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.

CCBCU Team PhotoClaude 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.”

Kyle Baker with kids in IndiaIt’s not every day that you find your calling in Kolkata, India, the third-largest Indian city behind Mumbai and Delhi, but Collat Business student Kyle Baker wouldn’t want to be anywhere else.

BSCLinda Flaherty-Goldsmith, President of Birmingham-Southern College, made her first visit as a CEO to a UAB Collat School of Business class when she was the speaker at the combined undergraduate business capstone and MBA class, “Strategic Leadership Through the Eyes of the C-Suite,” on October 4, 2016. Ms. Flaherty-Goldsmith was just named president in July of this year.


When most people conjure up an image of a banker, it is likely not someone who has the traits and characteristics of an entrepreneur, such as risk-taking, being comfortable with ambiguity, and flexibility. However, Tom Broughton, Chief Executive Officer of ServisFirst Bank, is both a banker and an entrepreneur. Broughton made a return visit on September 27, 2016 to the combined MBA and undergraduate capstone class “Strategic leadership through the eyes of the C-Suite.”