Wow! I am so proud to be associated with a school that produces such an amazing event as the Marketing Summit! Even with the impending weather system, our fearless team was not going to back down. Each and every part of the event went off seamlessly, according to those of us who were there to enjoy it all.
I am certain that the assistance of so many students under the leadership of Marty Wilson, Emily Willard, Ashley Stafford and Roger Beahm, were the reasons for the incredible success of the entire weekend. I am eternally grateful to all of you who worked so hard on each event.
In addition, I was proud that our own home team, comprised of Joe Parry, Vaishali Shah, Matt Starker, Ian Jankelowicz, Katy McClure and Andy Rinehart represented us so well and came in second place! We also enjoyed terrific media exposure thanks to our crack external relations team! We should all be very proud! I hope you all had the chance to network with some of the many impressive executives who were here for the event.
We have a lot to be proud of at Wake Forest these days. In addition to the incredible success of the Marketing Summit, we had a student accounting team take first place in the national round of the KPMG global case competition and they will soon represent us in Greece for the global portion of the competition. We also improved our MBA rankings in both the national and global Financial Times lists. Before the semester ends, we will likely be in the news again as we host our first annual Healthcare conference, the very popular Elevator Competition, and our first Women's Conference, hosted by Wake Forest Women In Business.
I hope that each of you feels proud to be associated with Wake Forest University Schools of Business as you reflect on our recent successes and upcoming opportunities to shine once again. I also hope to see many of you involved in these events and networking with other students and professionals participating in each. These are all opportunities to expand your networks and meet new and interesting people. You never know when one connection may help you leverage your Wake Forest degree in a way that helps you realize your dreams.