Senior Photo Contest – 2016

#EllerExperience #EllerSeniors2016 Photo Contest

Seniors were invited to post a photo on Facebook of their favorite Eller Experience. Photos were displayed on Senior Day and the votes were tallied.

WINNER: Ebitie Amughan. Ebitie took home an Eller Swag Bag!

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FESO 2015-2016 Club Awards

FESOOn behalf of the Eller College of Management, Eller Undergraduate Programs, and the Federation of Eller Student Organizations….

Congratulations to FESO 2015-2016 Club Award Winners!!!

Outstanding Clubs

Outstanding Small Club – Eller College Student Council 

Outstanding Large Club – Investments Club 

Outstanding New Club – Eller African American Honorary

Other Awards and Recognitions

Philanthropy Involvement Award – Eller Hispanic Honorary

Tucson Community Betterment Award – Eller Business Administration Board

Eller College Service Award – Delta Sigma Pi 

Best Eller College Event  – Multicultural Night of Excellence (Multicultural Business Student Association) 

ELITE Entrepreneurship Challenge/Shark Tank (Eller Leadership Board) 

Best Professional Event – Ordinary Women Doing Extraordinary Things Networking Tea (Professional Women in Business Association)

Most Effective Fundraiser – Commencement Flower Sales (Eller Ambassadors) 

Thank you all for your hard work this year, giving back to the Eller College, and enhancing the Eller Experience for every single one of your members.

Alumni Spotlight – Tyler Kucera ’08

Tyler Kucera graduated from the University of Arizona Eller College in 2008 with a BSBA in Finance.

Tyler KuceraWhy did you choose to work for Edward Jones?

I chose to work for Edward Jones after completing an internship on the equity trading desk on the trading floor of the Tempe, AZ home office. I got to see first-hand that the trading floor was an exciting blend of market activity, analysis, and strategic thought. The traders were ethical, fun, smart, and motivated to not only be great traders but also to actively drive the trading business of the firm and push it to new levels of efficiency, capacity and quality. I also really liked that the traders at Edward Jones had the opportunity to have real trading responsibilities including making capital commitment decisions relatively quickly after appropriate licensing, training, and demonstration of comprehension. I didn’t want to spend the first few years of my career assisting a trader; I wanted to trade.

Tell us about your job responsibilities and title.

As a Position Trader on the Municipal Trading desk, I am responsible for committing our firm’s capital to provide a consistent supply of municipal bonds that align with our firm’s quality, maturity and diversification recommendations. This includes participating in new bond issues as they come to market, negotiating bond purchases in the secondary market and bidding on bonds on behalf of our firm when opportunities arise in the market. I also provide service to our financial advisors by answering questions and working on specific requests from our branches or clients. Traders at Edward Jones also actively develop, test, and refine trading tools and systems that shape the future of the trading floor.

What do you enjoy most about working at Edward Jones?

I like many things about working at Edward Jones. Most of all, I like having the opportunity to apply market knowledge and trading skill to make a direct impact on both the firm’s business and ultimately the firm’s clients through my interaction with our Financial Advisors around the country.

What is your fondest Eller memory?

My fondest Eller memory was the group project whereby we created a new company and business plan. The group work wasn’t always easy but I walked away understanding that successful businesses are the result of thorough research and strategic thought and not just having a good idea.


Eller African American Honorary – Awards Dinner

By: Tripp Twyman, VP of Recruitment, Eller African American HonoraryEAAH

On Friday, April 8, the Eller African American Honorary hosted their inaugural Awards Dinner.

At the event, they recognized the top African American Business students as well as notable alumni, Bob Elliott and Olden Lee. Bob Elliott is founder and President of  Elliott Accounting , an accounting, tax, management and investment advisory services firm. He also played basketball in the 1976 U.S. Olympic Trials, was a College Basketball Athletic and Academic All American, and is the only University of Arizona athlete to be a member of the College Academic All America Hall of Fame. In his most recent position, Olden Lee served as Senior Vice President of Human Resources for Taco Bell Corporation. He currently serves on the Board of Starbucks Coffee Company and is a member of the advisory board of the Eller College of Management.

