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Master’s Pub Recap -or- Rick Kupchella is Exceedingly Charming

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As a native Minnesotan, I have watched local news my entire life and have always been dedicated to KARE 11. I happen to be also very easily star-struck, and since news anchors are like local celebrities to me, they make me slightly nervous and excited. So when Rick Kupchella, a 20-year veteran of investigative broadcasting on KARE 11 news, spoke at Master’s Pub last Friday night, I thought to myself, be cool, Alex. He is a businessman with interesting things to say. But I quickly became very distracted and wrote notes such as, “quite handsome,” “surprisingly tall,” and over and over, “very charming.” I will get to what exactly Rick talked about in a second, but I think it needs to be said that Rick Kupchella is an extremely charming, approachable, and down to earth speaker. Now that I have that out there, I can move on to what he actually came to discuss.

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Master’s Pub April 19: Rick Kupchella Explains Why he Had to Adapt or Die

KupchellaFrom BringMeTheNews:

In a new article entitled “Why I had to Adapt or Die”, BringMeTheNews founder and CEO Rick Kupchella writes that, “In the end – when you think about it – there’s really no rational argument for the 5 o’clock news anymore, short of wanting to tune in to see your favorite local personalities. If there’s something you really want to know – you can find it pretty easily on your phone.”

That’s part of the reason the veteran TV news journalist decided to leave a successful career in broadcasting and launch a new company in 2009. Today, BringMeTheNews continues to grow, as staff journalists comb through thousands of headlines a day in order to deliver the most relevant news to the people of Minnesota.

Rick Kupchella, founder of BringMeTheNews, will discuss the company’s first three years, and his transition from Emmy Award-winning TV news anchor to entrepreneur at next week’s Master’s Pub. The event will be held Friday, April 19, from 4:30 – 6:30 p.m. Current Opus College of Business graduate students and alumni attending the event are encouraged to bring colleagues or friends considering a graduate business degree to experience the unique St. Thomas atmosphere and community. The event if free but please register in advance. Continue Reading

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Master’s Pub Highlights – Story of Blu Dot Marketing in NYC

IMG_1114.JPG (2)Last month the Opus College of Business hosted Medora Danz, vice president of Blu Dot brand at the Master’s Pub. Danz shared some interesting insights on Blu Dot’s history and mission. The company’s goal is “to bring good design to as many people as possible.” To them, that means “creating products that are useful, affordable, and desirable.”

The modern design of Blu Dot in some ways combines the efficiency and economy of Ikea with the style and look of much more expensive brands. “B

lu Dot has created a brand that is humble, inclusive, democratic and humorous,” said Danz, noting that the company is trying to go after the middle.

One particular story Danz told was of a marketing campaign in New York City, timed with the first anniversary of the opening of their first retail location there. Fast Company detailed the story in 2009:

Mono, an advertising firm based in Minneapolis, dropped off 25 Real Good Chairs, a $129 item designed and manufactured by Blu Dot. Whoever found the chairs was free to take them. The chairs were left outside the Apollo Theater on 125 Street (below), at the steps of the Metropolitan Museum of Art and atop the Highline, elevated park on the West Side, among other New York locations.

The recipients did not know that [a] video crew documented their snatch and get-away, sometimes trailing them for blocks.

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Good Design is Good (Fun)

danz, medoraBlu Dot is an American design studio that creates home furnishings sold in fine design stores across the U.S. and internationally. It has won many national and international design awards, and its designs are included in the collections of numerous museums. Blu Dot is recognized for its inventive use of materials, playful sensibility and fabrication and assembly strategies determined by an economy of means. This sense of playfulness and irreverence extends to its marketing, too.

Graduate business students and alumni are invited to attend Master’s Pub with presenter Medora Danz, vice president of Blu Dot brand on Friday, February 22. Danz will discuss the company’s mission to bring good design for the masses, and the unique and pragmatic methods used to reach this goal. She will entertain attendees with a history of Blu Dot, its design process and its growth in the modern furniture market.

RSVP to attend »Attendance is free, but advance registration is required. Please register by February 20.

Current Opus College of Business graduate students and alumni attending the event are encouraged to bring colleagues or friends considering a graduate business degree to experience the unique St. Thomas atmosphere and community.

Agenda
4:30 p.m.: Social time
5:15 p.m.: Presentation
5:45 p.m.: Q&A
6:00 p.m.: Social time

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Entrepreneur’s Story: Megan Tamte Founder of Hot Mama

Every entrepreneur has their own story about the adventure they began when launching a new venture. Megan Tamte, co-founder and CEO of the Hot Mama retail chain shared her story with a full house of graduate business students and alumni at a recent Master’s Pub event. Hot Mama is a chain of clothing boutiques catering to contemporary, fashion-loving moms. Tamte co-founded Hot Mama in 2004 with her husband, Mike.

