Job & Internship Acceptances: May!

We’re still accepting internships!  Way to go, Gamma Gamma!


Dalton Ulm  Cleveland Museum of Art | Marketing & PR- Cleveland, OH
Seth Badger  Columbus Blue Jackets | Sales– Columbus, OH
Morgan Voytek  Liberty Advisor Group | Human Resources – Chicago, IL
Glenn Trepeta  KPMG | Advisory – San Francisco, CA
Sam Becker  Macy’s | Credit Operations- Mason, OH
Michael Valenti  BDO | Accounting- St. Louis, MO
Gino Fantozzi  Sequentia | Marketing- Cleveland, OH


Job & Internship Acceptances, April!

Take a look at our members’ internship and job acceptances for the month of March!


Alyssa Herzog  True Temper | Marketing- Memphis, TN
Mackenzie Dietz  BMO Harris Bank | Finance– Appleton, WI
Althea Perley  Good Day New York | Media/Production – New York City, NY
Mallory Mancini  Bandwidth Marketing | Marketing – Chicago, IL
Patrick McFadden  Congressman Wenstrup’s Office | Government- Cincinnati, OH
Ashton Spann  Global Cloud | Web Design- Cincinnati, OH
Betsy Zilch  The Brandery | Creative- Cincinnati, OH
Christopher Warren  Miami University | Student Affairs- Oxford, OH
Dana Bullock  Klosterman Baking | Marketing- Springboro, OH


James Rohaley  Starcom MediaVest Group | Media- Chicago, IL

Spring 2015 National Convention Recap

cropped-10338664_975805139097176_858399766787057944_o1.jpgOn April 14th, 2015, a group of 38 exuberant PSE Miami members and one seasoned academic advisor, journeyed across the country to Houston Texas with the hopes of bringing back Top Gold Chapter for the 11th time.

After year long dedication to the chapters growth from the executive board,  11 nominations for awards at the national convention, three potential scholarship winners, months of preparations, and close to 500 pounds of business professional stuffed suitcases, the Gamma Gamma chapter was more than ready to compete Wednesday.

Tuesday night and all of Wednesday, was a whirlwind of meetings, group practices, and printing excitement. Everyone in attendance either prepared for the final presentations or sat in to listen and give feedback to the members who would be facing the judges.  Perhaps the best part of Tuesday was the Top Chapter presentation. For the first time the whole group came together in one room to, for lack of a better word, brag about the hard work we as family, and chapter had done over the past year. With more than just exhaustion and jitters battling against our management team, they (John Leist, Carley Powell, Allie Englheart, Maaika Rutter, and Tori Fitzmartin) effortlessly executed the presentation in front of all Gamma Gamma members in attendance. After some constructive criticism from Dr. Norris our advisor and a nationals corespondent we received an amazing pep talk from three of our past graduated members,  and called it a night.

It doesn’t take many words to explain how everyone did Wednesday and Thursday. They killed it.

As the group continued into Thursday, everyone attended a plethora of events catered to better understand PSE as a national organization as well as speakers looking to help all in attendance with internship questions. When the events were over, most people in our chapter took the time to eat another six bagels from Einstein’s and take either a break by the pool, or work together on homework.

By the time Saturday and the banquet came around the whole chapter was anxious to see if we had been received in the positive light we had worked so hard to emit throughout the week.

Besides tables of the other PSE chapters we all held our breath as each of the awards were handed out. When Top Chapter came around the group gathered together one last time.

Exhales blurred out the third and second place teams as they respectively received their awards.

I don’t think that anyone actually heard the announcer say PSE Gamma Gamma won.

Instead we collectively screamed as the Miami University logo flashed on the screen, once again returning the Top Gold Chapter trophy to our hands.