During the event, members of EAAH were able to speak with Bob, Olden, and numerous other community members about their experience as black professionals. There was also a strong recruiter presence at the event as representatives from Altria, GEICO and NorthWestern Mutual were there to connect with the students and celebrate their achievements.

Bob Elliott, in his address during the dinner, captured the mindset of the Eller African American Honorary at the culmination of its founding year by stating that “somebody’s got to start it”, and we look forward to seeing the honorary blossom in the years to come.

San Francisco Study Tour: Inside Look, Part 3

Each spring, the Professional Development Center presents a unique opportunity for students in the Eller College of Management to visit a variety of companies and meet professionals living and working in a major city. This past spring break, participants toured San Franciso, and visited 15 companies. The following is Part 3 (of 3) of an Inside Look into the tour including a selection of key takeaways and reflections from students.

“I learned that LinkedIn is the key to success. Through it, I can stay connected with no stress.”- Lacy Cain



Zenefits offers HR cloud-based software that manages all HR online, which includes payroll, benefits, and compliance, all in one online dashboard. “One of the biggest lessons I learned was how important it is to leverage your strengths and work collaboratively. Marcelo, one of the engineers shared with us how some team members are builders and others are executioners. This resonated with me because I’m interested in working in building project infrastructure as part of my career.” – Jeanette Alcaraz

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“Gap Inc. is currently trying new tactics to improve their overall company including taking some time away from having a summer internship program so that they can ensure that they are running the best possible program. They are also working on being “clean and green”. Some ways they plan on doing this includes reducing how many truck shipments they have and trying to reduce the use to plastic bags in their store by using the incentive of 10% off if the customer brings their own bags. While at GAP Inc. I learned that I am actually very interested in the world of retail. I also learned that a lot more goes into a successful clothing line than simply designing the clothes and putting them into stores.” – Kassidy Staren



“I was amazed at how big of a corporation Salesforce is in the business world. They are a leading American cloud-computing company that focuses on database management. Their headquarters are located in San Francisco and occupy an array of buildings with amazing architecture. Some of their competitors include Oracle, Mircrosoft, and SAP. I really enjoyed this company because as a MIS major, I found everything about this company very interesting. Salesforce definitely has a company culture that I can see myself part of one day. Salesforce has many different components that range from Sales Cloud, Service Cloud, and Data Cloud just to name a few.” – Andrew Hom

IBM Alum & IBM Exec's


“There are 6 main products that IBM is focusing on right now: analytics, cognitive, security, business solutions, mobile and social, and IT infrastructure. Their largest project they are working on is a program called Watson. It is a cognitive program being used in any app imaginable. It uses the formation, order and understanding of vocab combined with human emotional knowledge to actually predict cognitive behavior in humans. It can use things like a LinkedIn profile to determine characteristics in someone… I learned a great deal of knowledge about the tech world, the new things to come and how these advances are bettering human life and interaction every day. I also learned I could really see myself working for IBM or a similar company in the future.” – Anna Vaughan



Alumni Spotlight – Kellen Flynn ’12

KellenFlynnKellen Flynn graduated from the University of Arizona Eller College in 2012 with a BSBA in Finance and Entrepreneurship.

Why did you choose to work for Texas Instruments? I was not completely sure what I wanted to do after graduation and the ACCESS rotational program from Texas Instruments (TI) gave me the opportunity to experience three different functional areas (accounting, finance and operations) within a three year period.

Tell us about your job responsibilities and title: After three rotations within the ACCESS program, I’ve “graduated” to become a financial planning manager. I handle top to bottom forecasting of the income statement and overhead for one of TI’s business units. I need to be able to translate senior management’s strategy and incorporate external market pressures into accurate and clear financials.

What do you enjoy most about working at Texas Instruments? The inclusive and continuous learning environment TI fosters has truly helped set a great foundation for many years to come. They give you a lot of responsibility very quickly and will continuously challenge if you are up for it.

What is your fondest Eller memory? I truly enjoyed the Entrepreneurship program from top to bottom. Despite not going to work for a startup post-graduation, being able to apply an entrepreneurial mindset to my job makes the company feel smaller and I feel like I can add value to my business partners.

