grouppic3 Walker School of Business and Technology faculty and students attended the 54th Annual American Marketing Association Conference  at the St. Louis Zoo on Friday, February 20, 2015.

The conference, sponsored by the St. Louis chapter of the American Marketing Association was attended by Dr. David J. Brennan, Professor of Marketing, Dr. Eric Rhiney, Assistant Professor of Marketing, and Dr. Donna Cartwright, Adjunct Professor of Marketing and 7 senior students

The theme of the conference was “Exploring the Future of Marketing” and featured presentations by several regional marketing professionals with the keynote presentation by David Leavitt, Vice President of Marketing for Hostess Brands. These professionals emphasized the knowledge and skills that graduating marketing students would need to be successful in career positions in the marketing field.  In the afternoon the conference offered a visit and tour of several St. Louis advertising agencies including Atomic Dust, TOKY and CIC-St. Louis

gary picGary Yearout, a graduating senior in marketing, was recognized as the Outstanding Undergraduate Marketing Student from Webster University for 2014/15.  This award was given for his superior academic achievements in the undergraduate marketing program at Webster University.

Gary will complete his Bachelor of Arts in Management with an Emphasis in Marketing and a Certificate in Entrepreneurship in May 2015.  Gary was selected as Webster’s Outstanding Undergraduate Marketing Student due to his high academic achievements, including an overall high GPA, excellent grades in his Marketing courses and multiple Dean’s List honors.   As a complement to his degree he has been working in a marketing position with a local St. Louis legal firm since November 2014.

Gary was also nominated for the Gerald Koetting Memorial Student Scholarship award in recognition of his accomplishments. He is an outstanding marketing student with proven academic excellence and work experience. We congratulate Gary and wish him all the best in his marketing career. 

joseph_roberts_smJoseph Roberts, Ph.D., associate professor of management for the Walker School of Business & Technology, was recognized as a Master Educator through the Experiential Classroom XIV program by the University of Florida.  Roberts received this award after being invited to lead a clinic on how to teach entrepreneurship to arts majors.  The seminar, “The Experiential Classroom:  Becoming a Great Entrepreneurship Educator,” was held Sept. 26-29 in Gainesville, Fla.

In addition to serving as program director for entrepreneurship at Webster University, Roberts is also the program coordinator for the Coleman Foundation Entrepreneurship Faculty Fellows Program.  This program focuses on helping faculty members infuse entrepreneurship concepts into courses for non-business disciplines.

Audit Staff, Full Time

On April 11, 2013, in Job posting, by charlalord

Deloitte & Touche LLP, which provides audit and advisory services,helps clients understand the complexity of issues such as performance, privacy,risk, controls, and data analysis.

External Audit

The external audit services include:

•       Audits of Financial Statements, including reviews of quarterly financial information

•       Audits of internal control over financial reporting including Sarbanes-Oxley Section404

•       Agreed Upon Procedure

•       Otherattest related services

In conducting an external audit of clients’ financial statements, Deloitte & Touche holds itself to the standards of independence, professional objectivity, and technical excellence. The audit approach is designed to provide the flexibility to serve the unique circumstances and complexities of clients. The Deloitte & Touche approach is to understand a client’s business, the risks it faces, its internal controls, and assess the risk of material misstatement of the financials in order to design effective audit procedures. For public companies subject to the internal control reporting requirements of the Sarbanes-Oxley Act, Deloitte& Touche integrates the audit of internal control over financial reporting with the audit of the financial statements. Deloitte & Touche’s professionals bring a comprehensive methodology that leverages the extensive professional and technical resources for clients’ specific circumstances.  

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Donald Borbee: Saying Goodbye to One Who Inspired

On March 28, 2013, in In the News, by charlalord

Donald Borbee at a reception in Vienna, Austria.

The Walker School of Business and Webster University lost a dear friend and cherished educator last month. Don Borbee, an adjunct professor in management in Austria, passed away in February at the age of 89.

“Don was a true inspiration to all of us who knew him.  His energy, good cheer and enthusiasm for teaching and learning were contagious,” said Dr. Arthur Hirsch, director of Webster’s Vienna campus where Don taught during the summer months.  “We all benefitted just from being in his presence. He showed us what we may all be capable of in our later years.”

Don was a World War II veteran who enlisted in the U.S. Army Air Corps at the age of 18.  As a B-17 bombardier he survived 35 missions over Europe which earned him a ticket home and a management perspective that carried over into his business acumen.

