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Getting Your Head in

The Global Game

90th BirthdayCelebration Henry W. Bloch (center) surrounded by his children (from left, Liz Uhlmann, Tom Bloch, Robert Bloch and Mary Jo Brown) during Henry’s 90th birthday celebration.

Henry Bloch ‘Gives Back’ to Kansas City School’s benefactor establishes family foundation to support the city that gave him so much enry Bloch, or “Mr. Luck,” as he has been dubbed throughout the years, is an entrepreneur with dogged determination. His son, Tom, says Henry’s deep love and commitment for his community is at the heart of his success. “It’s hard to find an organization he has not been involved in over the years,” Tom says. Henry’s humble attitude and unwillingness to take too much credit for co-founding and building tax empire H&R Block exemplifies the work ethic and determination that has made him such a mainstay in Kansas City and beyond. “You need to work hard. You need to work overtime. And you can’t take shortcuts,” goes Henry Bloch’s well-known mantra. He did just that. And now, in the year America’s Tax Man celebrated his 90th birthday, he has added perhaps the largest stone yet to his pillar of support for Kansas City. Among the arts, health care, and other causes about which Bloch has been passionate, one stands out: education. Just within UMKC and the Henry W. Bloch School alone, Bloch has demonstrated his deep passion for helping our students succeed. He endowed the Bloch School in 1986. He established the Bloch Scholars program, a program for just “average” students (Bloch himself says he was a “C” student) with a desire to learn. He has spent countless hours advising the school and mentoring students. In 2011, he made a $32 million gift to fund the new Henry W.

Bloch Executive Hall for Entrepreneurship and Innovation. But Bloch isn’t finished. On the day he turned 90, Bloch and his wife Marion announced the creation of a family foundation to improve the quality of life in their beloved Kansas City. The Marion and Henry Bloch Family Foundation, which is expected to rank among the largest family foundations in Kansas City, will support efforts in the areas of post-secondary business and entrepreneurship education; visual and performing arts; health care; social services; education for low-income, underserved youth; and Jewish organizations. The announcement identified three legacy institutions to receive special emphasis: the Henry W. Bloch School of Management, The Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art, and St. Luke’s Hospital of Kansas City. In addition to Bloch, who will serve as chairman, the foundation’s inaugural board of directors will be comprised of both local civic leaders and the Blochs’ four children. It is anticipated that lineal descendants of the Bloch family will always be associated with the foundation to guarantee the long-term fulfillment of Henry and Marion’s vision. “Kansas City has been very good to us,” Bloch says. “If it weren’t for the taxpayers who embraced Dick’s and my tax preparation experiment in 1955, H&R Block wouldn’t have become what it is today. We owe a debt to the Kansas City community, and our hope is that, through this foundation, we will help pay back that debt.”

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Letter from the Dean


News Briefs 3 Bloch School rankings reflect excellence 4 Bloch alumni drive innovation 5 Entrepreneurship: The next generation 6 Meet a future grad 7 Shane Spencer: Becoming the best 8 The Bloch School rises

Around the Bloch 28 Alumni and community events 30 Bloch says goodbye: Lanny Solomon 32 Executive education takes off 36 Brewing with John McDonald

Credits Produced by: UMKC Creative Services Writers: Amanda Bertholf, Pat McSparin, Erin Blocher Executive Editor/Writer: Victoria Prater Photography: Mark McDonald, Steve Puppe, Janet Rogers, Dan Videtich Bloch Magazine is published annually by the UMKC Henry W. Bloch School of Management Office of Communications to encourage interest and support among our alumni, friends and constituents.

16 The spirit of service Alumni and friends of the Bloch School are making a difference by helping others and the KC community. 20 Five things doctors could only learn at Bloch Three medical professionals chose to pursue E.M.B.A. degrees to elevate their careers.

10 Cover Story Getting your head in the global game The Bloch School is changing the way global thinkers learn, grow and innovate around the world.

22 Where the jobs are In an uncertain economy, it’s important to know what it takes to land a job. Our experts weigh in. 24 In the classroom One of many differences between Bloch and other schools happens with innovative thinking inside the classrooms.

ADMINISTRATION Dean: Teng-Kee Tan Associate Dean for Academic Programs and Research: David Donnelly Assistant Dean for Student Services: Kami Thomas Assistant Dean for Strategy and Planning: Sheri Gormley Department of Accountancy, Chair: Georgia Smedley Department of Finance, Chair: Fred Hays Department of Global Entrepreneurship and Innovation, Chair: Michael Song

Department of Management, Chair: David Donnelly, Interim Department of Marketing and Supply Chain Management, Chair: Raj Arora Department of Public Affairs, Chair: David Renz Director of Alumni Relations: Dionne Lewis Director of Communications: Victoria Prater Director of Development: Karlyn Wilkins Director of Special Events: Beth Follmer

Our Mission The Henry W. Bloch School of Management develops purposeful entrepreneurial and innovative leaders to meet changing global demands, and advances knowledge and practice through excellent teaching, scholarship, outreach and service. Our Vision The Henry W. Bloch School of Management aspires to be Kansas City’s nationally and globally preeminent school of management focusing on entrepreneurial and innovative thinking as the foundation for transforming talent and achieving sustainable growth in for-profit, public and nonprofit enterprises.

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Letter from the dean We asked the Dean’s Staff What is your favorite Bloch School moment?

“ This is Only the Beginning What an amazing year we’ve had at the Bloch School. Construction progress continues rapidly on the greatly anticipated Henry W. Bloch Executive Hall for Entrepreneurship and Innovation. Our programs continue to garner new national rankings, most recently including our public administration nonprofit management emphasis, which jumped 10 spots to No. 15 in the nation. Our accounting program was recognized among the top five in the nation for C.P.A. pass rate among mid-sized universities. In addition, our entrepreneurship programs continue to advance in the Princeton Review rankings, both undergraduate and graduate moving up two spots to No. 12 and 19 respectively. In the near future, Bloch looks forward to the launch of new programs and centers, including the Master of Science in Global Entrepreneurship and Innovation. Our benefactor and dear friend Henry Bloch named the Bloch School among his top three legacy institutions to receive funding from the new Bloch Family Foundation. What this all means is that the Bloch School is a management school on the move. Our programs continue to emerge as national models. Our new building possesses design architecture that supports a new experiential pedagogy — design unlike that at any other business school — and positions us as a leader for others to study and emulate. We are preparing the next generation of 21st century leaders in the forprofit, nonprofit and public sectors, infusing our twin pillars of excellence into the mindset of all Bloch students: entrepreneurship and innovation in the for-profit sector and social entrepreneurship and innovation in the nonprofit sector. I hope you enjoy reading the exciting stories in this issue. Just know: This is only the beginning. Sincerely,

Teng-Kee Tan, Ph.D. Dean and Harzfeld Professor of Technology Entrepreneurship and Innovation

The September 15 ranking and gift announcement event when Henry Bloch, from center stage, crossed his arms and said ‘I am an entrepreneur.’ The crowd went wild before he could finish the word entrepreneur!” Victoria Prater Director of Communications

Definitely graduation. The students and their families are excited to meet Henry Bloch, tour the UMKC campus and enjoy the traditional procession from Bloch School to the ceremony. It’s a wonderful day.” Beth Follmer Director of Special Events

That moment when people see each other at an alumni event and realize that even though they knew each other previously, they now share an even greater connection through Bloch.” Dionne Lewis Director of Alumni Relations

Observing Bloch students, who had just watched the Henry Bloch documentary, give the man himself a standing ovation when he walked on stage. Their pride and excitement to be part of this institution was palpable.” Karlyn Wilkins Director of Development

I love watching the construction of the new building! It energizes me each morning as I drive in to work.” Sheri Gormley Assistant Dean for Strategy and Planning


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New Successes The nonprofit management emphasis in the Master of Public Administration program is ranked No. 15 in the nation by U.S. News & World Report.

Numbers Don’t Lie Bloch School rankings reflect program excellence

 The Bloch School accounting program C.P.A. pass rate is ranked among the top 5 in the nation (among medium-size programs) by the National Association of State Boards of Accountancy C.P.A. Candidate Performance Book.

Over the past several years, Bloch has celebrated a steady rise in national and global recognition through rankings. In 2012, the trend spreads to new areas.

 Bloch undergraduate and graduate entrepreneurship programs each climb two places in the 2012 Princeton Review rankings, putting them at No. 12 and No. 19, respectively.  The Bloch School M.B.A. entrepreneurship focus is selected as a national model program for others to emulate by the United States Association of Small Business and Entrepreneurship.


A Look Back at Accomplishments  UMKC is ranked No. 1 in the world for innovation management research in a Journal of Product Innovation Management study.  Bloch School entrepreneurship faculty are ranked top in the world: Michael Song (world’s No. 1 innovation management scholar); Mark Parry (world’s No. 4 innovation management scholar); and Lisa Zhao (world’s No. 50 innovation management scholar).  Due to the success of the Bloch School, benefactor Henry Bloch announces a $32-million gift to fund the creation of a new state-of-the-art building to house the school’s graduate, executive and entrepreneurship programs.  The Regnier Institute for Entrepreneurship and Innovation earns two out of five global awards from the Global Consortium of Entrepreneurship Centers (GCEC), including Exceptional Activities in Entrepreneurship across Disciplines and Outstanding Contributions to Enterprise Creation.  Bloch School’s experimental accounting information systems research ranks No. 21 in the country in a study by Brigham Young University.

Top Henry W. Bloch congratulates Bloch School public administration faculty Arif Ahmed, David Renz and Jered Carr at the celebration of the M.P.A. nonprofit management program’s leap to No. 15 in the nation. MIDDLE Ewing M. Kauffman/Missouri Endowed Chair in Entrepreneurial Leadership Mark Parry teaches a class of Entrepreneurship E-Scholars. BOTTOM Department of Accountancy Chair Georgia Smedley, Ph.D., talks about the department’s new L.E.A.D. model and top C.P.A. pass rate ranking at the accounting alumni reunion.

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Bloch alumni Mike Wilson (M.B.A. ’06) and Mark O’Renick (B.B.A. ’84) catch up in the Salva O’Renick offices downtown where like-minded entrepreneurs share a collaborative space. To learn more about Ingenology, visit

Ingenology? Ingenious! Bloch alumni drive innovation through creative collaborative change “In a rapidly evolving world, the message is clear: innovate or go away.” This bold statement appears at the top of Ingenology’s website, urging others to collaborate, innovate and thrive. More than a feel-good introduction to the company, the statement serves as a mission of the Kansas Citybased firm. Launched by the Salva O’Renick marketing firm (cofounded by Bloch alumnus Mark O’Renick), Ingenology is a collaboration of entrepreneurial marketing and technology companies focused on helping organizations change the way they engage with consumers and build relationships to drive business. The company is living its objectives by leading a new trend in space-sharing business partnership. However, like many success


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stories, Ingenology started as an experiment. Bloch alumnus Mike Wilson and his startup media digital marketing company served as guinea pig. Wilson met O’Renick through a mutual connection. Wilson was working to get his young multi-channel digital marketing company, Wavelength Media, off the ground. He needed an operations home base. O’Renick needed the right companies to start his entrepreneurial collaboration, and the two were a natural fit. “When I met Mike and learned about Wavelength, I thought, ‘This could work.’ ” O’Renick gave Wavelength office space in his capacious 1810 Cherry Street location in the Kansas City Crossroads Arts District with the understanding that once Wavelength became profitable, it would

pay a percentage of its gross profit toward administrative management services provided by Salva O’Renick, including bookkeeping, finance and business consulting. “This arrangement works out great for us,” Wilson said. “It takes the financial upkeep and other areas that aren’t what I do best off my plate so I can focus on our creative services.” Soon, other similar companies became interested in joining the collaboration. “While I originally thought along the lines of an incubator, a traditional incubator or co-working model didn’t quite seem right,” O’Renick said. “Ingenology is much more than that. It’s an integration of companies working to help each other grow.” This focus on growth has helped O’Renick lead Salva

O’Renick to a multi-year ranking on the Inc. 5000 list and the establishment of a separate commercial real estate holding company that owns the Ingenology space. Four companies currently occupy space at 1810 Cherry Street, including Salva O’Renick, Wavelength Media, Huddle Strategic Relations (solutions for nonprofit and advocacy organizations) and Media Kingdom (3D animation and design). “The model is fluid,” O’Renick explained. “Depending on where a company is when they join us, we will work with them accordingly. Our goal is to get each company in the door and profitable as quickly as possible.” “The setup has been a win-win for everyone,” Wilson said. “I can deliver not just Wavelength’s products and services, I can offer more specialty services as Ingenology.”

