Jul 7, 2006    #115
Contact: Nick Barron

Bloch School Affiliates Receive Top Honors for EntrepreneurshipA member of the School’s Advisory Council and a former student are awarded by Ernst and Young

Two members of the Henry W. Bloch School of Business and Public Administration Advisory Council and an alum were recently honored by the professional services firm Ernst and Young.

• Tom Holcom – Bloch Advisory Council member, Bloch School alumnus, and long-time supporter of UMKC – and Bill Sullivan received the Entrepreneurs of the Year Awards in the Socially Responsible category for their ground-breaking, innovative work building an exemplary company, Pioneer Financial Services, which serves military families with a wide-range of financial products and services. Holcom earned his Bachelor of Business Administration degree from the Bloch School in 1972.

• Clifton Cohn - The Yarco Companies’ President was a final nominee for an Entrepreneur of the Year award. Cliff and his son Jonathan, a Bloch Advisory Council member, and the Yarco Companies are innovators in creating places for low-income families and senior citizens to call home, providing affordable housing to 36,000 people living in 110 properties in 40 cities. Jonathan, serving as Executive Vice President and Chief Operations officer, is also a recent graduate of our Bloch EMBA program. Jon is a 1993 graduate of the Bloch School (BBA) and a 1997 graduate of the Executive MBA program.

• Adam Bold - A former Bloch School student and founder of The Mutual Fund Store in Overland Park, Kas., (with offices in 24 cities and five more slated to open in 2006), Bold received the Entrepreneur of the Year award in the Financial Services category and, along with Tom Holcom and Bill Sullivan, proceed to E&Y’s national awards finals in California later this fall.

The Bloch School is Kansas City’s only institution that is fully accredited in both business and public administration by prestigious, international accrediting bodies that set rigorous standards for their member institutions to maintain. In business, the Bloch School is accredited by AACSB (The Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business) International, which accredits only eight percent of the business schools in the world. In public administration, the Bloch School’s Cookingham Institute is accredited by the National Association of Schools of Public Affairs and Administration.

The University of Missouri-Kansas City (UMKC), one of four University of Missouri campuses, is a public university serving more than 14,000 undergraduate, graduate and professional students. UMKC engages with the community and economy based on a three-part mission: visual and performing arts, health sciences, and urban affairs.

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