Harrison College of Business Expands MBA Association Membership

The Harrison College of Business at Southeast Missouri State University is extending an invitation to all in the region who have completed an MBA degree to become a professional member of the MBA Association (MBAA) in Southeast Missouri.

The MBA Association is open to anyone who holds an MBA degree, regardless of the university that awarded the degree, said Dr. Ken Heischmidt, director of the MBA program at Southeast Missouri State University.

“The MBAA offers both professional and social opportunities for its professional and student members,” Heischmidt said. “The association knows there are many MBA graduates in Southeast Missouri from a broad range of institutions. We believe individuals completing an MBA program have a special relationship based on a common academic experience.”

A professional membership in Southeast’s MBAA will offer individuals with MBAs the opportunity to connect with business leaders throughout the region.

“It will also provide business leaders throughout the region with an opportunity to mentor young, rising professionals and pass on lessons learned beyond the classroom,” he said.

The MBAA brings many accomplished speakers to the University. Speakers have included former British MP Matthew Banks; the late U.S. Sen. Paul Simon; Francisco Ortega Gomez, executive vice president and general manager of Banco Amazonas in Guayaquil, Ecuador; and Dwain Hahs, senior vice president of Bausch & Lomb. The association also sponsors panel discussions with leading practitioners. A recent entrepreneurship panel brought together Jim Scherer, a Southeast alumnus and successful high-end home appliance dealer and property developer in Nashville, Tenn.; Douglas Greene of Skytech Enterprises, Inc., in Seattle, Wash.; and Michael Doran, who recently retired as chairman of Dynamic Systems, Inc., and relocated to Poplar Bluff, Mo.

The association has sponsored corporate visits to major businesses such as Anheuser Busch in St. Louis; Federal Express in Memphis, Tenn.; Nordenia USA in Cape Girardeau; and Maritz Marketing Research Company in St. Louis.  The Association also coordinates networking opportunities for MBA students so they may interact with practitioners on a more informal basis.

Those in the region with an MBA who are interested in becoming a member of the MBAA should e-mail Southeast’s MBA office at MBA@semo.edu.  Candidates should include their name, institution from which they received their MBA, organization where they are currently working, and e-mail address.