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Established Leaders Party 2011

VCU + ELS Business Leaders Get Awards!!!

The VCU School of Business proudly announces their 2011 award recipients.  While we love to congratulate all honorees, we will highlight the winners of the VCU School of Business Awards as well as ELS Members that won other awards...congrats to you all! We are very proud of our very own Mike Fisher, Timmy Nguyen, and Kwaku Osei!

School Awards

Davis Ratcliffe Insurance Award
Michael E. Fischer

The Ann G. and Barney Roland Freasier, Sr. Tax Award
Melinda A. Tanner

Outstanding Co-op Student Award
Rachel L. Keener

Delta Sigma Pi Scholarship Key Award
John H. Bell, Justin N. Richie

Wall Street Journal Award
Timothy H. Nguyen

Staff Member of the Year
Jason A. Chan

Faculty Award of Excellence
Gupreet S. Dhillon

Distinguished Scholar Award
Michael A. McDaniel

Distinguished Teacher Award
Sven Kepes

Distinguished Service Award
Randolph T. Barker

Professional Faculty Excellence Award

Manoj A. Thomas

Departmental Awards


Distinguished Service - Kwaku Osei



HBS - Summer Venture in Management Program - Apply Now!

The Harvard Business School (HBS) Summer Venture in Management Program (SVMP) is a one week management training program for rising college seniors designed to increase diversity and opportunity in business education.

A twenty-year tradition at HBS, this unique educational experience helps participants develop a broader understanding of the challenges business leaders face, the many dimensions of the business world, and the impact they can have on their community and the world through business leadership.

Using the renowned case method of instruction, HBS faculty lead class discussions on current management issues. Participants spend evenings analyzing real-business cases, and use morning study groups and classes to examine and debate their ideas through lively interaction with peers and faculty. This is the life of an MBA student at HBS. The academic program is supplemented by presentations from HBS administrators and alumni who provide information about the impact that an MBA degree can have on their lives and careers.


Applications are being accepted now until May, 18th, 2011 and this year's program will be from June 18th - June 24th.

More info as well as the online application may be found at:

A video celebrating the 25th anniversary of HBS SVMP is below:



Deloitte 1st Annual Case Competition @ VCU This Friday!


Meet Charles Dankwah - The Cosmetic Chemist

Charles more commonly known as Mr. Osei - is just one of the people you'll get to meet today at the Lessons For Leaders Forum:


B.S., KNUST, Chemical Engineering, June 1974

M.S., George Washington University, Mechanical Engineering, May 1986

PhD, Walden University, Operations Research, May 2010


Work Experience

Shift Supervisor, Ashanti Goldfields Corporation, September 1974 – July 1975

Technical Sales Executive, Shell Oil Ghana Limited, August 1974 – June 1982

Senior Chemical Engineer, Technology Applications, Inc., Alexandria, VA, August 1982 –

            December 1992

Senior Research Analyst, Development, Planning & Research Associates, March 1993 –

            November 2001


Current Businesses

President and CEO, Hawknad Manufacturing Industries, Inc.               October 1990 to Present

President  & CEO, Hawknad Real Estate, LLC                                March 2003 – Present

President  & CEO, Ghana Community Center                                   March 2005 – Present


Meet Tom Dorsey - The Investment Visionary

Tom is just one of the great people you'll have the opportunity of meeting this Monday at the Lessons For Leaders Forum!

Tom Dorsey began his financial career as a stockbroker at Merrill Lynch Pierce Fenner & Smith in 1974 and then was offered the opportunity to manage the Options Strategy Department at Wheat, First Securities. In January 1987, he left Wheat, First Securities to start Dorsey, Wright & Associates as an outsourced Options Strategy firm. After the crash, Dorsey realized that the Options business would never be the same. He changed the company’s focus from an options strategy firm to an equity research company, primarily because any option strategy first begins with researching the underlying stock. Today the company employees 16 people with clients spanning the globe in addition to managing over $700 million in assets through Separately Managed Accounts, Annuities, Mutual Funds, and Exchange Traded Funds (ETFs). Mr. Dorsey has 34 years of experience in the financial services business and is the author of numerous books on the Point & Figure methodology as well as motivational books. Mr. Dorsey is an award winning speaker having taught the Point & Figure methodology throughout the world.

Education: Virginia Commonwealth University BS Business Administration,

BS Economics

Books: Point & Figure Charting - 1st, 2nd and 3rd Editions

Tom Dorsey’s Trading Tips: A Playbook for Stock Market Success

Thriving As a Stockbroker in the 21st Century

Commodity Strategies: High Profit Techniques for Investors & Traders

Keep Pedaling Zen Farmer

Finding Religion Among the Rapids

Articles: Wall Street Journal, Barron’s, Fortune, Bloomberg Personal,

Futures Magazine, Technical Analysis of Stocks &

Commodities, Japanese Futures Magazine and others.

Media: Formerly a regular monthly guest on Fox News Cavuto for

Business and Bulls & Bears; Bloomberg Television & Radio; CNBC - various shows; DWA now produces its own media presentations and weekly podcasts with a new feature Daily Minute Webcasts.

Awards: Awarded “Distinguished Speaker Award,” Wharton School of Finance Securities Industry Association.

Alumni of the Year 2000, Virginia Commonwealth University

Citizens Community Award from Governor Charles Robb

Runner-up Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year Award 1999

Runner-up Best Small Business of Richmond, VA 2000


AAU Former World Record Holder in Power Lifting (50 - 55 age group)

American Record Holder in Power Lifting (50 - 55 age group); All State Records in age group

FAA licensed Hot Air Balloon Pilot