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Former FGB Department Head Selected for MSU Wall of Fame

FGB is delighted and humbled to have another of our faculty elected to MSU’s “Wall of Fame.” Former Department Head and Professor Dr. George Swales will be inducted in a ceremony to be held this October during Homecoming Week.

Dr. George Swales led by example. He was not only the department head of finance and general business, but he was a prolific published researcher, brilliant teacher and esteemed advisor while serving on the Executive Board of MBAA             International and helping the College of Business gain AACSB reaccreditation.


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Dr. James Philpot article featured in Springfield News-Leader

Dr. James Philpot recently wrote an article for the Springfield News-Leader.

Financial Planner shopping? Sort out the certifications

A professional financial planner can be very helpful with investing, insurance, retirement and other financial decisions. Good planners offer expertise, experience and an objective perspective. So how do we know if a planner will suit our needs? Many financial professionals advertise certifications to distinguish themselves, but what do those mean?

Read the article at the Springfield News-Leader website.


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An Accomplishment Worth Recognizing

RIMS students
Pictured from left to right: Dr. Stanley Adamson, Jennifer Richey, Sarah Shelton, Hillary Rice, and Casey Cornelius

A big congratulations goes out to a four risk management and insurance students here at Missouri State University.

Every year the Risk Management and Insurance Society (RIMS) hosts an Annual Conference. The conference is one of the biggest events for all risk management and insurance professionals with as many as 10,000 registered attendees. This year, the conference will be held from April 26-May 1 in Denver, Colorado, and we are proud to say that some of our fellow students will be attending.

Sarah Shelton, Jennifer Richey, Hillary Rice, and Casey Cornelius, all executive members of Gamma Iota Sigma,the Risk Management, Insurance and Actuarial Science Fraternity at MSU entered into the 2014 Spencer RIMS Risk Management Challenge in which they had to act as a broker and develop a risk proposal for Snap-On, Inc. They finished in the top 10 of all teams, which qualified them to be sponsored to attend the conference and present in front of a group of risk management professionals as well as the Risk Manager of Snap-On, Inc.

While they are attending this conference, not only will they be competing against other teams with their risk proposal, but they will be attending student educational sessions, exploring career fairs, and meeting with countless employers! This is an opportunity of a life-time for this group. We wish them the best of luck!

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Alumni Profile: Scott Senteney

Scott Senteney


Scott Senteney has certainly gone far since graduating from Missouri State University with a degree in Finance in 2011, both geographically and in his career. Scott, a native of Willard, is now a Relationship Banker and Small Business Specialist with J.P. Morgan Chase Bank in Austin, Texas. Scott started working for Chase in Springfield when he was a high school student. A bright self-starter, Scott began his rise in the Card Services organization in card activation and progressed to handling Chase’s most elite card clients.

Upon graduation, Scott received several offers, but chose to stay with J.P. Morgan Chase, transitioning over to the firm’s retail banking operations. Scott started out as a Personal Banker and, within 10 months, had earned his Series 6, Series 63, and Texas Life and Health Insurance licenses. A few months after receiving these licenses and consistently being a top performer in his market, he was promoted to Small Business Specialist. He is currently ranked number four in all of Southwest Texas for 2013 and is transitioning to Chase Private Client, where he will serve Chase’s most affluent customers.

When asked about what he likes about his job, Scott says, “I really enjoy meeting with clients, getting to know them with an eye towards uncovering their financial needs and working with them to help them reach their financial goals. It’s a very rewarding job, whether it is helping a home buyer get into their first home, helping a local business open their doors, or helping our most affluent clients earn a better rate of return using the expertise of J.P. Morgan.”

Senteney says his time at Missouri State prepared him well for his current role. “MSU helped me in numerous ways, providing me with skills I thought I’d never use, which I now use all the time. My primary niche is investments, and being able to speak with CEOs, retired senior executives, successful entrepreneurs, and other wealthy individuals about what is happening in the markets during unprecedented times is quite challenging. Having learned the fundamentals at Missouri State has enabled me to speak with confidence to my clients.” Secondly, Scott credits his Business Law, Management, Accounting, and Corporate Finance classes for his understanding of business classifications from sole proprietorships to S-corporations along with his understanding of business cash flows, all of which serve him well in his work with small businesses.

Senteney specifically mentions three professors, Dr. James Philpot, Dr. Susan Crain and Dr. Stephen Haggard, when discussing his preparation at MSU, not just for the technical skills they taught him, but also for their assistance in helping him plan his next step after college. When asked for his advice to current FGB students, Scott stresses the importance of taking the time to meet with professors outside of class; getting help with concepts, preparing for exams, reviewing resumes, practicing interview questions, and planning a career. Scott also stresses the importance of being a life-long learner. “I cannot express how important it is to keep moving forward and progressing after you graduate.” Senteney furthers his own learning, in part, through reading. He recommends the following books to FGB students and graduates: The Noticer and Mastering the Seven Decisions by Andy Andrews, How to Win Friends and Influence People by Dale Carnegie, and The 4-Hour Work Week by Timothy Ferriss.



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Student Profile: Kolina Hill

Kolina Hill


In this edition of the FGB Times, our student spotlight turns to Kolina Hill, an MBA student from Granby, Missouri. Kolina is currently pursuing an MBA with finance specialization after graduating earlier this year with a B.S. in marketing.

Kolina grew up in Granby, Missouri and graduated from East Newton High School. Her interest in business was literally “cultivated” from growing up on a farm. She says, “I’m very motivated and entrepreneurial. During junior high and high school I had a roadside pumpkin and produce stand and loved having a job where I could make the business decisions and enjoy what I was doing.” During high school Kolina was also involved in DECA, an international association of high school and college students and teachers of marketing and other business disciplines. “In DECA I went to the international competition twice and my experiences led me to pursue an undergraduate marketing degree. I was drawn to MSU because of the quality of the business school.”

Currently, Kolina is also a graduate assistant working as a tutor for the Stats Lab in the Marketing Department. Helping students better understand statistics is something that she really enjoys and the experience has led her to consider teaching in the future, a job she had previously sought to avoid. Helping to guide Kolina’s future is Dr. Richard Keith. “Dr. Keith in the Marketing Department really helped me to plan out my college path and encouraged me to complete the accelerated MBA program here.” Although Kolina stays very busy, in the spare time she has she enjoys reading, gardening, playing the piano and running.

Kolina’s future has many potential paths. She plans to graduate with her MBA in August 2013. After that, she would like to start a career in banking or business analysis. Kolina is also considering a marketing career with a local hospice provider she currently works for part-time as an administrative assistant. Regardless of the path her career takes, Kolina is determined not to stray far from her farm roots. “I hope to one day run my own business. I would like to own a greenhouse and plant nursery. My fiancée and I would also like to one day start a small farm with the livestock we currently own.” That’s right, when we asked Kolina what people would be most surprised to know about her, she replied, “I am the proud owner of three cows.”



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