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MBA Class of 2012 selects officers

From left: Leo Liu, Savannah Snow, Kevin Moore, Cooper Baker.

Tallahassee, Fla. – Accelerated MBA students on Tuesday elected a new slate of MBA Association officers for the 2011-2012 school year at The Florida State University College of Business.

“I am honored to be the president of the MBA Association,” said Savannah Snow of Palm City, Fla. “I am confident that this year the association, as well as its members, will grow through our involvement on campus and in the Tallahassee community.”

Rounding out the new MBAA executive board are Cooper Baker, treasurer; Leo Liu, vice president; and Kevin Moore, secretary. All gave presentations outlining their plans for the school year:

  • Baker earned his bachelor's degree at the University of South Carolina, and has worked for five years in finance and accounting roles for commercial real estate firms. As treasurer, he intends to build funds for the association while working to manage the budget in a conservative and fiscal manner.
  • Liu, a native of China, has an undergraduate degree in Taxation. As vice president, he pledged to help the FSU MBA program move into more international venues, extend career opportunities internationally, build more prestige and communicate with Chinese institutions and universities to market the MBA program.
  • Moore, who earned his bachelor's degree at the University of Florida and his law degree at Fordham, has pledged to make himself available to listen to fellow MBA students' ideas and concerns and relay them to the executive board.
  • Snow, who earned her bachelor's degree in business management at FSU, ran on a presidential platform that stressed improving connections between full-time, part-time, and online MBA students; service to the community; and creating good relations with FSU's Student Government Association, including the Congress of Graduate Students.

Since its inception in 2005 as a registered student organization at Florida State University, the MBA Association (MBAA) has played a prominent role in increasing the professionalism of MBA students and enhancing the overall experience of receiving an MBA at Florida State University. Professionalism includes the highest standards of professional ethics and community service. 

The MBAA’s primary professional service has been organizing the college’s MBA Ethics Roundtable, a series of speakers focused on ethics throughout the school year. Last year’s ethics speakers included Jeff Bartel, who was corporate vice president-compliance for NextEra Energy, Inc. (NYSE: NEE), formerly FPL Group, Inc, and winner of the college’s Sunshine State Ethics in Leadership Award and Mark O’Bryant, president and CEO of Tallahassee Memorial Healthcare. Past speakers have ranged from businessmen to former college presidents, from book authors to philosophers, said MBAA Adviser Joanna Southerland, noting the past visit of Talbot "Sandy" D'Alemberte, FSU president emeritus, law professor and recipient of the college’s ethics award this year.

The association also has been active in planning social events that increase the cohesion and collegiality of the current class and MBA alumni.  Former MBA officers, Ryan Dietz (MBA 2009) Efren Blackledge (JD/MBA 2011), and Alex Metka (MBA 2011) helped facilitate the election process. Tallahassee’s The Cake Shop donated cupcakes in support of student leadership.

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