Volvo Connects with Bryan Students

Volvo Connects with Bryan Students


You’ve heard how important networking is to career success and several Bryan Students had the opportunity in January to build some great relationships with Volvo located here in Greensboro. First, to kick off the semester a few of the Bryan Career Ambassadors, an advisory group to Bryan Career Services, visited Volvo Financial Services. Katie Marshall and Isaac Miller, UNCG alumni who currently work there, invited a group to come visit and talk with the executives.

“I wanted to accept their generous invitation because I believe it’s incredibly valuable to see a company first hand and meet the people who make it up,” said Linda Pollock, career counselor for the Bryan School and coordinator of the trip.


Bryan Career Ambassadors who attended include sophomore Brenna Barnett, junior Bria Porter and seniors Turki Alkhalifah, Jonatta Harmon and Glenn Zimmerman.

I would definitely recommend other students to participate in this kind of “field trip”

“I would definitely recommend other students to participate in this kind of “field trip,” not only was it very informative but you get to see what the actual business aspect of Volvo involves. They have departments in nearly every business concentration at UNCG,” Bria Porter said.

The agenda for the day included a tour of the facilities for Volvo Financial divisions United States, Americas, and the global headquarters, all under the same roof. “The benefits of visiting a company like Volvo Financial Services are numerous. You can meet different supervisors and staff and you get a real sense of how much they love their jobs. There was not one person that I encountered at Volvo Financial Services who disliked their job or could ever see themselves with another company,” Bria reflected.

A few of the favorite parts of the day included – seeing so many international employees, hearing from an executive, touring the office space and learning about the company values.

“The best part of my day was touring through the offices with the supervisor and seeing how he knew everyone’s name and their background. I love the fact that they are very team-oriented and they all rely on each other and teach each other in order to help the company remain successful.” – Bria Porter

“Volvo has a learning community that is continual, which is pretty awesome.  In such a large company you would think that you’d have initial training and then maybe a couple of workshops here and there and that’d be it. In contrast, Volvo Financial Services uniquely equips each employee with a continual learning plan that is tailored to focus on the needed improvement areas of each person individually. Kudos to them! “– Jonatta Harmon

“As an international student, the best part for me was seeing Volvo’s international employees It made me a lot less worried and afraid of entering an actual corporate environment.  A large multinational company like Volvo can still be casual with their employees.” – Turki Alkhalifah

This was a great learning experience and I think all students should see some type of company at work.

“This was a great learning experience and I think all students should see some type of company at work. It was a really eye opening experience to see how your once fellow classmates have gone further and grown.” – Brenna Barnett

“It was encouraging to hear that they look for more than just finance students to work with them. Visiting VFS allowed me to learn things that can make me more competitive when searching for a job. We were able to ask any question we wanted about the company and gett an answer from a real person, not a computer. Plus it is nice to get off campus for a while and have fun.” – Glenn Zimmerman

The visit was productive and Katie Marshall invited the group back anytime. “Isaac and I loved meeting with the students, connecting with them on a UNCG and a VFS plane, and learning more about the company right along with them. It was an absolute delight.”

In addition to a group actually visiting VFS, over 100 students attended the Company Spotlight on January 28th in the Bryan Building. The Company Spotlight included several representatives from both Volvo Trucks and Volvo Financial Services. Many of the representatives are alumni of the Bryan School and UNCG.

Bryan School honors standout graduates with awards

2012 Student Accomplishments

2012 Student Accomplishments


December 4, 2012

CARS graduate student Hongjoo Woo received the Sarah Douglas Fellowship for Professional Promise at the International Textile and Apparel Association (ITAA) 2012 Annual Conference in Hawaii.

CARS graduate student Hyo Jung Chang received the Lois Dickey Fellowship at the ITAA 2012 Annual Conference.

End-of-semester awards were presented to the following graduating students in the Bryan School of Business and Economics during the school’s Honors and Awards Ceremony on November 27, 2012.

