collat rendering atriumThe UAB Collat School of Business has scheduled a ground breaking celebration for its new educational building next month. The announcement follows a University of Alabama System Board of Trustees vote last week approving construction to begin and awarding the facility’s construction contract to Brasfield & Gorrie, LLC.

Grinney Visit 2016Jim Collins, author of Good to Great, and an expert in company sustainability and growth, says that it is not only the quality of leadership that makes companies great, but the continuity of leadership that matters. Jay Grinney, chief executive officer of HealthSouth Corporation, demonstrated that to students in the combined MBA and undergraduate capstone class “Strategic leadership through the eyes of the C-Suite,” when he made a return visit to the class on November 1, 2016.

male on laptopThe online Bachelor of Science (B.S.) in Accounting at the University of Alabama at Birmingham placed fourteenth among the Top 20 such programs in North America.

Blazer Innovation Challenge logoFive 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.

Photo 3 edIt’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 classroomCharles 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.

D SanabriaSome 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.

RF Team 2016Regions 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.

Regions Group ShotCollat students spent a day recently touring Regions Financial headquarters and learning about the many career options available at the S&P 500 company.