Emerging Business Leader Awards


Presented by the School of Business Alumni Chapter, these awards annually recognize graduate and undergraduate students who have demonstrated the desire and aptitude to become an outstanding business leader and a distinguished representative of George Mason University's School of Business.

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NOTICE: Deadline to submit applications for the 2014 award cycle expired on June 30, 2014.


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2013 Finalists

Graduate Division Finalists



Christy Cain

Christy is a full-time Executive MBA student with a 3.84 GPA and is Director of Global Branding for Hilton Worldwide's employer brand. She has over 13 years' experience at Hilton Worldwide and has won many marketing, public relations, and industry awards for her work on consumer campaigns, including Hilton's first LGBT outreach program. Outside of her career, she uses her marketing and branding expertise to develop integrated marketing plans for non-profit organizations. Cain believes in working hard to do what you love and is optimistic about opportunities for further growth as the result of completing her EMBA at George Mason.




Christine Constantino

Christine Constantino is a part-time MBA student with a 3.77 GPA. She is a certified Project Management Professional (PMP) and works full time at the Federal Reserve Board in the Information Technology Division managing banking supervisory projects. She has 4 years' experience in consulting and 2 years' experience in government service. In her free time, she enjoys teaching fitness classes at a local gym in Arlington, volunteering as a running mentor, and traveling to tropical destinations to scuba dive. Constantino is an enthusiastic person and shows dedication to any task at hand.




Kyle Haire

Captain Kyle Haire is currently serving as an F/A-18 Instructor at Marine Aviation Weapons and Tactics Squadron – One. Having served in the United States Marine Corps for the last decade, Haire has deployed in support of theatre cooperation and contingency operations throughout the globe on numerous occasions and has served humanitarian assistance and community relations events worldwide. He completed his Bachelor's Degree in Psychology from the Virginia Military Institute while serving as the Institute's 163rd Regimental First Captain. He is also a distinguished military graduate of the Naval Strike Air Warfare Center Strike Fighter Tactics Instructor Course (TOPGUN). Haire is an MBA student and has maintained a 3.83 GPA.




Seth Whetzel*

Seth Whetzel is a part-time MBA student with a 3.97 GPA serving as the representative for his cohort. Currently employed at CSC, he serves as an ITIL certified senior business process specialist for Intelligence Community clients. Prior to CSC, Seth spent four years working in higher education and non-profit management and three years as a University of Notre Dame Alliance for Catholic Education Teaching Fellow in impoverished schools in Memphis, TN and Dublin, Ireland. He graduated Magna Cum Laude from Notre Dame with a BA in Anthropology and Economics and a Master of Education. Whetzel is a husband, father, and five-time marathon finisher.


Undergraduate Division Finalists



Colin Fife

Colin Fife is a senior majoring in accounting and maintains a 3.58 GPA. He currently serves as President of the Mason Consulting Club, of which he was a founding officer in Spring 2013. In addition to the Mason Consulting Club, Fife has held many roles as a member of Beta Alpha Psi, the honors business fraternity, including President and Director of Candidates. Fife is an Eagle Scout and recently completed a two year service mission for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Upon graduating he will pursue the CPA exam and plans to start full-time at Deloitte where he interned this past summer.




Jennifer Khoo

Jennifer Khoo is a junior accounting major with a 3.92 GPA. During the summer of 2013, she attended the Virginia Society of CPAs Leaders' Institute, as well as KPMG's Discover Program in Washington D.C., as well as the Future Diversity Leaders Program in Hollywood, California. Khoo will be an intern at KPMG in their Tysons Corner office during the summer of 2014. She currently works as an Office Specialist for George Mason's Orientation Office and as a Purchasing Coordinator for the Office of Housing and Residence Life. Khoo hopes to complete Mason's Accelerated Masters in Accounting program and take the CPA exam in 2016.




Javier Perez Navarrete*

Javier Perez Naverrete is a senior pursuing a dual degree in accounting and finance with a minor in economics. He has served as captain of Mason's men's volleyball team for the past two years. In addition, he is a member of the Beta Gamma Sigma society and serves as a representative for the men's volleyball team on the Student-Athlete Advisory Council (SAAC). Upon graduating, Perez Naverrete will start full-time as an auditor at PricewaterhouseCoopers.





Sarah Zeb

Sarah Zeb is a junior studying accounting and a member of Accounting Honors Program with a 3.88 GPA. She is also a member of Golden Key International Honors Society and Beta Gamma Sigma. She completed her O levels and A levels (British equivalent of High School Diploma) from a school in her native Pakistan that was affiliated with the University of Cambridge, United Kingdom, and has won three Gold Medals for her excellent academic performance. During the summer of 2013 she worked as a Finance Assistant at George Mason University's College of Science. Upon graduation, she hopes to obtain her CPA license and begin her career in public accounting.


*Denotes winner.


Past Winners

Graduate Division

2012 - Alka Papreja, '13 MBA 

Undergraduate Division

2012 - Tamena Aziz, '13 BS Accounting and '13 BS Finance


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