On the flight home, no one minded the extra carry-on weight

Bellow is a list of all the acclimates received by our chapter 

Top Gold Chapter (1st)
Sustained Excellence Award
Top Management Team (1st)
Top Marketing Research (2nd)
Top Service Project (2nd)
Recruitment Fair Challenge (2nd)
Top Public Relations Strategy (2nd)
Top Project Manager – Katie Roberts (1st)
President’s Award – Ben Nader (1st)
Top PSE Salesperson – Seth Badger (2nd)
Scholarship Winners – Allie Engelhart, Stephanie Daum, and Gina Venuti


Job & Internship Acceptances–March!

Take a look at our members’ internship and job acceptances for the month of March!


Ben Arwine  The Garage Group | Marketing- Cincinnati, OH
Dean Firouzian  Jones Lang Lasalle | Financial Analytics– Washington D.C.
Stephanie Daum  Incline | Finance – Cincinnati, OH
Corinne Hazen  Fox 19 News | Promotions/News – Cincinnati, OH
Chris Waflart  Ingage Partners | Marketing- Cincinnati, OH
McKensie Barnes  GA Communication Group | Advertising- Chicago, IL
Andreas Tjotjos  Shurtech Brands | Marketing- Rocky River, OH
Julie Norehad  Get Noticed Get Found | Visual Design- Cincinnati, OH
Bogdan Ilinescu  BMO Harris Bank | Financial Services- Winnetka, IL
Jimmy Radatz  Global Financial Planning Group | Finance- Detroit, MI
Hailey Gilman  POSSIBLE | Advertising- Cincinnati, OH


Charlie Biederman  Fifth Third Bank | Finance- Chicago, IL

New Member Spotlight: Lynn Tong

PSE is one of the most driven and eclectic groups on Miami Universities campus.What gives us our edge is the amazing new members that join our organization every semester. And although we thrive through their ambition and zeal, there is much more to our new members and their budding potential.

Lynn Tong


Major: Finance

Hometown: Columbus, OH

Hobbies/Passions: AAA, promoting diversity,

What else are you involved in on campus?

 images-1           I am involved in the Investment Banking Club; I love it because of the learning experience. We are able to goto a ton of really interesting workshops and lectures, and it helps create an amazing platform for my interests outside of my Finance major. I am also, a member of the Asian American Association (Triple A for the cool kids), which provides a really fun, neat community and we are able to meet and hangout with each other at a variety of different events. Most recently we rented out the top of Sushi Nara.

What superhero do you try to embody?

 The Flash. Superheroes are really cool but they can be pretty stuck up and The Flash is really down to earth, and with college and everything in my life it would really pay off to be quick.

If you could be any animal, what animal would you embody

axolotl6Axolotl  it’s always smiling

What have most enjoyed about PSE

A lot of opportunity and it’s really enjoyable to meet a lot of people you wouldn’t typically meet.

Where do you see yourself in 5 years

Honestly, none of us know what’s going on, that’s the best part about being a freshman. I would love to be somewhere abroad, happy, eating well, and have least one friend. That’s the dream, as long as I’m happy, it’s okay.


Snapshot Series: Creativity

The last Snapshot Series article of the year is a Buzzfeed-style article by Ben Nader on creativity. Happy break!

What is Creativity?

Like many of life’s treasures, to different people it can mean many different things. It can include bright colors and flashing lights, artists and music, or a single person working on a computer. Creativity is truly whatever you make it to be and the possibilities are endless!

When I Hear the Word Creativity

I imagine myself in a colorful psychedelic trip

or painting a masterpiece under the stars.

Even Though My Creative Product Looks Like This

A Beginner's Guide To Creativity

When Being Creative, I Feel Like

a rockstar who’s on top of the world

When Being Creative, I Feel Like

Even Though I Look Like

another millennial attached to his computer

Even Though I Look Like

How Do I Practice Creativity?

Being creative is not an easy thing to accomplish, mainly because it is so hard to understand. For me, creativity is about being yourself, silencing those gremlins inside of you that lead you to believe you’re not good enough, trying new things, and having fun. I have found that there are several thing that have specifically helped me to increase my creativity that can help you too!

