Department of Marketing & Entrepreneurship

Newsroom & Awards

2016

Doctoral alum Doug Hughes was named United Shore Endowed Faculty Fellow in Sales Leadership in the Eli Broad College of Business at Michigan State University.

Doctoral alum Raj Echambadi was named Alan J. and Joyce D. Baltz Professor at the University of Illinois College of Business. Raj is Senior Associate Dean for MBA Programs & Strategic Innovation at Illinois, and previously held the position of James F. Towey Faculty Fellow.


Professor Vanessa Patrick

Prof. Vanessa Patrick and doctoral alum Sonja Prokopec won the LVMH-SMU Asia Luxury Brand Research Conference Best Paper Award for “Managing the Flame of Desire: Can a Successful Brand Extension Dilute a Luxury Brand?”

Doctoral alum Judy Harris was named Associate Dean for the College of Business and Economics at Towson University.

Undergraduate WCE students Kevin Cho, Ody De La Paz, Nick Ravanbakhsh and Dylan Senter – team Sensytech – won 2nd place in the elevator pitch competition at the California Dreamin' business plan competition.

Undergraduate WCE students Kevin Cho, Ody De La Paz, Nick Ravanbakhsh and Dylan Senter – team Sensytech – won 2nd place at the Tulane Business Model Competition.


Professor Joel LeBon

Prof. Joel LeBon was named Co-Chair of the 2017 Global Sales Science Institute Conference.

Doctoral alum Nancy Albers-Miller was named Dean of the College of Business, Education, and Human Development at Louisiana State University Shreveport. Nancy previously was Dean of the School of Business at Pacific Lutheran University.

Prof. Joel LeBon won the American Marketing Association Sales Special Interest Group (AMA Sales SIG) Excellence in Teaching Award for 2016. Joel also received a Melcher Teaching Excellence Award from the Bauer College last year and was part of the PES group that received a UH Group Teaching Excellence Award this year.


Professor Betsy Gelb

Prof. Betsy Gelb and doctoral alum Manoshi Samaraweera won the 2015 Marvin Jolson Award given by Journal of Personal Selling & Sales Management for Best Contribution to Selling and Sales Management Practice. The award was given for their paper “Formal Salesforce Controls and Revenue Production: A Meta-Analysis.”

Wolff Center for Entrepreneurship alums Casey McNeil and Susan Tran Bohuslav and their company REEcycle won the 2016 Texas A&M New Ventures Competition.

Prof. Bette Stead (emerita) received the Lifetime Achievement Award from Volunteer Houston in recognition of her work with The Women's Home. Bette's work with TWH was previously recognized in 2010 when she was one of ten Houstonians named to receive the Mayor's Volunteer Houston Award and in 2015 when TWH honored her at a gala event.

Prof. Joel LeBon was named Vice-Chair for Conference Programming by the American Marketing Association Sales Special Interest Group.

Our Wolff Center for Entrepreneurship received the 2015-16 UH Group Teaching Excellence Award.


PES faculty Carl Herman, Joel LeBon, Randy Webb, and Amy Vandaveer

Our Program for Excellence in Selling received the 2015-16 UH Group Teaching Excellence Award.

Prof. Amy Vandaveer received the 2015-16 UH Clinical/Instructional Teaching Excellence Award.

Program for Excellence in Selling students Lauren Cuevo and Naomi Cosman placed 8th at the 2016 National Collegiate Sales Competition. Our PES teams have finished in the Top 10 at NCSC in 10 of the past 12 years.

Undergraduate WCE students Kevin Cho, Ody De La Paz, Nick Ravanbakhsh and Dylan Senter – team Sensytech – won the 2016 Carnegie Mellon Venture Challenge business plan competition.

The Greater Houston Business Ethics Roundtable honored Prof. Bette Stead (emerita) by creating the Bette Stead Leadership Award for ethics and compliance leadership. GHBER previously honored Bette by naming their scholarship program for her.

Prof. Vanessa Patrick was named Visiting Research Fellow by Singapore Management University.


WCE students Nick Ravanbakhsh, Kevin Cho, Dylan Senter and Ody De La Paz

Undergraduate WCE students Kevin Cho, Ody De La Paz, Nick Ravanbakhsh and Dylan Senter – team Sensytech – won the 2016 LeanModel Start-up Competition at San Diego State.

Our Program for Excellence in Selling received a major gift from Andy and Barbara Gessner that will allow PES to reward our top performing students and support teams of students who participate in national competitions.

Prof. Edward Blair was named Vice-President of the Journal of Consumer Research (JCR) Policy Board.

Prof. Edward Blair was reappointed to the Journal of Consumer Research (JCR) Policy Board, where he represents the American Association for Public Opinion Research (AAPOR).

Doctoral student Mahdi Ebrahimi was named co-winner of the Marketing Science Institute (MSI) Alden G. Clayton Doctoral Dissertation Proposal Competition for his proposal titled “To Merge or to Balance? How Integration versus Segregation of Multiple Identities Influences Time Perception.”

Doctoral student Yashar Atefi won the American Marketing Association Sales SIG Dissertation Proposal Competition for his proposal titled “Does Selective Sales Force Training Work? A Field Experiment.”

2015

Doctoral alum Doug Hughes received the American Marketing Association Sales SIG Excellence in Research Award.

Doctoral alum Raj Echambadi was named Senior Associate Dean for MBA Programs & Strategic Innovation at the University of Illinois College of Business. Raj previously served as Associate Dean of Outreach and Engagement.


Matt Avery, Neil Gustafson and R. Jason Griffin

MBA students R. Jason Griffin, Aigul Aubakirova, Neil Gustafson, and Matt Avery, coached by Prof. Steve Koch, won 3rd place in the social impact category of the Google Online Marketing Challenge for their work with River Oaks Chamber Orchestra. Undergraduates Herbert Murcia, Brittany Young, Dylan Senter, and Jordan Kunze finished as a Top 10 Finalist in the social impact category for their work with the Pujols Family Foundation, created by professional baseball player Albert Pujols to help children with Down Syndrome and impoverished residents of his native Dominican Republic. This is the 4th year in a row that Bauer teams have won podium places in this international competition, and we have never failed to make at least the semi-finals.

Our Sales Excellence Institute received a major naming gift to become the Stephen Stagner Sales Excellence Institute.

Our Wolff Center for Entrepreneurship was ranked as the #3 undergraduate entrepreneurship program in the nation by The Princeton Review and Entrepreneur magazine. Princeton Review has ranked WCE as one of the top three programs in the nation every year since 2007.

Professor Bette Stead (emerita) was honored at a gala held by The Women's Home. Bette has chaired three major task forces to raise funds for TWH and its affordable housing projects. The gala recognition notes that TWH "has more than doubled in size and revenues since she began her volunteer work" and "Bette plays perhaps one of the most influential and pivotal roles for this accomplishment."


Professor Seshadri Tirunillai

Prof. Seshadri Tirunillai won the 2015 Lehmann Award for best dissertation based article in Journal of Marketing Research. Sesh previously won the 2012 John Howard Award for best doctoral dissertation in the field of marketing, and another paper from his dissertation that was published in Marketing Science was a finalist for the 2014 Frank Bass Award for best marketing paper derived from a doctoral thesis and published in an INFORMS journal in the past two years.

