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Rick Keller, an MPAS student here at the Mount, presented a paper at the Southeast Decision Sciences Institute (SEDSI) undergraduate student research paper competition held in Williamsburg, VA on February 19, 2016.  Rick won first place in the competition, really making the Richard J. Bolte School of Business proud. 

Rick Keller

Competing in the SEDSI undergraduate student research paper competition is a rigorous process.  Rick had to first submit his research paper through a double-blind review process where the reviewers, faculty members and the student’s identity is concealed. In addition to the review process, Rick had to make an oral presentation of his work at the conference.

One of the books used in the Operations and Supply Chain Management class is “The Goal” by Eliyahu Goldratt.  The concepts highlighted in this narrative driven book are applied in the context of a manufacturing  plant.  Rick adopted several concepts from “The Goal” and applied them to his real-estate business.  The challenging part of this research problem was being able to clearly delineate between the two contexts: processes in the manufacturing context and the real estate process.  For example, process times are typically known and constant; however, in the real estate business, the process times for each stage is different for each buyer. 

In his presentation, Rick was able to clearly show how the unique context of the real estate business required modifications to some of the original concepts. By making these adaptations, Rick was able to show marked improvement in his volume processing capacities, his bottom-line, and more importantly the additional available time that he now uses to spend time with his lovely family.Group

SEDSI is the southern member of the Decision Sciences Institute, a professional organization of academicians and practitioners interested in the application of quantitative and behavioral methods to the problems of society.


On April 23 Legg Mason was a gracious host to nine Bolte School students and Professors Rob Nickey and Don Butt. The trip was arranged through the efforts of long time MSMU and Bolte School supporter Mr. Kimball Byron and Legg Mason’s Ms. Jennifer Byers - Assistant Vice President of Corporate Citizenship. The purpose of the trip was to provide Bolte School students the opportunity to meet and engage with senior level management and financial analysts from Legg Mason and to learn about the global investment management process and profession. Legg Mason

The morning session started with a tour of the firm’s international headquarters in Baltimore, MD hosted by Tim Addicks - General Services Manager and was followed with an informative discussion on market development initiatives with Auburn Bell - Vice President and Senior Manager of Market Research.   The morning concluded with an interactive panel discussion hosted by Mr. Joe LaRocque Managing Director - Affiliate Strategic Initiatives, Mr. Brian Eakes - Managing Director and Chief Financial Officer and Controller, Ms. Samantha McLemore - Portfolio Manager – Legg Mason Capital Management, and Mr. David Khan Investment Analyst – Legg Mason Global Asset Management.

The working lunch was hosted by Ms. Sara Kouneski – Human Resource Assistant and focused on how students can strengthen their skills and likelihood of success during the internship and job search processes.

Legg Mason ViewThe day concluded with an in depth presentation related to portfolio design and investment analysis presented by Gibboney Huske Managing Director and Portfolio Manager for Legg Mason Capital Management and Farhan Mustafa Portfolio Analyst for Legg Mason Capital Management.

Several important themes emerged from the day’s activities and in particular the following:

In addition to obtaining the necessary technical skills related to success in an individual’s chosen profession it is important to understand that professional success is driven by much more than technical skill.  Understanding people and cultures, effective communication in all forms, and a passion for learning in general will enhance opportunities for a successful career.

The students and faculty of the Bolte School certainly appreciate the opportunity to share in such a beneficial experience. 

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