Posts Tagged ‘business’

Student Entrepreneurs Compete in Annual ‘Shark Tank’ Competition

March 15th, 2016 by Jessica McCaughey


Four teams recently competed in the fourth annual Shark Tank Competition sponsored by the Ciocca Office of Entrepreneurial Studies. Students presented their original ideas prepared through various COES workshops with the aid of alumni mentors. This year’s participants included Sean Griffin ’16, Jake Medina ’16, Matt Heffner ’16, Matt Watson ’16, Reilly Bloom ’18, and Michael Sise ’18. The judges panel included alumni members Michael Guleserian ’93, chief experience officer of Nubar and Sheraton Commander Hotel; James Horne ’98, analyst at IBS Capital LLC; Larry Naughton ’93, co-chair of the Business & Technology Group, Choate, Hall & Stewart LLP; and Michael Balmuth, partner at SV Life Sciences.


Matthew Watson ’16, center, an anthropology major with a self-designed food studies minor, took home the grand prize of $12,000 with his pitch to start the Brewery Stewardship Alliance, a sustainability certification program that empowers environmentally-friendly craft breweries. In a turn of events, the judges awarded Jake Medina ’16 and Sean Griffin ’16 second place with $2,500 to put toward their mobile technology units to help continue to expand their non-profit, Student Empowerment Program, an organization that seeks to close the educational technology gap.

Photography by Rob Carlin

J.D. Power and Associates Founder Speaks on Campus

October 21st, 2013 by smorriss


J.D. “Dave” Power III ’53, Founder of J.D. Power and Associates, the well-known global marketing information firm that surveys customer satisfaction, product quality and buyer behavior, returned to campus for “An Evening with J.D. ‘Dave’ Power III ’53” on Oct. 1 in Rehm Library. Power was interviewed by Aaron Nicodemus, editor of the Worcester Telegram & Gazette’s “Business Matters” section, about the new book “POWER: How J.D. Power III Became the Auto Industry’s Adviser, Confessor, and Eyewitness to History,” (Fenwick Publishing, September 2013).



After a special dinner and the lecture, Power signed copies of the book, which will be featured in the upcoming Winter 2014 issue of Holy Cross Magazine.