Business – The Citadel Today https://today.citadel.edu Fri, 16 Dec 2022 14:47:15 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=5.8.6 https://today.citadel.edu/wp-content/uploads/2018/06/Citadel-Favion-new-150x150.png Business – The Citadel Today https://today.citadel.edu 32 32 144096890 Two cadets to represent The Citadel on the national advisory board for Women Impacting Supply Chain Excellence https://today.citadel.edu/two-cadets-to-represent-the-citadel-on-the-national-advisory-board-for-women-impacting-supply-chain-excellence/ Fri, 16 Dec 2022 14:46:19 +0000 https://today.citadel.edu/?p=33916 Ortega and CurmodeOrtega and CurmodeTwo Citadel cadets will represent the college on the Women Impacting Supply Chain Excellence (WISE) National Advisory Board. ]]> Ortega and CurmodeOrtega and Curmode

As seen in Baker Business Blast, the BSB’S newsletter

Cadets serve on national board

Next year, two Citadel cadets will represent the college on the Women Impacting Supply Chain Excellence (WISE) National Advisory Board. Cadet Tiziana Ortega will serve as co-chair and Cadet Caitlin Curmode will serve as a board member. The Citadel and the University of Arkansas are the hosting colleges and the only ones with student representatives on the board.

Ortega also leads the Supply Chain and Port Club as its president, and recently received an internship through The Citadel Career Center. She wants to use her position on the advisory board to further networking opportunities and help each other become leaders in the industry.

“As a co-chair this year, I really want to focus on the mentor and mentee relationship with all the women in supply chain,” said Ortega. “It’s important to have someone to look up to that can help you with career development. I also want to help them build their personal brand, polish up resumes and work on basic networking skills. I’m excited to see this group be the next wave of female leaders in supply chain management.”

These cadets, along with Sergey Ponomarov, Ph.D., professor of Supply Chain Management, attended the fourth annual WISE symposium, where they visited headquarters of several large companies such as Sam’s Club and J.B. Hunt Transport Services, attend panel discussions and interacted with industry professionals and other students from top supply chain programs.

“Participation in the WISE Symposium and other related activities — as well as serving on the advisory board — will allow them to grow personally and professionally while learning from the best practices,” said Ponomarov. “It’s important to promote and support female leadership in a traditionally underrepresented field, as well as attract new students to our fast-growing supply chain major.”

For Curmode, the opportunity to connect with other women leaders in this industry was an invaluable experience.

“The WISE conference was beneficial because we were able to meet girls from all around America and see what their schools and lives are like in their supply chain programs. We were able to meet with very successful women in the field as well which was inspiring to see that could be one of us someday,” said Curmode.

The supply chain management major is offered through the Tommy and Victoria Baker School of Business and addresses the fundamental business need of supplying product to meet demand in a complex world. The program introduces cadets to career opportunities through academic studies, extracurricular activities — such as the WISE conference — and internships.

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An interview with Cadet Col. Brandon Johnson, this year’s Regimental Commander https://today.citadel.edu/an-interview-with-cadet-col-brandon-johnson-this-years-regimental-commander/ Tue, 15 Nov 2022 19:21:39 +0000 https://today.citadel.edu/?p=33739 Brandon Johnson and Joshua TolbertBrandon Johnson and Joshua Tolbert"Discipline is earned through the challenges we face here."]]> Brandon Johnson and Joshua TolbertBrandon Johnson and Joshua Tolbert

Each year, the Regimental Public Affairs NCO sits down with the Regimental Commander so that the community gets to know more about the current commander and how he is leading the South Carolina Corps of Cadets.

Cadet. Col. Brandon Johnson was born and raised in Charleston, South Carolina. He is a Supply Chain Management major and a member of the Junior Sword Arch and the Hollingsworth Society.

Earlier this year, Johnson answered a series of questions from Josh Tolbert, this year’s Regimental Public Affairs NCO.

Q&A with Brandon Johnson

What is one word that you would use to describe yourself?

Fearless.

How do you spend your free time?

I always get a workout and a run in. My schedule is busy, but exercise is a daily priority. On the weekends, I enjoy spending time with friends and family. You can always catch me on the boat or the beach. I live right next to Sullivan’s Island, so I frequently spend time there.

