Be the Change: Economy

Photo: Music students and wind instruments In a complex economy beset with challenges, the need for well-rounded, independent thinkers with agile business acumen has never been more critical. With the guidance of a faculty grounded in both academics and the real world, JMU's business program is known for producing graduates who have earned a special combination of interpersonal and technical skills that makes them business ready. That translates into people who understand people and problems, who build teams, find solutions and ultimately achieve success.

The Stories ...

Viva L'Italia

Katharine Corgan Katharine Corgan ('06) has only been to Italy once, but she knows good Italian food when she tastes it. So does the JMU and Harrisonburg community, and that's why they keep coming back to Corgan's restaurant, L'Italia Pizza & Pasta … Read More

Quite a ‘Story' of reinvention

Heidi Story "If you are doing business the same way you were last year, you will not still be in business this year." Such simple, but sage advice comes from small business owner Heidi Story ('91), who took a page out of Madonna's playbook and … Read More

JMU shines at White House

President Obama and Paul Holland at White House energy forum Paul Holland ('82) and Dennis Tracz ('78) participated in the "Investing in the Clean Energy Economy" event at the White House, during which President Obama announced … Read More

Uncle Sam still wants you

JMU alum Jeremy Ray encourages recent college graduates to seek federal workforce career opportunities Recent college graduates make ideal candidates for the federal workforce—their skill sets are current, they're motivated and innovative. Jeremy J. Ray ('99) should know … Read More

The People ...

Amy McPherson

Amy McPherson ('83)

Executive Vice President for Global Sales and Marketing, Marriott International

As executive vice president for global sales and marketing for Marriott International, Amy says her team strives for "going from great to world-class." Creating a world-class team of executives is one of Amy's proudest achievements... Read More

Ken Bartee

Ken Bartee ('83)

Alumni award winner and CEO

Ken is known for seeing the big picture. From that perspective as president and CEO of McDonald Bradley, one of the largest privately held information technology companies, he has increased the firm's revenues ... Read More

Be the Change! sectors ...

Be the Change
in the Economy

John Barrick ('76)
Senior Manager of Race Vehicle Engineering, General Motors

Ken Bartee ('83)
Alumni award winner and CEO

Jeffrey Campbell ('87)
Fourth-generation potato farmer

Tom Carr ('84)
Business development manager, Cisco Systems Inc.

Joe Damico ('76, '77M)
Business leader and philanthropist

Ed Estes
Retired President and CEO, Great Coastal Express

David Grimm ('74)
Business and community leader

Steve Leeolou ('78)
Entrepreneur and Madison Century Campaign leader

Amy McPherson ('83)
Executive Vice President for Global Sales and Marketing, Marriott International

Marcy Morrison ('91)
Author, speaker, career consultant

John Rothenberger ('88)
Entrepreneur in residence

Teddy Folkman ('98)
Co-owner and executive chef of Granville Moore's Gastropub

Mike Thomas ('76, '77M)
President, Lockheed Martin's Global Security Solutions Group

Jeff Tickle ('90)
Teacher, business executive, community leader

Sean Tobin ('92)
Director of Cross Rates Sales, Deutsche Bank