Stefanie Robinson (formerly Stefanie Martoccio)

Major: Accounting
Graduation year: 2005
Current title/employer: Audit Manager, Asher & Company, Ltd.

How did your participation in Fox Honors impact your time at Temple?
It gave me a chance to be a part of a great community, which has led to being a part of a great alumni organization. There were so many different events that were held ranging from social events to professional development events to community service events. This gave me a chance to meet so many people and become very active during my time at Temple.

Which faculty or staff member had a particularly memorable impact on you? Why was that person so important?
Dr. (Michael) Leeds had the most memorable impact on my time at Temple. He was always there when I needed help with anything, both admin and academic related, and was always doing what he can for his students in the Business Honors program to help us succeed.

What kind of opportunities, which you may not have had otherwise, did the Honors program provide?
It gave me a chance to work on my leadership skills since there were so many different officer positions within BHSA that I held as well as being able to do networking. Also, the number of people in the classrooms being smaller and the assignments being challenging helped me become more hardworking.

Where was your favorite place to study on campus?
When living on campus I’d study in the study lounge of my dorm since there was always a group of people in there at night.

What is your best memory of the Fox Honors Program with Fox Honors classmates?
My best memories were: meeting my husband Brad, the banquets and spending time with all my friends in the in the business honors lounge.

What’s your best advice for current Fox Honors students?
Make sure you attend as many events as possible during your time at Temple. This is great networking opportunities with both fellow students and potential employers in the future.


Brad Robinson

Degree: Finance and Real Estate
Graduation year: 2004
Current title/employer: Project Manager, Vanguard

How did your participation in Fox Honors impact your time at Temple?
Fox Honors gave me an instant base of peers and friends who I could relate to. Still to this day my best friends from Temple were all from Fox Honors.

Which faculty or staff member had a particularly memorable impact on you? Why was that person so important?
Dr. (Michael) Leeds: He was the face of honors and was always available for me no matter what.

What kind of opportunities, which you may not have had otherwise, did the Honors program provide?
The small classes and access to the professors afforded me the opportunity to get to know my professors. This gave me the chance to spend the necessary time with them when I needed extra help to understand what was taught in the classroom. Also, the network of fellow students offered a comfortable environment where we could learn and help each other when difficult concepts arose.

Where was your favorite place to study on campus?
The third floor of the library. So quiet and so peaceful.

What is your best memory of the Fox Honors Program with Fox Honors classmates?
The paintball excursions at Jim Thorpe. We learned a little bit of teamwork but more importantly had a ton of fun!

What’s your best advice for current Fox Honors students?
Join BHSA with the goal of being an officer. I was president in 2003 and that set me up well when interviewing with companies. Also, get to know the CSPD staff. They know all of the employers and can offer excellent professional advice (during college and after).


Kevin Machiz

Degree: Finance and International Business Administration
Graduation year: 2011
Current title/employer: Associate Product Manager, Franklin Templeton Investments

How did your participation in Fox Honors impact your time at Temple?
Fox Honors provided me with great professors, an excellent network, and all of the support I needed during my time at Temple.

Which faculty or staff member had a particularly memorable impact on you? Why was that person so important?
I could not have gotten where I am without Dr. Jonathan Scott, Academic Director of the Fox Honors Program. He was my first finance professor and the reason I first became interested in finance and economics. I cannot recount all of the ways in which he supported me throughout my time at Temple.

He made extra time for me to review and discuss a paper that I composed as part of the Honors program which I ended up submitting as a writing sample during the interview process at my current job. He ensured that my credits transferred back from my time studying abroad so that I could graduate on time. He allowed me to join the Owl Fund in my final semester which helped me to build the skills I needed on the CFA exam and on day one of my job. He encouraged me to join the EMC program which taught me how to deal with a demanding client and boss. I cannot imagine where I would be or where Temple would be without him.

What kind of opportunities, which you may not have had otherwise, did the Honors program provide?
My Fox Honors experience combined the benefits of a top 10 international business program with an outstanding education in finance from inspiring professors, such as Dr. Jonathan Scott. This experience allowed me to secure an offer for my dream job before graduation at one of the largest asset management firms covering global fixed income products and interacting with institutional clients from around the world. I can say with confidence that there is nothing better than making an education and a career out of your passion. The unique benefits that the Fox School offered, such as hands-on financial training with the Owl Fund, real-world experience through the Enterprise Management Consulting Practice, and opportunities to study abroad at prestigious universities like ITAM, were essential to landing the job offer.

Where was your favorite place to study on campus?
My favorite place to study was the Capital Markets Room. This gave me access to expensive tools like the Bloomberg Terminal for the first time that I now use every day in my job.

What is your best memory of the Fox Honors Program with Fox Honors classmates?
The Fox Honors classes were always a blast. I know that my classmates made the experience stimulating and enjoyable.

What’s your best advice for current Fox Honors students?
The first step to landing a great job is to find out what it is that you love to do, learn as much as you can about it, and do it. This will give you the experience that your ideal employer is looking for in an undergraduate. The benefits which make you a unique candidate almost invariably extend outside of the classroom. The next step is finding the ideal employer, which means networking. The most powerful networking tools, such as the CSPD, LinkedIn, and cold calls, are all free.


Daniel Chatham

Degree: BBA 1998, Fox MBA 2005
Current title/employer: CEO, Insighture Media

How did your participation in Fox Honors impact your time at Temple?
The Fox Honors program kept me both challenged and involved at Temple. It seemed like the only speed limit on how fast we could go was what we ran into naturally. I found that very refreshing and a little different than other courses at Temple. I think being a Fox Honors student helped establish a sense of community involvement for me at Temple.

Which faculty or staff member had a particularly memorable impact on you? Why was that person so important?
Many faculty and staff had meaningful impacts on me during my time and gave me many wonderful memories. To point out one, I would have to say Dr. (Jonathan) Scott. I really loved learning finance from Dr. Scott because he is excited about it and that came through in his classes. I remember one project to perform a company valuation and my company was Dayton Hudson. One of our project recommendations was to spin off a weak subsidiary and a couple years after the class, that is exactly what happened. After class ended that semester, Dr. Scott sent a short, handwritten note that was very meaningful to me. It is 15 years later, I still have that note, and it still means a lot to me.

What kind of opportunities, which you may not have had otherwise, did the Honors program provide?
The small classes allowed us to be treated more like graduate students than undergrads. In several instances, my classmates and I were able to shape the curriculum and project content to match our interests. In one of Dr. (Rajan) Chandran’s honors marketing classes we once asked for an essay and case study exam rather than a multiple-choice exam. Giving us the harder exam felt like validation that we were ready for a challenge.

Where was your favorite place to study on campus?
Mitten Hall by the windows (when it wasn’t cold).

What is your best memory of the Fox Honors Program with Fox Honors classmates?
It was the transition we had between starting the Honors Teacher of the Year Award and then launching the Business Honors Student Association. Everything we did was blue sky entrepreneurism since there was no particular template to follow. It was exciting to be among the school’s student leadership and rewarding that our association became firmly established.

What’s your best advice for current Fox Honors students?
Don’t try to do too much at once, but don’t follow a speed limit in things you do decide to do. Explore as far and as fast as possible because you are in your driver’s seat – right now.