What is a quote you live by?

There are two. The first is just two words — “Never settle.” I first started using this short phrase my sophomore year and it has stuck with me ever since. I also live by the Bible verse Isaiah 6:8: “And I heard the voice of the Lord saying, ‘Whom shall I send, and who will go for us?’ Then I said, ‘Here am I! Send me.’” Stepping up to a challenge is something I take pride in, and I am always looking for one.

Why did you choose The Citadel?

In high school, I planned on attending the University of South Carolina. I vividly remember sitting down at the dinner table and deciding that I was going to attend The Citadel. I changed my mind because I was seeking a lifestyle that was uncommon for most people my age. I knew the structure and discipline would benefit me. Thankfully I made the right decision, and I have not looked back since.

Who inspires you the most and why?

My father is a huge inspiration for me, his character and selflessness are something I truly admire. No matter what decision I make, he always supports me. I frequently call him to ask for advice and he always seems to have the right answer. Without my parents, I would be no where near where I am today. He has made countless sacrifices for me and my siblings. He always pushes me to be my best in any endeavor.

What made you want to become the Regimental Commander and what are your goals for the school year?

I love The Citadel and wanted to make a difference for my fellow cadets. I am fortunate to have great mentors who always push me to be my best here, and they are a big reason why I made it this far. At the beginning of the year, my main goals were to develop as many leaders as possible, give cadets the ability to lead and to create an environment that is both productive and enjoyable. I want everyone to take pride in their Citadel experience.

Citadel Cadets take part in the school years first Parade at which winning companies were awarded the President’s, Summerall, Pearlstine, Commandant’s, and Bonnoitt Cups Friday Sept. 2, 2022 in Charleston, South Carolina.(Ed Wray/The Citadel)

As a knob, did you ever see yourself becoming the Regimental Commander?

I was not dead set on becoming the Regimental Commander, however, I knew I could do it if I set my mind to it — I knew I had the potential. I learned early on that my effort was the only limiting factor to my success in life. I always wanted to be a commander at some level. At the end of the day, I wanted to be a leader.

You are the Regimental Commander the same year the Citadel celebrates 100 Years on the Ashley. How important and special is that to you?

It is very important to me. I have always had an astounding amount of respect for all of the classes that came before mine. The legacies they left behind are still carried throughout the Corp of Cadets. The Citadel truly is a special place and it is an honor to be carrying on the legacy of the campus. The cadets are what make the past 100 years so meaningful. Without the past, present and future cadets, The Citadel’s life-changing experience would disappear. I hope to see another 100 years of the road less traveled. 

What is your plan after you graduate and what will you miss the most after you graduate?

I am going to begin my career right here in Charleston. Thankfully, I am fortunate to have professional experience in the maritime logistics industry through past internships. I have no doubt I will miss all the brothers and sisters I have gained along the way. I am beyond fortunate to be surrounded by peers who constantly push themselves. Being surrounded by the best 18-to-22-year-olds in the country is a humbling and rewarding experience.

What life lesson have you learned here that you will take with you after you graduate?

I have learned so much that it’s honestly hard to put it into words. I developed what I believe to be the most important and beneficial trait for any human — discipline. I’ve learned that means doing the things you need to do when you don’t want to do them and having a constant force pushing me to be my best every day. Discipline is earned through the challenges we face here.

About Regimental Public Affairs NCO Josh Tolbert

Joshua Tolbert is a junior from North Charleston, South Carolina and a computer engineering major. On campus, he is the Regimental Public Affairs NCO and participates in the Gospel Choir, African American Association and The National Society of Black Engineers. After graduation, Tolbert plans to become a database administrator.

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From American Idol to The Citadel: Meet Air Force veteran student Nalani Quintello https://today.citadel.edu/from-american-idol-to-the-citadel-meet-air-force-veteran-student-nalani-quintello/ Wed, 09 Nov 2022 19:12:56 +0000 https://today.citadel.edu/?p=33585 Nalani QuintelloNalani QuintelloNalani Quintello is a veteran day student at The Citadel studying Business and Project Management. During her service, Quintello used her talents to become lead vocalist in the Premier Rock Band of the Air Force. She is an ambassador for the Air Force Wounded Warrior Program and hopes to combine her passions for service and music into a business venture.]]> Nalani QuintelloNalani Quintello

“The journey is challenging, but so rewarding.”

