Georgia Southern University College of Business to Host International Visitors during the Savannah Council on World Affairs

mexicovisitorslThe Georgia Southern College of Business, through the North American Mobility Program, will host Dr. Katia Romero, professor of economics, and Dr. Arturo Bocardo, department chair of economics, from the University of Veracruz (Universidad Veracruzana) during the week of April 14, 2014 and in conjunction with the Savannah Council on World Affairs on Thursday, April 17, 2014.

On Wednesday, April 16, Dr. Romero and Dr. Bocardo will tour the Georgia Southern University campus and conclude their day meeting with and speaking to the Georgia Southern College of Business student organization, the Economics Club. Thursday, the two professors will finish their campus tour with a visit to City Campus and travel to Savannah to speak at the Savannah Council on World Affairs. The program topic is “Mexico- Two Facets of a Complex State.” Drs. Romero and Bocardo will address renewable energy in Mexico and social and economic implications, respectively. Friday, April 18, the pair will conclude their visit to South Georgia meeting College of Business faculty on campus and will participate in a research seminar on, “The Economy of Mexico’s Southern Border,” given by Drs. Greg Brock and Constantin Ogloblin from the College of Business.

The University of Veracruz is located in the capital of Veracruz state, Xalapa. The large state of Veracruz also contains the city of Veracruz, Mexico’s largest port and further down the region’s coast is Latin America’s largest oil refinery. Dr. Greg Brock, professor of economics at the Georgia Southern College of Business, has connections with both Dr. Romero and Dr. Bocardo. Both professors helped Dr. Brock and his wife on visits to the University of Veracruz in 2007 and 2010, the latter of which was when Dr. Brock was a Fulbright Scholar.

The Georgia Southern College of Business is excited to host Drs. Romero and Bocardo. The North American Mobility Program is an initiative funded by the U.S. Department of Education to explore public policy issues in Mexico, Canada, and the United States. For more information about the presentation by Drs. Romero and Bocardo, please contact Angie Threatte at 912.478.2570 or

What’s Going on at the Center for Sales Excellence?

2 (1)Sales and Marketing: Promising Fields for Promising Students

In the old days, higher education was all about lectures delivered by stuffy professors in crowded lecture halls. At the College of Business at Georgia Southern University, we believe that truly effective education requires a hands-on, resource-intensive approach that takes advantage of the incredible talent of Savannah-area professionals. At the College of Business Center for Sales Excellence, we’re doing our part to prepare our students for promising sales and marketing careers.

Sales Labs and Role Playing?

The Center for Sales Excellence has cutting-edge resources that include “sales labs” and immersive learning. You might be surprised to hear that a sales-oriented institution has a “laboratory” facility on its grounds, but we’re committed to preparing students for as many real-world scenarios as possible. In our sales lab, aspiring marketing and sales professionals can practice pitches, marketing tactics, and other sales techniques with a partner or in small groups. Many students who get their starts in our lab go on to compete in national-level sales competitions.

The last weekend in March, the Advanced Sales Team competed in the 16th Annual National Collegiate Sales Competition (NCSC) hosted by Kennesaw State University in Kennesaw, GA, outside of Atlanta. The College of Business had 13 students competing in several categories. This year, the NCSC hosted 65 universities from around the country to compete in six rounds of competition, divided into undergraduate and graduate competitions. The top 50 teams to place in the competition are always invited back to the NCSC the following year. Our Georgia Southern College of Business team will be returning to compete in 2015.

Corporate Sponsorship and Other Opportunities

The Center for Sales Excellence relies on the proud, unwavering support of small and large businesses from the Savannah area and beyond. Many of our corporate sponsors actively recruit students who use the center’s facilities, and two dedicated professionals—Dr. Lindsay Larson and Dr. Linda Mullen—tirelessly court new sponsors to ensure the facility’s smooth functioning.

Internships and Competitions

Students who utilize the Center for Sales Excellence are well positioned to secure internships, earn career-making certifications, and participate in prestigious competitions. Dr. Michael L. Thomas plays “matchmaker” between aspiring sales professionals and corporations that wish to hire interns or entry-level graduates. Students who wish to gain valuable experience before graduation are sure to find internships that suit their needs. Meanwhile, College of Business students can participate in national sales competitions through the center.

The Right Certification for the Right Career

The Center for Sales Excellence also makes it possible for students to earn a valuable SPIN sales certification without overloading their schedules. SPIN is an intensive sales course that prepares students for modern sales and marketing careers. It teaches

  • How to ask the right questions at every step of the sales process;
  • Conversational tactics to move the sale forward;
  • Finding pain points and value propositions; and
  • Building customer relationships.

Preparing for the Future with a Degree in Business Administration

The Center for Sales Excellence is just one tool that the Georgia Southern College of Business Administration offers for aspiring sales and marketing professionals. We’re proud to give our students the resources and expertise they need to set themselves apart from their peers and make a real impact on the workplace of the future. If you’re ready to see what your future looks like in the Georgia Southern College of Business, visit us online or call (912) 478- 0513 to learn more.

