Jason Carter-Solomon (MSERE ’13): Finding a Passion

From health care to finance, civic service to cultural engagement and more, Kansas City’s businesses and nonprofits are flourishing with trailblazers who have been able to make their mark, thanks to their Bloch education.

The 2017 Bloch Magazine highlights how a few Bloch grads, who came to UMKC from different walks of life, took advantage of Bloch’s diverse opportunities and have since been putting their skills to the test to make an impact across the Kansas City metro area.

Jason Carter-Solomon stumbled into his passion, and is now in full stride, using it to make an impact.

Carter-Solomon has been a banker for five years, and focuses specifically on originating commercial loans for real estate developers and investors. Intending to gear his banking career toward commercial development, he built at network at the Bloch School that showed him a new side of the industry.

“I fell into commercial banking unintentionally, which is pretty common,” he says. “While receiving my Masters in Entrepreneurial Real Estate, I met and built relationships with a few commercial bankers, which lead to an opportunity to work as an analyst in an underwriting training program.”

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Fred Hays’ Top 40

Fred Hays has a lot of “top hits” after teaching 4 decades at the Bloch School

There are at least 40 things you should know about Fred H. Hays, Ph.D.
Just casually scanning his corner office at the historic Bloch School building, brimming with books and photographs, you can tell he is living a colorful life — especially when he says, “I’ve already packed and taken home a lot.”

The No. 1 Fred factoid: he taught at the Henry W. Bloch School of Management for 40 years and he will be missed as he starts his well-deserved retirement.
Here are 39 other tidbits that help tell a few chapters of his story.

2. His advice to anyone: Take risks. That’s the best way to reap rewards.

3. Best advice he was given: Do what you love. “If you don’t enjoy doing it, why do it? I promised my mom to never work a day in my life, and I’ve kept that promise.”

4. He served as the Henry W. Bloch/Missouri Endowed Chair in Financial Services from 2011 until his retirement in 2017, as well as the chair of the Department of Finance.

5. Prior to that, he was the Carl W. Allendoerfer Professor of Banking and Finance at UMKC from 1984 to 2011.

6. “You know how you can tell you’re old? You can remember not one but two 500-year floods” (about the Country Club Plaza floods in 1977 and 1993).

7. He has a background in banking. He worked after high school and during college at Citizens National Bank in Waco, Texas, learning the operations inside and out.

8. He grew up in Texas and received his bachelor’s and master’s degrees in economics and finance from Baylor.

9. In 1970, he won the Pat M. Neff Outstanding Debater Award for being the top debater at Baylor.

10. He earned a Ph.D. in economics from Louisiana State University in Baton Rouge where he taught for six years before coming to UMKC.

This article is an excerpt from the 2017 Bloch Magazine. To read the full article, click here.

Natasha Kirsch (E.M.P.A. ’14): Empowering the People

From health care to finance, civic service to cultural engagement and more, Kansas City’s businesses and nonprofits are flourishing with trailblazers who have been able to make their mark, thanks to their Bloch education.

The 2017 Bloch Magazine highlights how a few Bloch grads, who came to UMKC from different walks of life, took advantage of Bloch’s diverse opportunities and have since been putting their skills to the test to make an impact across the Kansas City metro area.

Photo Credit: Brandon Parigo, Division of Strategic Marketing and Communications

When she was starting her nonprofit organization to better the lives of Kansas Citians, Natasha Kirsch knew there was no better place to launch her dream than the Bloch School.

A self-described “jack of all trades, master of none,” Kirsch has worked as a graphic designer, business administrator, bookkeeper and stay-at-home mom. While in a position at a shelter for addicts and alcoholics, Kirsch was taken aback by the lack of opportunities for those who were less fortunate.

“I was working with homeless mothers, and realized that even though they were ready to do whatever it took to help their children, their pasts made it nearly impossible to do so,” she says.

As Kirsch struggled to find ways to help, her mother, a pet salon owner, reached out to ask for her daughter’s assistance in placing an ad online for animal groomers. She was desperately in need of additional employees, and expressed to her daughter that she would “take any warm body who walks through the door and train them.”

A lightbulb went off for Kirsch. She realized she could match the market demand for groomers with a social demand of giving jobs to unemployed mothers — so she came to the Bloch School to learn how.

This article is an excerpt from the 2017 Bloch Magazine. To read the full article, click here.

 

The Legacy of Henry W. Bloch

Photo Credit: Brandon Parigo, Division of Strategic Marketing and Communications

A Kansas City icon repays the community he loves

Every day of the work week, you’ll find Henry Bloch at his office on the Plaza. He’s leading meetings, connecting with local businesses and working with nonprofits — not relaxing at home, even though he’s earned it after decades of hard work. Instead, he is still determined to find ways to help Kansas City — to repay his debt to the community he credits for his success.

On July 30, Henry celebrated his 95th birthday. He has raised a family, navigated bomber planes in World War II, launched H&R Block and given back more to the city than most will ever realize. Some of Henry’s friends and family talked with us about his life and legacy, as well as the work yet to be accomplished in the community.