In honor of Veterans Day on Nov. 11, The Citadel is featuring some of the college’s outstanding veteran students representing different branches of the U.S. Armed Forces.

There are more than 250 veterans currently studying at The Citadel as either undergraduate or graduate students. They can take classes as day students alongside the Corps of Cadets, evening students with other non-cadet students or online. The Citadel’s Veteran Student Success Center also offers resources to these students to ensure they have an easy transition and excel here.

Named #1 Best College for Veterans in the South for five consecutive years, the Military College of South Carolina is honored to help our nation’s heroes advance their education.

Q&A with Nalani Quintello, Class of 2024

Nalani Quintello is a veteran and a graduate student at The Citadel pursuing her Masters of Business Administration and also studying Project Management. During her service, Quintello used her talents to become lead vocalist in the Premier Rock Band of the Air Force. She is an ambassador for the Air Force Wounded Warrior Program and hopes to combine her passions for service and music into a business venture.

At what rank did you leave the military? How long did you serve? What was your time in the military like? 

At 19 years old, I withdrew as a contestant from American Idol to follow my family’s legacy of military service. I served for six years and eight months as a lead vocalist in the Premier Rock Band of the U.S. Air Force in Washington, D.C. I was fortunate to have incredible opportunities such as performing at the White House, headlining an NFL half-time show and traveling the globe uniting communities through the power of music. 

Why did you choose to attend The Citadel?

I unexpectedly medically retired in October 2021 and found myself at a crossroads in my life. I’ve always valued education and wanted to continue to better myself to help those around me. That’s why I decided to attend graduate school and pursue an MBA.

What do you want to do after you graduate?

My goal is to utilize my unique experiences serving in the U.S. Air Force to positively impact others, especially my fellow veterans. I envision creating a sustainable business venture that cultivates a safe working environment while integrating my passions for music, service to others and love of country. 

What experiences from your military service have prepared you to be a better citizen?

I’ve been blessed to meet the most incredible people and I am continually inspired by their courage, especially my friends from the Air Force Wounded Warrior Program. My career was full of challenges which have better equipped me to overcome adversity. By sharing my own journey, I am able to positively advocate for others who may be struggling in their current environment. 

Are there any advantages to being a veteran at The Citadel?

Being a veteran at The Citadel makes me feel like I am still closely tied to service, which is comforting. My personal values of servant leadership align with The Citadel’s core principles of honor, duty and respect, which is the main reason I chose to attend.  

Do you ever have an opportunity to interact with cadets on campus?

I am looking forward to personally meeting the cadets at The Citadel. I have been able to witness their discipline and dedication in passing, which brings back positive memories of when I was in basic training. I have a tremendous amount of respect for the cadets, as many of them will become the next generation of America’s military leaders. I’m excited to see the incredible things they will accomplish. The journey is challenging, but so rewarding!

What’s your favorite thing about The Citadel as a whole?

The staff at The Citadel have been very kind and welcoming to me as a student. They understand the stress of transitioning from active duty back to civilian life and have been accommodating for me to be a successful graduate student.  

The Citadel’s online MBA program is ranked #37 in the country by U.S. News & World Report. For more information on the MBA program, click here.

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Five teams move on to the final round in the Baker Business Bowl IX https://today.citadel.edu/five-teams-move-on-to-the-final-round-in-the-baker-business-bowl-ix/ Wed, 09 Nov 2022 18:51:24 +0000 https://today.citadel.edu/?p=33601 Baker Business Bowl IXBaker Business Bowl IXEleven teams competed in the semi-final round of the Baker Business Bowl IX on Thursday, Nov. 3. Business ideas ranged from hockey gear, bait casters, delivery drones and more. By the end of the day, only five teams advanced to the final round.]]> Baker Business Bowl IXBaker Business Bowl IX

Photo: Clayton Tovo presenting for Team Patriot Goalie.