The College of Business Welcomes Founder & CEO of BANGS Shoes as Part of Entrepreneur Lecture Series

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We don’t always like to toot our own horn, but an upcoming event hosted by the College of Business demands special mention. Today, April 9th, we’re thrilled to welcome BANGS Shoes founder and CEO, Hannah Davis, to our Statesboro campus for an extensive talk on what it’s like to be an entrepreneur and to start your own business. As part of our Entrepreneur Lecture Series, Ms. Davis will talk about everything from launching one’s own business and finding markets to hiring top talent and navigating tax issues. We hope you’ll join her in the College of Engineering and Information Technology (CEIT) at 5:30 p.m. in Lecture Hall 1005.

More About Ms. Davis and BANGS Shoes

Like many successful entrepreneurs, Hannah Davis began with a simple vision. BANGS combines two clear value propositions: the indisputable fact that everyone likes to wear sturdy, attractive shoes and the obvious need to alleviate poverty in the developing world. By partnering with a next-generation charitable organization called Kiva, Ms. Davis and BANGS provide “sweet kicks” to residents of the first world while extending micro-loans to families and entrepreneurs in impoverished parts of Asia, Africa, and Latin America.

The Center for Entrepreneurial Learning and Leadership

The Georgia Southern University Center for Entrepreneurial Learning and Leadership (CELL) couldn’t be a better fit for Ms. Davis. CELL fills a number of critical educational and community-supporting needs, including

  • Extracurricular programming that focuses on entrepreneurship,
  • Programming that seeks to infuse non-College of Business courses with the principles of entrepreneurship, and
  • Help for students and recent graduates who wish to start or manage their own businesses.

College of Business: Your Source for a Degree in Business Administration in Georgia

Needless to say, we’re excited about Ms. Davis’s visit to Georgia Southern University. Stay tuned for more details about our Entrepreneur Lecture Series as well as other programming on our Statesboro campus. If you’re interested in learning about the undergraduate and graduate degree programs and certifications that we offer online and at Statesboro, check out our website or drop by in person.

8th Annual Georgia Southeastern Regional Community Bank Symposium hosted by the Center for Excellence in Financial Services


[Statesboro, GA (March 31, 2014)]- The Center for Excellence in Financial Services, along with the Georgia Southern University College of Business, will host the 8th Annual Georgia Southeastern Regional Community Bank Symposium on Thursday, April 3 from 8:00 AM- 3:00 PM at Forest Heights Country Club in Statesboro, GA. The Georgia Bankers Association and the Georgia Southern College of Business are co-sponsors of the event.

During the conference, Joe Brannen, president and CEO of the Georgia Bankers Association; Roger Tutterow, professor of economics at Mercer University; Rob Cochran, CFO for the Brand Banking Company; Omar Esposito, senior relationship manager with the Federal Home Loan Bank; and Thomas Hinkel, vice president and director of Compliance Services at Safe Systems will present on various topics ranging from the economic outlook and loan demand in Southeastern Georgia to technology and retail banking. Thomas Dujenski, FDIC regional director-Atlanta; Kevin Hagler, the commissioner of the Georgia Department of Banking and Finance in Atlanta; Joel Palmer, assistant deputy comptroller in the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency in Atlanta; and Steve Wise, vice president- Community Bank Supervision of the Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta, will participate in a panel discussion on regulatory perspectives.

Edward H. Sibbald, director of the Center for Excellence in Financial Services at Georgia Southern says, “Our annual Symposium addresses issues and challenges that are current, relevant, and timely for community bankers. The focus this year will be on interest rate risks and issues surrounding the use of innovative technology to provide retail banking services. These topics replace credit issues for the first time in five years—a very positive sign that the worst is over in terms of loan defaults and bankers are once again setting their sights on promising future initiatives.”

The Center for Excellence in Financial Services is a business center within the College of Business.  The Center provides services to financial service companies, as well as business and civic associations involved in banking, risk management, insurance, and financial planning.  In addition, the Center assists in student career planning and placement upon graduation.

The Center seeks to provide community banks with services in four broad areas: industry information services and custom-designed training for bank management and board of directors; performance consulting services in areas of financial assessment, revenue enhancement, asset and liability management, strategic planning, and risk management; regulatory examination preparation assistance in terms of developing effective, streamlined strategic plans, risk management analysis and reporting programs, and compliance assessment; and applied situational research and market share analysis.

The Georgia Bankers Association is the trade and professional organization representing the interests of banks and thrift institutions in the state of Georgia. Virtually every institution is a member.

Business at the Ballpark

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[Statesboro, GA (March 21, 2014)]- The College of Business at Georgia Southern University will host the first ever “Business at the Ballpark” on Saturday, April 12 at J.I. Clements Stadium. The Eagles are scheduled to host The University of North Carolina at Greensboro at 4:30 PM. Allen Amason, dean of the College of Business, will throw the first pitch.

During the baseball game, all charter members of the Eagle Executive Society will be honored on the field. Also, the College of Business student advisory board and the chairs of each department in the College of Business will be recognized. During the game, “Go Local,” the team of Georgia Southern student entrepreneurs chosen during this year’s 3 Day Startup competition to compete in and who later won FastPitch Savannah, will be recognized.

Tickets for “Business at the Ballpark” may be purchased by calling 1.800.GSU.Wins. College of Business alumni can purchase tickets for $5 using the promo code “College of Business.” All Georgia Southern College of Business students, faculty, and staff will receive free admission with their Georgia Southern ID.

For more information about the activities taking place during “Business at the Ballpark,” please contact Gordon Hunter in the College of Business by calling 912.478.5377 or by email (

College of Business Administration • P.O. Box 8002 • Statesboro, Georgia • (912) 478-2622