1. Stay Curious: Don’t Be Afraid to Ask Questions

It’s hard to learn more about something that you don’t know anything about

A Beginner's Guide To Creativity

Keep asking questions regardless of how silly they might be and remember that there’s no such thing as a stupid question!

A Beginner's Guide To Creativity

2. Don’t Be Afraid to Fail

Everyone will experience times when all they want to do is continuously bang their head against the desk and can’t help but constantly ruminate over their failures, or the mistakes they’ve made. It’s important to realize that failure is not always a bad thing…

A Beginner's Guide To Creativity
A Beginner's Guide To Creativity

We Should All Learn to Embrace It

A Beginner's Guide To Creativity

Continue to: Fail, Learn From It, Try Again, and Repeat.

A Beginner's Guide To Creativity
A Beginner's Guide To Creativity

3. Don’t Be Afraid to Ask For Help

We often forget that it’s not possible for us to know the answer to every question or situation that arises. Reaching out to someone and asking for help and advice doesn’t make you a weak person. In the end, it will actually help to make you stronger.

A Beginner's Guide To Creativity

4. Growing Up Doesn’t Have to Be Boring

A Beginner's Guide To Creativity

or Depressing…

A Beginner's Guide To Creativity

Turn That Frown Upside Down

A Beginner's Guide To Creativity

And Be A Kid Again!

A Beginner's Guide To Creativity

5. Step Outside Your Area of Familiarity

It’s far too easy to find yourself trapped in a routine. Doing the same thing day in, and day out: eating the same food, drinking the same drinks, going to bed at the same time, not wanting to deviate from your schedule. It’s as though everyday is Groundhogs Day.

A Beginner's Guide To Creativity

6. Discover Something New and Exciting

Try something new. Step outside your comfort zone and experience the world around you. Instead of spending your day off catching up on sleep and watching television – go out there and explore!

A Beginner's Guide To Creativity
A Beginner's Guide To Creativity

7. Don’t Be Afraid to Dream Big

It is safe to say that all of us at one point or another have had a great idea or proposal but were too afraid to act on it. You were too afraid to fail, too afraid to try, thought that your boss would judge you, or were afraid that no one would take you seriously. Whatever the reason was, you’ve got to start following your dreams. Continue to reach for the stars and quit worrying about what others think.

A Beginner's Guide To Creativity

8. Look at the Big Picture

Too often we make a decision before considering any other options. We fail to consider all the factors, examine the entire board, or even stop to think outside the box. It’s important for everyone to look at all the possibilities, ask questions, get feedback, and do not settle for an idea until you are confident that it’s the best one!

9. Be Yourself

There is always going to be times where you feel out of place and like you just don’t belong. The easy thing to do in these situations is to either remove yourself from them or conform to your surroundings. Instead, try letting your true colors shine!

A Beginner's Guide To Creativity

10. Always Remember…

10. Always Remember...

What You Can Do

You are given the unlimited right to print this manifesto and to distribute it electronically (via email, your website, or any other means). You can print out pages and put them in your favorite coffee shopʼs windows or your doctorʼs waiting room. You can transcribe the authorʼs words onto the sidewalk, or you can hand out copies to everyone you meet. You may not alter this manifesto in any way, though, claim it as your own and you may not charge for it.

Snapshot Series: Leading With Value

Alumnus David Beeder, who is currently an associate financial analyst for Johnson & Johnson, is the guest author for our Snapshot Series article this week. He gives great tips on being an effective leader and creating value for the people you lead. Check out his comments below.

Leading With Value

I’d like to first express my gratitude to the chapter for having me come in and speak. It was great to see many familiar faces, and to meet some of the new members. What you are doing in the chapter is some of the most invaluable experiences you will have in college.

