– Winter 2012 –

From the Dean

- Winter 2012 -

Since my arrival on campus, I have been meeting with faculty and the Business School Council to develop in collaboration a new strategic plan for the school, one that leverages our existing strengths while addressing the rapidly evolving landscape of management education. While this plan will comprise initiatives spanning virtually every facet of the school, our ultimate goal can be summed up rather simply: to make Freeman a “school of choice.”

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Farm Team

- Winter 2012 -

The Mauthe family have been dairy farmers in South Louisiana for five generations, but in the wake of Hurricane Katrina, their small, family-owned dairy was forced to suspend operations. Now, with the help of celebrity chef John Besh and a team of Freeman School MBAs, the Mauthes hope to bring their fresh glass-bottled milk, Creole cream cheese and homemade cheesecakes to a new generation of customers.

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MBAs Practice Business Without Borders

- Winter 2012 -

Tom Connor (MBA ’12) has worked on a lot of consulting projects but probably none as simultaneously inspiring and sobering as the one he recently undertook for CILSA, an Argentinean nonprofit dedicated to helping at-risk children and the disabled access educational and career opportunities.

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Collaboration Is Key, Development Officials Say

- Winter 2012 -

This year’s Tulane Business Forum focused on growth through innovation and collaboration, and according to a panel of New Orleans economic development officials, the city’s remarkable rise in a host of national business rankings—everything from best city for attracting people under 25 with college degrees to top metro area for IT job growth—is a perfect example of that theme.

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Wall Street Reforms Likely Not Enough

- Winter 2012 -

New federal rules to rein in the banking industry may be causing a stir on Wall Street, but the regulations likely won’t go far enough to prevent a crisis like the 2007–2008 financial meltdown, says the Freeman School’s Paul Spindt.

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Villere & Co. Named Outstanding Family Enterprise

- Winter 2012 -

St. Denis J. Villere and Co., a 100-year-old family-owned investment management company, is the 2011 recipient of the Tulane Family Business Center’s Outstand Family Enterprise Award.

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Innovative Clinic Wins Top Prize at PitchNOLA

- Winter 2012 -

The ideas presented spanned everything from urban farms to educational wetlands trips to an online crowdsourcing program to support underprivileged students, but in the end, it was an innovative approach to health care that captured the top prize at PitchNOLA 2011.

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TEA Kicks Off 2012 Tulane Business Plan Competition

- Winter 2012 -

The Tulane Entrepreneurs Association (TEA) has begun accepting applications for the 2012 Tulane Business Plan Competition, the only business plan competition in the nation dedicated to the principles of Conscious Capitalism.

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Trapani and Bakamitsos tapped to lead Executive Education

- Winter 2012 -

John M. Trapani III and Yiorgos Bakamitsos have been appointed as the new heads of executive education at the Freeman School.

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Perspective: Think the Contemporary Art Market is a New Phenomenon? Think Again

- Winter 2012 -

While all this might sound like 21st century Wall Street-style art dealing, nothing could be further from the truth. Research into past art markets has revealed the existence of sophisticated dealer networks in the 19th century and possibly even earlier.

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