Author Archives: Mike Carpenter

October 07

In the Atrium with Tahna Black

It’s no secret that Marriott School of Management student Tahna Black is crazy about Disney. She’s visited every Disney theme park around the world—thirteen total in five different countries—and worked at Disneyland through the Disney College Program. When she’s not playing at a Disney park, she’s busy winning programming competitions and working at companies such […]

BYU Therapeutic Recreation - Kari Durrant August 29

In the Atrium with Kari Durrant

Kari Durrant calls her switch from majoring in dance to therapeutic recreation in the Marriott School of Management a “drastic change.” The senior from Surprise, Arizona, believes that any service opportunity can be fun, so the prospect of a career in dance therapy seemed appealing as a freshman. But after learning about the therapeutic recreation […]

The Dress Spot - BYU Information Systems July 22

Bringing Tech to the Bridesmaid Business

BYU master of information systems management student Jeremy Penrod might have picked dentist or inventor if you’d asked him as a child what he wanted to be when he grew up. Of all the possible answers, he’s certain about at least one thing: he never imagined a career selling dresses. “Not in a million years!” Penrod […]

Overheard in the Tanner Building June 20

Students Say the Darndest Things

Each issue of Marriott Alumni Magazine includes the best funny quotes heard within the Marriott School of Management in “Overheard in the Tanner.” I had the honor of listening in on these conversations for the latest issue, and the assignment was too much fun. Check out the full list of tidbits in the magazine or keep reading to see a […]

Hinze Family - Joint Ventures - Marriott Alumni Magazine May 22

Parallel Paths: Rod and Jen Hinze

Married 29 April 1999 Jen sat in the BYU Varsity Theatre eager to learn on her first day of class in the accounting junior core. Rod Hinze was also in class that day, but he found it hard to focus on academics once he saw Jen. When the teacher announced that the students would be forming […]

Jonathan Carlson - Side Effects - BYU May 20

Art Lover & Illustrator Jonathan Carlson

As a student in junior high, Jonathan Carlson came up with the name for his school newspaper: The Tribruin, a play on “tribune” and “bruin,” the school mascot. After inventing the name, Carlson sketched the moniker alongside three bruins for the paper’s masthead. Fast forward to 1990 when Carlson received his first professional commission after […]

BYU Marriott School - Integrity May 08

True Blue, Through and Through

“I invite you to focus on a virtue that is just plain smart, because it will have as much impact on your happiness, peace of mind, career, and ability to fulfill your life’s mission as any I can think of,” said Sheri Dew, president and CEO of Deseret Book and a member of the Marriott […]

Mark Smith's Illustration for BYU April 17

One-on-One with Illustrator Mark Smith

Award-winning illustrator Mark Smith has been featured in ESPN The Magazine, Golf Monthly, and other publications across the world. Recently Smith created the art for our “Rise to the Challenge” article in the latest issue of the Marriott Alumni Magazine, and I was lucky enough to interview Mark about his art, hard work, and inspiration. […]

April 08

Sleep Your Way to a Smaller Waistline

People often refer to their teenage years as the prime of their health, yet millions of teens and college-aged individuals seem to struggle with an insatiable desire to sleep in. Though parents battle to get their children out of bed in the mornings, new studies show that extra sleep may be key to physical fitness. […]

March 20

Trustworthy & Loyal: CEO Talks Scouting

The Scout Law reads, “A Scout is trustworthy, loyal, helpful, friendly, courteous, kind, obedient, cheerful, thrifty, brave, clean, and reverent.” Rex Tillerson, ExxonMobil CEO, believes those attributes aren’t just appropriate on the trail—they can also help you in the business world. For two years Tillerson served as the national president of the Boy Scouts of […]

Rex Tillerson — BYU Marriott School 2013 International Executive of the Year March 07

Integrity: The Most Valuable Asset

Imagine you’re a young executive about to seal the deal on a $4.5 billion contract. The other company goes to sign the contract, then casually asks for a $20 million bribe. What would you do? Rex Tillerson, CEO of ExxonMobil, faced this exact situation overseas and alone. He said, no. Tillerson captivated students, faculty, and […]