Dallas Morning News promotes TCU MBA alum Grant Moise to key leadership role

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Grant Moise (Tom Fox/The Dallas Morning News)

Another Frog on the move! Grant Moise, MBA '04, was recently promoted to executive vice president of A.H. Belo and general manager of The Dallas Morning News. In this new role, Grant will over see sales, marketing, IT, production and distribution of the print edition. Here's the full story from The Dallas Morning News

Grant Moise, a key architect of a revenue-boosting strategy for A.H. Belo Corporation, parent of The Dallas Morning News, has been named executive vice president of the parent company, and general manager of The News.

The promotion makes Moise, 41, second in command at the paper behind Jim Moroney, the newspaper’s publisher and chief executive.

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TCU MBAs Score VC Funding for Tech Startup

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Paul Pieniadz and Christopher Fanchi
 TCU is an environment ripe with entrepreneurial opportunities. A prime example is the Bill Shaddock Venture Capital Fund Pitch Competition, sponsored four times a year by the Entrepreneurship Center at TCU’s Neeley School of Business. During each of the four pitch days, student-led start-ups have the chance to receive $10,000 in start-up grants, without forfeiting equity.

Among this round's presenters, Professional MBA students Paul Pieniadz and Christopher Fanchi made a strong impression on the grant review commission. So strong, in fact, that Paul and Christopher were able to secure $5,000 in funding for their company, Tempus Analytics, and the further development of its flagship product, TradeJester.

What is TradeJester? Paul and Christopher describe this mobile app as “the Xbox/PlayStation of active trading.” By applying concepts from gaming — specifically, fantasy sports — to sophisticated, automated analysis of market data, TradeJester allows users to trade stocks in a virtual and risk-free environment.

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Switching Gears with an MS in Supply Chain Management

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John Powell, American Airlines
John Powell (MS-SCM, 2016) didn’t always know what his true calling was. Before coming to Neeley, he spent years wondering if he was making the best use of his technical, organizational and leadership abilities. He enrolled in TCU’s MS in Supply Chain Management program as a seasoned professional, with experience as both an entrepreneur and a corporate consultant.  

"Many years ago, I helped build and manage a business for about five years. The business designed and manufactured products for equestrians and landowners. It didn’t occur to me at the time, but I was primarily doing supply chain management (negotiating contracts, managing suppliers, finding new channels of distribution, etc.),” he says. “I left the business and went into consulting for four years for tech and HCM companies. However, when I was in consulting I always looked back at what I was doing prior with fondness and knew that I had developed a passion for supply chain. It then became my goal to pursue a career in supply chain, and in order to transition careers, selecting the right degree program became imperative.”

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Alumni Spotlight: Justin Potter MBA '06, LendUp

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Justin Potter helped launch LendUp, a socially responsible, Silicon Valley-based startup on a mission to redefine the way underbanked Americans access financial services and improve financial literacy.

Going from Big Bank to a Silicon Valley Startup
I secured a role with Citi while in the TCU MBA program and went to work for them in 2006 when I graduated. I managed teams, moved to New York City to be chief of staff for a 400-person group within Citi Cards, and then came back to Texas to lead digital collections for Citi Cards North America. In 2012, a close friend and colleague told me about his idea that would eventually become LendUp. I knew it was the place for me. It's crazy to think how far the company has come in the last five years. We have over 200 employees now! There's still so much to do–lots of room for growth.

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How do you measure your MBA's ROI in 2017?

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When it comes to continuing your education, calculating the return on that investment isn’t as simple as determining your post-graduation salary and bonus-to-debt ratio.

Every investment entails risk, and every loss is mitigated by both short- and long-term consequences. For that reason, before you choose to defer two to three years of your life — and spend potentially hundreds of thousands of dollars — on an MBA, you need to ask yourself that simple question: “Why?”

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2017 New Year’s Resolutions Fit for an MBA

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It’s a new year, and it’s time to set your goals for the next 12 months. Every year, almost half of Americans make New Year’s resolutions, ranging from getting fit to traveling more. But when thinking about your resolutions for 2017, why not consider your personal development and career advancement?

Here are a few suggestions, including ideas from current Neeley School of Business MBA candidates.

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