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Mercer Savannah Professional MBAs Get a Taste of High Finance,
Show Biz During New York City Field Residency

June 24, 2010

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Mark Vanderhoek
(478) 301-4037

NEW YORK — Students from Mercer’s Professional Master of Business Administration program recently returned from a five-day tour of the Big Apple, going from Broadway to Wall Street as part of the cohort’s Best Practices Field Residency.

The group of 18 students and three faculty members toured business and cultural sites around the city, meeting with a number of prominent business people. Among the group’s stops were Alston & Bird, one of America’s largest law firms, where they had the opportunity to meet with Mark McElreath, a Mercer alumnus and mergers and acquisitions specialist at the firm; a tour of the United Nations, including a discussion with Dr. Ingo Pitterle, a UN economist, and a co-author the UN 2010 World Economic Outlook; a tour of the Museum of American Finance and the New York Federal Reserve Bank, where they saw the largest repository of gold in the world, and discussed the recent financial crisis with Susan McLaughlin, a New York Fed senior vice president who worked on the financial rescue programs that helped to pull the country back from financial disaster.

The group met with Richard Rosenblatt, the president of Rosenblatt Securities, which hosts the New York Stock Exchange, and Hank Byrd, founder Hawkshaw Capital, a hedge fund that successfully weathered the financial collapse. . The group also met with U.S. Commerce Department officials and Robert Fueth, vice president of the World Trade Center Association and Quentin Brathwaite, director of construction for the Port Authority of New York, which is responsible for the rebuilding of the World Trade Center.

As part of a segment of the trip titled “the Business of Show Business,” the group got a tour of the Booth Theatre on Broadway and met with actress Jessica Phillips, who plays in the Pulitzer-winning musical, “Next to Normal.” In addition, the group spoke with a theater manager and Dave Clemmons, owner of a talent agency and producer of the Tony Award-winning show “Spring Awakening.” 

About the Professional MBA:
Mercer’s Professional MBA in Savannah is for individuals with at least four years of experience, who want to advance their careers in today’s corporate world. A distinct feature of the Professional MBA program is its cross-functional, thematically based courses. This interdisciplinary Professional MBA curriculum demonstrates how the various business functions interact, so candidates can gain the broad perspective needed for effective decision making.  Because all candidates are experienced professionals, the classroom becomes an interactive-learning environment with each individual contributing his or her experience to the dialogue with the highly credentialed faculty team. 

Classes are held on Friday afternoons and all day Saturday every two weeks, allowing even the busiest professional the opportunity to earn this prestigious degree from a business school that has been internationally accredited by AACSB – the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business.  Four retreats provide a concentrated study on specific business topics, including a weeklong Best Practices Field Residency, where students meet with top executives of companies successfully competing in today’s global market.

About the Eugene W. Stetson School of Business and Economics at Mercer
Established in 1984, the Eugene W. Stetson School of Business and Economics offers bachelor’s, MBA, Professional MBA, Executive MBA and Master of Accountancy degrees. The School holds accreditation from the prestigious AACSB International — The Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business, considered the hallmark of excellence among the nation’s top business schools and placing it among the top 25 percent of all business schools in the world. For 2010, the Princeton Review recognized the School as No. 3 for “Greatest Opportunity for Women” and one of its “Best 301 Business Schools.”

About Mercer University
Founded in 1833, Mercer University is a dynamic and comprehensive center of undergraduate, graduate and professional education. The University enrolls more than 8,000 students in 11 schools and colleges – liberal arts, law, pharmacy, medicine, business, engineering, education, theology, music, nursing and continuing and professional studies – on major campuses in Macon, Atlanta and Savannah and at three regional academic centers across the state. Mercer is affiliated with two teaching hospitals — Memorial University Medical Center in Savannah and the Medical Center of Central Georgia in Macon, and has educational partnerships with Warner Robins Air Logistics Center in Warner Robins and Piedmont Healthcare in Atlanta. The University operates an academic press and a performing arts center in Macon and an engineering research center in Warner Robins. Mercer is the only private university in Georgia to field an NCAA Division I athletic program. For more information, visit
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