daniel sanabriaUAB MBA student Daniel Sanabria was recently selected to serve as an Innovation Award Ambassador for Alabama Launchpad's 2015 Innovation Conference.

Daniel, who graduated from the UAB Collat School of Business in 2004 with a bachelor's degree in economics, is CEO of Sigma93 Capital Management, one of the half-dozen student-let companies in UAB's Innovation Lab (iLab) inside Innovation Depot. He was selected based on his involvement with companies in Innovation Depot, his engagement with the ILab and his support of Collat programs, said iLab director Kathleen Hamrick. 

"He well represents the caliber of talent coming from the Collat entrepreneurship programs," said Hamrick.

Summer biz scholars 2015 This month, Collat School of Business student scholars are collaborating with area high school students on a research project to analyze possible solutions for economic and social disparities within Birmingham.

The Business Student Scholars Program, now in its fifth year, will focus on developing a strategic plan for the revitalization of the historic 6th District of Birmingham, including neighborhoods such as Glen Iris, Arlington-West End, Woodland Park and Five Points South.

In 2014, students involved in the program partnered with Birmingham City School System students to evaluate the 6th District’s overall well-being, ranging from education and crime prevention to housing and health disparities.

This year, a different group of students are continuing to study opportunities to improve the 6th district, with a particular focus on partnering with Birmingham Land Bank Authority and Habitat for Humanity to improve housing conditions and availability within the district.

MBA Alumnus: David Hamlin

Hamlin SunguardDavid Hamlin, UAB MBA ’12, was enrolled in the MBA program when he received an interview with SunGard Financial Systems that landed him a job two weeks after graduation. Three years and two job promotions later, he accepted a new role with SunGard last year that included relocating to Singapore to assist with software sales in Asia-Pacific and Australia.

David attributes his career success to the valuable experience that he received in the MBA program. “UAB’s MBA program has world-class faculty that I interacted with on campus and since graduation,” says David. “The amount of real-world experience and knowledge displayed in the classroom and in case studies by professors was extremely impressive. Some professors were entrepreneurs who were able to share tips for starting, growing and owning a business. Others include world renowned managing partners and legal professionals who taught us about ethics and promoted highly effective presentations skills.”

 

“Great business schools have the support of the community that they serve, and being named the Collat School of Business is an example of our relationship with the community,” says Dean Eric Jack.  “We are so very grateful to the Collat family for the transformative gift, and are now asking you to be part of something big and help us succeed because we’re helping others succeed.”

bldg int 315Medical Properties Trust, Inc. has donated $1 million to the University of Alabama at Birmingham to serve as a lead gift in funding a new state-of-the-art building for the Collat School of Business and the Institute for Innovation and Entrepreneurship.

Collat Faculty and StaffThe faculty and staff of the Collat School of Business have displayed a standard of giving that is exactly what The Campaign for UAB is all about, working together to make UAB the best.

The Collat School of Business launched an internal push to gain as much participation in its faculty and staff campaign as possible and, within only months of setting that goal, reached 99 percent participation.

 
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The Collat School of Business recently received a $125,000 gift from Amy and Duane Donner for its Healthcare Leadership Academy. Founded in 2009, the academy is a joint collaboration between the Collat School of Business and School of Medicine, and it has helped the university retain promising health-focused faculty and staff. The academy’s mission is to identify and develop future leaders of the UAB academic medical center.

The Collat School of Business unveiled a sign at a celebration on November 4th, marking its recent naming in honor of longtime supporters Charles and Patsy Collat.

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Eric P. Jack, Ph.D., dean of the Charles and Patsy Collat School of Business, is leading The Campaign for UAB—and his school—by example. He made a significant initial gift to establish a faculty/staff campaign in the school.