San Francisco Study Tour: Inside Look, Part 2

Each spring, the Professional Development Center presents a unique opportunity for students in the Eller College of Management to visit a variety of companies and meet professionals living and working in a major city. This past spring break, participants toured San Franciso, and visited 15 companies. The following is Part 2 (of 3) of an Inside Look into the tour including a selection of key takeaways and reflections from students.



“My overall experience of the San Francisco study tour can be described as an unbelievable and a once-in-a-lifetime experience.” – Thomas McSweeney

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San Francisco Giants

“During our visit to the Giants I learned how truly competitive it is to work for a professional sports Franchise and the long road it could be to land at one. I also learned that even with success on the field the giants marketing team still has to constantly create new appealing marketing ploys to build the fan base and insure the park is packed every night. ” – Keegan Kinahan


PAC 12 Studios

“My favorite company on the tour was Pac-12 Studios. As a fanatic sports fan getting an inside tour of Pac-12 studious was an incredible learning experience. I also really enjoyed hearing about how Pac-12 network was born and all the obstacles they faced creating this unique network. It was also interesting to learn about Pac-12 Networks different mentality than other conference networks; they purely just want to showcase the top athletes in the world in every sport. Lastly I found it very intriguing that the 12 schools owned the network, creating an interesting dynamic where all 12 schools are equally represented.” – Keegan Kinahan

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“Visiting Samba TV added to the vital lesson of teamwork in the workplace. Healthy competition is fine, but at the end of the day, one needs colleagues who are ready to work together while embracing each other’s ideas with constructive criticism. Yet, also be a friend who they would want to have a barbeque with on the weekend. This value lends itself to a positive and productive work environment. Overall, Samba TV was a wonderful company to visit and is located in one of the most beautiful cities in the world.” Grace Lang


Alumni Mixer

“The Alumni Mixer was definitely a huge highlight for me on the Study Tour. I definitely used the fact that I was a freshman to my advantage during the mixer. I would ask questions like “What clubs did you get involved in?” or “What do you think was the best thing you did during your time at Eller that really prepared you for your job?” or “Did you study abroad?” and since I have three years left at U of A I have plenty of time to act on their advice. Aside from the professional business talk, I also got to talk about what really happens when you graduate. Each alumni was so willing to be honest about how it’s not always “fun” having your first job and that your first job might not be your “dream job.” – Olivia Romano

“The Alumni Mixer was a combination of excitement and nervousness all jumbled into one for myself. This networking event gave us the chance to mingle with other fellow Wildcats to make connections early on. I was able to gain knowledge of how these successful alumni got their start and took into consideration the tips and tricks they enlightened me with. What I took away most from this event is that having, “Graduated from the University of Arizona, Eller College of Management” on my resume means something in both the business and social world. This unique phrase instantly bonds all who share it together.” – Symone Ziemba

Alumni Spotlight – Yewande Olabumuyi ’12

OlabumuyiYewande Olabumuyi graduated from the University of Arizona Eller College in 2012 with a BSBA in Business Marketing.

Why did you choose to work for Vanguard?

Upon graduation from UA Eller, I was looking to work for a global company. I talked to Vanguard at a career fair and what stood out to me the most was Vanguard’s client owned structure and the fact that they were global with 15 different offices worldwide. I was drawn to the idea of being part of company that made money for its client and not just for its equity shareholders. I was also moved by Vanguard’s commitment to corporate citizenship, and Vanguard was the easy choice for me.

I am a participant in the Vanguard Accelerated Development Program (VADP). I currently work as a Project Lead in our High Net worth Clients department. In my role, I work closely with our Client Experience team to find ways to ensure that we are delivering on our promise to create exceptional client experiences, drive investment success, and to provide relevant investment solutions.

What do you enjoy most about working at Vanguard?

What I enjoy the most about working for Vanguard is the supportive environment. You feel welcome, respected, and at ease. Vanguard is also a firm believer in culture, diversity, inclusion, collaboration, recognition and celebrating successes.

What is your fondest UA memory?