Much of what we spoke about revolved around the effective communication of young professionals. We talked about the balance of qualitative and quantitative information acting in step with the management of high and low level information. Master the spot of communication, and you might as well skip the first 35 years of your career, but what’s the fun in that? We are wired to always try to build and develop our skill sets in the professional setting, and this is something that takes serious practice.

I’ve recently read a great article from Jeff Boss, former Navy SEAL turned leadership consultant, on the 8 qualities consistent with leaders who create value. I’ll highlight a few of my paraphrased remarks along the way.

1. Be positive, but not illusory.

Negative attitudes will undermine other leaders and potentially question what you say behind people’s backs. At the same time, the false sense of security and accuracy is easy to read through.

2. Be confident, but not arrogant.

This one is tough, because the line between these two is clear, but that line is hard to find. Confidence shows true belief in your abilities. Arrogance looks the same, but many times is a self-serving mechanism. Jeff cites research showing arrogant workers performing worse in their jobs; their arrogance provides a sense of security.

3. Be quiet, but not “loud.”

Leaders don’t have all the answers, nor should they. That’s an unfair assumption to make of a human being. Rather, leaders create environments with the appropriate resources and people to find the answers.

4. Be early, but never late.

Jeff says arriving late will show one of three things: you don’t care, you weren’t prudent enough to wrap up what was before, or you simply are not interested in what is to be said.

5. Be random, but not predictable.

What this can signal to those you lead is that it is OK to have creativity and innovation, and failure is only a mechanism of learning, not the end-all-be-all method of judgment. Oh by the way, innovation is how businesses evolve.

6. Be candid, but not rude.

The transparency of the project, company, restructuring, etc. will let your workers know that you care enough about them to give them the real word, whether that’s a positive or concerning event. Rudeness, however, will turn someone off to your leadership immediately, always.

7. Be trusting, but not gullible.

Jeff quotes a common saying that the best way to gain trust is to extend trust. He caveats it with a warning that everyone wants time with the leader, but not all for the right reasons. Some just need the face time (see also: arrogance). Be very clear with how you are extending trust and the outcomes that creates for your objectives.

8. Be thankful. Always.

Leadership is not a structural attribute; it is present at all levels of organizations. Jeff says it’s about enabling and disabling people and opportunities when necessary.

Fall 2014 Regional Convention Recap

On November 14, 2014, a group of 58 dedicated PSE Miami members met in the Oxford Kroger parking lot at 6:45 a.m. to depart for the North Central PSE Regional Convention in Columbus, OH. The convention was hosted by the Ohio State chapter of PSE whose members planned two days of events for the ten schools that attended.

We arrived just in time for the first event of the weekend: speaker Nate Demars who spoke about his entrepreneurial ventures in Columbus, OH. The speaker was followed by a PSE Trivia session in which teams competed against one another to answer Jeopardy-style questions about our organization. A Career Fair with some of our corporate sponsors was followed by a delicious lunch. These events were a great way to kick start the weekend and reunite with members from other schools.

The second half of Friday involved two annuual activities: chapter roundtables and a speaker’s competition. Chapter roundtables involve mixing up the chapters so that we are seated with students from other schools in order to discuss the ways that our chapters operate and succeed. During this time, we were able to share our own ideas as well as gain the wisdom of other chapters. The speaker’s competition followed. Our very own Jack Dahm, Alec Remaly and Cole Tyman all participated, delivering phenomenal speeches. Day 1 ended with a night at Ohio State’s restaurants and bars where the almost 200 PSE members from various schools were able to mingle in a social setting.

Saturday morning began with keynote speaker Deb Tucker, VP of Production at L Brands, who gave us an overview of her career and valuable advice for our members. We then split into two programs: listening to speaker Jeff Sferro on business communication and completing the Certified Chapter Officer Training. These Saturday morning activities provided our members with wisdom to carry forward both into the next PSE year and into post-graduation jobs.

