Online MBA Student Spotlight: Melany Meador

“Having a school such as the University of Louisville on your resume goes a long way with hiring managers across the country,” shared Melany Meador, Active-Duty Religious Affairs Non-Commissioned Officer for the United States Army. She’s also a m…

“Having a school such as the University of Louisville on your resume goes a long way with hiring managers across the country,” shared Melany Meador, Active-Duty Religious Affairs Non-Commissioned Officer for the United States Army. She’s also a member of the University’s first online MBA graduating class. “UofL is a highly reputable school [and] is AACSB accredited.” When it came...

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May Virtual Lunch: A Tale of Two Exits

Louisville startup Truman’s, a direct-to-consumer cleaning products company, was recently in the news with exciting announcement of its sale. Alex Reed is co-founder of Truman’s and former executive of Lexington, Ky.-based Big Ass Fans. He joined Venture Connectors at our May lunch and shared a look behind the scenes on both of the companies’ exits. He also gave some […]

Louisville startup Truman’s, a direct-to-consumer cleaning products company, was recently in the news with exciting announcement of its sale. Alex Reed is co-founder of Truman’s and former executive of Lexington, Ky.-based Big Ass Fans. He joined Venture Connectors at our May lunch and shared a look behind the scenes on both of the companies’ exits. He also gave some great insights into what he and the other founders learned from those experiences. 

At Big Ass Fans, Reed led an expansive marketing division that helped grow the company’s sales from $30 million annually to more than $250 million. He also helped drive the company’s expansion beyond a business-to-business strategy to business-to-consumer with the 2012 debut of Haiku, the first Big Ass Fan for homes. Within a few years, the product represented nearly a third of total company revenue.

After helping to guide the company’s sale in 2017 for $500 million, Reed co-founded Truman’s, with a mission of moving the cleaning industry in a more sustainable direction. In March 2021, Truman’s technology — which Fast Company magazine recognized as a “World Changing Idea” — was acquired by a global company.

Reed is a sought-after speaker on emerging marketing trends, having offered keynote addresses at national events, including Reuters Events Brand Marketing Summit. Following his exit from Truman’s, he remains active in the startup community, advising and investing in a small number of brands.

Pride Banner Signals Commitment to Being an Ally

A commitment to building an inclusive environment and educating others about being an ally was front and center at last month’s Pride banner raising. The event celebrated the College of Business raising a new Pride banner in front of Frazier Hall. This…

A commitment to building an inclusive environment and educating others about being an ally was front and center at last month’s Pride banner raising. The event celebrated the College of Business raising a new Pride banner in front of Frazier Hall. This new banner replaces a Pride banner torn down by a white supremacist organization...

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Investing in Challenge

“Be prepared to say yes.” That’s the advice of Tom Wimsett, College of Business alum and CEO/Owner of Wimsett & Company. The payment and financial technology industry veteran credits his ability to seize opportunity when it’s presented to him…

“Be prepared to say yes.” That’s the advice of Tom Wimsett, College of Business alum and CEO/Owner of Wimsett & Company. The payment and financial technology industry veteran credits his ability to seize opportunity when it’s presented to him as a cornerstone to his success. Wimsett started his academic career at Eastern Kentucky University, but...

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Advocate Service

“Every day I wake up with the mindset of what kind of impact I’m going to make,” says Antigona Mehani. A drive to change the world is infused in both her words and actions—even her decision to come back to UofL as an MBA student. “Whether it’s having a…

“Every day I wake up with the mindset of what kind of impact I’m going to make,” says Antigona Mehani. A drive to change the world is infused in both her words and actions—even her decision to come back to UofL as an MBA student. “Whether it’s having a meeting with a friend to offer...

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Fast Pitch Winner Crowned

On Wednesday, April 7 the Business Communication faculty, along with Northwestern Mutual, hosted the Fifth Annual Fast Pitch Competition. The top honors was taken by Economics sophomore, Hannah Heacock, followed by senior Natalie Middleton and freshman…

On Wednesday, April 7 the Business Communication faculty, along with Northwestern Mutual, hosted the Fifth Annual Fast Pitch Competition. The top honors was taken by Economics sophomore, Hannah Heacock, followed by senior Natalie Middleton and freshman Katy McGivern. While in previous years this competition has taken place in the Horne Auditorium for a large crowd,...

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Engaging Research

One of the most significant challenges that we have faced in this pandemic year has been staying connected—as both colleges and peers. Often when we talk about the challenges of this disconnect as it relates to higher education, we (rightfully so) thin…

One of the most significant challenges that we have faced in this pandemic year has been staying connected—as both colleges and peers. Often when we talk about the challenges of this disconnect as it relates to higher education, we (rightfully so) think about our students and how to ensure both their academic well-being and physical/mental...

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Meet Benjamin Lineweaver

“I was attracted to UofL’s program because of the subject areas covered…and the respect the program has garnered within the business world,” shared Benjamin Lineweaver, spring 2021 online MBA cohort member and Key Account Manager for Cook Compression…

“I was attracted to UofL's program because of the subject areas covered...and the respect the program has garnered within the business world,” shared Benjamin Lineweaver, spring 2021 online MBA cohort member and Key Account Manager for Cook Compression. “An MBA is something I have held in high esteem since starting my career.

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April Virtual Lunch: Maximizing the Pivot in the Digital Age

At our April event, Venture Connectors was pleased to welcome leading marketing strategist and entrepreneurial visionary Tawana Bain, who shared how she has pivoted in recent years to cultivate and streamline a diverse portfolio of partnerships and services. Bain traced her career path as a entrepreneur, starting with the launch of her project management and consulting firm, […]

At our April event, Venture Connectors was pleased to welcome leading marketing strategist and entrepreneurial visionary Tawana Bain, who shared how she has pivoted in recent years to cultivate and streamline a diverse portfolio of partnerships and services. Bain traced her career path as a entrepreneur, starting with the launch of her project management and consulting firm, New Age Communications (NAC) in 2006, and how that decision led her to where she is today. She talked about her leadership style, how she builds teams and collaborations, and offered advice to other startups on taking their business to the next level.

Bain is CEO at TBAIN & Co. and founder of the Global Economic Diversity Development Initiative, a Black-founded and predominantly Black-led nonprofit focused on building economic wealth for the Black community. One of GEDDI's most notable programs is the Derby Diversity & Business Summit program that launched in 2017. It is designed to drive innovative strategies to attract diverse consumers while bringing together best-in-class, diverse business leaders within the executive workforce and global supply chain.

In addition to her philanthropic and social justice work, Bain is the new owner of Today’s Woman Magazine, a regional publication that inspires and promotes women in the Louisville community with a circulation over 22,000. She is also owner of The Black Jockey’s Lounge, formerly known as Encore on 4th, a historic eatery in downtown Louisville that educates on the history of the Black jockey, and is known for serving as an intersection for various cultures to network, enjoy good food and shake a tail feather. Not only is she a force to be reckoned with on the entertainment scene, but she’s also the founder of one of Louisville’s hottest curated boutiques, AFM Threads, which offers trendy, chic and unique head-to-toe wear at locations in both Oxmoor and Mall St. Matthews.

Spring 2021 New Staff

Great people make for great institutions. Our success is reflected in the faces of those who pass through the College of Business and impact the world around us. Kat EigelbachOnline ProgramsKat is the director of the Online Programs Office for the Coll…

Great people make for great institutions. Our success is reflected in the faces of those who pass through the College of Business and impact the world around us. Kat EigelbachOnline ProgramsKat is the director of the Online Programs Office for the College. She is a UofL alum as well as a Louisville native. Kat has...

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