2012 Venture Creation Challenge


student teams from across UMKC disciplines entered in the Regnier Family Foundations/ Bank of Blue Valley Venture Creation Challenge

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participating judges helped with business plan evaluation, venture EXPO judging, and investment and finalist presentation evaluations.

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Hundreds of students and judges networked at the UMKC Student Union during the 2012 Regnier Venture Creation Challenge in April.

Nurturing Entrepreneurs, Creating Ventures The Regnier Institute for Entrepreneurship and Innovation and the Department of Global Entrepreneurship and Innovation continue to lead the way with model programs that transform the next generation of entrepreneurs and innovators. The Regnier Family Foundations Venture Creation Challenge was a success, with the highest number of participating judges to date. Now in its third year, the Entrepreneurship Scholars program boasts more than 20 ventures launched each year. >> Deon Whitten

proudly walked off stage with his E-Scholars diploma.

winning venture teams named.

special awards, including best prototype, emerged. ventures were launched by the 2011 and 2012 classes of E-Scholars.


ventures are underway by the 2013 class of E-Scholars.

<< Victor Mikaelsson

and his team took home the Best Prototype prize for Magnetic RAV, an innovative magnetic potholder.

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Meet a Future Grad Life may not slow down, but that doesn’t stop this top student What led you to the Bloch School? I love the city and I had heard great things about UMKC and the Bloch School. It’s close to the part of the city that I wanted to be in, the teachers have been great and the building is historic.

Meet Amanda Grawe, a junior with a focus in enterprise management. She stays busy studying at the Bloch School, working part-time at DST Systems and UMKC Intramurals and preparing for a career in business. We caught up with Amanda to talk about her Bloch experience and what comes next.

What are your career aspirations? I’m keeping my options open, but right now I’m interested in talent acquisition. I work at DST Systems, which has given me a taste of the career. I also studied internationally in London and would be interested in making working abroad a professional goal.

If you could give yourself one superpower, what would it be? The ability to stop time. Each day has so many things I want to do. If not that, I would make myself really fast at everything, including running and swimming. Favorite professor at UMKC? At Bloch, it’s been accounting with Nancy Weatherholt. I’m probably the only person to say accounting, but even though it was tough, I like the structure. Where do you find the time to stay so busy? I really have no idea. It’s lots of ambition, I guess. There’s always something more to strive for, so why not just do it?

Student Success Starts With You Support Bloch School endowed scholarships Endowed scholarships ensure that the Bloch School of Management can attract, support and retain the best and brightest students who will be the next generation of for-profit and nonprofit leaders in Kansas City and beyond. Creating an endowed scholarship is a wonderful way to pay tribute to family, colleagues or an organization to provide a gift in perpetuity that will help students fund their education. If you would like more information about establishing an endowed scholarship, call Karlyn Wilkins, Director of Development, at 816-235-5554 or email

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Name a TV or movie character who best summarizes you. Can I say a man? I’m most like Anthony Bourdain, I think. I love that he’s so passionate about food and he’s made himself successful. I’m nowhere near as edgy as he is, but I like to think I’m a little bit out there.

Favorite place to study? One time, several classmates and I crammed into a tiny room with slides on a projector for hours. There were no distractions. When the new building is ready, I’m sure there will be places to explore there. I’m thinking about staying in grad school so I can check out the new student areas of that building.

Becoming the Best The 26-year-old CEO of Green REIT, a real estate investment trust based solely in utility-grade renewable energy, secured nine figures to start his venture and was named to the Forbes 30 Under 30 list in real estate. He spoke with Bloch Magazine about his success.

Where did the idea for Green REIT come from? I was working for a company and was already familiar with real estate investment trusts. I saw an opportunity to combine that with solar energy, which is becoming more and more popular. I took the idea for a Green REIT to the company I was working for, but they weren’t interested so I went out on my own.

What is truly pioneering about what you’re doing? Green REIT is a new idea. No others are making a business of it right now. It’s also in an undefined asset class, which means it will have to drive policy change.

Shane Spencer (M.B.A. ’12; E-Scholar ’11) North Kansas City, Mo.

What characteristics or practices do you think make a successful entrepreneur? Persistence, persistence, persistence! A good entrepreneur doesn’t take no for an answer. You can get knocked down 100 times, but you get up 101 times.

Can entrepreneurship be taught? Yes, entrepreneurship can be taught. There is a skill and knowledge base that entrepreneurs must have to launch their business. I do believe there are character traits that have been identified in successful entrepreneurs that cannot be taught, but novice entrepreneurs can stack the deck in their favor by learning from other successful entrepreneurs. Bringing my business idea to the Bloch School’s E-Scholars program put my feet to the fire. It made me get certain things done and gave me the tools. It also introduced me to my mentor, who was instrumental in my success.

What advice do you have for budding entrepreneurs? Find what you love to do and become the best in the world at it. Talk to as many people about your venture as you can. Find the best people in the business (whatever your business is) and meet with them. You’ll learn a lot and the networking is invaluable.

What inspires you? The two most inspirational people are my parents. They are my first teachers and they still teach me today.

What are three things you can’t live without? My dog, my iPad and my golf clubs.

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The Bloch School Rises

Less than 18 months after Henry W. Bloch’s gift, the new building takes shape


hen the Henry W. Bloch School of Management announced a momentous $32 million gift from the school’s namesake on Sept. 15, 2011, the day was hailed as the beginning of a new era. Six months later, ground was broken on a one-of-a-kind learning space that Dean Teng-Kee Tan envisioned as a “model building in which to house (the school’s) model programs.” And now, just more than a year from the day the gift was announced, the foundation of that vision and a new era have evolved into a recognizable new face to UMKC. The transition from idea to development was well-structured but fast. By May, the Chancellor’s Residence had been cleared and the ground leveled for construction to begin. In July, concrete columns rose from the ground to mark the outline of the building’s foundation. By the time students arrived on campus for Fall 2012, the building’s exoskeleton had taken shape as a future home to innovative thinking in Kansas City. Steve McDowell, Senior Partner at BNIM, the architecture firm charged with bringing the building to life, summarized the unique approach the architecture, design and building teams have taken to assure the final product will meet the vision of the school. “Our primary objective was to really shape Dean Tan’s vision into physical spaces,” McDowell said. “We wanted the new building to compliment the existing facilities and support the mission of the school. The Bloch School is about transformation, and this building was our opportunity to help Bloch keep up with all the accolades it has received and to create a forward-thinking pedagogy of innovation and higher learning.” McDowell said BNIM puts a premium on collaboration, true to the spirit of the Bloch School itself. The team has worked closely with the building team at JE Dunn and has followed a phrase called generous


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pragmatism, which means that what a building does matters as much as what it looks like. “This idea of buildings that are effective organisms in achieving the goals of the institution is how our team shaped up,” McDowell said. “The team has worked closely with a technology consultant to guarantee that the technology incorporated into the building in its early phases is not implemented to last a short time, but will be sustainable and easily replaceable for the school’s next few decades. This building is designed to adapt.” McDowell said he expects the building to begin resembling the team’s creative vision sometime around December 2012. He noted that when the final product is unveiled in 2013, it will represent the spirit that Henry W. Bloch has brought to UMKC for years. “The building will be beautiful, memorable and will contribute to the campus, but it will also elevate the learning, innovation and research inside the school,” McDowell said. Even in its not-yet-completed stage, Dean Tan says the building efficiently captures the spirit of the school, and will continue for years to come. “This new learning facility is a purpose-built space designed to accommodate innovative experiential teaching practices for the 21st century,” he said. “It is equipped with active learning classrooms so that students can be engaged in active co-creation and problemsolving group activities in class. The building’s design-led innovation lab, brainstorming room, business simulation and prototyping facilities encourage students of all disciplines to test and iterate their new product ideas. “This is our innovative approach to management school education that is not being used in other business schools,” Dean Tan said. “It will serve as a model for others to emulate.”

An Institute by Any Other Name Long-time champions of the Institute for Entrepreneurship and Innovation leave legacy

We’ll Soon Have A New Building. Then What? Karlyn Wilkins, Director of Development and Major Gifts at the Bloch School, talks about the importance of sustainability. What are you doing to make sure the new building remains a sustainable investment? Private funding is crucial to support the building’s unique facilities and capabilities. We hope to establish a permanent endowment for maintenance of the building, as well as separate endowments for distinctive features like the Trading Room and Financial Research Lab, for example, which require ongoing technology support and annual financial software licensing fees. What gift opportunities in the new building are available for donors? There are numerous options for alumni and friends of the Bloch School to make a contribution and have a space named in their honor or as a memorial. There is the design-led innovation lab for our entrepreneurship program, a 208-seat auditorium, financial research lab and trading room, five active-learning classrooms, indoor amphitheatre, a behavior research lab and a number of study and seminar rooms, to name a few. With the many new students this building will help attract, we also need additional endowed scholarships within the Bloch School for high achievers as well as those with financial need. These naming opportunities start at $25,000 and can be paid over five years. Why should the community consider investing in the Bloch School? An investment in our students is an investment in Kansas City and beyond. Funding is just one of many ways the community can make the school Kansas City’s premier school of management. Many of Kansas City’s civic and business leaders have given their time to mentor our students, which has led to experiential learning, internships and job opportunities. Bloch alumni can also re-engage in any way that is meaningful to them. When alumni connect with the school, contribute financially, become members of our advisory boards and mentor our students, it supports the long-term efforts of the school.

To discuss how you can be involved, please contact Karlyn Wilkins at 816-235-5554 or

It seems fitting that the Institute for Entrepreneurship and Innovation has not only found a name, but that it will bear the name of one of its earliest advocates: Regnier. The $3 million gift to name the Regnier Institute for Entrepreneurship and Innovation was made through the Regnier Family Foundations by siblings Robert (Bob) Regnier, chairman, president and CEO of Bank of Blue Valley; his brother, Victor Regnier, FAIA, ACSA Distinguished Professor at the University of Southern California School of Architecture; and their sister, Catherine Regnier. Bob Regnier says the family habit of philanthropy started in 1962 when his father and mother, Victor L. and Helen Benning Regnier, started a modest foundation to support the Shawnee Mission, Kan., Science Fair (this year the foundation celebrates 50 continuous years of supporting this cause). In honor of their father and mother’s values and passion, the Regniers established the Regnier Family Foundations using their parents’ estate. The Foundation primarily focuses on higher education, children’s programs and libraries in the Kansas City area. “The only thing I wish is that our contributions reflect causes our parents felt strongly about,” Catherine Regnier said. From left, Victor Regnier, Catherine Regnier and Robert Regnier “Our father believed in giving people the tools they need to help themselves, while our mother had a soft spot for children and local community causes.” Bob Regnier has been a long-time advocate of the Institute at UMKC, even before there were classes, students or much in the way of results. He named the Regnier Family Foundations/Bank of Blue Valley Venture Creation Challenge in 2007. He emphasizes community support for sustainability. “Kansas City as a whole needs to support education,” he said. “In order to reach its potential of being a great “Our father believed city, Kansas City needs a in giving people the great university. UMKC is in the right place to be that tools they needed to university. With all the help themselves.” exciting news, particularly – Catherine Regnier at the Bloch School, it’s all happening at UMKC.”

