Maacah Davis is the girl that knows everyone at the party.
Talkative and engaging, Maacah is the Editor-in-Chief for BellaDonna, a successful Birmingham based fashion magazine. Maacah is one of eight student entrepreneurs who have started a business at the UAB iLab, a joint initiative between UAB’s Collat School of Business and the Innovation Depot intended to help students incubate creative ideas and build new businesses while in school.
Statuesque at 5’11, hair dip-dyed blue at its ends, Maacah commands your attention — she prefers it that way. She’s the embodiment of her magazine: a publication aimed at giving creative individuals a voice. And she’s carrying a megaphone.
The Collat School of Business at the University of Alabama at Birmingham is enriching its coursework by requiring all students to complete an internship or similar experience prior to graduation. Collat is the first business school in Alabama to make this requirement a part of the curricula.
Kaycey Martindale, a fall 2015 graduate of the UAB Collat School of Business, has recently accepted a job offer with Ryerson, Inc., a leading metals manufacturer and distributor in North America. Out of 1,800 nationwide applicants, Martindale was one of 15 chosen for employment with Ryerson. His degree in Industrial Distribution, he says, is what helped him stand apart from the other applicants.
Brian Spraberry, CEO of Callahan Eye Hospital, made a return visit to the Collat School of Business on November 10, 2015 when he met with students in the combined undergraduate capstone and MBA class, “Strategic Leadership Through the Eyes of the C-Suite.”
Callahan Eye Hospital is a member of the UAB Health System. It is located in the heart of the UAB medical campus on University Boulevard. Mr. Spraberry described the hospital’s strategic mission as taking care of people with blinding eye diseases, such as macular degeneration and glaucoma, and disorders related to the retina and cornea. Unlike the rest of the 1,000-bed UAB Health System, Callahan Eye Hospital delivers almost all of its services on an outpatient basis, both in the UAB campus building as well as in several satellite clinics around Birmingham.
Just one week before Mr. Spraberry’s visit, students in the class met with Jay Grinney, CEO of HealthSouth Corporation, an investor-owned provider of inpatient rehabilitation services and outpatient home health and hospice services. Mr. Spraberry explained that because Callahan Eye Hospital does not have investors, it reinvests all of its profits back into the operation of the hospital.
Jay Grinney, chief executive officer of HealthSouth Corporation, says that when setting its strategy his company has confronted and then embraced the upheaval currently underway in how health care providers are paid. Grinney made a return visit to the UAB Collat School of Business on November 3, 2015 when he met with students in the combined MBA and undergraduate capstone class “Strategic leadership through the eyes of the C-Suite.”
The Birmingham Business Alliance invited students from Alabama A&M University, Alabama State University, and UAB Collat School of Business to participate in their Talent Recruitment Project on October 30th, 2015. This annual event attracts high-caliber talent to Birmingham for an opportunity to connect with local companies. Eleven Collat students, juniors and seniors, participated in the event.
The student participants connected with Birmingham company recruiters from BBVA Compass, Greenway Health, Northwestern Mutual, Robert Half, Southern Company, UAB, Viva Health, and Warren Averitt to explore the various career facets of the corporations. BBVA Compass, Greenway Health, Robert Half and Southern Company recruiters served on a panel to discuss the importance of academic performance, internships, interview preparation, creativity, and professionalism. The conversation continued over lunch at the Region’s Harbert Summit Club overlooking the city of Birmingham.
Hibbett Sports CEO Jeffry Rosenthal and Chief Merchant Jared Briskin met with students in the combined undergraduate capstone and MBA class, “Strategic Leadership Through the Eyes of the C-Suite,” on October 27, 2015, to discuss their company’s strategy.
Mr. Rosenthal and Mr. Briskin described several key technology-based initiatives that are underway at the company including further development of digital marketing through social media and other channels, and refinement of a point-of-sale computer system. The POS system would allow sales associates to “convert” a customer who might not find exactly what they need in a store, but would be happy if the sales associate went online in the store and arranged for a product to be sent directly to the customer’s home.