Doctoral alum Jeff Boichuk won the 2015 AMA Sales SIG Doctoral Dissertation Award for his dissertation titled, "Developing and Retaining New Hires During the Sales Force Socialization Process."

Prof. Michael Ahearne and doctoral alums Ryan Mullins, Son Lam, Zach Hall, and Jeff Boichuk won the 2015 AMA Sales SIG Excellence in Research Award which recognizes a journal article published during the previous year that has made a significant contribution to the sales discipline.


Sonja Prokopec

Doctoral alum Sonja Prokopec was named by the Poets & Quants website as one of its "Best 40 Under 40" business school professors. Sonja is the LVMH Chaired Professor of Luxury Marketing at ESSEC Business School in Paris, France.

Doctoral alum Rob Straughan was named Crawford Family Dean of the Williams School of Commerce, Economics, and Politics at Washington & Lee University.

Doctoral alum Son Lam was named to the editorial board for Journal of Business to Business Marketing. Son also serves on the editorial board for Journal of Personal Selling & Sales Management.

Doctoral alum Doug Walker received the 2015 College of Business Junior Faculty Teaching Award at Iowa State University.

Prof. Vanessa Patrick was named Associate Editor at Journal of Retailing. Vanessa also serves on the editorial boards of Journal of Consumer Research and Journal of Consumer Psychology.


Professor Michael Ahearne

Prof. Michael Ahearne was named a Senior Editor for International Journal of Research in Marketing. Mike also is an Area Editor for Journal of Marketing, editorial board member for Journal of the Academy of Marketing Science and Journal of Retailing, and a member of the Senior Advisory Board for Journal of Personal Selling and Sales Management.

Prof. Rex Du was named Chair for the 2016 AMA Advanced Research Techniques Forum (ARTF). ARTF is AMA's premier event for market research practitioners who use advanced methods in their jobs.

Doctoral student Yashar Atefi received the UH Teaching Excellence Award for 2015. Yashar is one of only two graduate students campus wide to receive this award.

The Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board gave a Recognition of Excellence to the Wolff Center for Entrepreneurship for best practices in entrepreneurial education.

Doctoral alum Raj Venkatesan was named Area Editor at Journal of the Academy of Marketing Science. Raj is also Area Editor at Journal of Marketing.

Undergraduate WCE students Jared Beale, Nick Brannon, Chris Holly, and Torri Olanski – Team Zeolytic – won 2nd place and $15,000 at the Baylor New Venture Competition.

The AMA Doctoral Student Special Interest Group (AMA DOCSIG) released a tabulation of publications in top marketing journals over the past five years which showed our Department of Marketing & Entrepreneurship tied for 32nd in the world (25th in US) for publications in JM, JMR, JCR and MKS, and 14th in the world (12th in US) for publications in JM and JMR. At an individual level, Prof. Michael Ahearne was 11th in the world for publications in JM, JMR, JCR and MKS and 1st in the world for publications in JM and JMR.

2014

The Wolff Center for Entrepreneurship received major gifts from the Wolff and Lindler families to endow scholarships for WCE students.

Our Wolff Center for Entrepreneurship was ranked as the #2 undergraduate entrepreneurship program in the nation by The Princeton Review and Entrepreneur magazine. Princeton Review has ranked WCE as one of the top three programs in the nation every year since 2007.

Doctoral student Jeff Boichuk won second place in the 2014 GRaSP competition for scholarly publications by UH graduate students. This is a campus-wide award.


Varuniya Pushparajan, Randall Miller, Charles Shelton and Saket Maheshwari

Bauer teams won 2nd and 3rd place in the social impact category of the Google Online Marketing Challenge. The second place team was MBA students Sarah Burge, Neha Kejriwal, Benjamin Smith and Shu Su, and the third place team was MBA students Saket Maheshwari, Randall Miller, Varuniya Pushparajan and Charles Shelton. Both teams were coached by Prof. Steve Koch. GOMC is a global competition in which teams of students conduct Adwords marketing campaigns for real clients. More than 30,000 students around the world compete each year. As part of the prize, Google will donate $10,000 to Houston Grand Opera and $5,000 to Space Center Houston, the teams’ clients.

Prof. Steve Brown was named Co-Editor for the Journal of Retailing. Steve previously has served as Associate Editor for Journal of Marketing and on the editorial boards of JM, JR, Journal of the Academy of Marketing Science (JAMS), Journal of Service Research (JSR), and Journal of Personal Selling and Sales Management (JPSSM).

Prof. Rex Du, Prof. Ye Hu, and doctoral student Sina Damangir won the Best Paper Award at the 2014 AMA Advanced Research Techniques Forum (ARTF). Rex previously won this award in 2011.

Doctoral student Jeff Boichuk won the 2014 Matthew Joseph Emerging Scholar Award. This award, given by AMA's Doctoral Student Special Interest Group (DOCSig), honors a doctoral student scholar who displays exemplary scholarship and a bright future in the marketing discipline as selected by a panel of faculty judges.


(from left) Cassandra Hoang, DOE official, Casey McNeil, Susan Tran

WCE undergraduate students Cassandra Hoang, Bobby Jacobs, Casey McNeil, and Susan Tran (Team REEcycle) swept the U.S. Department of Energy National Clean Energy Business Plan Competition in Washington, DC. REEcyle won all three awards given: the Audience Investor Choice Award based on votes from attendees, the People's Choice Award based on online voting, and the Grand Prize Winner selected by the competition judges. Also present as semi-finalists were WCE students Valeria Bernadac, Eric Beydoun, Julia Lonnegren, Sergey Petrov, and Ivette Rubio (Team Wavve), the first time one school has had two semi-finalists at this competition.

Doctoral student Raghu Bommaraju won a Sales Education Foundation Research Grant for his proposal "Self-selection of Incentive Plans by the Sales Force."

Doctoral student Weixing Ma Ford was named as a finalist in the uSamp Outstanding Teacher-Scholar Doctoral Student Competition conducted by the Marketing Management Association. Weixing previously was a finalist for the UH Teaching Excellence Award.

Prof. Seshadri Tirunillai was named as a finalist for the 2014 Frank Bass Award given by the Institute for Operations Research and the Management Sciences (INFORMS) for the best marketing paper derived from a doctoral thesis and published in an INFORMS journal during the past two years. Sesh's dissertation previously won the 2012 AMA John Howard award for best dissertation in the field of marketing.

Prof. Joel LeBon won the Best Paper Award at the 2014 Global Sales Science Institute Conference.

Prof. Ye Hu was cited for Excellence in Reviewing by the Journal of Interactive Marketing.

Doctoral alum Zachary Hall won the 2014 AMA Sales SIG Dissertation Award for best doctoral dissertation in the area of selling and sales management.

Prof. Seshadri Tirunillai was named as one of the winners in the Marketing Science Institute research competition on "Social Interactions and Social Media Marketing". As a winner of the competition, Sesh and his co-authors will receive an MSI grant to support their research into the effects of governance structures on the vibrancy of social media networks.