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The Bloch School’s global vision prepares students for the 21st century challenge


s employers cast their nets for graduates with a global perspective, students from the Bloch School are prepared to answer the call. Offering students a global education is a new imperative for accredited business and management schools across the United States. As the new AACSB guidelines emphasize a global focus, many schools have scrambled to meet the requirements for global programs and curriculum. The Bloch School has offered an innovative approach to global education for decades and continues to innovate for the 21st century through study abroad opportunities, international residencies for graduate students and exchange programs that bring the world to the UMKC campus. Currently, the Bloch School is developing an initiative to advance global management education in order to crystallize what Information Systems Professor and initiative champion Sidne Ward, Ph.D., calls a cohesive global strategy for the school. “The initiative will allow Bloch to coordinate and leverage all our global programs and activities in a way we were not able to before,” Ward said. Ideally, the Bloch School will serve as a contact point for the Kansas City community, visitors and speakers. It will also meet one of the Bloch School’s strategic initiatives to extend the school’s global presence. “A lot of schools have a fragmented approach. Our goal is to become a model and example of how to develop strategic partnerships across the globe,” Ward said. Bloch School Dean Teng-Kee Tan has made developing global initiatives a top priority. “Our mission is to foster a global mindset among our students and to prepare them with the skills, knowledge and mindset to compete successfully in a global environment. Our students must be able to function effectively in diverse global settings, work in global teams and innovate across different job capacities,” Tan said. Simply put, Bloch School students will receive an education that positions them to work with teams around the world, whether they work in Beijing, London, San Paulo or a business headquartered in Kansas City with a global presence.

Bringing the World to Bloch One of the Bloch School’s goals is to serve as a beacon to attract international students. Dean Tan has put special emphasis on increasing the percentage of international students enrolled at Bloch. Associate Dean for Student Services Kami Thomas says the school aims for a 20 percent enrollment for international students. The BLOCH AMERICAN STUDY ABROAD PROGRAM (BLOCH ASAP) hosted the first class of 16 undergraduate students from Jiangsu Province, China, this summer. The group spent 32 days in Kansas City doing in-depth entrepreneurship immersion and taking in local culture. The BLOCH ASAP is an opportunity to host international learners, help foster an understanding of America abroad and build better relationships between the

United States and other nations. It is also key to growth in Bloch School graduate programs, as these students are nominated from among the top in their universities. A good experience means great word of mouth at their universities and an increasingly positive reputation of the Bloch School around the world, as well as potential for these students to pursue graduate education at UMKC. In 2011, Tan and UMKC Chancellor Leo E. Morton travelled to China and began to personally develop relationships at the highest levels with Bloch’s potential partners. The result has been several memorandums of agreement with schools across China and Malaysia for students to study for their junior and senior years at the Bloch School or be recruited into Bloch’s graduate programs. “We are constantly in contact with these universities and have two local consultants who recruit on behalf of Bloch on the ground in China,” Thomas said. Bloch has also developed an innovative Pre-Master’s Program at three universities in China. Students complete prerequisite course work that has been approved by the Bloch School. Those courses then count toward the students’ entrance into the Bloch Masters of Science in Accounting or Masters of Science in Finance programs. “The Pre-Master’s Program is a win-win,” Thomas explained. “The home institution helps in the recruitment process and is guaranteed credit hours from the program, and they gain from

“Our mission is to foster a global mindset among our students and to prepare them with the skills, knowledge and mindset to compete successfully in a global environment.” being able to offer a U.S. partnership to their students.” While the primary recruitment focus has been on China, Bloch has branched out to Malaysia and Vietnam. The Bloch School also developed a partnership with a private high school in Vietnam, where students are taught exclusively in English with the purpose of coming to the United States to get an education. The high school also has an exchange and scholarship relationship with the UMKC School of Computing and Engineering. Thomas said that both engineering and business are popular majors in Malaysia and China. Tan said the presence of international students is enriching for U.S. students as well. “The world is smaller now and our students are going to be expected to be able to communicate and work globally,” Tan said. “One of the benefits of having international students at Bloch is that we can bring a global experience to our domestic students. If you can’t go abroad, we bring an international experience to you.”

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Not Your Typical M.B.A. In 2013, the Department of Global Entrepreneurship and Innovation plans to launch the Master of Science in Global Entrepreneurship and Innovation. The highly experiential program will include two one-week residencies in Kansas City and one abroad, classroom and intensive coursework and distance learning. Learning includes “tools” such as business ideation and modeling, finance, design-led innovation, global market validation and “roadmaps” such as the explanation of process, from personal entrepreneurial plans to global growth strategies. The final semester concludes with the creation and launch of a high-growth global firm. Assistant Director of the Bloch School’s Institute for Entrepreneurship and Innovation John Norton, Ph.D., says the program is designed “for students with global business concepts, successful entrepreneurs who want to reach the next level on the global stage, executives who wish to lead or launch divisions with global reach or anyone serious about launching high-growth globally scalable ventures.”

Transforming Executive Talent Worldwide The Bloch School’s Executive Education Program is also pushing the edge of the global frontier in Asia. Executive Director of Bloch Executive Education Kimberly Young has helped develop a global presence for Bloch Executive Education with several programs targeted at university presidents, deans, deputy presidents, educators and administrators in China.

Due to the strong push in China to reform the country’s education system, this move toward reform offers a chance to create innovative and customized programs for Chinese university administrators. “We are able to take a consultative approach and bring together university partners, business partners and our partners in China,” Young said. Young says the program takes participants to other major U.S. cities so they can see the differences between institutions and businesses in the Midwest, the East Coast and in China. This model has been so successful that Young says Bloch is looking to use this program as a model for other countries in Africa and South America. Young also works with faculty to offer sessions on building cultural competency for local executives. "Kansas City executives have an interest in becoming globally savvy," she said. “All of the companies Executive Education serves have a global presence.”

No Stranger to Global Immersion Global education has been a crucial component of Bloch’s Executive M.B.A. program since 1993. Bloch was one of the first E.M.B.A. programs to have an international residency and to have that connected in an integrated way to the program and the goals the program has for students. The E.M.B.A. China Residency is structured so that students spend time in three major, and very different, economic centers in China: Beijing (the center of government and political history), Shanghai (the cosmopolitan finance center) and an economic development zone within easy commute of Beijing via bullet train. The trip itself is set in the context of a larger year-long project Continued on page 14

UMKC International Coordinator Huan Ding (M.B.A. ’11) preps the inaugural class of BLOCH ASAP students for their graduation ceremony.


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Building a Global Presence:

Hello, World

Today, students are rooted in the traditions of campus life in Kansas City. Soon, many of these same students will emerge as graduates, ready to grow their careers in far distant locales from Paris, France to Cape Town, South Africa. As technology shrinks the world, the Bloch School is prepared to answer students’ needs with global offerings, ranging from a robust Study Abroad program that sends students to a range of host countries and bringing international students to UMKC’s campus, to a global-minded curriculum across the school’s disciplines. The new initiative will fill five important functions: Embed a global context ❶ into management curriculum across all disciplines: accounting, marketing, finance, entrepreneurship and innovation and public administration and policy.

Grow the Bloch Study Abroad Program with more strategic partners in more countries.

Grow the BLOCH AMERICAN STUDY ABROAD PROGRAM (BLOCH ASAP) to attract international students from across the world to come to the Bloch School for a one-month American immersion experience.

Act as a center of competence to facilitate faculty research and teaching exchanges between the Bloch School and other international institutions and offer global consulting projects to students.

Advise Kansas City businesses on global management issues. ABOVE Evan Bryant (E.M.B.A. ’12) visits with a student at the Domestic Service School near Beijing, part of the Fuping Development Institute (FDI). E.M.B.A. students visited FDI as part of their 2012 global management residency. BELOW Bloch School Dean Teng-Kee Tan, Ph.D., teaches an executive education session to academic leadership from Chinese universities in the PDP (Presidents and Deputy Presidents) program.

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Fast facts

UMKC is the first U.S. site for a Jiangsu Education Services for International Exchange (JESIE) satellite office. JESIE currently has satellite offices in Canada, the United Kingdom and Australia. The Bloch School has partnerships with more than 12 universities in the Asian Pacific. The Bloch School strategic plan calls for doubling participation by Bloch students and faculty in global educational programs by 2015.

where students are asked to investigate an aspect of China they find intriguing and useful to their own industry sector or knowledge development. The topics students have investigated vary and include the rise of Western health care, energy issues, manufacturing, modern outsourcing, import/ export relationships and China’s changing demographics and changing markets. Students are required to independently set up meetings in China to get a solid research perspective on their topic of interest. “This continues the kind of executive presence and executive networking we reinforce in the program,” Tan said. “Students are identifying and working through networks to meet with people in Shanghai and Beijing and it tests their sense of executive confidence to go off on their own and do this in a complex and challenging environment.”

The World is Their Classroom Students in executive level programs are not the only ones encouraged to learn and travel abroad. Both M.B.A. and undergraduate students can take advantage of Bloch’s extensive study abroad opportunities.

Since the first course was offered in 1989, Bloch has seen study abroad courses in cities and countries across the world: London; Paris; Brussels; Amsterdam; Berlin; Heidelberg; Frankfurt; Bonn; Munich; Strasburg; Hong Kong; Beijing; Xian; Shanghai; Prague; Vietnam; Cape Town, South Africa; and the Netherlands. Bloch’s general study abroad courses have been customized to fit the schedules and needs of UMKC students. The students enroll in a semester-long class on campus, but the travel is condensed into a week-long period. Program Coordinator Fred Hays said Kansas City has a number of companies with global operations. “For the last several years, students have visited Cerner’s large operation in the U.K.,” Hays said. “We visited Lockton Insurance, which is the largest independent private insurer in the world.” Students have also visited Garmin and KPMG’s Paris operations, met with a member of the British Parliament’s Labor Party and visited the U.S. Embassy in Paris. “What we are trying to do is take students who have only known a U.S.based experience and open their minds and convince them that travelling abroad is not difficult. We want them to be able to navigate the transportation systems and let them spend time out on their own,” Hays said. Supporting the travel, the faculty in charge of each trip prepare the students for the experience of being abroad, especially those who have never been overseas before. Students receive a historical perspective on the nation they visit, look at the economic institutions, talk about what to expect while they are in-country, and learn how to use the transportation system and the health care system. “We want students to gain cultural sensitivity,” Hays said. “To not only be aware of differences, but also to focus on the similarities across cultures.” 

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Study Abroad students listen to social activist Sedeeq Levy who greeted them and provided initial orientation to South Africa and Cape Town during the Cape Town trip in 2011.

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Trip Inspires One Student’s Career Lara Ogle (M.B.A. ’12, Pharm.D. ’13) realized she wanted her career to take an international turn after a study abroad trip for her Bloch M.B.A. and UMKC Pharmacy Programs. Ogle was able to earn credit toward both degrees through the Bloch School’s Study Abroad trip to South Africa in 2012. “We took global health courses at the University of the Western Cape. We toured clinics and hospitals in

Cape Town, which was very eye opening, and we went into a few of the townships,” she said. The group studied herbal medication gardens and worked in one of the herbal medicine labs. Ogle and her classmates kept a daily journal of their impressions and reflections, and their trip culminated in a final presentation. Ogle found the trip built helpful relationships with professionals abroad and with her own

M.B.A. and Pharmacy student cohort group. “Study abroad is an experience we need to take advantage of at the Bloch School,” she said. Ogle now sees international work as a real career possibility and is interested in medical mission trips, community pharmacy for developing nations or promoting health products internationally for U.S. medical companies.

