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Father and son entrepreneurs discuss business with St. Bonaventure students

Sep 10, 2012 |
Frank Jester (left) gives SIFE students a lesson in hot rods and entrepreneurship
Frank Jester (left) gives SIFE students a lesson in hot rods and entrepreneurship. At right in the dark shirt is Dr. Todd Palmer, associate professor of management and SIFE faculty adviser.  

By Robbie Chulick, ’13

ST. BONAVENTURE, N.Y. — Two local entrepreneurs discussed how they started their own businesses with St. Bonaventure’s Students in Free Enterprise (SIFE) on Wednesday, Sept. 12.

Frank Jester, who owns Jester’s Hot Rod Garage, and his son Adam, a 2002 St. Bonaventure graduate who owns a computer networking business, are Olean, N.Y., entrepreneurs. They spoke to SIFE students in the Murphy Professional Building on campus, then went out to a parking lot behind Plassmann Hall to see part of Frank’s business -- about 10 classic hot rods.

Adam Jester

The Entrepreneurship Club, a subdivision of SIFE, sponsored the event. Matt O’Connell, co-president of the Entrepreneurship Club, said the presentation helped students realize that business dreams do come true through hard work, passion and dedication.

“These guys have amazing stories to tell,” he said. “We hope to get more people interested in not just owning their own business, but show how other people have realized their dreams.”

O’Connell, a junior marketing major, is also an entrepreneur himself. He started his own DJ business six years ago.

Dr. Todd Palmer, associate professor of management at St. Bonaventure and SIFE faculty adviser, said the organization also offers a variety of other services to local and international communities throughout the year.Examples include the local Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) program, which provides free income tax preparation for low- and moderate-income taxpayers; and the Bahamas Entrepreneurship Service Trip (BEST), which provides a variety of financial literacy and computer training to working adults in the Bahamas. 

SIFE also works with students in local after-school programs.



About the University: Inspired for more than 150 years by the Catholic Franciscan values of individual dignity, community inclusiveness, and service, St. Bonaventure University cultivates graduates who are confident and creative communicators, collaborative leaders and team members, and innovative problem solvers who are respectful of themselves, others, and the diverse world around them.

Frank Jester explains the restoration process.
Frank Jester explains the restoration process. 
 Pierre Balthazard, dean of the School of Business at St. Bonaventure, joins Frank Jester inside a classic hot rod.
Pierre Balthazard, dean of the School of Business at St. Bonaventure, joins Frank Jester inside a classic hot rod.  
 Another classic car from Jester's Hot Rod Garage
Another classic car from Jester's Hot Rod Garage. 
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Effective managers are strong organizers, planners, problem-solvers and motivators who can help a business or organization compete and succeed.

Management is an ideal major for grooming the corporate generalist. It develops decision-makers who are well equipped with a broad knowledge of all areas of business including accounting, business information systems, finance, marketing and economics. Management majors pursue a curriculum that emphasizes courses in these core areas.

They may also choose an emphasis in behavioral management (motivation, conflict, group dynamics) or quantitative management (statistics, models, computer simulations).

Four concentrations are available to management majors:
  • Family Business
  • Entrepreneurship
  • Global Business Management
  • Human Resource Management
Each concentration requires a major to take 9 credits as management electives. (See Curriculum & Courses page.)

Students may also minor in management. (See Minors in Business.)

Careers in Management

Management majors are well-equipped for career opportunities in a variety of businesses and not-for-profit organizations, such as human resources management, organizational development, production and operations management, sales and retail management; and supervisory positions in many fields including manufacturing, education, government and non-profit entities.

Other job opportunities exist in the areas of international business, purchasing, urban planning, health care administration, and plant management.

Additionally, quantitative and computer-related courses provide a solid foundation for careers in system analysis, business information systems, marketing research, and materials management and planning.

Faculty Research & Honors

    Oct 16, 2017

    Dr. Carol Wittmeyer
    Associate Professor of Management, Management Department, School of Business
    Dr. Carol Wittmeyer was an invited speaker for the Albany Family Business Owners' Forum on Tuesday, Oct. 11, at the Capital Region Chamber of Commerce Schenectady Office. Her talk was titled "Planning for the Unexpected."

Management at SBU

Management majors learn a lot and are prepared for the real world.

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