“We were a team of 10 people in an airplane and we were inseparable,” Don told colleague Dr. Gregory Weeks during a taped interview a few years ago. “Business watched our behavior and learned a lot from what we were doing in regards to teamwork and crossover training.”

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EAB Student Assistant

On March 26, 2013, in Job posting, by charlalord


Work Study Position Only:  $9.00 hr  

Job Description:

Provide administrative and customer service support for the East Academic BuildingDuties will include but are not limited to receptionist and secretarial responsibilities, customer service, filing, running errands, research, room reservations, monitoring and creating databases, report generation, meetings and event planning and setup, and other general office duties as assigned. Coordinate with housekeeping, catering and facilities on building updates and services.  Position reports to the East Academic Building Representative.

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Student Assistant Job Opening Spring 2013

On March 26, 2013, in Job posting, by charlalord

Work Study Position Only:  $9.00 hr  

Job Description:

Provide administrative and customer service support for the New Academic Building and the George Herbert Walker School of Business & Technology Dean’s office.  Duties will include but are not limited to receptionist and secretarial responsibilities, customer service, filing, running errands, research, room reservations, monitoring and creating databases, report generation, meetings and speaker series planning and setup, and other general office duties as assigned.

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Trish Dillender, representative, Math & Computer Science Department, and Lisa Foss, undergraduate advisor and graduate recruiter, Webster Leiden, share the Employee Spotlight Honors for the month of January 2013.

Trish Dillender‘s nominator credits her with “keeping everything running smoothly” during the Fall semester when the department chair was in Thailand.

Colleagues appreciate Trish’s ability to juggle many different tasks at once. “She is very thorough,” says the nominator. “Without her, we would be lost.

“She is a great asset to the Department of Math & Computer Sciences.”

Twenty-one years ago, Trish came to work at Webster as a department assistant at the St. Peter’s campus, and she has been with Math & Computer Science since 2000.

Trish enjoys the pleasant working environment in her office and the University and really enjoys working with faculty and students.

Touching the lives of students is especially meaningful for Trish. A student who stands out in her mind graduated last December. “He made a special trip to my office to thank me for all of the assistance he received during his four years with Webster,” says Trish. “He was so thrilled to be graduating he beamed from ear-to-ear. It was truly a rewarding moment.”

WU economist cited in NY Times

On February 4, 2013, in In the News, by charlalord

A security guard Sunday during the power failure at the Super Dome in New Orleans, with the emergency lights on.
Credit: The New York Times

In his latest column for, WU professor of sports economics and Forbes contributor Patrick Rishe said Sunday night’s blackout would hurt New Orleans’ chances of hosting another Super Bowl. The article, Superdome Shutdown: Super Bowl XLVII Blackout Hurts New Orleans’ Chances to Host Future Super Bowls, was quoted in the News York Times as part of sports reporter Ken Belson’s report on the shutdown.

Click here to read Belson’s Before Game Is Decided, Superdome Goes Dark.




Creating Customer Amazement

On February 1, 2013, in In the News, Speakers, by charlalord

Customer service expert and New York Times bestselling author of The Amazement Revolution Shep Hyken speaks at Webster University’s East Academic Building Jan. 24 as part of the Walker Speaker Series.


10 Sports Business Stories to Follow in 2013

On January 9, 2013, in In the News, by charlalord

(Originally published in Forbes)

Credit: FORBES
Junior Seau’s Suicide Just Another Reason Why Concussions Sustained from Professional Football Will Continue to be Hot Button Sports Business Topic in 2013.

By Patrick Rishe, associate professor of economics at Webster University and contributing writer to the Sports Money section of

From glorious Olympic achievements to infamous shame, athletes such as Michael Phelps and Lance Armstrong inspired a myriad of emotions in 2012.

Likewise, the sports business industry was full of numerous defining moments…ranging from Linsanity and conference realignments to the escalation of media rights deals and the possible cancellation of another NHL season.

Looking forward, my Top 10 Sports Business stories to watch in 2013 are as follows.  (Note that these are not rated in any particular order.)

1.  Concussion Lawsuits in the NFL

What did the NFL know about long-term health issues associated with playing professional football, when did they know it, and when did they share what they knew with players?

Though the class-action lawsuit by retired players being waged against the NFL may not be successful, this does not negate the possibility that individual lawsuits could be quite financially penalizing IF the answers to these question posed above are not flattering.

And as insurance costs associated with football rise, it makes one wonder how affordable the game will become at all levels of play…which could have a long-term impact on the supply of quality talent at the professional level.

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