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hen he talks about his aspirations for the students of the Henry W. Bloch School of Management, Dean Teng-Kee Tan will look you right in the eye and say, “I want our students to learn to be more like Henry Bloch.” Tan believes students should understand and emulate what he calls the “full continuum,” which means learning to be successful and then becoming successful in whatever you are passionate about. Once achieved, the next step is learning how to give back, be it through philanthropy, social entrepreneurship, mentorship or finding other ways to make the world a better place. Bloch School students and alumni are making this happen.

It’s Never Too Early to Love a Good Book Bloch School accounting students in the Beta Alpha Psi accounting fraternity partnered with the Mid-Continent Public Library to help bring literacy awareness to children in Kansas City communities. Bloch accounting students gave up a few of their Saturday afternoons to stage “read-ins” in places like the Zona Rosa shopping center and the Independence Center mall. The students sat in circles reading their favorite books, while staff from the library handed out materials on their summer reading programs and invited families to stop by. Bloch students read stories to the younger children. Senior accounting student Christopher Richardson (B.S.A. ’12) said the students embraced the service. “The students in Beta Alpha Psi recognize the importance of giving our time and knowledge in a service capacity,” he said. “It brings us closer to the community and helps build stronger communities. Working with the kids was so much fun.”

Mentorship Matters: ‘High Aspirations’ Changes Lives Abandoned as an infant, malnourished and diagnosed with failure to thrive, Henry W. Wash (M.P.A. ’06) almost didn’t get a chance at life. After living in a foster home for the first seven years of his life, he was finally adopted. Wash struggled with school and was told he couldn’t learn by a teacher who stuffed him under a desk. Then, a man named Thurman Mitchell took an interest in mentoring Wash and helped him overcome some of his obstacles and learn to succeed. When Thurman died in 2000, Wash says he was at a loss.“I realized that Thurman had put so much of himself into me. He had given me so much and he didn’t get to see me do much with it. I didn’t want to make that mistake again,” Wash said.

Bloch accounting students from Beta Alpha Psi engage little visitors in colorful books during a literacy awareness project at the Zona Rosa shopping center in Kansas City, Mo.

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Henry Bloch's early influence on Henry Wash inspired him to make his own mark.

“I am first a servant,” Wash says. “I will give what was given to me, what I have become and what I have to give to the next generation in the hopes that they will do the same, carrying the continuum well into the future.” Henry W. Wash (M.P.A. ’06)

The second turning point in Wash’s life came when he tried to go to community college but ran out of money. Thanks to the Henry W. Bloch Scholars program, Wash made it through his associate’s degree at Penn Valley, and then earned his four-year degree in sociology and a minor in black studies at UMKC. Through the scholarship, Wash met Henry W. Bloch. In getting to know Bloch, Wash found in him a man he deeply admired and wanted to emulate. “Henry came to my wedding. I have lunch with him at least once a month. And every time I see him he gives me mentorship, guidance and direction,” Wash says. “Henry has given me so much more than money—he’s given me him.” Wash always felt inspired to help others, but didn’t know how to do it until his Bloch School experience. “The M.P.A. program at the Bloch School really helped me focus my goals and figure out what I was meant to do.” In 2003, Wash founded “High Aspirations,” a program designed to serve the social, emotional, academic and spiritual


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needs of African-American males from ages eight to 18 through structured activity and learning. “In at-risk communities, conditions like poverty, drugs and violence can sometimes push otherwise good guys into criminal activity, whether they had a propensity for it or not. It’s a matter of survival,” Wash explains. “Our goal is to use research and innovation to create a program that places these young men on a path toward becoming productive members of society, loving husbands and dutiful fathers.” So, as Henry W. Bloch has done for Henry W. Wash, so Henry W. Wash is doing for dozens of young men: Giving the gift of opportunity. By the end of 2013, High Aspirations expects to have helped more than 60 young men. “I am first a servant,” Wash says. “I will give what was given to me, what I have become and what I have to give to the next generation in the hopes that they will do the same, carrying the continuum well into the future.”

E-Scholars Establish Sustainability Fund Shane Spencer graduated with the inaugural class of Entrepreneurship Scholars and has since seen his venture soar toward success. As a way to give thanks, he helped faculty and staff within the Bloch School’s Regnier Institute for Entrepreneurship and Innovation establish a fund that would encourage E-Scholar students, E-Scholar alumni and eventually the Kansas City community, to put money back into the program. The money will go toward operating expenses for the Regnier Institute and the E-Scholars programs to prevent budget reductions or cuts, ensuring the program can continue to nurture the next generation of entrepreneurs and globally scalable ventures. “It's important that students who have the opportunity for a good education and who benefit from the generous gifts of Henry Bloch support their institution, creating a sense of community and vested interest, and perpetuate the act of giving within the Bloch School culture,” Spencer said. 

High Aspirations Henry Wash’s vision helps those who need it most

High Aspirations was originally designed to serve 21 young men, offering a 7-to-1 mentor/ mentee ratio. Each participant receives a 10-year commitment from the organization. As mentoring capacity grows, the program will work to serve more young men. The goal of the High Aspirations program is to create a generation of African-American men who will:  Excel in the classroom  Obtain the skills necessary to secure and hold well-paying jobs and build businesses  Become dutiful husbands and loving fathers  Become the foundation for safe, prosperous neighborhoods in Kansas City  Return to the High Aspirations program to mentor future generations.

The program is a

success at 83% Michael Song, Ph.D., Executive Director of the Regnier Institute for Entrepreneurship and Innovation, teaches a class of E-Scholars.

Of the original 21 young men involved in the High Aspirations program: 15 graduated from high school 11 attended or are attending post-secondary school (either a two- or four-year college)

“It’s important that students who have the opportunity for a good education and who benefit from the generous gifts of Henry Bloch support their institution.”

4 are attending high school 3 are working full-time 2 are serving in the U.S. military

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three doctors could only learn at Bloch


“Doctors speak a different language than administrators, so I’ve become the translator. When the CEO starts throwing out business terms, I can explain them to the people on my team.”


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These medical professionals learn the power of business expertise thanks to Bloch E.M.B.A.

fter he finished his medical residency and started a solo practice, Tom Tryon, M.D., section chief of urgent care at Children’s Mercy Hospital, quickly realized that medical school didn’t teach him how to be a businessperson. “We’re taught to recognize diseases and treat them,” he says. “Yet, no matter where you practice in medicine, you’re involved in business.” For Heather Klepacz, M.D., head of trauma surgery at Research Hospital, the realization she lacked business training came during her medical residency. “They don’t teach us how to run a practice or how to make money doing so,” she says. When Milton Fowler, M.D., was elected medical staff president at Children’s Mercy Hospital, he knew that in order to successfully fulfill the role, it was necessary for him to be well-tuned on numbers and able to bring certain discussions to the table. In his role, it’s up to Fowler to digest the information and conversations that occur at an administrator level and bring that information back to the physicians he represents. “I felt it necessary to gain the tools and address physicians’ interests as they relate to the restructure of the health care system,” Fowler says. In pursuing their E.M.B.A.s at the Henry W. Bloch School of Management, all three doctors have used management education to advance their health care careers. Here’s how they see it affecting their paths.

Run a business

Beyond their health care missions, hospitals are also businesses, and must utilize strong business principles in order to advance their missions. And understanding that most entities are run like corporations is useful no matter a person’s career path. “With the changing economics in health care today, corporate physicians have to be good stewards and develop sound business principles in their practice,” Tryon says. A better understanding of business principles can help physician leaders understand the focus of the hospitals where they work. It also helps them understand how decisions are being made at a hospital level and the business decisions and financial implications of those decisions. In the medical profession, having a business mind at the table who has a clinical aspect goes far further than someone with just one or the other. “The tide has turned—physicians want to take ownership of health care and be a part of the changes,” Fowler says. “And the only way to be a part of that is to understand it’s a business now, and we’re reacting to the changes and we’re uncomfortable with being left at the periphery. We no longer want others to speak on our behalf as decisions are being made.”

Use business skills every day

As a section chief, Tryon uses his management and business skills when he’s working with other physicians and managing a staff, including during a recent annual review of a physician. “We talked about how this physician was a leader, and I was helping him recognize those leadership skills,” he says. “Encouraging those skills in others is important and something I’ve learned how to do.” He also uses what he has learned to help with problem solving, personnel challenges within his department, developing strategic innovations and networks, and the process it takes for change and innovation to move forward.

Think like a CEO

As the highest-level leader of an institution, a CEO is often thinking about the big picture. But it’s easy for leaders, whether they’re physicians or otherwise, to get tunnel vision and only appreciate things from their own perspective. “Certainly the E.M.B.A. helps with this—recognizing there are different stakeholders and ideas going into corporate decisions and thinking of things from the 30,000-foot view no matter what,” Tryon says. Continued on page 31

Leaders of the pack

Milton Fowler, M.D. Medical staff president Children’s Mercy Hospital

These three doctors earned their E.M.B.A.s at the Bloch School. Now, armed with M.D.s and E.M.B.A.s, they’re combining their medical expertise with their management knowledge and advancing their health care careers. The doctors agree that their combination of education and experience will help them lead from the top.

Heather Klepacz, M.D. Head of trauma surgery Research Hospital

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Where the Jobs Are Bloch experts weigh in on what it takes to prepare for today’s top opportunities


ecent graduates and seasoned professionals alike are curious about which career fields offer the most opportunity, and where the market is heading for the future. Although the American economy has suffered and unemployment has reached record highs during the past few years, existing and emerging fields are promising for the next wave of job seekers. Health care and finance rank high on the list, and that comes as no surprise to Kimberly Young, Executive Director of the Bloch Executive Education Center. Young says a large percentage of the organizations seeking executive education programming come from the health care industry. “Executive education is particularly needed and valuable to the health care sector due to shifts brought about by recent legislation,” Young explained. “Executive education helps to prepare leaders for the


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changes that are in progress and yet to come by transforming them into broader, more strategic innovative thinkers about health care as an industry and as an ecosystem.” Young said she has also seen an increase in enrollment in the Bloch School’s Certified Financial Planner Program. Fred Hays, Ph.D., Henry W. Bloch/ Missouri Endowed Chair in Financial Services and professor of finance, points to Baby Boomers as one cause of strength in the financial planning field, even in this difficult economy. “Each day, more Baby Boomers retire, and they represent an enormous intergenerational transfer of wealth,” Hays said. “To compete in this growing market, students may seek a Master of Science in Finance (MSF) with a wealth management track as they prepare to take the Certified Financial Planner Exam. Others will pursue a financial analyst track in the MSF with the goal of obtaining the globally recognized

The Panel

Kimberly Young Executive Education

Fred Hays Finance

Walt Clements

Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) credential, which opens the door to numerous opportunities in the financial arena in investment firms, banks, insurance companies and numerous other fields.” The trend in real estate job growth was verified by the high demand for the Bloch School’s new Master of Entrepreneurial Real Estate program when it launched in 2011. Walt Clements, assistant teaching professor of real estate and director of the Bloch School’s Lewis White Real Estate Center, noted several factors that have contributed to a rise in the need for real estate professionals. “Over the last two decades, the real estate community has moved from an independent contractor mindset to a more consolidated and corporate landscape,” Clements explained. “This shift has caused companies' need to backfill quickly with younger talent, especially in light of the vacuum created by retiring Baby Boomer CEOs.” Clements sees larger trends boosting the Kansas City market, such as people moving into the Midwest from the overly crowded coasts. “Even the widening of the Panama Canal, which has brought freight through Mexico and into the central U.S. on the Kansas City Southern Rail Line, has spurred the development of several duty-free industrial parks in Kansas City,” Clements said. “UMKC is the only place in the Midwest that offers a professional real estate degree. With the commercial real estate body of knowledge, it is not just one career that students are training for. Students in the program study appraisal and valuation, real estate finance, investment brokerage, property management and specialized software.”

