Here is a brief look at some of the recent news stories that featured Neeley students, staff and faculty. For a complete look at Neeley in the News, check out In the News Archives.


Fort Worth Business Press

November 24, 2012
Honors

In Bloomberg Businessweek’s just-released biennial ranking of U.S. fulltime MBA programs, the Neeley School of Business at Texas Christian University is ranked No. 46 in the nation. The rankings are based on surveys sent to 18,640 students from the graduating class of 2012 at 114 business schools in North America, on surveys sent to 566 corporate recruiters, and on an intellectual capital rating based on faculty research in top journals. TCU’s MBA program also earned “A” grades in teaching quality and leadership skills.


Supply and Demand Chain

December 14, 2012

TCU Provides Further Supply Chain Education: Neeley School of Business announces the Professional Certificate in Supply and Value Chain Management at TCU

Beginning January 2013, supply chain professionals can optimize their on-the job experience with a Professional Certificate in Supply and Value Chain Management, offered by the Supply and Value Chain Center at the Neeley School of Business at TCU.

“In-depth knowledge of the complex field of supply chain management is critical as companies seek to cut expenses and operate more efficiently,” said Dr. Morgan Swink, Executive Director of TCU’s Supply and Value Chain Center and Professor of Supply Chain. “By enhancing your expertise as a supply chain manager, you will increase your value to your organization while helping to significantly improve your company’s bottom line.”

Classes meet on the TCU campus half day Friday and all day Saturday, twice a month, taught by TCU supply and value chain faculty. The certificate can be earned in as few as 10 months.

Topics include strategic planning and organizational design; analytics and decision models; project management; supply chain process innovation and renovation; managing complexity in the product life cycle; sustainability and reverse logistics; and global supply chain integration and partner management. Cost is $2,500 per module and includes all course materials, food and beverages.


Supply Chain Market

December 17, 2012
Announcing The Professional Certificate In Supply And Value Chain Management

Beginning January 2013, supply chain professionals can optimize their on-the job experience with a Professional Certificate in Supply and Value Chain Management, offered by the Supply and Value Chain Center at the Neeley School of Business at TCU. Classes meet on the TCU campus half day Friday and all day Saturday, twice a month, taught by TCU supply and value chain faculty. The certificate can be earned in as few as 10 months.

Topics include strategic planning and organizational design; analytics and decision models; project management; supply chain process innovation and renovation; managing complexity in the product life cycle; sustainability and reverse logistics; and global supply chain integration and partner management. Cost is $2,500 per module and includes all course materials, food and beverages.

“In-depth knowledge of the complex field of supply chain management is critical as companies seek to cut expenses and operate more efficiently,” said Dr. Morgan Swink, Executive Director of TCU’s Supply and Value Chain Center and Professor of Supply Chain. “By enhancing your expertise as a supply chain manager, you will increase your value to your organization while helping to significantly improve your company’s bottom line.”

For more information and to register, go to: http://www.neeley.tcu.edu/Centers/Supply_and_Value_Chain_Center/Professional_Certificate.aspx


TCU 360

December 17, 2012
Flags at half staff in memory of former finance professor

TCU will fly its flags at half-staff on Tuesday in memory of Professor Emeritus Christopher Barry.

Barry passed away on Dec. 13 at the age of 65 after struggling through a rare and permanent brain disease called Frontotemporal Dementia, according to his obituary in the Dallas Morning News.

Barry was born on November 5, 1947, in Blakely, Georgia. He received his doctorate in business administration in 1973 from Indiana University.

In 1988, Barry joined the staff at TCU. He was a professor of finance and the Robert and Marie Lowdon Chair of Business Administration in the M.J. Neeley School of Business.

Larry Lockwood, a professor in the finance department
, said Barry’s reputation among academic circles was world-class, as he published many influential papers and made presentations to audiences around the world.

“Working with Chris was intimidating because his intelligence was off-the-charts,” Lockwood said.

In 2006, Barry earned the MBA Alumni Professor of the Year; the first time the award was ever given out at the university.

He was known not only for his academic success, but also for his generous and kind spirit, Lockwood said.

“Chris had a great sense of humor and would energize any room he entered,” Lockwood said. “He was a great and loyal friend, always willing and eager to help those in need.”

Ranga Ramasesh, a professor in the information systems and supply chain department
, wrote in Barry’s guest book that, “Chris was a great friend, esteemed colleague, and always a delightful source of motivation.”

A memorial service will be held on Dec. 18 at 3 p.m. at Lovers Lane United Methodist Church in Dallas.

He is survived by his wife of 44 years, Gayle, his two children and his five grandchildren.

In lieu of flowers, his family requested that donations be made to a newly established academic scholarship at TCU in his name.

“TCU is a much better place because of Chris,” Lockwood said. “Our lives are enriched from knowing him.”


Fort Worth Business Press

December 19, 2012
Finalists for 2013 Small Business of the Year announced


From an indoor shooting range to a retailer of products made by war refugees, 12 Tarrant County businesses were announced as finalists for the Fort Worth Chamber’s annual Small Business of the Year Awards on Wednesday.

“The continued diversity of industries represented by 2012’s accomplished finalists speaks volumes as to the positive implications towards Tarrant County’s economy for years to come,” said Jeff Meisner, founder/CEO of Skyline DFW Exhibits and chairman of the Chamber’s Small Business Council in a news release. “As the 2007 Small Business of the Year Award winner, Skyline DFW has experienced firsthand the enrichment of growth that results from this exceptional accomplishment.”

Finalists were chosen from a field of a record-setting 94 nominees and 38 applicants in four categories based on number of employees. They are judged on business growth and performance, sound business strategies and practices, customer service strategies, business challenges, unique and innovative approaches, and community involvement.

The business owners and representatives will be honored at a Chamber Business After Hours event Tuesday, January 22, 5:30-7:30 p.m. at the Worthington Renaissance Fort Worth Hotel downtown. The awards will be presented at a reception prior to Mayor Betsy Price’s State of the City address March 5, 2013. The presenting sponsor for the awards is Community Bank.

Emerging Businesses
•  Peloton Land Solutions, LLLP – civil engineering and land development services
•  Shoot Smart – indoor shooting range and training center
•  WORN for Peace -- online retailer of hand-knitted accessories made by war refugees

1-10 EMPLOYEES
•  Path to Wellness Chiropractic – comprehensive chiropractic services
•  Red Productions – full-service video production company
•  Village Homes -- Builder of diverse homes in the $150,000 - $1 million range

11-50 EMPLOYEES
•  Composite Cooling Solutions, L.P. – custom-built pultruded composite cooling towers
•  Perrone Pharmacy, Inc. / PerroneRX, LLC -- independent retail pharmacy and long-term care services
•  Texas Jet, Inc. -- executive terminal for private aircraft

51-150 EMPLOYEES
•  Mac Churchill Acura -- customer-driven luxury vehicle retailer
•  MULTATECH Engineering, Inc., dba: MULTATECH -- full-service architectural and engineering firm
•  The Landscape Partners, LTD – regional commercial landscape maintenance company

Finalists will be judged on their written applications and on-site visits from a group comprised of business professionals, MBA or Entrepreneur Center students at TCU’s Neeley School of Business, and past award winners who are members of the Fort Worth Chamber of Commerce. More than 90 percent of the Fort Worth Chamber’s membership is made up of small businesses with fewer than 100 employees.

Additional sponsors for the 2013 Small Business of the Year Award program are TCU’s Neeley School of Business Entrepreneurship Center, Charter Business, and the Fort Worth Business Press.