Perhaps the most exciting part of Saturday for some PSE-ers was that lunch was catered by Cane’s! (In case you’re unfamiliar, it’s a fast-food chicken finger restaurant that does not exist near Miami University.) Equally exciting was this year’s marketing competition: a Shark Tank-style event that involved diverse teams spending just two hours to develop a product/service and pitch their idea to the sharks. Our members had a lot of fun with this competition and it was a fantastic way to meet members from other schools.

The last event of the weekend was a banquet complete with delicious dinner and dessert options plus the awards ceremony to announce winners of the day’s competitions. The two winning teams for the marketing competition consisted of many of our own members.

The first team, “Suited to You,” was comprised of Cole Tyman, Jon Leist, Jack Dahm, Jillian Moran, Dana Bullock and Sarah Krumm, plus four students from other schools. Their idea was a service that would deliver pre-ordered men’s suits to the hotel rooms of traveling businessmen so that the travelers would not have to pack or pay for baggage fees – they would simply need to show up at the hotel. The service would also remove the clothing from the room and dry-clean them. The team asked for $500,000 with a 5% stake and made a deal at 15% with one of the sharks.

Our own Ryan Craig, Chris Waflart, Marilyn Zubak, Kia Khorrami, Dean Firouzian, and several students from other schools made up the second winning team. They pitched the idea of “2 Dye 4”, an innovative machine that mixes hair dyes for stylists, resulting in saved time and money. Costing about $20,000 to make each machine, they would be leased to salons in the Columbus area for $1,000 a month under a 24-month contract. The final agreement with the sharks was a $100,000 investment with 20% equity.

Check out our Facebook album for some pictures from the convention!

Fall 2014 Newsletter

Hello and happy Monday! PSE Miami has had an exciting and busy semester so far. Here are some highlights from the last few months, beginning with a Letter from the President. Then, check out what else we have been up to:
  • Member of the Month: At the end of each month the chapter nominates and votes on exceptional members. Read about the nominees for the first two months of the semester:
  • Technology updates: Our Director of Technology Ben Nader has been a phenomenal force all year. Throughout the summer he shared technology-related tips and tricks each Tuesday. He also gives us an update on some big changes that have happened this fall:

Fall 2014 Tech Update

Our Director of Technology Ben Nader has worked very hard all semester to implement some big changes for our chapter. Hear it from him here:

There have been a few major changes that are underway in PSE Miami with regards to technology since the semester has started, the largest being the launch of the PSE Portal. Over the summer, I spent a lot of time designing and creating a private area of the PSE website to be accessed and used by our members. This was a huge step towards consolidating a wide variety of chapter data, consisting of everything from rosters, contact info, and our chapter calendar to project applications, expense requisitions, and branding documents. The portal allows the chapter to go to a single place in order to get an update on all things PSE so that they never have to worry about misplacing an important email or losing a project application again.

Many unique features have been incorporated into the PSE Portal, my favorite being the process of submitting an application. Whenever a project application or expense requisition form is submitted, the user who submitted it will receive an email copy of their responses. Their responses are then emailed on to the respective Director or VP who is responsible for the form, and then that same Director or VP will also receive a text message letting them know that a form as been submitted. Since its release, the Portal has allowed the chapter to utilize technology to simplify our processes, effectively saving time and energy.

Additionally, in the realm of technology, we have started to apply our Google Analytics website data to start to determine how large of a presence PSE Miami has on the web and if our branding and marketing efforts are seeing any results. In the month of September alone some statistics that stood out are that: there were 3,503 visits were made to the website by 1,519 unique visitors, 69% of these visits were directed to our website through facebook, 29% through Twitter and the most common Google searches were “PSE Miami” and “PSE Miami University.”

It is a unique and exciting time to be involved in technology, and I can’t wait to see the new ways that PSE utilizes it in the future to help grow and connect our chapter, alumni, and clients!