NSHMBA Fair gets high marks.

From left: Robert Garcia, director, Executive and Professional Education; Harold Sinnott, vice president, Citigroup Global Transaction Services (GTS) and human resources head, Latin América; Maria José Monti, director, GTS regional client manager, Latin América; Juan Pablo Trigo, managing director, GTS business manager, Central América; and José de la Torre, dean of the Chapman School

The South Florida National Society of Hispanic MBAs (NSHMBA) held a “Just-in-Time Hiring Event” on March 2, 2007, at Florida International University’s (FIU) Modesto A. Maidique Campus. By all measures, it was an excellent venue both for those seeking jobs and those seeking to hire.

The fair was open to all AACSB International-accredited business schools affiliated with a State of Florida NSHMBA Chapter. MBA students from other universities in South Florida, most particularly the University of Miami, also attended. Director of the college’s Career Management Services Barry Shiflett and Elsie Florido, coordinator, handled the recruiting of companies and all logistics related to the event.

“Many of the companies that participated have not recruited at our university before,” said José de la Torre, dean of the Chapman Graduate School. “Companies also had the option to interview pre-selected candidates drawn from an event résumé book that was sent to them several weeks before the event, and more than half requested interview booths.”

A large percentage of the companies responded to a post-fair survey and unanimously described the event as well-planned; they also said that they would attend a similar gathering in the future. They noted that they were able to see a significant number of prospects that day—between twenty and 100 students—and many of them scheduled interviews at their company offices.

Among their overall impressions, which echoed de la Torre’s assessment that the fair was “a great success”:

  • “Everything was wonderful. This was the best event we have attended with the best-quality candidates;”
  • “Very pleased with the event and with the professionalism of the candidates;”
  • “Very good coordination, great organization, well-planned, very well-organized, marvelous;” and
  • “Very nice event, very good event, great career fair.”

Fair attracts companies from across many industries.

The participating companies were AXA Advisors, Burger King, Carnival Cruise Lines, Citigroup, Cushing & Wakefield, Enterprise Rent-a-Car, Fannie Mae, Great Financial Consultants, IKON Office Solutions, ING, John Hancock, KPMG, Kraft, LAN, Miami Dade College, Northwestern Mutual Financial, Novartis Pharmaceuticals, Office Depot, Ocean Bank, Procter & Gamble, Prudential Financial, Raymond James, Ryder Systems, Stryker Latin América, Vitas, Walgreens, and Yahoo Telemundo.

In addition to the fair itself, Procter & Gamble and Fannie Mae presented information sessions to graduate business students on March 1, 2007.

The total student attendance was 191, representing 138 current students, 24 alumni, and 28 students from other universities.

NSHMBA’s mission is to improve society by fostering Hispanic leadership through graduate management education and professional development. Executive Dean Joyce J. Elam was named to NSHMBA’s Corporate Advisory Board in 2002.

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