Five finalists have been chosen out of 26 applicants to move on the final round of the Blazer Innovation Challenge, a competition designed to encourage students to craft innovative strategies and solutions for various challenges. The Blazer Innovation Challenge — presented by the UAB Collat School of Business, UAB Innovation Lab (iLab), and IBERIABANK — provides students the opportunity to test out their entrepreneurial ideas in a “Shark Tank”-style competition and win prize money to help launch their ideas.
It’s one thing to read about the strategic planning process and SWOT analyses in a business management textbook. It’s quite another to observe a company go through it first-hand. That was the unique opportunity presented recently to two Collat students who were able to accompany UAB Collat faculty as they fascilitated strategic planning sessions for Mayer Electric Supply Company. Industrial distribution major Pacifico Otamias and management major Catarina Mojica were invited to attend the sessions at Embassy Suites in Homewood to see firsthand how a company works through the strategic planning.
Charles Collat, Chair Emeritus of Mayer Electric Supply Company, was the special guest in the Fall 2016 strategy course, “Strategic leadership through the eyes of the C-Suite,” on October 25, 2016. His daughter, Nancy Collat Goedecke, CEO and Chair of the company, appeared by video from out of town. The course is a combined undergraduate honors course and MBA course which is a “capstone” experience for students, designed to bring together a variety of business disciplines in the study of business strategy.
Some children dream of being doctors, lawyers or firefighters. Daniel Sanabria dreamed of being a stockbroker.
Daniel, who earned his bachelor’s degree in economics at the Collat School of Business, is a native of Spain. He recently completed his UAB MBA, and is one of the start-up CEOs in the UAB iLab at Innovation Depot.
Regions Financial Corporation Chairman, President and CEO Grayson Hall returned as a guest in the combined undergraduate capstone and MBA class, “Strategic Leadership Through the Eyes of the C-Suite,” on October 18, 2016.
Collat students spent a day recently touring Regions Financial headquarters and learning about the many career options available at the S&P 500 company.
Claude Nielsen, chairman of Coca-Cola Bottling Company United, the largest privately-owned bottler of Coca-Cola products in the United States, made his first visit to a UAB Collat School of Business class on October 11, 2016, when he spoke to students in the combined undergraduate business capstone and MBA class, “Strategic Leadership through the Eyes of the C-Suite.”