Prof. Sam Hui and co-authors Jeff Inman, Yanliu Huang, and Jacob Suher won the 2013 MSI/H. Paul Root Award for their article "The Effect of In-Store Travel Distance on Unplanned Spending: Applications to Mobile Promotion Strategies." The Paul Root award is co-sponsored by the American Marketing Association and Marketing Science Institute, and is given each year to a Journal of Marketing article chosen for its significant contribution to the advancement of the practice of marketing as voted by members of the JM Editorial Board.


(from left) Ivette Rubio, Sergey Petrov, Eric Beydoun, Valeria Bernadac and Julia Lonnegren

WCE students Valeria Bernadac, Eric Beydoun, Julia Lonnegren, Sergey Petrov, and Ivette Rubio (Team Wavve) took third place in the California Dreamin' business plan competition. First and second went to teams from the University of Chicago and Carnegie Mellon. In addition to $30,000 in monetary prizes, Wavve won guaranteed screenings with three of the competition's venture capital firm partners, which include Draper Fisher Jurvetson, Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers, March Capital, Menlo Ventures, Miramar Ventures, Pritzker Group, Ricon Venture Partners, and True Ventures.

Doctoral alum Scot Burton was named Tyson Chair in Food and Consumer Products Retailing at the University of Arkansas. Scot previously was Wal-Mart Chair in Marketing at Arkansas, and before that Ourso Professor of Marketing at LSU.

Doctoral alum Doug Hughes was named as Associate Editor (and Editor-Elect) for Journal of Personal Selling & Sales Management.

WCE undergraduate students Cassandra Hoang, Bobby Jacobs, Casey McNeil, and Susan Tran (Team REEcycle) won first place and a prize of $100,000 in the FLOW business plan competition at Cal Tech.

WCE students Valeria Bernadac, Eric Beydoun, Julia Lonnegren, Sergey Petrov, and Ivette Rubio (Team Wavve) made the semi-finals and won the $15,000 Clean Technology Innovation Prize at the Rice University business plan competition.

WCE undergraduate students Jonathan Brown, Jonathan Cohen-Kurzrock, Rowbin Hickman, Brenda Rojo, and Noy Shemer (Team Energetik) took 3rd place and the Energy Independence Award at the TCU Values & Ventures business plan competition.


(from left) Team alternates TJ Brown and Andrew Diano join Saskya Gagneux and Andrew Bearden holding trophies that recognize our history of success at NCSC.

Program for Excellence in Selling students Andrew Bearden and Saskya Gagneux placed 7th at the 2014 National Collegiate Sales Competition. Our PES teams have finished in the Top 10 at NCSC in 9 of the past 10 years with first place finishes in 2004, 2011, and 2012, an unrivalled record of success.

Prof. Hesam Panahi, founder of the RED Labs accelerator for student technology businesses, received the UH Teaching Excellence Award for 2014.

WCE undergraduate students Valeria Bernadac, Eric Beydoun, Julia Lonnegren, Sergey Petrov, and Ivette Rubio (Team Wavve) won first place in the Global Student Business Plan Competition at Nassau, Bahamas.

WCE undergraduate students Jonathan Brown, Jonathan Cohen-Kurzrock, Rowbin Hickman, Brenda Rojo, and Noy Shemer (Team Energetik) won first place in the University of Nebraska-Lincoln UNL New Venture Competition.


(from left) Corbin, Alicia, Karey, Rashmi, Jake, Tim, Paula, Ariana, Chris, and Aliki flash their Cougar paws.

WCE undergraduate teams took 1st and 3rd in the Giants Entrepreneurship Challenge at the University of North Dakota. First place went to Rashmi Bhat, Corbin Bradford, Karey Gallagher, Jacob Hines, and Alicia Ramirez (Team CARA). Third place went to Tim Arnaez, Paula Musa, Aliki Thanos, Ariana Thrasher, and Chris Wick (Team Oxiginne).

WCE undergraduate students Cassandra Hoang, Bobby Jacobs, Casey McNeil, and Susan Tran (Team REEcycle) won first place and $25,000 in the Baylor New Venture competition.

Prof. Michael Ahearne was named Area Editor at Journal of Marketing.

Doctoral alum Raj Venkatesan was named Area Editor at Journal of Marketing.

Doctoral alum Werner Reinartz was named Area Editor at Journal of Marketing.

Doctoral alum Abhijit (Abe) Biswas was named to the editorial board for Journal of Marketing. Abe also serves on editorial boards for Journal of the Academy of Marketing Science, Journal of Advertising, Journal of Business Research, and Journal of Consumer Marketing.

Doctoral alum Abhijit (Abe) Biswas was named to the editorial board for Journal of Consumer Marketing.

Doctoral alum Kiran Kirande was named Associate Dean in the College of Business and Public Administration at Old Dominion University.

Doctoral alum Mary Gilly serves as 2014-15 Chair of the Academic Senate for the University of California system and Faculty Representative to the Board of Regents. Mary served as 2012-2013 Chair of the UC-Irvine branch of the UC Academic Senate.

2013

James McLellan, Heather Nguyen, Jason Ruth and Adam Jalfon

MBA students Heather Nguyen, Jason Ruth, Adam Jalfon and James McLellan, coached by Prof. Steve Koch, were named Champion for the Americas (North and South) in the Google Online Marketing Challenge. Bauer teams have won podium places or at least made the semi-finals in every year we have competed.

Our Wolff Center for Entrepreneurship was ranked as the #2 undergraduate entrepreneurship program in the nation by The Princeton Review and Entrepreneur magazine. Princeton Review has ranked WCE as one of the top three programs in the nation every year since 2007.

Doctoral alum Raj Echambadi was named Associate Dean of Outreach and Engagement for the College of Business at the University of Illinois.

Doctoral alum Nancy Albers-Miller was named Dean of the School of Business at Pacific Lutheran University.

Doctoral alum Raj Echambadi was named to the editorial board for Strategic Management Journal.

Doctoral student Zach Hall's dissertation, "Salesperson Intuition: Its Critical Role in the Sales Process and Antecedents," was named runner-up for the Academy of Marketing Science Mary Kay Award for best dissertation in the field of marketing.

Doctoral alum Ryan Mullins won the 2013 Doctoral Dissertation Award from the American Marketing Association Sales Special Interest Group (Sales SIG) for his dissertation "Salesperson Judgment (In)accuracy: An Integrative Conceptual Framework and Empirical Evidence." Doctoral alum Babak Hayati was runner-up for "Implementing Marketing Strategies through Business-to-Business Sales Forces: A Social Network Perspective."


(from left) Kevin Cruz, Scott Black, Genevieve Simmons and Roger Seward.

Wolff Center for Entrepreneurship business plan team Scott Black, Kevin Cruz, Roger Seward and Genevieve Simmons won 1st place at the California Dreamin' Super Competition, defeating teams from Cal Tech, Stanford, Southern Cal, UCLA, UC-Berkeley, Washington, Oregon, Utah, BYU, Colorado, Arizona, Arizona State, Oklahoma, Oklahoma State, Baylor, TCU and Texas among others. This is WCE's 21st podium finish in national business plan competitions in the past 12 years.

Prof. Michael Ahearne and former post-doctoral fellow Florian Kraus, with co-authors Jan Wieseke and Sven Mikolon, won the AMA Sales SIG 2013 Excellence in Research Award for their Journal of Marketing paper entitled "Multiple Identification Foci and Their Countervailing Effects on Salespeople's Negative Headquarters Stereotypes." Mike also won this award in 2011.

