2009 Pace Business Plan Competition
Michael Bonavita is a recent MBA grad in Marketing/Management from Pace University. Michael holds a Bachelor of Arts in History from Manhattanville College in Purchase, NY. Having studied language and culture in Italy at Universita' d'Urbino he is fluent in Italian. Michael's background is in sales, marketing, management, and customer service. As a marketing manager for US Marketing & Promotions he executed promotional campaigns aimed at increasing product trials and brand awareness for accounts such as Godiva, Washington Mutual, Wicked (Broadway show), and Firefly Cellular. Recently, Michael worked for Anheuser-Busch, Inc. where he excelled in on-premise marketing/sales for the Monster Energy, Michelob Ultra, Bud Light Lime, Bass Ale, and Stella Artois brands. Prior to pursuing an MBA, Michael successfully managed Il Mattone Restaurant in TriBeCa, NYC. He is passionate about cooking and has trained under renowned eclectic chef Carol Frazzetta, a member of the James Beard Foundation and the International Association of Cooking Professionals.
Dhaval Desai is currently pursuing MBA in Financial Management at Pace University, NY. Dhaval holds MS in Marketing Management and Bachelor's in Accounting & Auditing form M.S. University of Baroda, India. To provide business world exposure to management students he founded MSA - "Management Students Association" at M.S. University and participated in "All India Entrepreneurship Summit" at IIT Powai Mumbai. Presently he is working as Research Assistant and Business Lab coordinator at Pace University. In India he worked as a sales executive at ICICI Bank; in that position he managed personal finance & sales accounts and worked next to management team to set up new core banking system. He is supporter of different environmental programs and voluntarily worked for "Green Society" and "WWF" in India. Dhaval is accountable for marketing operation of StudentsGlobe in Asia.
In addition to my skills, I am also a team player and can communicate my ideas and thoughts quickly and very clearly.
I completed my BS in civil Engineering in 2007 from Mumbai University, India. I then came immediately to the US for my MBA. As preparation for my MBA I started small firm in 2005 to gain business experience. The firm specialized in trading rubber molded articles. I used to manage the business in my spare time. I had 3 clients and successfully operated the business for two years. While at Pace my assessment of the market conditions and growth let me to a dual major in Finance and Management. I will be graduating in December 2009. Working as a graduate assistant in the Finance and Management departments gave me an excellent opportunity to enhance my academic knowledge and broaden my outlook. Currently, I am working as an intern with a portfolio management firm. The job is really exciting in the current market situation and each day is different.
Katie Ohsann of Danbury, CT will be graduating this May of 2009 with her MBA in Entrepreneurship from Pace University's Lubin School of Business. She attended The University of Arizona and graduated from James Madison University with her B.B.A. in Management. Constantly pushing the frontier edge, Katie enjoys exploring new worlds in travel, nature, adventure sports, food, wine, and business. Favorite destinations include Costa Rica, Mount Tremblant, OBX, Rome, the glaciers of Alaska, Tanzania, London and most recently Dubai.
For the past four years, Katie has been working for a privately owned pharmaceutical company, Boehringer Ingelheim, and has gained a great deal of experience in marketing and sales, business analytics, marketing research, and financial business decisions. She has been recognized by senior management for her analytical strengths, as well as her leadership through many BI Champion Awards; most recently she was the recipient of an Innovation Award at BI.
Katie's strong character and spirit originate from her true passions in life: her love of travel, adventure, and exploration. She plans to begin her entrepreneurial career with the launch of a new business concept in the next 2-3 years.