Like GW Start Ups? Check Out AthleteTrax

AthleteTrax was started a couple of years ago some several current GWSB undergraduate students after winning the GW Business Plan Competition.  Since 2012, AthleteTrax has been burning up the start up scene making appearances in Washington, DC and throughout the East Coast.

AthleteTrax is designed to provide a comprehensive solution that takes the headache and hassle out of managing an athletic team. The platform makes scheduling, communicating, and fundraising for teams effortless by giving them the ability to have a central team calendar, mass text message communicate, and reach a broad audience to raise funds for team dues and expenses. Furthermore, AthleteTrax can provide teams with the capability to build and track workouts and upload unlimited video content. All of this together is the ultimate solution for simple and effective team management.

Currently, AthleteTrax has made serious progress working with 48 teams and over 1,300 users at 18 different schools and 14 different sports at the high school/ college (NCAA/club) level.

The MBAA encourages you to visit the AthleteTrax website at  Or if you know of an athlete or team that may be interested in signing up, encourage them to sign up for a free trial here

Oh, and their co-founder and CEO Jon Halpern is a pretty good guy, so feel free to contact him directly at jhalpern ( at ) for more information.

GW AMBA’s Kickstarter Project Gains National Attention; Finds Himself on ESPN

Game Day Pic 3AMBA Stephen Keefe has a new social crowd-funding project that’s attracting attention from college sports fans and entrepreneurs all around the U.S.  …And if you were watching ESPN’s College Gameday before the LSU vs Alabama game a few Saturdays ago, you probably saw him him dressed head to toe in a bear costume, complete with 2 inch white teeth and claws.  

Why?  Well, besides being a lifelong Alabama Football supporter, Stephen Keefe is also the great grandson of Carney Laslie, Assistant Head Coach to Bear Bryant for more than 20 years.  For Keefe, the stunt was an eye-catching and humorous way to tip his hat to one of college football’s legendary figures.

Screenshot 2013-11-18 17.53.03But, despite the hundreds of thousands viewing the broadcast from across the country, only those in attendance were able to grasp the true motivation behind this Keefe’s clever getup.

Stephen is promoting “Tide to A Dream: In the Shadow of the Bear”, a forthcoming book by his mother and Laslie’s granddaughter, Carey Laslie Keefe, about Bryant’s unwavering and remarkable quest to win college football national championships. In spite of his enormous impression on Bryant and the Alabama team, Laslie’s influence has remained largely in the shadows – until now.

Alabama v LSU Pre_GameThe book narrates Bryant’s role in achieving three national titles in the 1960s and is currently being circulated on the social crowdfunding website Kickstarter, which relies on pre-sales to effectively raise enough money to complete and publish the story.

This past Friday, the book was profiled by Sports Illustrated affiliate BamaHammer and several private funding sources with ties to the University of Alabama have expressed interest in funding the effort.   

Keefe’s Kickstarter project expires in two weeks.  Before its too late, be sure to check out his project and consider making a pledge.  If he doesn’t hit his goal than no money is collected (no one gets charged), but Keefe won’t be able to launch his project.

So, let’s show some spirit and spreading the word about Keefe’s Kickstarter campaign.  Click on the links below to go to his project and find out more info on his website. And be sure to like his Facebook page “Tide to A Dream“.


Decision 2013: MBAA Election Results

On behalf of the 2013 MBAA Board, thank you to each of the candidates that stood for election. We commend each of the participants for their enthusiasm and dedication to the electoral process.

It is not easy standing before your classmates seeking consideration and everyone involved deserves to be recognized and congratulated for their effort.

By all means necessary, each member of the current MBAA board will do everything in our power to facilitate a transition that is effectively seamless.  This process will immediately begin today at the next MBAA meeting, which is scheduled as it is every Wednesday, at 5:30pm in RM 357.

And now for the election results:

2013 MBAA Election Results



Election Day

Today is MBAA Election Day.  From 8:30am – 7:00pm, the MBAA Election Ballot will be open and Graduate Business students will choose the 2014 MBAA Board.

You should have received an email from the Executive Director for MBA Programs with the Electronic Ballot.  All candidates seeking consideration are named on the ballot, however only two offices are contested.

Voting is only open today, so please do not forget to vote!

Good luck to all the candidates.

MBAA Candidate Forum – Tuesday 5:30PM

Screen Shot 2013-11-04 at 2.52.53 PMCampaign season is in full swing here at the MBAA!

Okay voters, here’s your chance to meet the candidates running for next years MBAA Board.

Candidates will be addressing MBA students (the voters) TOMORROW (Tuesday) at 5:30PM in the 5th floor Graduate Lounge.  You know, the one with the ugly red carpet everyone this is too small.

Candidates will have the opportunity to speak for 2 minutes (will be timed) and will take questions from their classmates after all the speeches are finished.

Undecided who to vote for?  Here’s your chance…

And the Candidates for 2014 MBA Association Board Are…

The following MBA Students successfully submitted themselves as candidates seeking election to the GW MBA Association Board in 2014.  Election day is Monday, November 12, 2013.

Greg Vallarino
Amey Shivapurkar
Robert Yates

Executive Vice President
Steven Martin (winner)

Mohammed Azam
Zach Calzola
Chen Xing

Vice President for Alumni Relations
Tanya Taylor (winner)

Vice President for Career Development
Stacey B Kraus
Ginny Mueller

Vice President for Corporate Social Responsibility
Kerry Scanlon

Vice President for Events
No candidate (position will be subject to 2014 MBAA Board’s discretion)

Vice President for International Students
Parit Yadav

Vice President for Information Technology
Zach Calzola
Carl Hudiburg (WITHDRAWN)
Varun Ragendran

Vice President for Recruitment
No candidate (position will be subject to 2014 MBAA Board’s discretion)

Vice President for Social Media and Communications
Michel Richaud (winner)

Good luck to all the candidates and congratulations to the uncontested winners.