Eleven teams competed in the semi-final round of the Baker Business Bowl IX on Thursday, Nov. 3. Business ideas ranged from hockey gear, bait casters, delivery drones and more. By the end of the day, only five teams advanced to the final round.

This elevator pitch round consisted of five-minute summaries from each team, where they had the chance to explain their business idea to a panel of business experts and then had a ten minute question and answer portion from the judges.

In its ninth year, the Baker Business Bowl is a program for budding entrepreneurs who have an idea for a new product or service along with a drive to turn that idea into a business. This program is open to cadets, evening undergraduate students and graduate students.

Now, five teams will move on to compete in the final round. They include:

BreaKINGchains/Worthy Living Co.

This company is a personalized life and accountability coaching service that specializes in nutrition support through delivered meal boxes to promote weight loss. They aim to develop this business into more fitness and incentive focused plans.

FarmHand

This team’s goal is to help eliminate food deserts through micro-green, aquaponics, vertical farm franchising systems. This will be done by partnering with homeowners to use their homes’ space to install these aquaponic systems.

Landsformer

This team wants to develop a solar–powered, self-driving lawn mower. Made up of mechanical engineer majors, the team aims to develop a more cost-effective version that utilizes solar-powered batteries and a boundary system.

Patriot Goalie

This company hopes to create handcrafted, quality hockey equipment, specifically for youth goalies. Youth hockey is a growing sport, and since children grow quickly out of their gear, this company aims to cut the cost of replacing goalie gear by creating sizeable pad leaf inserts.

Sideways Performance

The Sideways Performance team aims to improve the performance and efficiency of any vehicle by replacing older motors with fuel injected LS motors. This will save vehicle owners money by improving gas mileage on older vehicles, as well as boosting its reliability and power.

The other teams who competed in the second round were: The Infinity Ring by AROS Technologies, Jet Boat Nozzle, What I Got, EM Bait-caster, Whirlwind Bait Caster and Sigma Drone Corp.

The Tommy and Victoria Baker School of Business would like to thank the judges:

  • Jessica Taylor Goyack
  • James Wigfall
  • Peter Wild
  • Bobby Hudson
  • Patrick Conti
  • Gene King
  • Stephen Evans
  • Joseph Berger

The final round of Baker Business Bowl XI will be a professional business plan presentation before the judging committee. This will include marketing, pricing and production strategies, financial projections and other details. The final round will be held next semester, where the finalists will present their full business plan to a panel of judges. The winning team will receive $10,000 to kickstart their business and the second-place team will receive $5,000.

This event is made possible through the generous donations of The Citadel Class of 1989, Jeff Cobb and Dan D. Nale, PE, ’82. To learn more about this program and the Tommy and Victoria Baker School of Business, click here.

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My Ring Story: “Getting this ring means I have changed for the better” https://today.citadel.edu/my-ring-story-getting-this-ring-means-i-have-changed-for-the-better/ Wed, 12 Oct 2022 20:00:00 +0000 https://today.citadel.edu/?p=33297 Jeremy AnyimJeremy Anyim"No matter what struggles I faced or what adversity came my way, The Citadel has taught me how to put one foot in front of the other and carry on. A common phrase on campus cadets say is “Embrace the suck” and this is something I have certainly felt on some of those tougher days," said Jeremy Anyim.]]> Jeremy AnyimJeremy Anyim

Jeremy Anyim is a cadet-athlete who is majoring in Finance. He was born in Jamaica and moved around the U.S. from New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Wisconsin and lastly South Carolina. He is involved in many clubs on campus like the Philanthropic Council, Gospel Choir, Cadet Activities Council and the African American Society. Anyim serves as 1st Battalion’s Activities Officer.

What makes the ring special to you?

The ring is the culmination of the growth and struggle over the past three years. I used to be a quitter before coming to The Citadel. When things got tough, I would take the easy route, but getting this ring means I have changed for the better. Getting this ring signifies I can do anything I put my mind to and I am not limited by my skin color.

What do you hope your legacy will be when you graduate?

For my legacy, I want my mentees to carry forward the attitude my roommate and I have instilled in them: to persevere through any adversity they come across. They should be kind to their own mentees and create a cycle of kindness. Lastly, I want to be remembered for my kindness and for being a bright light in someone’s day.