Real Estate

Sidne Ward

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Daniel Dean

M.B.A. student

Riding the Wave of Big Data Sidne Ward, Ph.D., Associate Professor of Management Information Systems, sees a major trend in a fairly new area: the emerging field of big data. “The amount of data that companies and all organizations have has grown exponentially and it is going to continue to grow exponentially for a long time,” says Ward. “The Internet age has allowed companies, such as Amazon, to track customers with amazing precision. These data sets are much bigger than those just used to track transactions.” Ward predicts extensive growth in the field of data analysis and sees courses in statistics, computer science, decision support and marketing research as key to producing graduates who can fill these jobs. Bloch marketing student Daniel Dean (M.B.A. ’14) found an unexpected home in the emerging field of data analysis. While earning his M.B.A., Dean was also job hunting. Despite several successful interviews, he found himself repeatedly at the mercy of companies’ shrinking funding lines. One area he says seemed to always be hiring was advertising analytics. Dean was hired at Prime Lead Group in Overland Park, Kan., and says he’s excited to be among those riding the new numbers wave. In his position as a business analyst, Dean looks at ways to monetize the information collected by loan websites when that data is passed on to lending companies. “Working for a data-intensive company isn’t initially where I saw myself,” Dean says. “But the position offers the chance to use a rare mix of skills in accounting, finance and statistics, as well as marketing, all of which I am currently getting through my M.B.A. education.” 

Closing the Loop with Bloch Career Services

Pam Roffol-Dobies Career Services

Leadership and Organizational Behavior Assistant Teaching Professor Pamela RoffolDobies, Ph.D., is often the first to see changes in the labor market in her role as the Director of the Bloch Career Network. She said she has noticed companies offering more

short-term internships and contract labor, and finds that employers are in a “try-before-you-buy” mode. As companies look to make more use of university career services professionals, she is committed to keeping the Bloch School of Management’s classroom

instruction in step with employer hiring trends. “Career Services has a valuable role in taking information back to the faculty, because that potentially influences curricula, course content and career guidance faculty offer to their students.”

Tracking Kansas City Jobs of Tomorrow


Registered Nurses

1,910 Real Estate Sales Agents


Personal Financial Advisers


Customer Service Representatives


Jobs in Securities, Commodities and Financial Services * Based on ESMI data for the Kansas City Region on occupations predicted to show the most growth from 2012-17, provided by the Mid-America Regional Council.

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Meet a few of the faculty who change the way Bloch teaches Doranne Hudson

William Self, Ph.D.

There’s nothing “pitchy” about the presentations of Doranne Hudson’s Organizational Effectiveness and Leadership class students. Hudson and other management faculty have added an intriguing twist to the traditional classroom presentation. Using criteria developed to evaluate students’ oral communication and presentation skills, Hudson and guest judges from the business community take an American Idol judge-style approach to critiquing students on how well they can present and communicate an eight-minute presentation on in-depth subject matter. The evaluation criteria parallel what would be expected in today’s business world, evaluating things like presentation content (quality of research in insights) and delivery (professional appearance, pacing and audience engagement). “The students are so excited about this approach and the ability to connect with experienced executives,” Hudson said. “What seems to make the difference is each student is evaluated individually and in real time. Each has his or her moment in the spotlight rather than being evaluated as part of a team, where quieter students can get lost.”

Students can benefit from understanding research, how it’s done and how it applies to various job fields but may not always have vital access. Thanks to Assistant Professor of Leadership and Organizational Behavior William Self, UMKC students from various disciplines have a place to find this kind of experience. Self founded the Bloch Research Engagement Program to demystify research activities in the Bloch School and bring faculty and students together in the research process. Through the program, undergraduate and graduate students alike participate in research studies conducted by Self and other Bloch faculty. “Students rarely get a chance to know what faculty do on the research side and how it works,” Self explained. “The Research Engagement Program allows our students to experience the research process first hand. For them, this is a valuable skill not just for pursuing an academic career, but also in the corporate world—knowing how to conduct research and test theory makes anyone a better manager or leader. And, they get credit for participation.”

Helping Students Hit the Right Note

Exploring the Science of Management


Assistant Professor of Leadership and Organizational Behavior


Associate Teaching Professor Bloch Executive-in-Residence


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Georgia Smedley, Ph.D.

Jered Carr, Ph.D.

When Department of Accountancy Chair Georgia Smedley thinks of educating the next generation of accountants, she thinks in terms of producing well-rounded individuals. Smedley led the accounting department with mentorship and input from the Accounting Executive Board, comprised of accounting professionals in the community, to develop the Leadership and Ethics in Accounting Decisions (LEAD) model. This model represents the holistic education Bloch provides for accounting students­—not only deep technical competency in accounting itself, but soft skills such as: Leadership; solid work ethic; preparing students to be workplace appropriate (e.g., etiquette in written and verbal communication and attire); instilling a desire to continue learning and what is perhaps most important in today’s business world: ethical behavior and moral compass. “We are training our students to be leaders, not just accountants,” Smedley said. “That is not common in many accounting programs. Leadership and ethics are what all accountants, no matter where they work, rely on to make every day decisions in their jobs.”

The Bloch School Department of Public Affairs welcomed Jered Carr, Victor and Caroline Schutte/Missouri Endowed Professorship in Urban Affairs, to the school in 2011. Carr, who has a national reputation as a scholar in the governance of urban regions, is repurposing the L.P. Cookingham Institute for Urban Affairs. The Cookingham Institute is focused on promoting sustainable communities through educational programs and research directed at improving the financial, civic and environmental sustainability of local communities. Carr will lead the development of a certificate program to help local government officials understand the constantly changing environment of community economic development. Over the next year, Carr says he hopes to develop a second certificate program on sustainable communities. “The Kansas City region is an interesting place to study community sustainability,” Carr said. “The complexity of a bi-state metropolitan region like Kansas City provides a great laboratory. There are a large number of communities from different states that are part of the same regional economy.”

Solving Economic Problems

More than a Numbers Game


Associate Professor Victor and Caroline Shutte/Missouri Endowed Professorship in Urban Affairs


Associate Professor of Accounting Accountancy Department Chair

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Around the BLOCH New Bloch Instructors Bring Real World Experience Iman Adeinat, Ph.D. Instructor Marketing and Supply Chain Management Ph.D., University of New Orleans Adeinat has also worked for Petra Engineering Industries and the Ministry of Planning in Jordan.

William R. Keeton, Ph.D. Instructor Finance Ph.D., Massachusetts Institute of Technology Keeton was also an assistant vice president and economist with the Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas City.

Narbeli Galindo, M.B.A. Instructor International Business and Finance M.B.A., Thunderbird School of Global Management Galindo is also managing director of Narbeli’s Imports LLC.

Forest E. Myers, Ph.D. Instructor Finance Ph.D., Kansas State University Myers was also an economist with the Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas City.

August C. Tetzlaff, M.B.A. Instructor Accountancy M.B.A., University of Kansas Tetzlaff is also a senior consultant with Auricott Consulting.

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Recent Bloch School Faculty Research Accounting David W. Cornell, associate professor of accounting, Georgia Smedley, associate professor of accounting, and Nancy Weatherholt, associate professor of accounting, wrote “An Excel-Based, Multi-Year Accounting Cycle Project for Either the First Intermediate Accounting Course or an AIS Course” for the Accounting Information Systems Educator Conference, 2012. Larry Garrison, Helen Kemper/Missouri Professor of Accountancy, spoke on “Motivating Students: A Review of Best Practices” at the Johnson County (Kansas) Community College 11th Annual Accounting Educators’ Seminar in Overland Park, Kan., March 2012 and presented a paper titled “Registered Tax Return Preparers: A New Category of Preparers” at the MBAA International - North American Accounting Society Annual Meeting in Chicago, Ill., March 2012.

Entrepreneurship and Innovation Michael Song, Charles N. Kimball, MRI/ Missouri Endowed Chair in Management of Technology wrote with Caerteling, J.S., Halman, J.I.M., Dorée, A.G. and Bij, J.D., “How Relevant Is Government Championing Behavior for Technology Development?” for the Journal of Product Innovation Management (forthcoming); with Podoynitsyna, Ksenia, Hans Van der Bij, “The Role of Mixed Emotions in the Risk Perception of Novice and Serial Entrepreneurs,” for Entrepreneurship Theory and Practice (forthcoming); with Chai, Kah-Hin, Qi Wang, Johannes I.M. Halman and Aarnout C. Brombacher (2012) “Understanding Competencies In Platform-Based Product Development: Antecedents and Outcomes,” for Journal of Product Innovation Management (forthcoming). Michael Song and Lisa Song, assistant professor of entrepreneurship and innovation, wrote with Ad De Jong “How Leader Founder Personality Affect New Venture Performance: The Mediating Role of Team Conflict” for the Journal of Management (forthcoming); with O. Homer Erekson and Tang Wang, “Pioneering Advantages and FirstMover Decisions: Empirical Evidence from U.S. and China,” for the Journal of Product Innovation and Management (forthcoming); with Subin Im, Hans van der Bij, “Does Strategic Planning Increase or Decrease the Number of New Product Development Projects and Firm Performance?” for the Journal of Product Innovation Management (forthcoming). Lisa Z. Song and Mark E. Parry, Ewing M. Kauffman/Missouri Endowed Chair in Entrepreneurial Leadership, wrote “Mental Models and Successful First-Mover

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Entry Decisions: Empirical Evidence from Chinese Entrepreneurs,” Journal of Product Innovation and Management, forthcoming; “Mental Models and Successful First-Mover Entry Decisions: Empirical Evidence from Chinese Entrepreneurs,” for the Journal of Product Innovation Management (forthcoming). Mark E. Parry and Michael Song wrote with Qing Cao “Forecasting New Product Adoption with Probabilistic Neural Networks,” for the Journal of Product Innovation Management (forthcoming); “Market Information Acquisition, Utilization, and New Venture Performance,” for the Journal of Product Innovation Management (forthcoming). Sunny Li Sun, assistant professor of entrepreneurship and innovation, Gang Liu and Nan Zhou wrote “The Role Of Instructor And Students In Case Method: An Analysis Based On Epistemology And American Experience” for Management Case Studies and Review (conditionally accepted). Dirk Libaers, assistant professor of entrepreneurship and innovation, wrote “Research Universities in the U.S. Defense System in the Post-Cold War Era,” James, A. (Eds.) for The Dynamics of Innovation in the Defense Sector: Economics, Technology and the New Security Environment, 2012.

Finance Fred Hays, Henry W. Bloch Missouri Endowed Chair in Financial Services, wrote “Does Technology Matter? Evidence from the Credit Union Industry” (lead author with Sidne Gail Ward), Proceedings of the Academic and Business Research Institute. 2012. Stephen W. Pruitt, Arvin Gottlieb/ Missouri Endowed Chair of Business Economics and Finance (with Joe B. Cobbs, Mark Groza) wrote “Warning Flags on the Race Track: The Global Markets’ Verdict on Formula One Sponsorship” for Journal of Advertising Research 2012; 52(1), 74-86; and “Commercial Sponsorship In Formula One Racing: A Verdict From The World’s Financial Markets” for Journal of Advertising Research (forthcoming). Hu, X., David Kuipers, associate professor of finance, and Zeng, Y. wrote “Filtering with Counting Process Observations and Other Factors: Application to Bond Price Tick Data,” Applied Probability and Mathematical Finance, A. Tsoi (ed.), London, UK: World Scientific Publishing (forthcoming) (book chapter). Nathan Mauck, assistant professor of finance, wrote “Sovereign Wealth Fund Investment and the Return-to-Risk Relation of Target Firms,” with April Knill and Bong-Soo Lee for Journal of Financial

Intermediation, 2012; 21(2); “Bilateral Political Relations and Sovereign Wealth Fund Investment,” with April Knill and Bong-Soo Lee for Journal of Corporate Finance, 2012; 18(1); “The Uncertainty Resolution of FOMC Meeting Days,” with Denghui Chen and Kevin Krieger for Financial Markets and Portfolio Management (forthcoming).