Doctoral alum Raj Venkatesan received the Journal of Interactive Marketing Best Reviewer Award.

Doctoral alum Larry Chonko was named Editor for a Journal of Personal Selling and Sales Management special issue on ethics in the sales force. Larry served as Editor of JPSSM from 1988-1990.

Prof. Jacqueline Kacen received the Journal of Advertising Best Reviewer Award.

Doctoral student Zach Hall received the 2012-13 University of Houston Teaching Excellence Award for graduate teaching assistants. Zach is the fourth student from our department to receive this campus-wide award in recent years Keith Richards received the award in 2006, Doug Hughes in 2007, and Willy Bolander in 2010.

Wolff Center for Entrepreneurship business plan team Scott Black, Kevin Cruz, Roger Seward and Genevieve Simmons won 3rd place at the 26th Annual Innovation Competition at the University of Nebraska. This is WCE's 20th podium finish in national business plan competitions in the past 12 years.


NCSC team: PES Program Manager Sonya Brooks, Alternates Raul Giron and Juan Rueda, PES Manager Kyle Jarrell, Coach Amy Vandaveer, Ricardo Guerra and Nicole Pinkelman.

Program for Excellence in Selling students Nicole Pinkelman and Ricardo Guerra won 4th place at the National Collegiate Sales Competition. This is the 11th time in 13 years that our PES team has placed in the top 10 at NCSC.

Doctoral student Jeff Boichuk was a winner in the Doctoral Dissertation Award Competition sponsored by ISBM (Institute for the Study of Business Markets).

Doctoral alum Raj Echambadi was selected to receive the University of Illinois College of Business Alumni Association Award for Excellence in Graduate Teaching.

Prof. Edward Blair was named to the Journal of Consumer Research (JCR) Policy Board. He will represent the American Association for Public Opinion Research (AAPOR) on that board.

Doctoral alum Alina Sorescu was named Rebecca U. ྆ and William S. Nichols III ྆ Associate Professor of Marketing in the Mays Business School at Texas A&M University.

Doctoral alum Deva Rangarajan was named Director of the Sales Expertise Center in the Vlerick Business School at University of Ghent, Belgium.

2012

Our Wolff Center for Entrepreneurship was ranked as the #3 undergraduate entrepreneurship program in the nation by The Princeton Review and Entrepreneur magazine. Princeton Review has ranked WCE as one of the top three programs in the nation every year since 2007.


Professor Seshadri Tirunillai

Prof. Seshadri Tirunillai's dissertation, "Essays on User-Generated Content and Performance," won the American Marketing Association (AMA) John Howard Award for best doctoral dissertation in the field of marketing.

Prof. Michael Ahearne and Prof. Vanessa Patrick were listed by the AMA Doctoral Student Special Interest Group as two of the 50 most productive authors in leading marketing journals from 2008-2012. Mike ranked 17th and Vanessa 33rd for publications in Journal of Marketing, Journal of Marketing Research, Journal of Consumer Research and Marketing Science.

Doctoral student Zach Hall was named a winner of the 2013 AMA Sales SIG Dissertation Proposal Competition.

Doctoral alum Son Lam was invited to attend the 2013 Marketing Science Institute Young Scholars Program. This program recognizes the most productive young scholars in the field. Sonny joins doctoral alums Raj Venkatesan (2009) and Werner Reinartz (2005) as MSI Young Scholars.

Prof. Steve Brown and doctoral alum Son Lam were recognized as authors of one of the 10 most cited articles in the Journal of Retailing from 2007-2011 for "A Meta-Analysis of Relationships Linking Employee Satisfaction to Customer Responses."

Doctoral students Jeff Boichuk and Ying Yang both were named finalists in the 2012 Doctoral Dissertation Award Competition sponsored by ISBM (Institute for the Study of Business Markets).

MBA students Sheraz Khan, Xavier Livingston, Michael Morrow and Krista Tucker were named as Semi-Finalists in the Google Online Marketing Challenge. Approximately 3,000 teams from 86 countries competed in this contest. This is the third year in a row that a Bauer team has made the semi-finals.

Prof. Michael Ahearne received the inaugural Neil Rackham Research Dissemination Award from the Sales Education Foundation for the impact of his research on business practices.

Marketing student Kyley Pitts and Entrepreneurship student John Nicklos won UH Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowships.

Doctoral alum Sarah Gardial was named Henry B. Tippie Dean of the University of Iowa Tippie College of Business. Previously, she was the Beaman Professor of Business at the University of Tennessee where her leadership roles included Vice Provost for Faculty Affairs.


Gillian Oakenfull

Doctoral alum Gillian Oakenfull at Miami University was named as the 2012 Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching Ohio Professor of the Year.

Doctoral alum Gillian Oakenfull won the 2012 Academy of Marketing Science Outstanding Marketing Educator Award.

Doctoral alum Gillian Oakenfull received the Marketing Management Association’s Hormel Meritorious Teaching Award for 2012.

Doctoral alum Anu Sivaraman won the 2012 Outstanding Teacher award for the University of Delaware Lerner College of Business & Economics.

Doctoral alum Raj Echambadi was named 2012 Outstanding Professor in the Executive MBA Program and 2012 Outstanding Professor in the Professional MBA program at the University of Illinois.


WCE team: Louis McEneny, Randy Hannemann, Adam Trojanowski, Justin Farley (front) and Tattiana Reznick

Undergraduate students Justin Farley, Randy Hannemann, Louis McEneny, Tattiana Reznick and Adam Trojanowski, representing the Wolff Center for Entrepreneurship, won first place at the 25th Annual Innovation Competition at the University of Nebraska. Our WCE students have won 19 awards in national business plan competitions in the past 11 years.

The team of Justin Farley, Randy Hannemann, Louis McEneny, Tattiana Reznick and Adam Trojanowski also won first place at the Richards Barrentine Values and Ventures competition held at TCU.

The team of Justin Farley, Randy Hannemann, Louis McEneny, Tattiana Reznick and Adam Trojanowski also won second place at the California Dreamin' "super-competition" held at Chapman University, placing ahead of teams from Southern Cal, UC Berkeley, UCLA, and UC San Diego among others.

Prof. Partha Krishnamurthy was named track chair for Consumer Psychology and Prof. Michael Ahearne and doctoral alum Ryan Mullins were named track chairs for Selling and Customer Relationship Management for the 2013 Winter AMA Conference.


NCSC team: Alternate Bryan Hentges, Coach Amy Vandaveer, Grace Moceri, Alternate Markee Johnson, PES Program Manager Kyle Jarrell, and Sonya Brooks.

Program for Excellence in Selling students Grace Moceri and Sonya Brooks won first place at the National Collegiate Sales Competition (NCSC). Grace placed first and Sonya second in the individual competition, guaranteeing the team win for PES. This is second year in a row our PES team placed first and the 10th time in 12 years that our PES team placed in the top 10 at NCSC.

Doctoral students Babak Hayati and Ryan Mullins won the 2011 American Marketing Association Sales SIG Dissertation Proposal Award.