How has The Citadel impacted your character?

There was a time when I thought I should get a tattoo saying “Resilient” because of how this school has changed me. No matter what struggles I faced or what adversity came my way, The Citadel has taught me how to put one foot in front of the other and carry on. A common phrase on campus cadets say is “Embrace the suck” and this is something I have certainly felt on some of those tougher days.

Who has supported you and your journey while at The Citadel?

My parents have always been in my corner since I was born. My dad told me I would go to The Citadel when I was in the 10th grade. I ended up coming here after one year at College of Charleston. My dad knew The Citadel would be the perfect place for me to shine. He always knew I had it in me to succeed at anything I tried. My mom was the warm and compassionate hand on my shoulder that helped me make it through my doubts. They both provided different perspectives that worked hand-in-hand with each other. Maj. Lisa Weber has also been a big supporter for me and given a lot of encouragement when I was struggling. She was like an “on-campus mom” who let me complain and understood the struggles cadets go through. Maj. Weber taught me one exercise where I would write a letter to my future self about my goals and dreams. She delivered it to me later on and I found that I met every goal that I wrote down: lose weight, get good grades and make it through the first semester.

What has been your favorite experience over your four years here?

There are those little moments between the serious moments where cadets embrace their true selves. Those are the golden moments that make me smile and help get me through each day. On the hardest days, when one person decides to embrace the suck, it makes other people realize we are in this together.
When Sgt. Maj. Yagle makes one small joke and the entire Corps loses their minds – that never fails to make me smile. There are many relatable moments where someone helps to make a miserable moment into a funny situation.

About The Citadel Class of 2023’s ring stories

Members of The Citadel Class of 2023 received their rings on Friday, Oct. 7. Before actually getting their rings, some seniors spoke about the event’s significance with Cadet Eric Wilson, the Regimental Public Affairs Officer for the South Carolina Corps of Cadets. Wilson, who is from East Granby, Connecticut, is a Mechanical Engineering major. When he graduates, he will accept a commission to become an officer in the U.S. Air Force.

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WalletHub asks Citadel professor about best credit cards for young adults https://today.citadel.edu/wallethub-asks-citadel-professor-about-best-credit-cards-for-young-adults/ Thu, 07 Jul 2022 20:53:47 +0000 https://today.citadel.edu/?p=32723 Paul Meeks is a professor of practice in the Tommy and Victoria Baker School of Business who also supervises the Student Managed Investment Fund.]]>

Paul Meeks is a professor of practice in the Tommy and Victoria Baker School of Business. He had been an adjunct finance or accounting faculty at three universities since 2005 including the College of Charleston, The Citadel and Western Washington University. He has taught or teaches Personal Finance, Corporate Finance, Investments, Banking, Financial Accounting or Sustainability/Environmental Accounting. Meeks also has published an e-textbook Practical Personal Finance for the Internet Era through Great River Learning. At The Citadel, he also supervises the Student Managed Investment Fund.

As seen on WalletHub.com

Ask the Experts: Young Adult Credit-Card Section

Paul Meeks
CFA, CAIA, Portfolio Manager, Independent Solutions Wealth Management, Professor of Practice, Tommy and Victoria Baker School of Business, The Citadel

All young people should have a credit card, but they should treat it as a debit card and pay its full balance by the end of each payment (typically monthly) period. One cannot build critical credit and a credit score without a transaction history. The biggest mistakes that students make about credit cards are a) they roll over their balances and b) they do not realize that they are paying annualized interest rates on their borrowing that easily can exceed 20%, which is highway robbery. Of course, credit and debit cards have been more heavily used since the pandemic. However, even these forms of payment are losing shares to peer-to-peer (P2P) transactions although note that even P2P volumes are typically steered through the very same Mastercard, Visa, etc. networks. A low annual percentage rate (APR) should be the most important feature of any credit card.

