2023 Winners

Jacob MullinJacob Mullin MBA '15

Manager, Accenture

 

 

Jacob Mullin graduated from Fuqua in 2015 from the Daytime MBA program. He now works in strategy consulting with Accenture in the Federal Practice. He has worked with the U.S. Department of Energy, U.S. Department of Agriculture, and is currently working with NASA on a variety of performance improvement initiatives. Prior to Accenture, Jacob worked as a deputy chief of staff at Uncommon Schools, a large charter school operator based in New York City. Before Uncommon, Jacob spent three years as a management consultant with Huron Consulting Group in its higher education practice. Other experience includes interning at the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation while at Fuqua, consulting for the U.S. Department of Education, and working as a manager at Teach For America (TFA). Jacob started his career as a teacher both as a TFA corps member and as an English teacher abroad in Japan.

Jacob lives in Washington, DC with his wife, Cordelia Chansler (Fuqua 2014), 4-year old daughter, and 2-year old son. On any given weekend, the family can be spotted galivanting around their Capitol Hill neighborhood and taking advantage of all that DC has to offer.

What impact has your Fuqua experience had on your career/life?

Fuqua has opened doors to me I never thought possible. I came to Fuqua with a non-traditional background having worked in K-12 education. At Fuqua, I learned honed foundational business knowledge and skills that have followed me since graduation. 

Personally, it's hard to overlook the obvious which are the lifelong relationships I made which continue to follow me to this day. They have been there personally and professionally. Most importantly, I met my wife at Fuqua at a first year/second year coffee chat, me the wide-eyed first year. She says I was forgettable in that moment, but judging by seven years of marriage and counting, that sentiment has not held.  

Professionally or personally, what are you excited about right now?

Professionally, we are on the cusp of a new space age. In the past year alone, we have seen stunning images of the depths of space, a rocket knock an asteroid off course, and a new mission to put people on the moon again - and that doesn't even include the advances in the private sector. The idea that my work can have any small part in this is really exciting.

Personally, life is busy at home raising two little kids with my wife. This age is so fun to watch them begin to grow into their own individual selves. They're relentless and I'm here for every moment of it.

What does Team Fuqua mean to you?

I never thought I would end up at a place as amazing as Fuqua. I often felt like an imposter surrounded by the such a prestigious environment in classrooms with already quite accomplished classmates who I knew were going to go on to have foundational impact outside the classroom. However, despite my own uncertainty, Team Fuqua embraced me. Team Fuqua is all about living the mantra that individual success begets collective success; that your success is also mine. That's why I give back to the Fuqua community. Volunteering to make the alumni experience stronger and more connected is the least I can do to give back to the community that embraced me.

 

David NowakDavid Nowak MBA '08

Managing Partner, Brookfield Asset Management

 

 

David Nowak is a Managing Partner at Brookfield Asset Management, which is a global asset management firm with over $800B of assets under management. He is based in New York where he is a member of Brookfield’s Private Equity Group, which has a mandate to invest in a variety of instruments across the capital structure in jurisdictions around the world. David is responsible for investment origination, analysis and execution across North America. He sits on a number of boards and serves as the Chair of Sagen, Scientific Games and One Toronto.  

Prior to Brookfield, he was a Managing Director at Westerkirk Capital and before that he practiced corporate law. David is a graduate of The Fuqua School of Business, where he graduated as a Fuqua Scholar.

What impact has your Fuqua experience had on your career/life?

It opened the world to me in a number of ways. In addition to building out my technical skills, I was introduced to many great people from varying backgrounds and different parts of the world. These relationships helped me grow personally and professionally.     

Professionally or personally, what are you excited about right now?

On the professional side, it is a very exciting time for our business. It feels like there is significant momentum that will continue to lead us to exciting opportunities. We have been fortunate to have attracted very smart and talented young people. Their enthusiasm is infectious which makes coming to work every day a pleasure.  

On the personal side, our family is involved in supporting medical research projects for pediatric oncology treatments. Scientists are making incredible advances in this area, and it is moving to think about being able to help young people facing adversity at such a young age.   

What does Team Fuqua mean to you?

I have been surprised by the enduring nature of the relationship with Fuqua. The school does a terrific job of keeping in touch and staying engaged. The friendships I formed with classmates have always been meaningful. Many fond memories come to mind each time I speak with a classmate. I have also leaned on a few classmates over the years for insight when looking at a particular industry or investment idea.  

I have really enjoyed working with David Robinson and Ben Thomason on their private equity initiatives. They are making a mark in the private equity community, and I believe there will be many future leaders in private equity that will attribute a lot of their professional success to their class. In addition to being thought leaders and talented academics, they are also very decent people which makes spending time with them easy. It has been a joy being able to make a small contribution to their efforts.

 

Year Recipients
2021-22

Dave Lincoln MBA '08

Yi Shi PhD '97, MBA '99

2020-21 Connie Chai '10, MBA '16
2019-20 Chris LaSala MBA '98
2018-19

Larry Fobes MBA '99

Rob Khoury MBA '97

2017-18

Jamie Khanna MBA '06
Joe Wu MBA '04

 2016-17 Terry Sobolewski MBA '03
Mike Wade MBA '03
 2015-16 Jeff Kovick '01, MBA '11
Rubens Passos MBA '99
 2014-15 Fred Isbell MBA '85
Jonathan Roth MBA '90
 2013-14 Teresa Niu MBA '09
Tyrone Thomas MBA '04 
 2012-13 Brian Derksen MBA '78
Christiaan Heijmen MBA '08
 2011-12 Joel Lipsitch MBA '02
 2010-11 Bharat Tandon MBA '86
Jimmy Childre MBA '01
 2009-10 Alison Levine MBA '00
Catherine Nelson MBA '85
 2008-09 Keith Artin MBA '99
Edward Magee MBA '99
 2007-08 Ken Burton MBA '98
Lynn Calhoun T '78, MBA '83
 2006-07 Bob Joyce MBA '87
 2005-06 Sharon Piech MBA '01
 2003-04 Sanjith Shetty MBA '95
 2002-03 Owen May MBA '83
 2001-02 Roy Kiefer MBA '78
 2000-01 Adrian Sawczuk MBA '97
 1999-00 Walter Simpson III MBA '74
 1998-99 John Rollins
 1997-98 Robert Garda E '61
 1996-97 J. Derek Penn MBA '84
 1995-96 Kirk Bradley MBA '86
 1993-94 Jack Bovender, Jr. MHA '69
 1992-93 Jennifer Farthing Bean MBA '86
Robert Price T '52
 1991-92 Robert Lane MBA '81