Management Rong Ma, assistant professor of strategic management, and Huang, Y. wrote “Exploitative Learning In Project Teams: The Effects Of Cognitive Skills And Strategic Orientations” for Journal of Engineering and Technology Management (forthcoming); “Social Networks and Opportunity Recognition: A Cultural Comparison Between Taiwan and the United States” for Strategic Management Journal. (forthcoming, with Shenkar, O.)

Marketing and Supply Chain Management Rita Cain, professor of business law, wrote “Embedded Advertising on Television: Disclosure, Deception and Free Speech Rights,” Journal of Public Policy and Marketing (forthcoming). Shad Dowlatshahi, professor of operations management, wrote “The Role of Warehousing in Reverse Logistics,” Accepted for publication into International Journal of Production Research

Public Administration Jered B. Carr, Victor and Caroline Schutte/Missouri Endowed Professorship in Urban Affairs, with Simon Andrew wrote “Mitigating Uncertainty and Risk in Planning for Regional Preparedness: The Role of Bonding and Bridging Relationships.” Urban Studies (forthcoming); with Antonio Tavares, “So Close, Yet so Far Away? The Effects of City Size, Density, and Growth on Local Civic Participation.” Journal of Urban Affairs (forthcoming); with Shanthi Karuppusamy, “Interjurisdictional Competition and Local Public Finance: Assessing the Modifying Effects of Institutional Incentives and Fiscal Constraints.” Urban Studies 2012; 49(7): 1549-69; with Antonio Tavares, Miguel Rodrigues, and Catarina Magalhaes, “The Economic and Political Impacts of Top-Down Territorial Reform: The Case of Portuguese Parishes.” International Political Science Association Conference, July 8-12, 2012, Madrid, Spain. 2012; with Shanthi Karuppusamy,“Confronting Wicked Problems in the Metropolis: Knowledge-Based Networks and the New Regionalism.” Annual Meeting of the Urban Affairs Association, April 19-21, 2012, Pittsburgh, Pa.; with Antonio F. Tavares, “Patterns of Political and Civic Engagement: Exploring the Effects

of City Size, Density, and Growth.” Annual Meeting of the Urban Affairs Association, April 19-21, 2012, Pittsburgh, Pa., 2012; with William Hatley; “Services Collaboration through Multijurisdictional Organizations: Obstacles and Opportunities in times of Fiscal Stress.” Annual Meeting of the American Society for Public Administration, March 2-6, 2012 (Las Vegas), 2012. David O. Renz , Beth K. Smith/Missouri Chair in Nonprofit Leadership, wrote “Nonprofit Governance: A review of the field” for New Perspectives in Nonprofit Governance. London, U.K.: Routledge (forthcoming 2012); was guest editor for Nonprofit Management and Leadership: Special Issue on Nonprofit Governance. San Francisco: Jossey-Bass (forthcoming 2012); and guest editor of the Summer 2012 edition of Nonprofit Management & Leadership, published by Wiley; with Fredrik Andersson wrote “Bases of Power and the Dominant Coalition in Nonprofit Organization Governance.” Paper presentation at the 20th Biennial Research Conference of the International Society for Third Sector Research (ISTR). July 10-13, 2012. University of Siena, Siena, Italy; wrote “Revised Program Curriculum: Advanced Leadership Institute.” Curriculum Design Contract for Partners for Recovery/Addiction Technology Transfer Center Network Program of the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. June 2012. Brent Never, assistant professor of nonprofit leadership, wrote “Understanding Constraints on Nonprofit Leadership Tactics in Times of Recession.” Nonprofit & Voluntary Sector Quarterly, 40(6), 990-1004.

Real Estate Walter Clements, assistant teaching professor of real estate, and Jason CarterSolomon wrote “The Emerging Economy, Paradigm Shifts and the New Real Estate Professional,” Kansas City Business Journal 15 Apr. 2011; Clements spoke at the National Association of Real Estate Editors on the subject of “ Sustainable Infrastructure in America” June 20, 2012, in Denver, Colo.; the American Real Estate Society Conference in St. Petersburg, Fla., in April 2012 on the subjects of “Technology and Data in the classroom” and “Interactive Learning Methodology for Real Estate Education” and the Russian Guild of Realtors in Moscow, Russia, in March on the subject of “Corporate Real Estate Decisions”.

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Class Notes Kristin Kenney (E-Scholars ’11) earned the University of Missouri System’s Student Entrepreneur of the Year Award for 2012. C. Stephen Metzler (M.B.A. ’76), president and CFO of Metzler Bros. Insurance, has been elected chairman of the board of trustees of the Kansas City Art Institute. Dirk Schafer (M.B.A. ’84) has taken over as president of JE Dunn Construction’s Midwest Region. Jan Sternin (M.B.A. ’98) joined Berkadia Commerical Mortgage LLC as a senior vice president. Julie Warm (Ph.D. ’04) started a summer camp called “Madame President” to educate and encourage future women leaders in government and politics. Joy Wheeler (M.P.A. ’84) was named interim president and CEO of Marrillac Children’s Psychiatric Hospital. Mark Moberly (M.S.A. ’08) was honored among the Nonprofit Connect 2012 Class of Rising Stars of Philanthropy. 8

David Stallings (M.P.A. ’04) was named CFO of Girl Scouts of Northeast Kansas and Northwest Missouri.

7 1 David Robinson (B.B.A. ’92) and guest enjoy an alumni mixer at Snow & Co., a frozen drink venture founded by Bloch alumni Jerry Nevins (M.B.A. ’09), Lauren Cloud (M.B.A. ’09) and Andy Talbert (M.B.A. ’09). 2 Accounting students YJ (Yoonjae) Park (left) and Breanna Iseri mingle at Boulevard Brewing Company during the accounting alumni reunion in April.

3 Christy Wineland (M.P.A. ’04), right, and current M.P.A. student Reid Samuel, center, network with guests at the City on the Move panel event in June. 4 Sal LoGuidice (B.B.A. ’87) talks to friends at the Snow & Co. alumni mixer. 5 From left, Howie Krueger, associate professor of accounting, David Seay (B.S.A. ’92), Dave Donnelly, associate dean, Michael Plonkett

(B.S.A. ’91), Georgia Smedley, chair, accounting department and Melanie Coleman (friend) at the accounting alumni reunion. 6 From left, Larry Taft (B.B.A. ’80), John Appleby (M.B.A. ’89) and Joan Pu (M.P.A. ’94) look at a model of the new Bloch building during the inaugural Alumni Management Update, a free seminar for all Bloch alumni.

7 Proud graduate Matt Dority (E.M.B.A. ’12) shares the special day with his daughter. 8 Bloch Advisory Council members Mark Ciaramitaro (left) and Sue Mosby catch up at the City on the Move event.

Passings Gary Affholder (B.B.A. ’88) George Clarke (B.B.A. ’56) Everett Corwin Jr. (M.P.A. ’75) Col. Carl G. Davaz (M.B.A. ’70) Sandra Eisenman (B.B.A. ’71) David Fink (B.B.A. ’83) Michael Gerding (M.B.A. ’85) Richard Hamilton (Bloch faculty) Janet Koch (B.S.A. ’79) Clay Lyon (E.M.B.A. ’00)

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Bloch Says Goodbye Lanny Solomon 1946-2012

He brought a great mind and even greater sense of humor to the classroom, and made it seem as if his goal was to make sure that everyone had an opportunity to learn the material, no matter what obstacles they faced, and was there for us every step of the way.” Colby Lammers, graduate accounting student

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t was with heavy hearts that the Bloch School family mourned the loss of Associate Dean Lanny Solomon, who died in July after a long battle with lymphoma. Solomon came to Bloch from the University of Texas-Arlington, accepting the endowed Missouri Professorship in Accounting and the Directorship of the Division of Accountancy in Fall 1998. Promoted to associate dean in January 2003, Solomon played a crucial role in causes that impacted the entire school and campus. He served the Bloch School as interim dean from 2001-02. He also represented Bloch School in campus and university budget meetings, bringing his expertise to the table to fight for a better financial future for the school. “Lanny lived a life of service to others,” said longtime colleague and friend Dave Cornell, professor of accounting. “He chose to be an educator instead of a professional accountant. He did so because he wanted to inspire others, not just simply earn a living. His students appreciated his humor and his rigor in the classroom, honoring him as professor of the year on several occasions.” Solomon was dedicated to the success of every Bloch School student and deeply engaged in the

success of UMKC during his 14-year tenure. “Dr. Solomon was a great professor who offered everything he could to any student,” Colby Lammers, graduate accounting student, said. “He brought a great mind and even greater sense of humor to the classroom and made it seem as if his goal was to make sure that everyone had an opportunity to learn the material, no matter what obstacles they faced, and was there for us every step of the way.” Solomon’s family admired his strength. “He fought the battle hard and was continually positive and gracious with a disease that was not,” said Nancy, Solomon’s high school sweetheart and wife of 44 years. “I know how he will be missed by our family and friends, but also by faculty, students, alumni and colleagues across the UMKC campus who knew him.” In partnership with Lanny’s wife, UMKC established the Lanny Solomon Memorial Scholarship. This award will support a promising Bloch School student. Your generosity in helping to create this endowed scholarship will ensure that future students forever remember Solomon’s impact. Visit to learn more or to make a donation. 

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The changing state of health care

Executive Education certificate programs help professionals lead and prepare for change


he Bloch School worked with Cerner through the school’s custom corporate education division to identify the company’s needs and build a customized curriculum—a non-degree certificate program—called the Cerner Certificate in Health Care Leadership. Kimberly Young, executive director of Bloch Executive Education, says the certificate was designed to help transform existing leaders as Cerner and the health care industry evolve. “In the process of developing the curriculum, we realized— because health care is changing so drastically—that there was an opportunity to create a course where we could bring players from each of the segments of the industry together, and it could be a class that would serve not only Cerner, but the Kansas City community as well,” Young says. In its first year, the program consisted of Cerner executives. By the second year, executives from Cerner were joined by those from Children’s Mercy Hospital and Loma Linda Hospital in California. And next year, the program will have participants from insurers and other providers who are not in hospitals, but need the program to help them deepen their knowledge of the health care industry in terms of history, legislation and changes, and what those changes mean in the future.

The Bloch School’s Physicians Leadership Program (PLP) is a collaboration between the Bloch School and the UMKC School of Medicine. The program is designed to provide health care management skills that will prepare physicians to successfully fulfill the leadership requirements of health care delivery. Physicians will gain skills and frameworks for innovation and strategic thinking, as well as financial and business acumen. Developed for physicians who are currently in leadership positions and those who will be promoted to a leadership position in the next 12 to 18 months, the PLP is designed to provide leadership and management training to those physicians who are transitioning from a primary role as a physician to an organizational leader. A shorter program than the E.M.B.A., the PLP is not a degree program. Instead, participants earn up to 80 hours of CME credit during the six-month certificate program. “The PLP was developed out of requests from the community,” Young says. “Some people weren’t sure they wanted an M.B.A., but they wanted something quick and specific to what they do, and they wanted to work within a cohort of other physicians.” Young says there’s nothing like it in Kansas City, and there are just a few across the country.