Doctoral alum Babu John Mariadoss was named to the editorial board for Journal of Hospitality Marketing and Management. Babu also serves on the editorial board for Journal of Personal Selling & Sales Management.

Doctoral alum Doug Walker received the 2012 College of Business Junior Faculty Teaching Award at Iowa State University.

Doctoral alum Deva Rangarajan received a 2012 IBM Faculty Award to support his research on solution selling.


(from left) Raj Baskaran, Kim Phan, Iryna Mckenzie and Trey Bhutta

MBA students Raj Baskaran, Trey Bhutta, Iryna McKenzie and Kim Phan won first place and MBA students Irene Hsu, Sarah Jachimiec, Abel Noah and Wes Swift won second at Rice University's marketing case competition.

Prof. Edward Blair was named 2012 Chair of the American Statistical Association Committee on Energy Statistics. This committee advises the U.S. Energy Information Administration, which is charged with providing unbiased information to guide U.S. energy policy.

2011

Prof. Joel LeBon, former doctoral research fellow Adam Rapp, and doctoral alum Doug Hughes received the Irwin/McGraw-Hill Best Paper Award at the 2011 Society for Marketing Advances conference.

Prof. Steve Brown was named as an Associate Editor for Journal of Marketing.

Prof. Bette Stead (emerita) was named to the Lamar University College of Business Hall of Fame. Bette completed her bachelor's degree at Lamar before going on to MBA and PhD degrees. Among many other achievements, she founded the Greater Houston Business Ethics Roundtable, a group of major companies that share best practices


(from left) Erin Blatzer, Lauren Davis, Carolina Thomas and Jeffrei Clifton

MBA students Erin Blatzer, Jeffrei Clifton, Lauren Davis and Carolina Thomas and faculty advisor Steve Koch were named global winners of the 2011 Google Online Marketing Challenge. 4,429 teams from 69 countries competed.

Doctoral alum Mary Gilly received the 2011 American Marketing Association William-Qualls-Spratlen Award for excellence in mentoring multicultural doctoral students.

Doctoral alum Sarah Fisher Gardial was named President of the MBA Roundtable, a cooperative association of business schools that seek to improve graduate business education. Sarah is Vice-Provost for Faculty Affairs and Beaman Professor of Marketing at the University of Tennessee.

Doctoral alum Raj Venkatesan was named by the Poets & Quants website as one of its "Best 40 Under 40" business school professors. Raj is the Bank of America Research Associate Professor at the University of Virginia Darden Graduate School of Business.

Doctoral alum Raj Venkatesan was a finalist for the 2011 Harold Maynard Award Best Paper Award at Journal of Marketing.

Doctoral alum Raj Venkatesan was a finalist for the 2011 Best Paper Award at International Journal of Research in Marketing.

Our Wolff Center for Entrepreneurship was ranked #1 among the Top 25 undergraduate entrepreneurship programs by Entrepreneur magazine and Princeton Review. The program has been ranked #1, #1, #2, #1 and #2 in the past five years.


Professor Vanessa Patrick

Prof. Vanessa Patrick was named to the editorial board of Journal of Consumer Research.

Doctoral alum Raj Echambadi was named 2011 Outstanding Professor for the University of Illinois Executive MBA program.

Doctoral alum Kiran Kirande received the Outstanding Faculty Teaching Award for the Old Dominion University College of Business and Public Administration.

Doctoral alum Patrick Murphy received a Lifetime Achievement Award from the AMA Marketing and Society Special Interest Group.

Doctoral alum Werner Reinartz received the 2011 Sheth Foundation/Journal of Marketing Award. This award is nominated by the editorial board of the Journal of Marketing and chosen by previous editors of the Journal of Marketing to recognize scholarship that has made long-term contributions to the discipline of marketing. The award was given for "The Impact of Customer Relationship Characteristics on Profitable Lifetime Duration."

Former doctoral research fellow Adam Rapp was named D. Paul Jones, Jr. and Charlene Jones Compass Bank Endowed Chair in Services Marketing at the University of Alabama.

Doctoral alum Sonja Prokopec was named LVMH Chaired Professor at ESSEC Business School in Paris.

Prof. Steve Brown rejoined the editorial board for Journal of the Academy of Marketing Science. Steve also serves on the editorial boards for Journal of Marketing, Journal of Retailing, and Journal of Services Research.


Professor Rex Du

Prof. Rex Du won the 2011 Best Paper award at the American Marketing Association's Advanced Research Techniques Forum for his research with co-author Wagner Kamakura on "Quantitative Trendspotting."

Prof. Michael Ahearne and doctoral alum Doug Hughes won the AMA Sales SIG 2011 Excellence in Research Award for their Journal of Marketing paper entitled "Energizing the Reseller’s Sales Force: The Power of Brand Identification." The Excellence in Research Award is intended to recognize a professional selling and/or sales management article published during the previous year that has made a significant contribution to the sales discipline.

Doctoral student Zach Hall won a research grant from the University Sales Education Foundation for his proposed research on " Decomposing Customer Need Knowledge: The Role of Customer Need Intuition in the Sales Process."

Doctoral alum Babu John Mariadoss was named IBUS Fellow in the College of Business at Washington State University.

Doctoral alum Babu John Mariadoss was named to the editorial board for Journal of Personal Selling and Sales Management.

Doctoral alum Doug Hughes was named to the editorial board for Journal of Personal Selling & Sales Management. Doug also serves on the editorial board for Journal of the Academy of Marketing Science.

Doctoral alum Son Lam was named to the editorial board Journal of Personal Selling & Sales Management.

Doctoral alum Alina Sorescu received the Association of Former Students campus-wide Distinguished Teaching Award at Texas A&M University.

Doctoral alum Scot Burton and co-authors won the Best Article Award from Journal of Consumer Affairs for articles published in 2009 and 2010.


NCSC team: Coach Amy Vandaveer, Rebekah Elliott, Alternate Aj Sese, Coach Willy Bolander, Taylor Herbert, Alternate Jozette Bionat, PES Program Manager Clarisa Miranda

Program for Excellence in Selling students Rebekah Elliott and Taylor Herbert won first place in the National Collegiate Sales Competition (NCSC). Rebekah and Taylor both made the individual semi-finals, and their combined scores placed UH first in the team competition. This is the 9th time in 11 years that our PES team placed in the top 10 at NCSC.

Doctoral student Willy Bolander received Honorable Mention in the Academy of Marketing Science competition for best doctoral dissertation (the Mary Kay Award).

Prof. Michael Ahearne was named Editor-in-Chief for Journal of Personal Selling and Sales Management.

Doctoral student Babak Hayati was named winner of the 2010 ISBM (Institute for the Study of Business Markets) Doctoral Support Award for his research on "Performance Impacts of a Key Account Team's Social Capital: A Social Network Perspective."

Prof. Edward Blair was named 2011 Chair of the American Statistical Association Committee on Energy Statistics. This committee advises the U.S. Energy Information Administration, which is charged with providing unbiased information to guide U.S. energy policy.

Doctoral alum Keith Richards was named UC Foundation Associate Professor of Marketing at University of Tennessee Chattanooga.

Doctoral alum Dena Cox was named Health Behavior Research Fellow in the Kelley School of Business at Indiana University.