The Joseph M. Bryan Achievement and Leadership Awards

  • Stephanie Baubie
  • Ogechukwu Onwurah

The Dean’s Service Awards

  • Matthew Fabish
  • Chara Garmon
  • Newsam Mutamba
  • Desireeʹ Newbie
  • Mikal Reagan

The Bryan Outstanding Student Award

  • Zach Israel

The Bryan School Medal for Academic Excellence

Undergraduate Student Recipients:

  • Justin B. Bare
  • Elizabeth B. Bowen
  • Stephanie L. Demetrelis
  • Gene M. Dwiggins
  • Amanda W. Fair
  • Matthew O. Frow
  • Kaitlyn R. Hughes
  • Matthew D. Marshall
  • Maia R. Richardson
  • Mina Yu
  • Takako F. Zimmerman

Graduate Student Recipients:

  • Adam Brown
  • Braelinn J. Connor
  • John D. Muething
  • Zachary T. Oliver
  • Jeremy M. Suits
  • Trishank Vadehra
  • Justin K. White
  • Jason C. Wray
  • Lauren E. Young


Bryan Study shows Customer service key to NC wine industry growth

Bryan Study shows Customer service key to NC wine industry growth

Pope Foundation makes $75,000 gift

Pope Foundation makes $75,000 gift


The Lawrence E. Pope Foundation makes $75,000 gift to support expansion of supply chain and logistics program at The Bryan School.

The Bryan School of Business and Economics is proud to announce a gift in the amount of $75,000 from The Lawrence E. Pope Foundation to support expansion of its supply chain and logistics program.  According to Dr. McRae C. Banks, Dean of the Bryan School, “The Lawrence E. Pope Foundation was interested in having a major impact on the supply chain management and logistics industry cluster that is of strategic importance to the region.”  Dr. Kwasi Amoako-Gyampah, Department Head of Information Systems and Supply Chain Management states, “The Pope Companies understands the need for more students to pursue careers in supply chain management and logistics.  This major gift from the Pope Foundation will enable the Bryan School to expand its supply chain and logistics educational programs to traditional students, students transitioning from two year institutions, and working adults looking to complete their degrees in the field. Additionally, the Department will expand its offering of experiential learning opportunities and engagement with the business community.”

Pope Foundation and Bryan School

(From left: Tiffany Temple MS-ISOM candidate, Dr. Joy Bhadury, Dean McRae Banks, Jeffrey Taylor, Dr. Kwasi Amoako-Gyampah, Dr. Larry Taube)

The gift was presented to the Bryan School by the Pope Companies Vice President and CFO Jeffrey B. Taylor, a Bryan School alumnus who serves as a board member and Treasurer of The Lawrence E. Pope Foundation. Mr. Taylor is a Certified Public Accountant and earned a Bachelor of Science in Accounting and a Masters of Business Administration from the Bryan School.

The Pope Companies and The Lawrence E. Pope Foundation

The Lawrence E. Pope Foundation was formed in 2008 by Lawrence E. Pope, a Triad area business executive.  Mr. Pope was an entrepreneur and visionary businessman who started his career with American Tobacco Co., eventually becoming a buyer and plant manager.  He left American to form L.E. Pope Building Co, Inc. in 1969, one of the companies in the business grouping known as The Pope Companies.  L.E. Pope Building Co., Inc. was a large residential builder, developer, and sales agency in the Kernersville area for many years.  In the early 1980s, the company shifted its emphasis to commercial development.  Today, the company owns and/or manages over three million square feet of commercial and residential space in North Carolina, South Carolina, Kentucky, and Georgia.  The company also owns TCI Logistics, Inc., a Kernersville based truckload carrier that operates over 150 over the road tractors and 400 trailers, and lodging properties in the Triad as a Choice International franchisee.

Many of the Pope Companies business units deliver procurement, logistics, and supply chain services to the tobacco industry. It is one of the leading procurement and logistics agents for the tobacco industry in the United States.

Lawrence Pope passed away in 2010.  Through his legacy, the Lawrence E. Pope Foundation strives to improve the quality of life for Kernersville and Triad area residents.  The Kernersville area and the Triad at large has become a center for companies and divisions that engage in supply chain and logistics operations.  Through this gift, the Foundation Board of Directors seeks to enhance the attractiveness of the Triad area for these businesses by providing resources to the Bryan School necessary to enhance educational offerings in this specialty area.

See more about The Pope Companies at

Bryan’s Memili honored for family business research

40 Leaders Under Forty, 2013

40 Leaders Under Forty, 2013


The Business Journal‘s 40 Leaders Under Forty Awards is just around the corner.  Have you nominated an extraordinary young professionals in the Triad this year?  The deadline to nominate is January 14th, 2013, so do not delay.

Nominate Today Here

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