Fowler says the E.M.B.A. has helped him think like a CEO. “Being able to see the bigger picture, thinking globally, conducting scenario planning so you know where you’re headed in the long run and how you can take steps toward reaching those goals is important,” he says. “It takes a business mind to achieve those goals.” His E.M.B.A. training has helped him develop a strong plan and build on that as well as develop the skills he needs in order to get people on board with his ideas or modify or challenge them. “It’s eye-opening to see how we’re capable of changing things,” Fowler says. Klepacz uses her E.M.B.A. training to help influence and interpret the actions of high-level decision makers within her hospital. “With the way trauma programs work, it’s often difficult to justify why we need equipment,” she says. “Doctors speak a different language than administrators, so I’ve become the translator.” Another way her E.M.B.A. helps her on the job is when she’s reviewing the finances and operations in the office. “We’ve had some staff turnover, so we instituted new policies and procedures that have been very useful.”

Look beyond the numbers

The UMKC E.M.B.A. program is a broad curriculum that doesn’t just focus on accounting and finance. It’s about leadership and development, and that separates it from other M.B.A. programs. “This is really about more than just business development,” Tryon says. “It’s leadership development and it trains you to have the potential to be in executive leadership of organizations.” Tryon says the courses he took last semester were just-in-time learning because he directly applied the lessons to what was happening at his job on a daily basis. “One of the classes I took was on influence, persuasion and change. I was directly applying what I learned to what I was doing every day as I was trying to persuade, influence and connect with stakeholders who were opening our sites.” Learning to build consensus is a big part of being a leader and something Klepacz says she took away from the program. “A lot of what we learned was how to handle people, and how to persuade them to your views and getting them to understand where you’re coming so you can walk concurrently down the same path,” Klepacz says. “That’s just not how it is in medicine. I hope that would change someday—that people will become more cooperative in the care of the patients to at least understand the goals instead of fight against them so much.”

Find a new career path

For a physician who wants to transition out of patient care and into administration, earning an E.M.B.A. makes sense. Tryon hopes his additional education changes his career path—he’s interested in being in executive leadership in health care. “I’ve been in patient care for 20 years,” he says. “I’d love to focus more on administration and leadership. I’ve always been more interested in leadership and administration, and at this point it’s where I’d like to spend the rest of my career.” Fowler also wants to take his degree to the top and become a chief medical officer, and help affect hospitals as they develop for the future. “What health care will look like as its being defined and clarified from Congress on down—I want to help a hospital move forward and handle those challenges that are going to be in front of us. The E.M.B.A. is a prerequisite. You must have that education. It can’t just be on-the-job experience—you’ve got to have a combination of experience and education to fully understand how to lead from the top.”  University of Missouri-Kansas City


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Executive Programs Take Off The Bloch School builds executive talent in for-profit and nonprofit sectors Executive M.E.R.E. Makes a Global Splash The Bloch School welcomed the inaugural 11-student class of the Executive Master of Entrepreneurial Real Estate in 2012. The Executive format of the M.E.R.E. degree is tailored to reflect the student’s level of real estate industry experience, and designed for experienced real estate professionals who have a minimum of five years’ experience in a real estate or related field. A highlight of the program curriculum is the global cruise, which gives students an international experience in which they interact with commercial real estate professionals around the world to share knowledge about doing business in their respective countries. Prior to the cruise, the class participated in live video conferences with real estate professionals from Brazil, Egypt, China, Japan, the United Arab Emirates and Singapore, to name a few.

Executive M.P.A. Builds Public Service and Nonprofit Leadership The inaugural Executive Master of Public Administration class kicked off on Aug. 13, 2012, with 13 students. The program began with the Executive Leadership in Public Service immersion course. The Bloch School’s new E.M.P.A. is an advanced degree program designed to enable talented public service professionals to advance their careers as entrepreneurial and innovative leaders and executives. The program is designed for those who already have significant career experience in government, health or nonprofit agencies. Through the program, students will learn to effectively lead and manage in the diverse and complex world of public service organizations, building their capacity for critical and disciplined analysis and thought. In addition to Bloch School electives in each student’s chosen emphasis area, the E.M.P.A. class will spend 22 months studying topics such as Politics of Administration, Financial Accountability & Policy Development, Public Policy Development & Analysis, and will attend residencies in Washington, D.C., and Cape Town, South Africa, before graduating in the summer of 2014.


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All hands on deck: the inaugural Executive M.E.R.E. class on their global cruise. Pictured, from bottom left to top right: Chris Jones, Sara Wergin, Roxanne Elliott, Linda Anderson, Beatrice Gichuru, Mickey Stremel, Tim Dunn, Cynthia Hinesley, Brandon Buckley, Craig Scranton; Guest speakers: Cyprienne Simchowicz, Jerry White, Walt Clements (Lewis White Real Estate Center Director), Instructor Rudy Beese and student Kenny Wyatt.

Scott Helm, Ph.D., director of the Executive M.P.A. program, addresses students in a social entrepreneurship class.

Garmin President and COO Cliff A. Pemble, UMKC Chancellor Leo E. Morton, Executive Education Director Kimberly Young and Garmin co-founder Dr. Min Kao at the kickoff of the Garmin Leadership Development Program.

Building Leadership Across the Region Executive Education Center Reaches Out to Area Companies and Nonprofits


he Executive Education Center not only hit a home run with the Cerner Certificate in Health Care Leadership program, the executive team is working with a multitude of major organizations. Most recently, nearly 60 senior leaders from Garmin participated in the first leadership development program delivered by Bloch Executive Education. Focused on developing personal leadership, coaching and mentorship skills necessary to grow the next generation of Garmin leaders, the program was co-developed with the Garmin Human Resources department as well as co-founder Dr. Min Kao and Chief Operating Officer Cliff Pemble. Although program input is submitted anonymously, one participant said, “The new tools [learned in

this program] better prepare me to lead and provide direction to others, helping them achieve their strategic goal or vision.” Executive Education doesn’t stop at business. By partnering with the Bloch School’s Midwest Center for Nonprofit Leadership, they are also serving the nonprofit community. Most recently, the two entities developed an in-depth strategic plan for the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art. When Nelson Director Julián Zugazagoitia issued a mandate to create meaningful connections with art for all visitors and draw more people to the museum, the Bloch School Executive Education team facilitated the project and delivered a strategic plan around Museum initiatives for the next three to five years. “This partnership has been a

winning situation for all three organizations involved,” Kimberly Young, Executive Education Center Director, said. “Not only were we able to provide value to the planning process, but in getting to know each other, each organization was able to actually become a part of the others’ strategic offerings to the business community.”

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Donor Honor Roll

Henry W. Bloch School of Management The Henry W. Bloch School thanks the following donors for their generous and continued commitment in supporting Kansas City’s School of Management. The list includes outright gifts, pledges and planned gifts from July 1, 2011 through June 30, 2012. Pledges and planned gifts are listed in the year they are committed.


Mr. Henry and Mrs. Marion Bloch & Affiliated Endowments and Funds ($32 million) Regnier Family Foundations ($3 million)


Mr. Joe and Mrs. Judy Roetheli & The Lil’ Red Foundation


Mr. Thomas M. and Ms. Mary S. Bloch & Affiliated Funds JE Dunn Construction Group, Inc. Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation Mr. Frederick and Mrs. Elizabeth Solberg


H&R Block Foundation Mr. Frank and Mrs. Helen Wewers

$50,000 -$99,999

DST Systems, Inc. & Advised Fund Dunn Family Foundation William T. Kemper Foundation Mr. James and Mrs. Annabel Nutter The Ten Ten Foundation Ms. Shirley C. White

$10,000 -$49,999

Mr. Robert and Mrs. Mary Jo Brown DeBruce Foundation Mr. Paul and Mrs. Katherine DeBruce Dreiseszun Family Foundation Mr. Terry and The Honorable Peggy Dunn Garmin International Heritage Donor Advised Fund Jewish Heritage Foundation Ms. Margaret A. Keating Kelly Family Foundation Mr. Gerald and Ms. Bonnie Kelly Kevin K. Nunnink Foundation Ms. JoAnn Nunnink James B. Nutter & Company Pioneer Services, Inc. Victor & Caroline Schutte Foundation Silpada Designs Inc. The Sosland Foundation Mr. Paul and Mrs. Liz Uhlmann, III UMKC Trustees

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Mr. Alan and Ms. Kathy Barnes Commerce Bank Dr. Lee Bolman and Dr. Joan Gallos Dr. Barry and Mrs. Patricia Daneman Mr. John C. Davis and Mrs. Jane Reusser Davis Huizenga Family Foundation Mr. H. Wayne Huizenga Polsinelli Shughart, PC United Way Donor Choice WB Family Offices Mr. Gerald White and Ms. Cyprienne Simchowitz Dr. David Cornell and Ms. Mary Ruhl Inergy, L.P. Missouri CCIM Chapter Mr. Steven B. Rafferty

$1,000 - $2,499

Baker University Henry & Marion Bloch Philanthropic Fund CFMA-KC Chapter Mr. Fred and Ms. Carolyn Coulson Country Club Bank Mr. Larry and Ms. Jennifer Downey Entertainment Properties Trust Greater KC Chamber of Commerce H&R Block, Inc. Hallmark Cards, Incorporated Barnett C. Helzberg, Jr. Fund Mr. Barnett and Mrs. Shirley Helzberg Highwoods Properties-JC Nichols Ms. Doranne M. Hudson Hunt Midwest Enterprises, Inc. Illig Family Foundation Mr. Cliff and Mrs. Bonne Illig JMW & Associates, LLC Mr. John and Ms. Heather Johntz Kansas City Southern Kansas City Chiefs Kansas City Power & Light Company The KCPL Fund Kraft General Foods Lathrop & Gage LC Lenexa Alden, LLC Mr. Richard and Ms. Donna Loraine Macmillan Family Fund Ms. Michelle M. Martin Mr. Monte McKee Nearing Staats Prelogar & Jones Arch. Nichols Company Charitable Trust Dr. Mark and Ms. Cynthia Parry Mr. Michael S. Plunkett Prairie Capital Management LLC

Reardon Pallet Company, Inc. Mr. Daniel C. Reardon Dr. Georgia Smedley Mr. Dan and Mrs. Penelope-Anne Smith Sprint Nextel Corporation Tax Executives Institute Inc. UMB Financial Corporation Mr. Joel and Ms. Marsha Voran Mr. Douglas and Mrs. Julie Welch Ms. Karlyn B. Wilkins Zimmer Companies, Inc.

