COVID-19 Reflection Blog: Phillip Cupp (IMBA student)

Phillip Cupp is a graduate student in the College of Business Innovation MBA. He is the founder and CEO of RIZIN Technologies. Many of us had no idea the impact that COVID-19 would have upon our way of living in the 21st century. With most of my work a…

Phillip Cupp is a graduate student in the College of Business Innovation MBA. He is the founder and CEO of RIZIN Technologies. Many of us had no idea the impact that COVID-19 would have upon our way of living in the 21st century. With most of my work already being remote, I miss many in-person...

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COB Summer Schedule Note: Reinhardt Academic Center

Greetings! As you have heard by now, all summer courses will be delivered in the on-line format. We are still in the process of updating the available schedule of classes. Most of these changes should be made by Tuesday, March 31. Before you register f…

Greetings! As you have heard by now, all summer courses will be delivered in the on-line format. We are still in the process of updating the available schedule of classes. Most of these changes should be made by Tuesday, March 31. Before you register for summer courses, please be sure to double-check for changes made...

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COVID-19 Reflection Blog: Kathleen Gosser, PhD (Assistant Professor, Management)

Our Students The resiliency of my students is what inspires me every single day. Many of my students are graduating in May and actively seeking employment. Their lives have been turned upside down. But they persevere. To provide relief, the university …

Our Students The resiliency of my students is what inspires me every single day. Many of my students are graduating in May and actively seeking employment. Their lives have been turned upside down. But they persevere. To provide relief, the university graciously deployed a pass/fail policy; however, the majority of my students want to continue...

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April Lunch: The PetFirst Journey

At our April lunch, Katie Grant Blakeley, discussed her entrepreneurial journey with PetFirst, including the path to its recent acquisition by MetLife. She shared that with nearly $75 billion spent on pet care annually in the United States, PetFirst is filling a critical need by helping pet parents afford life-saving procedures for their furry family […]

At our April lunch, Katie Grant Blakeley, discussed her entrepreneurial journey with PetFirst, including the path to its recent acquisition by MetLife. She shared that with nearly $75 billion spent on pet care annually in the United States, PetFirst is filling a critical need by helping pet parents afford life-saving procedures for their furry family members.

Based in Jeffersonville, Ind., PetFirst is one of the fastest-growing pet health insurance administrators in North America, helping thousands of families purchase insurance coverage to pay for their pets’ veterinary care. The company recently relocated to a larger headquarters and has about 60 employees. MetLife announced it will acquire the company in November, with the deal expected to close in the first quarter of 2020.

Blakeley was formerly the CEO of PetFirst and now is vice president of pet insurance for MetLife. She has been with PetFirst since it was founded in 2004, helping to drive early growth in her roles as marketing director and VP of business development before moving into the role of CEO in 2013. Prior to joining PetFirst, Blakeley worked in the Thoroughbred racing industry.

A native of West Virginia, Blakeley was a Yeager Scholar at Marshall University, where she earned a bachelor’s degree in journalism and mass communication. She lives in Louisville with her husband, two daughters and terrier-mix, Franklin (pictured above). She was recently named one of Louisville’s most admired CEOs by Business First.