. PECI has earned "Best Green Companies to Work for in Oregon" recognition every year since 2009.

I recently caught up with Dan to talk about his role at PECI and his experience with the Portland State MBA program.

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Tags: alumni connections, Intel Finance, MBA alumni, PECI

Social Innovation Entrepreneurship Event

I decided to attend the Portland State Alumni Association's Social Innovation Entrepreneur Event earlier this month because I wanted an opportunity to network with other PSU alums and learn from the speakers. I was not disappointed in either category.

The event was held in a private event room at Bridgeport Brewery in the Pearl District, and was packed with interesting Portland State alumni.

Speaker Panel: From left to right: Cindy Cooper, Jacen Greene, Amelia Pape, and Justin StanleySpeaker Panel: From left to right: Cindy Cooper, Jacen Greene, Amelia Pape, and Justin Stanley

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Tags: alumni connections, Carolyn McKnight, Cindy Cooper, Impact Entrepreneurs, MBA alumni, Social Enterprise

Alumni: Jason Kallingal & Life of Pie

Jason Kallingal (MBA 2011) began his new restaurant, Life of Pie, out a passion for making excellent wood-fired pizza available to local neighborhoods.

Jason has extensive experience in the restaurant business, beginning with a family-owned establishment in Guam, to managing Paccini's on the Portland State campus, and now serving excellent wood-fired pizza at Life of Pie on N. Williams Avenue.

The pride of Life of Pie — and source of tasty pizza — is the Italian-made, 700-degree, wood-fired pizza oven, which cooks pizza in 2-3 minutes. The pizza smelled amazing the minute I walked through the door! Jason has hired a dedicated staff with pizza-making and restaurant experience so customers receive the best experience along with the best pizza.

Life of Pie uses ingredients from local farmer's markets (like the meats and mozzarella), and serves local wine and beer.

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Tags: Alumni, Jason Kallinghal, Life of Pie, MBA alumni, pizza, Portland

Panel Discussion: Careers in Consulting

2013 Careers in Consulting Panel2013 Careers in Consulting PanelI attended the Careers in Consulting Panel at Portland State University on November 13. At this session, the panelists discussed their backgrounds and how they got into consulting, how the career path affects their lifestyle, the challenges they face in working with clients, and how interested students can prepare for a career in consulting. 

Many business students go on to become consultants after completing business school. The goal of the panel discussion was to provide business students with an inside look at what it means to be a consultant. 

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Tags: Alumni, alumni connections, career management, Career Services, Careers in Consulting, MBA alumni, Portland State MBA

Rick Miller (MBA '91) and Erika Miller Receive Simon Benson Award for Philanthropy

Each year, Portland State University recognizes leading donors and alumni at its annual Simon Benson Awards Dinner.

Last week's 2013 gala attracted a record 1,800 attendees and raised a record $1.2 million.

As reported by the Portland Business Journal, the event answered a lingering question in the philanthropic community: Who made the anonymous $8 million gift to Portland State's business school this spring?

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Tags: Alumni, MBA alumni, Portland State School of Business

Alumni: Michelle Pagès (MBA '13) and The Clymb

For today's post, recent MBA graduate Michelle Pagès shares her experience gaining a position at The Clymb after graduation, and talks about how her MBA has helped her excel in her new position.

 

 

Q: How did this opportunity come about? What were the steps to being hired?

A: I was in Lauren Beitelspacher's Marketing in the Athletic and Outdoor Industry class this past winter, which I loved because she had industry professionals from different Athletic and Outdoor Industry (A&OI) companies come speak to us every week.

One evening, two speakers came from The Clymb: Cec Annett (co-founder) and Brett Cassidy (buyer and PSU MBA alum). They told the story of how The Clymb, a Portland-based outdoor e-commerce company, came to be. I was absolutely enthralled. It was the first time I felt that I could be truly passionate about every aspect of a business: particularly its mission, product, and culture.  Lauren, knowing my passion for the outdoor industry and travel, interrupted their presentation to say: "Oh my gosh, I am going to send you Michelle's resume!" At the time, I was taken by surprise (and slightly embarrassed), but was mostly thrilled for the opportunity to connect with folks at The Clymb.

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Tags: Athletic & Outdoor Industry, MBA alumni, MBA Students, Michelle Pages, The Clymb

PSU MBA Alumni: Celeste Trapp (MBA 2000)

Celeste Trapp: Owner and Founder: HairM and Y-Chrome, PSU MBA Alumnus 2000Celeste Trapp: Owner and Founder: HairM and Y-Chrome, PSU MBA Alumnus 2000Celeste Trapp (MBA 2000) founded HairM in 2003 after working in marketing for over 11 years.

With no salon industry background, she left her job as VP of Business Development for a marketing agency and opened one of the country's first male grooming shops. Celeste studied marketing and business at the University of Oregon and Portland State University, receiving her MBA here at PSU in 2000.

Besides being the founder of HairM, and a partner in modern day barbershop Y-Chrome, Celeste has served as President for the Portland chapter of Entrepreneurs' Organization (EO).

I recently had a chance to catch up with Celeste for an informative Q &A session...

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Tags: Alumni, Celeste Trapp, Entrepreneurs Organization, MBA alumni, Portland State MBA

Alumni Update: Mallory Miller (MBA '13) and Tim Navarrette ('13)

A couple of months ago I wrote about some of our amazing MBA alumni and students: Ian Skelly (MBA ‘13) who is now at Hitachi Consulting, Meghan Rupp who is at Nike (MBA ‘13) and Jacey Marushia-Laurain (MBA Class of 2014) who is interning this summer at Blount International. Today I want to tell you about a few more students and their path to success.

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Tags: Alumni, Business Connections, career management, Career Services, MBA, MBA alumni

Graduation! "Farewell" post by Mallory Miller

During my last class ever of the MBA program, Professor Brian McCarthy asked the class to share the one thing that they would be taking with them from the MBA program.

I shared with the class that the biggest thing I would be taking with me is presentation skills. I have developed a genuine fondness for public speaking throughout my two years and countless presentations in the Portland State MBA program. In fact, it’s now hard for me to believe I was once absolutely terrified to speak in front of a group!

I've gained so much more than that from getting my MBA, so I thought I would share my Top 3 with you in this "farewell" post:

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Tags: Alumni, career management, full time mba, MBA alumni, networking

Alumni Profile: Amy Wester (MBA '11)

Before starting the full-time MBA program at Portland State, Amy Wester (MBA ’11) worked for several years as a store manager for Pier 1 Imports, and as a project manager for an interior design firm. 

With her varied management and retail experience, she knew that joining a large corporate retailer would be a great next step in her career. Deciding to get her MBA gave her the skills and knowledge to take that next step.

I recently caught up with Amy to find out more about her experience in the MBA program, her job at Nike, and how she is spending her free time after graduation… 

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Tags: Alumni, China, full time mba, MBA alumni, Nike, Study Abroad

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