2010

Doctoral alum Doug Hughes was named to the editorial board of Journal of Academy of Marketing Science.


Professor Michael Ahearne

Prof. Michael Ahearne was named to the editorial board of Journal of Marketing.

Prof. Michael Ahearne was named to the editorial board of Journal of the Academy of Marketing Science.

Prof. Vanessa Patrick served as co-editor for the Journal of Consumer Psychology special issue on Aesthetics in Consumer Psychology.

Our Wolff Center for Entrepreneurship was ranked #1 among the Top 25 undergraduate entrepreneurship programs by Entrepreneur magazine and Princeton Review. The program has been ranked #1, #2, #1 and #2 in the past four years.

Doctoral alum Werner Reinartz chaired the 2010 Marketing Science conference.

Doctoral alum Son Lam received the 2010 Emerging Scholar Award from the Society for Marketing Advances. This award recognizes an Assistant Professor who has made significant scholarly contributions to the marketing discipline early in his/her career.


MBA students Daniel Gavin, Mark Ward, Kim Schwager and Victor Cintron

MBA students Victor Cintron, Daniel Gavin, Kim Schwager and Mark Ward were named as Semi-Finalists in the 2010 Google Online Marketing Challenge. More than 3,000 teams from around the globe competed in this contest.

Doctoral alum Son Lam's dissertation, "Customer-Brand Identification as a Sustainable Competitive Advantage: A Multinational and Longitudinal Examination," was runner-up (Honorable Mention) for the American Marketing Association (AMA) 2009 John Howard Award for best doctoral dissertation in the field of marketing. UH doctoral students previously won the Howard Award in 2003 (Alina Sorescu) and 1999 (Werner Reinartz).

Doctoral alum Judy Harris was named Department Chair in the Department of Marketing at Towson University.

Doctoral alum Doug Hughes received the AMA Sales SIG McGraw-Hill/Irwin Teacher of the Year Award.


MBA student Deborah Mendez.

MBA student Deborah Mendez, under the guidance of Executive Prof. Steven Koch, won first place in the 2010 NextBillion Case Writing Competition conducted by the University of Michigan William Davidson Institute. Deborah's case, which studied how Nestlé Venezuela expanded its market for sweetened condensed milk by teaching low-income women how to start businesses selling baked goods, will be published by the Davidson Institute as part of its academic resources on the connection between development and enterprise.

Doctoral alum Jaishankar (Jai) Ganesh was named Dean of the Rutgers University School of Business at Camden.

Doctoral alum Raj Venkatesan received the Journal of Interactive Marketing Best Reviewer Award.


WCE students Andrew Jobe (left) and James Wilson.

Undergraduate students Andrew Jobe and James Wilson, representing the Wolff Center for Entrepreneurship, won awards at two national business plan competitions. Andrew and James took first place in the University of Nebraska’s New Ventures World Competition and second place in the New Venture Creation Competition at the University of Evansville. Our WCE students have won 16 awards in national business plan competitions in the past 9 years, which is more than any other school.

Doctoral alum Keith Richards and former faculty member Eli Jones received the 2010 J. M. Comer Award for Best Contribution to Selling and Sales Management Theory for their Journal of Personal Selling and Sales Management article titled "Key Account Management: Adding Elements of Account Fit to an Integrative Theoretical Framework."


Professor Partha Krishnamurthy

Prof. Partha Krishnamurthy was named to the editorial board of Journal of Consumer Psychology. He joins Prof. Vanessa Patrick to give us two members of the JCP board.

Doctoral alum Gopala Ganesh was named University Distinguished Teaching Professor at the University of North Texas. Prof. Ganesh previously won the 2005 American Marketing Association Solomon-Marshall-Stuart Award for Innovative Excellence in Marketing Education.

Lecturer John McKeever was named as one of Houston Business Journal's "40 Under 40" for 2010. These are "40 young leaders who excel in their industries, are respected business leaders and show dynamic leadership in their community."

Prof. Bette Stead (emerita) was one of ten Houstonians named to receive the Mayor's Volunteer Houston Award in recognition of her years of service with The Women's Home. Prof. Stead has served on the TWH Board of Directors since 1992, chaired their expansion campaign in 1997-98, and has chaired their Affordable Housing Task Force since 2001.


Doctoral student Willy Bolander

Doctoral student Willy Bolander received the 2009-10 University of Houston Teaching Excellence Award for graduate teaching assistants. Willy is the third student from our department to receive this campus-wide award in recent years Keith Richards received the award in 2006 and Doug Hughes received it in 2007.

Undergraduate Entrepreneurship student Alfonso Olvera was one of nine collegiate entrepreneurs featured in Inc. magazine's "America's Coolest College Startups 2010." This is the second consecutive year that a student from the Wolff Center for Entrepreneurship was featured.

Doctoral student Bill Zahn was named winner of the 2009 ISBM (Institute for the Study of Business Markets) Doctoral Support Award for his research on "Exploration and Exploitation: How Competition Motivates through Challenge and Threat."

Program for Excellence in Selling students Nick Nitschmann and Joy Jiang won 8th place in the team portion of the National Collegiate Sales Competition (NCSC). In individual competition, Nick advanced to the quarter-finals and Joy made the semi-finals. This is the 8th time in 10 years that our PES team placed in the top 10 at NCSC.


Professor Niladri Syam

Prof. Niladri Syam's paper with Benedict G. C. Dellaert, "Consumer-Producer Interaction: A Strategic Analysis of the Market for Customized Products," was recognized by Social Science Research Network as one of the SSRN Top Ten most frequently downloaded papers in Marketing Strategy from January, 1997 through January, 2009.

Prof. Edward Blair was named 2010 Chair of the American Statistical Association Committee on Energy Statistics. This committee advises the U.S. Energy Information Administration, which is charged with providing unbiased information to guide U.S. energy policy.

Doctoral alum Andrea J. S. Stanaland was named Outstanding Faculty Member for the College of Business & Economics at Radford University.

2009

Prof. Noah Lim received the Management Science Meritorious Service Award for 2009 for his notable service as a reviewer for the journal Management Science.

Doctoral alum Raj Venkatesan was named Bank of America Research Associate Professor at the University of Virginia Darden Graduate School of Business.

Doctoral alum Raj Echambadi was named James F. Towey Faculty Fellow at the University of Illinois College of Business.

Our Wolff Center for Entrepreneurship was ranked #2 among the Top 25 undergraduate entrepreneurship programs by Entrepreneur magazine and the Princeton Review. The program has been ranked #2, #1 and #2 in the past three years.

Doctoral alum Larry Chonko received a Lifetime Achievement Award from the American Marketing Association Sales Interest Group.


WCE students, staff and faculty with Warren Buffett

Twenty-seven students from the Wolff Center for Entrepreneurship were invited to visit the headquarters of Berkshire Hathaway in Omaha, Nebraska, where they had a lengthy question-and-answer session with legendary investor Warren Buffett.

Doctoral alum Doug Hughes received the 2009 Doctoral Dissertation Award from the American Marketing Association Selling and Sales Management Special Interest Group for best dissertation in the field of selling and sales management. This is the fourth consecutive year our students have won this award Babu John Mariadoss won in 2008, Adam Rapp in 2007 and Frank Fu in 2006.