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Andy Warlick, ’79, named 2022 Krause award recipient, addressing Corps of Cadets April 12 https://today.citadel.edu/andy-warlick-79-named-2022-krause-award-recipient-addressing-corps-of-cadets-april-12/ Thu, 07 Apr 2022 10:00:00 +0000 https://today.citadel.edu/?p=31514 Anderson D. "Andy" Warlick, a member of The Citadel Class of 1979Anderson D. "Andy" Warlick, a member of The Citadel Class of 1979An alumnus, lauded for his dedication to The Citadel mission of developing principled leaders and for his integrity as an executive in the global textile industry, is again being honored by his alma mater.]]> Anderson D. "Andy" Warlick, a member of The Citadel Class of 1979Anderson D. "Andy" Warlick, a member of The Citadel Class of 1979

An alumnus, lauded for his dedication to The Citadel mission of developing principled leaders and for his integrity as an executive in the global textile industry, is again being honored by his alma mater.

Anderson D. Warlick, a member of The Citadel Class of 1979, has served The Citadel Foundation and the college’s cadets, students and alumni with distinction in a variety of leadership positions for decades. He has been recognized by The Citadel on numerous occasions, including commencement 2009, when he received an honorary Doctor of Business Administration degree, and added to the Tommy and Victoria Baker School of Business Hall of Fame in 2004.

Now, Warlick is the 2022 recipient of the prestigious Krause Center Award for Distinguished Service, Leadership and Ethics.

“We are very proud to announce and recognize Anderson (Andy) Warlick, Class of 1979, as the 2022 recipient of the Krause Center for Leadership & Ethics award,” said Bill Krause, ’63, founder of the Krause Center for Leadership and Ethics. “Andy’s leadership as chairman and CEO of Parkdale Mills, a manufacturer of spun yarns with $2 billion in annual sales, is nationally recognized. His service to his community of Gastonia, North Carolina, is legendary. And finally, Andy’s contributions to The Citadel over the past 20-plus years are too long to list here, but it clearly puts him in the pantheon of our distinguished Citadel alumni.”

Warlick grew up in Gastonia, North Carolina, and graduated from The Citadel in 1979 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration. Upon graduation, he worked for Milliken & Company before joining Parkdale Mills in 1984, where he currently serves as chairman and CEO.

Under his leadership, Parkdale Mills has become the world’s leading independent manufacturer of cotton and cotton-blend yarns, with 28 factories in North and South America. As a leader in the industry, Parkdale has earned a reputation for challenging conventional methods in order to provide best-in-class operational efficiency, machinery capabilities and technological advances.

Over the years, Andy has consistently invested his time, energy, and expertise in The Citadel through key volunteer leadership roles. He served The Citadel Development Foundation and, subsequently, The Citadel Foundation as director from 1994 to 2002, 2004 to 2012, and 2013 to the 2021; as Chair of the Development Committee from 2000 to 2002 and again from 2006 to 2010; and as secretary-treasurer from 1996 to 1997, vice president from 1997 to 1998, president of the Foundation from 1998 to 2000, and vice chairman from 2006 to 2010. During his terms as director, he has served on the Executive, Development, Investment, and Grants committees. He now holds Director Emeritus status at The Citadel Foundation.

Andy’s exemplary service to the Foundation likewise includes his membership on the Campaign for The Citadel Steering Committee and, more recently, his leadership as co-chairman of the Foundation for Leadership campaign, the most ambitious fundraising effort in the history of the college, which concluded in May 2018 having raised over $250 million toward its $175 million goal in celebration of The Citadel’s 175th anniversary.

Excerpt of nomination letter from The Citadel Foundation Chief Executive Officer, John P. Dowd III, Ph.D.

Warlick to provide Greater Issues address to the Corps of Cadets April 12

The Corps of Cadets will gather in McAlister Field House on Tuesday, April 12, to attend The Citadel’s spring Greater Issues Series address provided by Warlick.

He is expected to share reflections on life events that helped shape his leadership philosophies.

The Greater Issues Series was founded in 1954 to engage cadets’ interest and knowledge in important topics of the day. Since it was established, the series has brought presidents, heads of state, scholars, diplomats, journalists and distinguished business and military leaders to Charleston and The Citadel.

Read more about Warlick in The Citadel magazine article, Made in America, here.