My fondest UA memory was the day I received my UA Eller acceptance letter to study Business Marketing.  After going through the rigorous application process, many weeks of preparing for the interview and studying for the skills assessment test, it was a huge relief to know that I would be able to continue the academic pursuits to prepare me for a business career. My passion for marketing and business especially around working with people and understanding their business needs has been an ongoing source of personal inspiration and growth. It has helped define who I am and what I am about. It is my connection to others and a source of giving, receiving knowledge and love.  I hope to one day become a source of inspiration for others, and to be able to give back the guidance that others have provided for me.

Can students connect with you on LinkedIn?

Yes, students can connect with me on LinkedIn. Please see my URL below:

What are your interests and hobbies?

In my free time, I enjoy watching sports, running, playing basketball, and soccer. I am also passionate about giving back to the community and I volunteer for the Damion Gosa Memorial Foundation Youth Program, the Heartland

San Francisco Study Tour: Inside Look, Part 1

Each spring, the Professional Development Center presents a unique opportunity for students in the Eller College of Management to visit a variety of companies and meet professionals living and working in a major city. This past spring break, participants toured San Francisco, and visited 15 companies. The following is Part 1 (of 3) of an Inside Look into the tour including key takeaways and reflections from students.


Companies visited: Cisco, Frank Rimerman + Co, Fisher Investments, Kiva, Twitter, Lyft, Cushman and Wakefield, San Francisco Giants, PAC 12 Studios, SAMBA TV, Zenefits, GAP, Inc, Salesforce, IBM and Bloomberg

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“My time in San Francisco was one that I will never forget. I learned a lot about the companies we visited and how much of a tech influx there really is in the bay area. I saw a different side of the city from all kinds of different heights. Only time will tell if my career with take me to San Francisco, but if it ever does I feel that I am a little more prepared and I will know what to expect now.” – Alanna Castro



“My favorite part of the Cisco visit was being able to see the latest products and services. As a student, imagining how the next generation of college students will be able to attend class and learn was eye-opening for me. Even watching the technology being used in a hospital setting was amazing. I learned about all this new up-and-coming innovative technology, and can’t wait to see how our future will be shaped by Cisco.” – Maddie Flynn


Frank, Rimerman + Co

“Frank, Rimerman +Co. provides services to help businesses reach their goals such as business tax, audits, and financial reporting, as well as outsourced accounting, controller, and CFO services. They also provide services to individuals to help them achieve lifetime financial goals by managing their assets with the highest level of expertise and personal service. Something that I found very interesting about this firm was that their internship was ranked number 1 by Vault! This proves just how amazing Frank, Rimerman + Co. is.” – Julia Dene



“Kiva was my favorite company by far because of their company culture and mission.  While we visited we met both the CFO and Founder of the company.  I loved how they were so down to Earth and I can absolutely see myself there.  San Francisco was truly a blast and I would recommend it to any business major of any age.” – Courtney McLean



“There are a ton of engineering roles offered at Twitter, but in business sector, they offer many functions in security, finance, marketing, PR, creative director, and management. I learned a lot about how important security is for a social media business, which I thought was intriguing. I’m most interested in marketing and PR, and I think they have a strong team that strives to keep their company in the forefront of the news, but hopefully for overwhelmingly good reasons.” – Hannah Shanken



Eller Domestic Internship – Chicago

By: Caelum Gay, pre-business junior who participated in the Eller Domestic Internship program through Dream Careers.

Caelum Gay

Major League Soccer game with a fellow “dreamer”

My experience with Dream Careers was really excellent. They made everything so simple, I really loved that they provided housing and a great resource for finding the right company for me. I worked for a company called JumpForward.

I managed a project we called the data bible. Aside from my daily duties processing data for the company, I was making and delegating the creation of a guide on what interns are supposed to do and how to do the tasks. There were other projects but that was the biggest and most fun for me.

I would absolutely recommend Dream Careers to students. I found the experience to be really rewarding. And besides the work experience they do a great job of providing a really fun and friendly environment outside of work. I made some good friends and fun memories.

Caelum Gay

Cranking on the guitar in the special music rooms in my building with my friend Bert, also a fellow dreamer.

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A good group of friends on the Dream Career sponsored boat trip