CEO Concludes Successful 2018-19 Baron Business Plan Competition

Woodbury University President Dr. David Steele-Figueredo, Mr. Tom Baron, and School of Business Dean Dr. Joan Marques with the 2019 Distinguished Alumnus Award.

On April 27, the Collegiate Entrepreneurs Organization (CEO ) held its annual Baron Business Plan Competition and Dinner in the elegantly furnished Malburg Atrium in the Business Building. Students, administrators, and guests gathered to attend what has become an annual highlight for this entrepreneurial-focused student organization.

The competition gives students from across the entire university community the opportunity to submit a business plan proposal for evaluation by CEO. The students who submit business plans that are judged to be among the top three receive a cash prize. Both the competition and the dinner have been  generously sponsored by Woodbury alumnus, Mr. Tom Baron, for each of the last twelve years.

The winners of the competition were:

  • First Place: Souheil Bou Melhem – Architecture
  • Second Place: Siahna Im – Marketing
  • Third Place: Olivia Pierangelino and Evelyn Valdivieso – Fashion Marketing

This year, the School of Business also granted its inaugural “Distinguished Alumnus/Alumna” Award” to Mr. Baron.

CEO at Baron Business Plan Competition in 2019
Mr. Tom Baron, surrounded by President David Steele Figueredo (left), and Dr. Paul Sabolic (right with red tie) CEO’s faculty advisor , as well as the CEO team.

“Tom is a highly successful and exemplary entrepreneur, who has demonstrated an ongoing desire to pay it forward and give young people the opportunity to cultivate their entrepreneurial skills in a profitable, yet morally responsible way,” School of Business Dean Joan Marques said.  “He is an authentic success-story, a persevering go-getter, and a man who took life’s lessons to heart, using them toward personal and professional growth. On behalf of the entire Woodbury community I thank Mr. Baron for his commitment to our students and for sponsoring the Business Plan Competition.”

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