Anderson D. "Andy" Warlick, The Citadel Class of 1979
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The Citadel to host the inaugural SoCon Entrepreneurship Challenge this weekend https://today.citadel.edu/the-citadel-to-host-the-inaugural-socon-entrepreneurship-challenge-this-weekend/ Wed, 23 Feb 2022 19:35:31 +0000 https://today.citadel.edu/?p=30763 The 20 teams will present their ideas during the semifinal round on Friday before 10 teams move on to the final pitch competition round on Saturday.]]>

Photo: The atrium of Bastin Hall, home of The Citadel’s Tommy and Victoria Baker School of Business, where the SoCon Entrepreneurship Challenge will be held.

Note: The two teams representing The Citadel in the SoCon Entrepreneurship Challenge previously competed in the college’s annual Baker Business Bowl.

From SoCon Academic Exchange

The inaugural Southern Conference Entrepreneurship Challenge will take place this Friday and Saturday at The Citadel’s Tommy and Victoria Baker School of Business in Charleston, South Carolina.
 
The event, a product of the Southern Conference’s Academic Exchange program, is an entrepreneurship challenge pitch competition designed to showcase students with an idea for an innovative business or non-profit organization; thus, the competition features two tracks – For-Profit and Non-Profit. All 10 institutions in the SoCon will have one team representing them in each track, with the selection process for the teams to be determined by each individual school. The winning team from each track will be awarded $10,000.
 
“We are very excited about this first ever, annual SoCon Entrepreneurship Challenge,” SoCon Commissioner Jim Schaus said. “It is another dynamic, academic-based program which the SoCon sponsors and illustrates that our conference is more than just athletic competition. Some of our institution’s best and brightest students will compete in a format similar to the “Shark Tank” television show for awards and financial prizes. It should be a lot of fun. Thanks to The Citadel for hosting our first event at their brand-new business school facility.”
 
The SoCon Entrepreneurship Challenge will feature a semifinal pitch round with all 20 teams presenting their ideas on Friday. A separate panel of judges for each track will identify a select number of teams to move on to the final pitch competition round, to be held on Saturday.
 
“We are honored to be hosting the inaugural SoCon Entrepreneurship Challenge here at The Citadel,” said Michael Weeks, Ph.D., dean of the Tommy and Victoria Baker School of Business. “The Citadel has a long history of encouraging the entrepreneurial spirit of our cadets and students, and we couldn’t be more excited to see our teams compete with like-minded students from other institutions in the Southern Conference.”

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The winners of the Baker Business Bowl make a splash https://today.citadel.edu/the-winners-of-the-baker-business-bowl-make-a-splash/ Thu, 17 Feb 2022 21:34:44 +0000 https://today.citadel.edu/?p=30693 Members of the winning team are looking forward to representing The Citadel in the first ever SoCon Entrepreneurship Challenge next week.]]>

By Alaina Rink, CGC ’22

The $10,000 Baker Business Bowl VIII prize goes to team Trident Jet Nozzle. Their product is a jet nozzle attachment that improves water safety by increasing steering precision. Team Trident Jet Nozzle is an interdisciplinary team, with four Mechanical Engineering majors and one Finance major.

Additionally, they are looking forward to representing The Citadel in the first ever SoCon Entrepreneurship Challenge next week, when they have another chance to win an additional $10,000 prize.

Members include:

  • Will Bush
  • Luke Maynard
  • Lucas Robbins
  • Joseph Roland
  • Josiah Schainblatt
  • Corbet Warren
Members of Team Trident Jet Nozzle presenting during the final round of the Baker Business Bowl

Team ACE Aeronautical Engineering Consulting came in second place, earning $5,000. They intend for their company to plan, design and develop vertiports that accommodate multiple styles of electric vertical take-off and landing aircraft designs. ACE team members include:

  • Chandler Beale
  • Collier Summers

Cadets, evening undergraduate students, veteran students and graduate students who have the determination to turn their idea for a new product or service into a business are eligible to compete. “The Baker Business Bowl showcases our most creative students and is a way to put their learning into action,” said Michael Weeks, Ph.D., dean of the Tommy and Victoria Baker School of Business.

In the first round, the entrepreneurs submit a summary of the proposed business venture. There were 33 entries this year from multiple disciplines. 10 of these teams performed their elevator-pitches in the second round one month later, but only five teams could advance to the final round on Feb. 16.