$500 - $999

Mr. Dean and Ms. Shirley Baker Berkebile Nelson Immenschuh McDowell Mr. Aaron Boyd Mr. Peter and Mrs. Lynne Brown Dr. David P. Donnelly Mr. James and Mrs. Deborah Flack Colonel Richard and Mrs. Ruie Gibson Mr. Scott and Mrs. Johanna Marolf NAIOP of KC, Inc. Dr. John Norton Dr. Stephen W. Pruitt Tom and Judy Schmidt Family Fund Mr. Jay and Ms. L. Carole Scott Dr. Leigh Salzsieder

$250 - $499

Andrews McMeel Universal Foundation Anonymous Benedictine College Mr. Paul and Ms. Kristine Birney Ms. Lisa L. Black Mr. Troy and Ms. Kimberly Butler Ms. Barbara J. Clark Common Ground Partners, Ltd. Mrs. Teri Ann Drake Cox EPIC Entertainment Mr. Ronald and Mrs. Midge Given Mr. George and Ms. Elizabeth Guastello Mr. Donald and Mrs. Adele Hall Mr. Casey and Mrs. Paula Halsey Mr. Hyun Seung Jin Ms. Dionne Lewis Ms. Lindsey S. Meling Mr. Henry Wise Darcy and Ms. D. A. Mirenda Mr. Steven D. Ornduff Mrs. Kathleen M. Peterson Mrs. Annie Presley Mr. Robert and Mrs. Carolyn Reintjes Mr. Charles and Mrs. Laura Robb Dr. Rebecca Rooney

Mr. Donald D. Stanley Ms. Karen D. Stelling Dr. Pamela S. Stuerke Dr. S. Li Sun Mr. Robert and Dr. Marilyn Taylor Mr. John and Dr. Elizabeth Wickstrom Mr. Daniel J. Williams Mr. Edgar and Mrs. Carol Yee

$100 - $249

Mr. Robert and Ms. Dana Aikin Mr. Robert and Mrs. Marsena Alley Mr. Matthew Anderson Ms. Kristine M. Aranda Mr. John and Mrs. Elizabeth Baker Mr. James and Mrs. Dana Bartimus Mr. James G. Baxendale Mr. Thomas and Ms. Theresa Bean Mr. Matthew and Mrs. Kate Beem Mr. Ken and Ms. Susan Bien Mr. Bret M. Boeger Mr. Jeffrey T. Brown Mr. T. Richard Brown Mr. John and Mrs. Debra Campbell Mr. Joshua Carter Mr. Tayro Christanio Mr. Frank and Ms. Patricia Conforti Mr. Charles and Mrs. Patricia Connely Mr. William and Ms. Paula Conroy Mr. Patrick and Mrs. Angela Cook Mr. Paul and Mrs. Karen Cox Mr. Patrick and Mrs. Janice Cubbage Mr. David R. Daly Mr. Douglas Danforth Ms. Lisa J. Daniels Mr. Richard S. Davis Mr. Bradley Diteresi Ms. Sharon L. Divine Mr. John and Mrs. Anna Doll Mr. Ryan Dowis and Mr. Jeremy Hegle Mr. James and Ms. Katharine Drake Mr. Evan and Dr. Kari Duede Mr. Edward T. Durant Mr. Roy and Ms. Luella Ekberg Mr. Erik and Mrs. Beverly Elving Mr. John Dreves and Ms. Elizabeth Estill Dr. Margaret A. Evans Ms. Robbie L. Fazen Ms. Sandra Ferguson Mr. Frederick A. Findley Mr. Donald and Ms. Jennifer Fitzpatrick Focus Financial Advisors Mr. Shawn Sherlock and Ms. Beth Follmer Mr. Joe B. Freeman and Ms. Kristin Miller-Freeman Mr. Bernard Fried Dr. Larry and Mrs. Sheila Garrison Mr. Gregory and Mrs. Margaret Gehrig Mr. Mitchell and Ms. Judith Glassman Mr. Randy M. Glauser Mr. John and Ms. Mary Glenski

Ms. Ladonna Gorden Ms. Sheri Gormley Mr. G. Gowrishankar Mrs. Nancy A. Grasse Mr. David and Ms. Linda Graves Mr. Thomas D. Green Mr. Carter and Mrs. Fay Harrison Mr. Jeffrey and Ms. Donna Hartmann Ms. Sharra L. Haynes Mr. J. Randall and Mrs. Cathy Hedlund Mr. Darrell and Mrs. Kimberly Hein Mrs. Rachelle R. Henke Mr. Timothy Henningsen, MPA Mr. David and Ms. Laura Hensley Mr. Jim and Ms. Anita Herbers Mr. Robert A. Herrman, Jr. Ms. Rhonda Holman Mr. Joseph and Mrs. Anne Jezak Drs. Bruce and Cynda Johnson Mr. Joe Kauten and Ms. Christin Ziegler Kauten Ms. Monica L. Kaye Kembel Family Fund Mr. Carlton P. Kenney Mr. James Keown Mrs. Deedee King Mr. Michael and Ms. Linda Kobe Mr. Timothy and Ms. Rita Koester Ms. Janice M. Kreiter KU Center for Technology Commercialization Mrs. Toni Penn Kunzman Mr. Brian and Ms. Marilyn Lappin Mr. William and Mrs. Barbara Lavery Mr. Mark and Ms. Traci Leslie Ms. Lei Li Mr. Dirk Libaers Mr. Peter Lucas Mr. Dev and Ms. Sue Malik Mr. David and Mrs. Linda Manco Mr. Norman L. McBride Mr. Robert and Ms. Jane McKim Ms. Allison McLain Mr. Stephen and Ms. Susan Melton Mr. Patrick Meraz Mr. Paul T. Mertel, Jr. Metzler Bros. Insurance Mr. C. Stephen Metzler Mr. Richard and Ms. Lorrie Miles Ms. Nancy Milgram Mr. Thomas Morefield Mr. Michael G. Morris Ms. Susan L. Mott Ms. Charice Nash Mr. Edward W. Nicholson, Jr. Mr. Richard B. Nicholson Ms. Nancy Ninon Mr. Masami and Mrs. Joyce Nishimoto Mr. Harry Lemley and Ms. Rhonda Noah Mr. Mohamed Nur Ms. Heather L. Pair Colonel Wayland E. Parker Mr. Charles D. Parkinson

Mr. David and Ms. Sandra Patrick Mr. Jerry and Mrs. Peggy Patterson Mr. Kevin and Ms. Rita Pavicic Mr. Grant R. Peters Mr. Harold and Ms. Sharon Peterson Mr. Todd and Dr. Lesli Pitman Mr. Steven and Ms. Kelley Purvis Mr. John Robert Raich Ms. Barb Ramsour Mr. James R. Reese Mr. Carl R. Renfro The Hon. Randall and Ms. Mary Ann Rhoads Mr. Rodger John Richardson Mrs. Lucinda M. Richey Mr. Charles J. Roesslein Mr. Scott Ruland Mr. Richard and Mrs. Sandra Saeger Mr. Travis and Mrs. Angela Salmon Mr. Craig and Ms. Deana Savage Mr. Thomas and Mrs. Judith Schmidt Mr. Robert and Mrs. Linda Schroeder Mr. Robert H. Schumann Mr. Harry Lorden Shaw Mr. Eric and Mrs. Diane Smith Mr. Ernest and Mrs. Mary Smith Mrs. Laura L. Snow Mr. Theodore Joseph Sobol Dr. Lisa Zhao Mr. Douglas and Mrs. Laura Stack Ms. Beverly J. Stewart Mr. Evan and Mrs. Karen Stewart Mr. Andrew Talbert Mr. Rick Mann and Ms. Lisen Tammeus-Mann Ms. Nicole D. Taylor Mr. John and Ms. Maria Tenkhoff Mr. James Spence and Dr. Kami Thomas TMPitman, LLC CPA Mr. Edward Tompkins Mr. Michael and Ms. Karen Tritt Mr. Victor Ugbaja Mr. John Van Leuven Mr. Kevin P. Vanderweide Ms. Karen Von Der Bruegge Mr. Paul and Ms. Jacqueline Voris Mr. Lawrence and Ms. Suella Walsh Mr. Ted John Walsh Mr. Bryan and Mrs. Jennifer Wampler Mr. Keith Allen Ward Mr. Edward Dobmeyer and Ms. Leslie Ward Mr. Robert L. Wesley Mr. Ken and Ms. Melinda Wilks Mr. Dale and Ms. Patricia Wolf Mr. Michael B. Wood and Mrs. Maggie F. Wood Lt. Col. Stephen T. Young and Mrs. Darlene R. Young

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Twenty-four years after home brewer John McDonald delivered his first keg of beer, his Boulevard Brewing Company is the 10th largest craft and 17th largest overall brewery in the U.S.—a feat achieved selling in only 19 states. As the Bloch School's 2012 Regional Entrepreneur of the Year, McDonald talked with Bloch Magazine. Where did you get your entrepreneurial spirit?

My father was entrepreneurial. He was a real businessman. He didn’t care if he was selling washers or rubber or lumber—it was just the act of being in business.

But you didn’t go into business with him?

I had a hard decision whether to take over my dad’s industrial supply business. Financially, it would have been the right thing for me to do, but I just couldn’t stomach it. I finally said, “Dad, I don’t want this. This is your dream, not my dream. And frankly, I’m going to be fine just going back to being a carpenter.” I did go back to being a carpenter for a short while, but that’s when I became a home brewer and came up with the idea of starting a brewery.

You’ve been David to the giant breweries’ Goliath since Boulevard began. But do you think the small craft brewers starting up today see you as Goliath?

Definitely, a lot of these small guys see us as the big brewer. But I would rather lose business to another local brewery than I would to some tiny brewery in California that’s shipping beer into Kansas City.

In the late ’90s-early ’00s, a glut in craft breweries resulted in many going under. How did Boulevard survive?

Brewing His Own Dream

John McDonald Founder, Boulevard Brewing Company

We were very quality-focused. We didn’t have the lab people and professional head brewer that we have now, but in the early days, I was really committed to the detail of making the beer. I had a great consultant who taught me some basic lessons. Like when I wanted to buy a microscope, he said, “If you’re spending time looking in a microscope, it’s time you could be cleaning your brewery. That’s what’s going to make good beer, not looking in a microscope after you already have a problem.

Almost 24 years after founding Boulevard, what is your biggest challenge today as an entrepreneur and brewer?

I know they teach about exit strategies in a lot of business classes, but I think you should concentrate on your business, not on how you’re going to get out of business. Before you even start a business, you’re already thinking about how to get out of the business? That’s just wrong. That said, one of the biggest challenges for me is that I’ve put off for a long time thinking about what the next step is, so I’m having a lot of thoughts about the future and how to keep growing.








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Transforming Talent for Kansas City and Beyond

Bloch School Dean Teng-Kee Tan, UMKC Chancellor Leo E. Morton, Bloch School benefactor Henry W. Bloch, Joe and Judy Roetheli (Lil’ Red Foundation) and Regnier Institute Executive Director Michael Song at the groundbreaking for the Henry W. Bloch Executive Hall for Entrepreneurship and Innovation.

A Dream 10 Years in the Making

Roetheli Family Gift Brings Hall of Fame Closer to Reality Nearly 10 years ago, Joe and Judy Roetheli had a vision: A physical hall of fame showcasing the great entrepreneurs of Kansas City and beyond that would serve as a tribute to the entrepreneurial spirit of Kansas City and an inspiration to future entrepreneurs. Today, that dream is on its way to becoming a reality. The Roethelis, entrepreneurs themselves (best known for their invention and commercialization of Greenies® pet treats), have pledged a $500,000 gift to the Bloch School that will initially fund the creation of a physical hall of fame to be housed within the new Henry W. Bloch Executive Hall for Entrepreneurship and Innovation. Longtime supporters of the Bloch School’s Regnier Institute for Entrepreneurship and Innovation, the Roethelis have always strongly believed in causes that help nurture and inspire budding entrepreneurs.

“Entrepreneurship is something Kansas City can really make its own,” Joe Roetheli said. “Our vision is for this hall of fame to be an attraction for students, visitors and tourists that will stir the entrepreneurial spirit through the stories of successful entrepreneurs, from founding fathers to successful young startups, and the Bloch School is the logical home for it.” The generous gifts of supporters like the Roethelis help propel the Bloch School along on our journey to excellence, but we need the support of our alumni and community to sustain us into the future. For more information on the many opportunities to get involved, contact Karlyn Wilkins at 816-235-5554 or

Bloch Magazine Fall 2012  

Official alumni magazine of the Henry W. Bloch School of Management at UMKC.

Bloch Magazine Fall 2012  

Official alumni magazine of the Henry W. Bloch School of Management at UMKC.