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The Best of Zarb Means Business for 2015

Here the ten most-viewed posts made in 2015 by the Zarb Means Business blog. Please take a look. Thanks.

  1. MORE Zarb Rankings!!
  2. 2015 Most Desired Employers by U.S. Business Students
  3. Zarb Scores Another Top Twenty Ranking!
  4. Zarb Alums Reel in Investor on ABC’s ‘Shark Tank’
  5. First Meeting of the New Department of Finance Advisory Board
  6. 4.00 GPA Zarb Alumna Wins Endowed Scholarship
  7. Antoniette Bonavita and Andrew Marks: Zarb BBA Success Stories
  8. Do YOU Have a “Happy” Voice?
  9. Business School Alum Alan Bernon Named as Chairman of HU’s Board
  10. Hofstra Chapter of Business Honor Society Earns High Honors

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Pictorial: Hofstra’s Year in Review

The University has produced a pictorial look back at Hofstra happenings during 2015.

To access the online show, click on the image below. Then, scroll down through the photo album. Hover your mouse over any photo to see the event that it captures.

Students competed in the Hofstra CPXi Venture Tech Challenge for $100,000 in prize money.


Be a Smart Customer: 2015 Holiday Shopping Tips

Every year, the Zarb School’s Professor Joel Evans offers a list of holiday shopping tips intended to help consumers avoid overspending their budgets. Since the holiday season starts earlier and earlier each year, we’re doing the tips post two weeks before Black Friday. According to the National Retail Federation, the holiday season actually started in October.

So, here are the 2015 shopping tips as a checklist [Click the list to see a larger version.]:
2015 Shopping Tips

2015 Most Desired Employers by U.S. Business Students

Universum is the global leader in employer branding. Annually, it conducts student surveys to determine their ideal employers. In Part 1 of our two posts on these surveys, U.S. undergraduate and MBA business student surveys are highlighted. In Part 2, global/foreign students will be highlighted.

The 2015 Universum U.S. Undergraduate Student Survey results are based on the responses of  thousands of undergraduate students: “This list represents this year’s Ideal Employers for U.S. business students. Students choose an unlimited number of employers they would consider working for from a list of 230. From their ‘considered’ employers they choose their top five ‘Ideal’ employers. The Ideal Employer Rankings represent the companies with the most ‘Ideal’ votes.”

Click the image to access the listing of the 100 most ideal employers according to U.S. undergraduate business students.

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The 2015 Universum U.S. MBA Student Survey results “are based on the responses of more than 1,300 MBA candidates. The rankings represent the employers most selected as Ideal by student respondents.”
Here are the top ten desired employers by U.S. MBA students.


2015 Adirondack Cup Hofstra Team Places Second in Stock-Picking Contest

Five Hofstra students took second place in the 2015 Adirondack Cup stock-picking challenge, a six-month contest sponsored by a boutique mutual fund company co-founded by a Frank G. Zarb School of Business alumnus.

Students from 18 colleges and universities across the Northeast participated in the challenge, managing a hypothetical small cap portfolio of stocks valued at $1 million. The goal of the competition, which is in its fourth year, is to provide a setting for students to test investment ideas and portfolio management concepts

The competition is sponsored by Adirondack Research & Management Inc., the Advisor to The Adirondack Small Cap Fund (ADKSX), an SEC registered no-load mutual fund established in 2005. The Advisor employs a contrarian investment strategy, focusing on those companies currently “out of favor” with mainstream investors.

The Hofstra team posted a 35.38 percent return during the contest, significantly beating the Russell 2000 Index, which measures the performance of small cap stocks in the U.S.; the index had a return of 20.84 percent for the period. The five Hofstra team members were Ross Price, Desmond Fitzgerald, Adam Zuckerbrod, Kevin Kumslerz, and Josh Grossman. The team was supervised by Finance Professor Edward J. Zychowicz.

“Hofstra is the only school whose teams have consistently beaten the market since the contest’s inception in 2012. As an alumnus, I am proud of that.” said Greg Roeder ‘95, co-portfolio manager who earned his MBA from the Zarb School.

St. John Fisher College in Rochester took first place with a 51.85 percent return.

At the start of the competition in October 2014, students were expected to research and create a thesis on their stock picks and determine investments and allocations. Each portfolio had to include $1 million invested in five small cap stocks, each from a different industry. Each holding had to be between five percent and 50 percent of the total portfolio, and teams could only make changes twice during the contest.

The World’s Most Ethical Companies According to the Ethisphere Institute

There are various reports about the most ethical firms in the world. One of the most comprehensive such reports is compiled by the Ethisphere® Institute.

According to its Web site:

“The Ethisphere® Institute is the global leader in defining and advancing the standards of ethical business practices that fuel corporate character, marketplace trust and business success. We have a deep expertise in measuring and defining core ethics standards using data-driven insights that help companies enhance corporate character. Ethisphere believes integrity and transparency impact the public trust and the bottom line of any organization. The World’s Most Ethical Companies is a distinction that honors superior achievements in transparency, integrity, ethics and compliance.”

“The World’s Most Ethical Companies® designation recognizes companies that truly go beyond making statements about doing business “ethically” and translate those words into action. Honorees not only promote ethical business standards and practices internally, they exceed legal compliance minimums and shape future industry standards by introducing best practices today.In 2015, 132 honorees were named spanning 21 countries and five continents and representing over 50 industries. In its ninth year, the list includes 15 nine-time honorees and 11 first-time honorees.”

Of the 132 honorees for 2015, 100 are U.S.-based companies!

Click here to see the 2015 honorees, designated by industry as well as alphabetically.