Members of Team ACE Aeronautical Engineering Consulting presenting during the final round of the Baker Business Bowl

Shawn Swartwood, a professor of entrepreneurship, has been involved with each round of this year’s competition. He was pleased to see alumni, and especially members of the Class of 1989, encouraging the teams in the final round. “It is great to see former students giving back to current students,” he said.

This year’s other finalists were The Auditory Assistant, Colonic Tattoo and Wound Closure. All the teams presented their fully developed business plans, which include marketing, budgeting and production strategies. They also answered questions from the judges.

This year’s BBB panel of judges included:

  • Joseph Conti
  • Faye Gooding
  • Deborah Kaufman
  • Mark Kohler
  • Antonio Linnen
  • David Saulnier

This annual event is possible thanks to the platinum sponsorship from The Citadel Class of 1989 and the gold sponsorship of Dan D. Nale, Ph.D., ’82. Nale said, “The ability to compete in a competition like the Baker Business Bowl says a lot about the students’ futures and The Citadel. There was a diversity of teams and products present tonight. It was a great event, very professional.”

For these teams, the final round of the Baker Business Bowl is just the first step.


Alaina Rink is a graduate assistant in the Office of Communications and Marketing while pursuing a master’s degree in English. She earned her undergraduate degree from the College of Charleston in secondary education English and taught in the Charleston area for four years.

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Citadel online business programs rank top 50 nationwide https://today.citadel.edu/citadel-online-business-programs-rank-top-50-nationwide/ Tue, 08 Feb 2022 12:00:00 +0000 https://today.citadel.edu/?p=30429 Students participate in a military dress parade at The Citadel. (Photo/Provided)Students participate in a military dress parade at The Citadel. (Photo/Provided)The new rankings mark the fourth consecutive year that The Citadel’s online business programs have been ranked as the best in South Carolina by U.S. News & World Report.  ]]> Students participate in a military dress parade at The Citadel. (Photo/Provided)Students participate in a military dress parade at The Citadel. (Photo/Provided)

As seen in the Charleston Regional Business Journal, by Robi Lyle

Photo above: Students participate in a military dress parade at The Citadel. (Photo/Provided)

The results are in for U.S. News & World Report’s lists of best online programs in the country, and The Citadel’s Tommy and Victoria Baker School of Business comes in top 50 in two different categories.

The business school’s online MBA program ranked No. 37 in the nation on the list of Best Online MBA Programs, while the online bachelor’s program ranked No. 26 for Best Online Bachelor’s in Business Programs.  Advertisement

The new rankings mark the fourth consecutive year that The Citadel’s online business programs have been ranked as the best in South Carolina by U.S. News & World Report.  

“It is gratifying to see how our focus on helping students succeed – by providing relevant courses taught by faculty with a combination of industry experiences and outstanding academic credentials – has resulted in so many positive outcomes for the graduates of the Baker School of Business,” said Michael Weeks, dean of the business school, in a statement.  

The rankings also mark an improvement of 51 spots for the online MBA program in just one year, reflective of a time when universities across the country are improving their online education offerings in response to the pandemic.

For Abigail Showalter, an MBA student who plans to graduate from The Citadel in May, the virtual format allows her to accomplish her to-do list on her own timetable.

“I have a pretty set schedule with work, and I’ve learned how to gauge how much time I need to spend studying,” Showalter said in a statement. “The online format definitely makes it flexible to decide where and when you want to study. In some ways, it’s like a remote job.” 

Within the MBA program, The Citadel also emphasizes flexibility of course content.

“Our online MBA offers flexible capstone experiences, designed to directly support interests in executive decision-making, entrepreneurship or consulting skill development,” said Todd Drew, director of MBA and College Transfer Programs, in a statement. “Online students also benefit from a variety of student support and networking experiences, including access to career and professional coaching.” 

The Citadel’s business programs are offered through three departments, including accounting and finance, management and entrepreneurship and marketing, supply chain management and economics

The U.S. News & World Report rankings for best online programs are limited to non-cadet student programs, given that cadets enrolled in the business school attend classes on campus. 

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