Doctoral alum Werner Reinartz won the American Marketing Association’s Varadarajan Award for Early Career Contributions in the area of marketing strategy and management. Prof. Reinartz is Professor of Marketing at University of Cologne (Germany), where he is Director of the Department of Retailing and Customer Management.

Doctoral alum Werner Reinartz was a finalist for the 2009 O'Dell Award, given for the Journal of Marketing Research article published five years earlier that is judged to have made the greatest contribution to the field of marketing.

Doctoral alum Werner Reinartz won the Journal of Interactive Marketing 2009 Best Paper Award for "Investigating Cross-Buying and Customer Loyalty" by Werner Reinartz, Jacquelyn S. Thomas and Ganaël Bascoul.

Undergraduate Entrepreneurship student Danny Klam was one of eight collegiate entrepreneurs featured in Inc. magazine's "America's Coolest College Startups 2009."

Undergraduate student Ashley Hurst won a UH Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship to do research on consumers' impulse purchasing.

Incoming faculty members Vanessa Patrick and Rex Du were invited to attend the 2009 Marketing Science Institute Young Scholars Program, which recognizes the most productive young scholars in the field.


Doctoral student Son Lam

Doctoral student Son Lam's dissertation, "Customer-Brand Identification as a Sustainable Competitive Advantage: A Multinational and Longitudinal Examination," was named winner of the 2008 Emory Marketing Institute Doctoral Dissertation Award.

Doctoral student Son Lam was named runner-up in the 2008 Association for Consumer Research/Sheth Dissertation Award Competition. His dissertation also was named runner-up in the SCP dissertation competition and won first place in the AMA Relationship Marketing SIG competition (see below).

Doctoral alum Gillian Oakenfull won the 2009 Richard T. Farmer Teaching Excellence Award for the Miami (Ohio) University Farmer School of Business.

Doctoral alum Keith Richards received the 2009 James M. Comer Award from Journal of Personal Selling and Sales Management for Best Contribution to Selling and Sales Management Theory or Methodology.

2008

Doctoral alum Raj Venkatesan was invited to attend the 2009 Marketing Science Institute Young Scholars Program. This program recognizes the most productive young scholars in the field.


Professor Noah Lim

Prof. Noah Lim was invited to attend the 2009 Marketing Science Institute Young Scholars Program. This program recognizes the most productive young scholars in the field.

Doctoral student Demetra Andrews won the National Black MBA Association Ph.D. Fellowship Competition. This national competition cuts across all fields of business scholarship. The NBMBAA hosted Demetra at an event in Washington, DC, where she accepted this honor.

Our Wolff Center for Entrepreneurship was ranked #1 among the Top 25 undergraduate entrepreneurship programs by Entrepreneur magazine and the Princeton Review.

Doctoral alum Alina Sorescu was named to the editorial board for Journal of Marketing.

Doctoral student Son Lam's dissertation proposal, "Customer-Brand Identification as a Sustainable Competitive Advantage: A Multinational and Longitudinal Examination," was named winner of the AMA Relationship Marketing SIG 2008 Dissertation Competition.


Professor Edward Blair

Prof. Edward Blair was named 2009 Chair of the American Statistical Association Committee on Energy Statistics. This committee advises the U.S. Energy Information Administration, which is charged with providing unbiased information to guide U.S. energy policy.

Babu John Mariadoss' received the 2008 Doctoral Dissertation Award from the American Marketing Association Selling and Sales Management Special Interest Group for best dissertation in the field of selling and sales management. This is the third consecutive year our students have won this award Adam Rapp won in 2007 and Frank Fu in 2006.

Undergraduate students Brian Heitz and Matthew Clark, representing the Wolff Center for Entrepreneurship, won awards at two national business plan competitions. Brian and Matthew took third place in the business plan competition and first place in the "elevator pitch" competition at the Northwest Venture Championship in Boise, Idaho. They also took third place in the Nascent 500 Business Plan Challenge at Ball State University. Our WCE students have won 14 awards in national business plan competitions in the past 7 years, which is more than any other school.

Prof. Jacqueline Kacen was named to the editorial board of Journal of Advertising. Prof. Kacen also was named as JA "Outstanding Reviewer" for 2007.

Undergraduate students Jose Rodriguez and Cathryn Cotrone, representing the UH Program for Excellence in Selling, won 5th place in team competition at the National Collegiate Sales Competition. The competition featured more than 100 competitors and was sponsored by over 40 companies. This is the 7th time in 8 years that our PES team has placed in the top 10 at the competition.

Prof. Michael Ahearne was named Associate Editor of Journal of Personal Selling & Sales Management.


Babu John Mariadoss

Babu John Mariadoss' dissertation study, "Two Essays on Team Perspectives in Sales," won the Academy of Marketing Science 2008 Mary Kay Award for best dissertation in the field of marketing. This was the second time in five years that a UH doctoral student won the award (Alina Sorescu won in 2003).

Prof. Eli Jones was selected as the 2008 Ph.D. Project Marketing Doctoral Students Association’s Honored Guest at the AMA Summer Educators Conference. To be chosen as an honored guest, the individual must have made significant contributions to research over time, as well as demonstrating commitment to the MDSA by serving as a role model and mentor for minority doctoral students.

Doctoral alum Patrick Murphy received the 2008 Outstanding Paper Award for European Journal of Marketing.

2007

Professor Ye Hu

Prof. Ye Hu was named to the editorial board for Marketing Science.

Doctoral alum Raj Venkatesan was named to the editorial board for Journal of Marketing.

Doctoral alum Raj Venkatesan was named to the editorial board for Journal of Interactive Marketing.

Doctoral alum Alina Sorescu was named Mays Research Fellow at Texas A&M University.

Undergraduate marketing majors Zina Chubinidze and Edmond McGee were awarded Provost's Undergraduate Research Scholarships to conduct research with faculty members.

Doctoral student Doug Hughes won a 2007 AMA Sales SIG/DSEF Sales Dissertation Research Grant. This is the fifth straight year that someone from UH has won this award previous winners include Keith Richards (2006), Adam Rapp (2005), Frank Fu (2004) and Deva Rangarajan (2003).


Our Wolff Center for Entrepreneurship was ranked #2 among the Top 25 undergraduate entrepreneurship programs by Entrepreneur magazine and the Princeton Review.

Our Department of Marketing & Entrepreneurship ranked 9th among top U.S. research universities in scholarly productivity in marketing in 2007, according to rankings compiled by Academic Analytics and published in The Chronicle of Higher Education.

Undergraduate students Jonathan Geck, Molly Kern and Matt Woodhill, representing the UH Center for Entrepreneurship & Innovation, won awards at two national business plan competitions. Jonathan, Molly and Matt took third place in the Northwest Venture Championship in Boise, Idaho. They also took fifth place in the Venture Adventure competition at Colorado State University. Our CEI students have won 12 awards in national business plan competitions in the past 6 years, which is more than any other school.

Doctoral alum Larry Chonko was named the Thomas McMahon Professor in Business Ethics at the University of Texas at Arlington. Larry previously was the Holloway Professor of Marketing at Baylor University.

Doctoral alum Penelope Prenshaw was named Director of Undergraduate Business Programs at Millsaps College. Penny previously served as Director of International Business Programs.