The idea for Hot Mama was inspired by a stressful shopping experience Tamte had shortly after the birth of her first child. The stores were too crowded for strollers, the sales associates did not understand what she was looking for and the overall experience emphasized the fact that her ability to shop had changed forever once she became a mother.

Tamte realized that there was a market need for a store that catered to moms. With that realization, a significant amount of planning, the courage to give it a try and friends and family who supported the concept, the first Hot Mama store was opened in Edina. Today there are 30 stores in 11 states with plans to have 50 stores by 2015.

When asked about words of wisdom, Tamte shared the following tips:

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Master’s Pub: Moms Make the World Go ‘Round

Graduate business students and alumni are invited to attend Master’s Pub with presenter Megan Tamte, co-founder and CEO of Hot Mama.
Hot Mama is  a chain of clothing boutiques catering to contemporary, fashion-loving moms.  Tamte co-founded Hot Mama in 2004 with her husband, Mike. Together, they are on a mission to build a national brand that “empowers moms.” Tamte is passionate about motherhood and believes that all moms need to think about their beauty, pursue their passions and remember their dreams in order to be the best moms they can be. Currently, Hot Mama has 30 stores in 11 states, with plans to have 50 stores by 2015.Join fellow graduate business classmates and alumni for business conversations. Free beer, wine, soft drinks and pizza will be available.

Date: Friday, November 2, 2012
Location:  Minneapolis Campus, Opus Hall, Room 201, 4:30-6:30 p.m.

Agenda
4:30 p.m.: Social time
5:15 p.m.: Presentation and Q&A
6:00 p.m.: Social time

 

RSVP to attend »Attendance is free, but advance registration is required. Please register by October 31.

Current Opus College of Business graduate students and alumni attending the event are encouraged to bring colleagues or friends considering a graduate business degree to experience the unique St. Thomas atmosphere and community.

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Master’s Pub: Stories From the Sale of a Successful Tech Company

Jack JuddCompellent Technologies, an Eden Prairie-based provider of highly-virtualized storage solutions with automated data management features, including tiering and thin provisioning, for enterprise and cloud-computing environments was acquired by Dell in February 2011. At that time Jack Judd, an alumnus of both the undergraduate and graduate programs at St. Thomas, was Compellent’s chief financial officer.

Judd, ’99 M.B.A.,  will be on campus for the Opus College of Business Master’s Pub on September 28 to share his stories from the sale of a successful tech company. Graduate business students and alumni are invited to attend the event. Free beer, wine, soft drinks and pizza will be available. Continue Reading

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Dirt is Always in Style: Building a premium brand in household cleaning

jpegCaldrea is a company devoted to creating luxurious, fragrant and earth-friendly household cleaners through two distinct brands – Caldrea for the specialty retail market, and Mrs. Meyer’s Clean Day for the mass market.

Monica Nassif founded the Caldrea Company in 1999. As chief executive officer, Nassif built a team to grow the company to more than 15,000 stores across the U.S. In April 2008, Nassif sold her business to S.C. Johnson.

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The Business of Being the Bike Man

By Lindsey Buhrmann, a student in UST’s Evening MBA program.

Few people can say that they’ve held only two jobs in their lives. Even fewer can say they founded their own successful business at the age of 13. Then again, those people aren’t Erik Saltvold, better known throughout Minnesota and Wisconsin as “Erik the Bike Man,” CEO of Erik’s Bike Shop. Erik recently spoke at Master’s Pub, a social and educational speaker series that brings together UST MBA students and alumni every few months to learn about achievements in business.

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@erikthebikeman sharing his story, and his entrepreneurial insights to a standing-room-only crowd of UST business students and alumni.

Erik never set out to become an entrepreneur. As a boy, he was only trying to preserve his manhood by refurbishing a pink 20” hand-me-down girls bicycle into something he’d be excited to ride around the neighborhood. But as he worked on the bike, Erik, along with his family, discovered that he had a real aptitude and interest in bicycle mechanics. Erik knew he enjoyed working on the bikes more than he enjoyed delivering papers (the only other job he’s ever had) and began acquiring used bikes and restoring them so they could be sold.

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Erik the Bike Man at Master’s Pub: Friday, Sept. 23

Erik the Bike ManGraduate business students and alumni are invited to attend Master’s Pub with presenter Erik Saltvold, Founder and CEO of Erik’s Bike Shop.

Master’s Pub
Friday, September 23, 2011
4:30 – 6:30 pm

Opus Hall, Room 201
Minneapolis campus

Come network with Opus College of Business students and alumni. Pizza, beer/wine, and soft drinks will be served.

Please RSVP by Wed., September 21

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