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Henry W. Bloch School of Management 2017 Entrepreneur of the Year Awards Honor Visionary Leaders

UMKC Regnier Institute for Entrepreneurship and Innovation Announces Honorees for 32nd Annual Event

The Regnier Institute for Entrepreneurship and Innovation at the Henry W. Bloch School of Management, University of Missouri-Kansas City, has announced the honorees for its 32nd Annual Entrepreneur of the Year Awards celebration.

The event is Tuesday, Dec. 5 at the Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts, 1601 Broadway, Kansas City, Missouri. A Venture Showcase and Reception begins at 5:30 p.m. with the awards program following at 7:30 p.m.

Chairs for the 2017 event are Anne St. Peter, Founder of Global Prairie, a global marketing firm; and Bill Gautreaux, co-founder of Inergy LP, now Crestwood, and Partner at MLP Holdings LLC.

The 2017 honorees are:

Moshe Safdie, Henry W. Bloch International Entrepreneur of the Year

Safdie is an architect, urban planner, educator, theorist and author. After apprenticing with Louis Kahn in Philadelphia, Safdie returned to Montréal to oversee the master plan for the 1967 World Exhibition. In 1964, he established his own firm to realize Habitat ’67. Habitat represented a turning point in housing design, modern architecture and urban planning, and today is a Canadian National Heritage Site and living landmark. Celebrating a 50-year career, Safdie’s projects can be found worldwide, including everything from airports to performing arts to entire cities and more. In addition to the Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts where the event will be held, several other projects have expanded the idea of how communities come together. Examples include the Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art in Bentonville, Arkansas; the Khalsa Heritage Memorial Complex, the national museum of the Sikh people in India; and the Marina Bay Sands Integrated Resort, Singapore.

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Leaders in Learning

A celebration of faculty achievement

University of Missouri-Kansas City faculty who received endowed professorships, promotions, tenure and other awards of distinction were recognized in 2017 with the Leaders in Learning celebration, an evening of dinner and jazz at Pierson Auditorium.

A video tribute included praise for UMKC faculty from students as well as Kansas City Mayor Sly James.

“I am proud to work among faculty such as yourselves, who have contributed not only to our students’ advancement, but also to Kansas City’s advancement,” said Interim Chancellor and Provost Barbara A. Bichelmeyer. “You’ve sat on boards, served as mentors and given back to our Kansas City community in many ways. UMKC faculty are a key reason why UMKC is the esteemed university it is today.”

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Ross Baird Opens Fall First Wednesdays

Ross Baird, along with his company Village Capital, seeks to level the playing field for any entrepreneur.

Village Capital is one of the most active startup investors in the world, backing nearly 100 companies over the past seven years, and working on 50 communities worldwide, including Kansas City. Baird founded the organization on the notion that no matter who you are, where you’re form or what industry you’re in, if you’ve got a great idea and work hard, you should be able to succeed.

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Bloch School Accreditation Renewed

Recognition conferred by Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business

AACSB International (the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business) has renewed its accreditation for the Henry W. Bloch School of Management at the University of Missouri-Kansas City.

The Bloch School’s programs in Accounting, Business Administration, Entrepreneurship & Innovation, and Finance were first accredited by AACSB in 1969.

“I am extremely pleased to see that AACSB has recognized the Bloch School’s continuing commitment to excellence,” said Brian Klaas, Ph.D., dean of the school. “This renewal indicates that we have kept pace with a rapidly changing environment for business education and is a signal for students and employers regarding the quality of our programs, our faculty, and our support services.”

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Meet Dean Klaas

While he’s only been on the Bloch School scene a short time, Brian Klaas, Ph.D., is ready to make his mark on UMKC and Kansas City. Klaas comes to Bloch from the Darla Moore School of Business at the University of South Carolina, a school with a number of nationally ranked programs at both the undergraduate and graduate levels. He holds bachelor’s and master’s degrees from Illinois State University and a Ph.D. from the University of Wisconsin.

In addition to his duties as dean of the Bloch School, Klaas is also a professor of management. Bloch faculty and staff are excited to have Klaas’ leadership in driving the Bloch School to the next level of success. And when he’s not on campus, you can be sure to catch him around Kansas City — embracing all the community has to offer.

First impression of Kansas City?

It’s a gem flying under the radar. Outstanding community spirit, positive public and private sector engagement, entrepreneurial energy — all combine with an extremely high quality of life. KC also has easy access to world-class museums, farmer’s markets, performing arts venues and professional sports.

Favorite Kansas City barbecue restaurant? Thus far at least?

To this point, I have been to Gates, Joe’s Kansas City, Jack Stack and Q39. There is no way to identify a favorite among that group — all were amazing. I loved the ribs at Gates and Joe’s, the Crown Rib and beans at Jack Stack and the brisket and burnt ends at Q39. Recently, Henry Bloch suggested a few that were on his list of favorites. I can’t wait to make my way through the rest of the list.

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Entrepreneurship Scholars Deadline Approaching

In just nine months, you can learn how to take your big idea from concept to launch! By applying today, you can join the ranks of 60+ plus alumni ventures who have successful launched and are generating revenue. As part of the E-Scholars program, you’ll be in and out of the classroom, learning from exceptional faculty and accomplished entrepreneurs how to develop a scalable and sustainable venture.

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