(left to right) Alim Hirani, Kurt Schoeffler, Jose Rodriguez & Charlsie Anderson

Program for Excellence in Selling students Jose Rodriguez, Kurt Schoeffler and Charlsie Anderson and MBA (and former PES) student Alim Hirani won first place in the Global Sales Invitational Case Competition at Indiana University. Competitors included teams from Ohio State, Michigan State, Wisconsin, Indiana and other schools.

Former doctoral research fellow Adam Rapp received the 2007 Doctoral Dissertation Award from the American Marketing Association Selling and Sales Management Special Interest Group.

Prof. Niladri Syam was named to the editorial board of Marketing Science.

Visiting scholar Joel LeBon (from ESSEC in France) won the 2007 American Marketing Association Award for Innovative Excellence in Marketing Education. The Solomon-Marshall-Stuart Award is presented by AMA's Teaching and Learning Special Interest Group.

Doctoral alum Jaishankar (Jai) Ganesh was named Associate Dean for Administration and Executive Education in the University of Central Florida College of Business Administration. Jai previously served as Associate Dean for Graduate Programs, Executive Education and Research.


Undergraduate students Tolu Kuteyi and Steven Chiara, representing the UH Program for excellence in Selling, won sixth place in team competition at the National Collegiate Sales Competition. Tolu won 3rd place individually and Steven made the quarter finals. The competition featured more than 100 competitors from universities such as Harvard and Purdue, and more than 40 corporate sponsors. This is the 6th time in 7 years that our PES team has placed in the top 10 at the competition.

Doctoral student Doug Hughes received the UH Teaching Excellence Award for 2007. Doug is one of only two graduate students campus wide to receive this award.

Prof. Niladri Syam and Prof. James Hess were asked to present their research on product customization at the University of Pennsylvania (Wharton) Invitational Choice Modeling Symposium. Presentations from this conference will be published in a special issue of Marketing Letters.

Doctoral alum Patrick Murphy received the 2007 Charles C. Slater Best Article Award for Journal of Macromarketing.

Doctoral alum Abhijit (Abe) Biswas was named to the editorial board for Journal of Advertising.

Doctoral alum Abhijit (Abe) Biswas received the Michel Laroche Outstanding Associate Editor Award from the Journal of Business Research. Abe has served as Associate Editor at JBR since 1995.

2006

Doctoral student Keith Richards won a 2006 AMA Sales SIG/DSEF Sales Dissertation Research Grant. Keith continues a streak of winning this award for UH, as recent winners include Adam Rapp (2005), Frank Fu (2004) and Deva Rangarajan (2003).

Sarah Gnospelius and Prof. Jacqueline Kacen were named Outstanding Staff Member and Outstanding Faculty Member for student service in the Bauer College of Business. Sarah is the Marketing advisor in the Bauer Undergraduate Programs office, and Jackie is faculty advisor for the UH AMA chapter.

The UH chapter of the American Marketing Association received two Bauer student organization awards: the Fundraising Award for their energetic and innovative efforts to raise funds for chapter activities, and the Community Service Award for their service to the broader Houston community.

Doctoral alum Werner Reinartz was named Area Editor for International Journal of Research in Marketing.

Doctoral alum Sarah Fisher Gardial was named Beaman Professor of Marketing at the University of Tennessee.

Doctoral students Babu John Mariadoss and Keith Richards were both named finalists for the 2006 ISBM (Institute for the Study of Business Markets) Doctoral Dissertation Award.


From left to right, front row: Christina Ngo, Aileen Pascual back row: Wendy Corona (award presenter and Channel 2 news anchor), Allan Pascual, Carol White, Lorinna Heng, Jackie Kacen (faculty advisor).

Undergraduate Marketing students and UH American Marketing Association officers Lorinna Heng, Christina Ngo, Aileen Pascual, Allan Pascual and Carol White received book scholarships from the Houston professional chapter of AMA.

Prof. Edward Blair was named to the American Statistical Association Committee on Energy Statistics. This committee advises the U.S. Department of Energy's Energy Information Administration, which is charged with providing unbiased information to guide U.S. energy policy.

UH once again ranks in the top tier of regional colleges and universities in the fourth annual ranking of Entrepreneurship programs by TechKnowledge Point Corp. The rankings this year are available online at www.entrepoint.com after being published in Entrepreneur magazine the past three years.

Doctoral alum Raj Venkatesan was a finalist for the 2006 INFORMS Society for Marketing Science Practice Prize Award for impact on marketing practice.

Prof. Steven Brown was named to the editorial board of Journal of Marketing. Prof. Brown has previously served on the JM board, and also serves on the editorial boards of Journal of the Academy of Marketing Science (JAMS), Journal of Retailing (JR), Journal of Service Research (JSR), and Journal of Personal Selling and Sales Management (JPSSM).

Doctoral student Frank Fu's dissertation, "Analytical and Empirical Essays on the Marketing Sales Interface," won the 2006 Doctoral Dissertation Award from the American Marketing Association Selling and Sales Management Special Interest Group.

Doctoral alum Larry Chonko and Prof. Eli Jones received the 2006 AMA Sales SIG Excellence in Research Award which recognizes a journal article published during the previous year that has made a significant contribution to the sales discipline.

Prof. Steven Brown was named co-chair for the 2006 John A. Howard AMA Doctoral Dissertation Award. The Howard Award is given annually by the American Marketing Association for the best dissertation in the entire field of marketing. The co-chairs of the award are responsible for organizing the judging and selecting the winner.

Prof. Eli Jones was elected to the American Marketing Association Academic Council. The Academic Council is a select body that represents all academicians within AMA and addresses issues such as how the association can promote leadership in marketing theory, ethics, and education.


Doctoral student Keith Richards received the UH Teaching Excellence Award for 2005-06.

Doctoral student Keith Richards received the UH Teaching Excellence Award for 2005-06. Keith is one of only two graduate students campus wide to receive this award.

Undergraduate students Javier Lopez, Ryan Mendez and Michael Pettitte, representing the UH Program for Excellence in Selling, won eighth place at the National Collegiate Sales Competition, and Michael Pettitte took second place individually in the Service category (i.e., for selling a service). The competition included over 80 competitors from universities such as Harvard, Purdue, UConn, Georgia, Washington, Baylor, etc., as well as several schools from outside the US. This is the 5th time in 6 years that our PES team has placed in the top 10 in the competition.

The Greater Houston Business Ethics Roundtable (GHBER) honored Prof. Bette Stead (emerita) by naming its scholarship program for her. The "GHBER Bette Stead Scholarships" will honor Prof. Stead for the pivotal role she played in founding GHBER and recognize her lifelong commitment to education. GHBER is Houston's leading organization for the promotion of ethical business practices, with corporate members including Baker Hughes, BMC, The Boeing Company, Centerpoint Energy, Conoco Phillips, Dynegy, Halliburton, El Paso Corporation, Friedkin Affiliated Companies, Hewlett-Packard, J. Ray McDermott, Lyondell Chemical, Methodist Health Care, Shell Oil, St. Luke's Episcopal Hospital, Stewart & Stevenson Services, and Waste Management.

Doctoral alum Patrick Murphy received the Kaneb Teaching Award at University of Notre Dame.