The Outstanding Student Award identifies the one individual in each of the School of Business undergraduate majors and its graduate programs who is most outstanding, as voted by the faculty of the major or the director of the program.
This award is based on a balanced scorecard of professionalism, scholarship, citizenship, and identification with the major or program. Each of these students is a true symbol of excellence in their chosen fields and programs.
Tamena Aziz – Outstanding Accounting Major
Aziz is a dual major in finance and accounting, having earned only A's and A+'s in both majors. She served as president of the Mason chapter of Beta Alpha Psi, a national accounting honor society. In 2012, Aziz was awarded the "Emerging Business Leader" award by the school's alumni association, a prestigious award that is given to only one undergraduate student at our university annually.
Maximilian Lindskog – Outstanding Finance Major
Lindskog is a finance major who will graduate summa cum laude. Lindskog was elected to Beta Gamma Sigma, was an undergraduate finance teaching assistant, a member of the George Mason Investment Club, and a semi-finalist in the som-498 case competition. He has interned at Pension Benefit Guaranty Corporation where he conducted research on return and risk outlooks for currencies and commodities and at Metropolitan Capital Strategies where he tracked fund and client performance. Upon graduation Lindskog will work as a research assistant in the Stress Testing section of the Banking Supervision and Regulation division at the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System.
Michael Krappweis – Outstanding Information Systems and Operations Management Major
Krappweis graduated in December 2013 as an information systems and operations management major. He interned at Accenture in the summer of 2013 and was able to utilize the education he received during his time at Mason during the internship. After graduating, Krappweis began a full-time job at Accenture. In the few short months he has been working there, he has already realized that the training he received from the classes he took has helped him in his everyday work. Professor Shun Ye says Krappweis, "[was] the best student in my MIS 330 sessions." An active participant in class, Krappweis's positive energy helped motivate his peers to contribute, making every class a more enjoyable experience.
Hannah Landsberger – Outstanding Management Major
Hannah Landsberger has strived to combine her love of business and theatre into a career in arts management. While at Mason, Landsberger has enjoyed working as a peer mentor and peer research assistant for the Honors College and acting as music director for WGMU, George Mason's radio station. She has been honored to receive the University Scholar, Schwartzstein, Gunston Business Scholar, and Management Area scholarships for academic achievement. Landsberger has interned in arts management at the GALA Hispanic Theatre and the Atlas Performing Arts Center in Washington, D.C., and the Delmarva Discovery Center in Pocomoke, MD. She spent a semester studying in London, where she took classes at City University and interned with the Space Arts Centre. She is grateful to the many great professors and mentors she has found at Mason—a sentiment she will share as the 2014 School of Business Convocation student speaker.
Neil Offner – Outstanding Marketing Major
Neil Offner will be receiving a dual degree in marketing and finance with a minor in Japanese language. During his tenure at Mason, Offner has actively participated in multiple student organizations on campus, most notably as a 5-year dedicated member of the George Mason men's volleyball club and as president of the American Marketing Association in his senior year. After graduation, Offner will start his career as a business technology analyst with Deloitte Consulting's Federal Sector.
Brock Walker – Outstanding MBA
Brock Walker was born and raised in Wisconsin where he graduated from the University of Wisconsin-Platteville, majoring in finance. Walker currently serves as a financial specialist at the U.S. Treasury, where he was recently asked to represent his department in the CFO Council Finance Fellows Program, a program aimed at developing the next generation of government leaders in financial management. Walker serves as a Student Ambassador in the MBA program, attending several information sessions, bringing students to class with him, and making congratulatory calls to newly accepted students.
Michael Ly – Outstanding MS in Accounting
Michael Ly received his bachelor's in accounting in December of 2012 and his master's in accounting in December of 2013. While studying at Mason, he was the financial manager of Mason's Habitat for Humanity chapter and later became the vice president of Mason's Beta Alpha Psi – Theta Alpha Chapter. While pursuing his master's degree, he also worked as a full-time internal sales and petty cash auditor at Chesapeake Restaurant Group. After graduating from Mason, he will work as an audit associate at PwC, applying his experience and education for PwC's Private Company Services industry group.
Kirk Riggs - Outstanding Executive MBA
Riggs is a lead associate at Booz Allen Hamilton, where he has supported Department of Defense clients over the past six years. Prior to this, Riggs was an Air Force officer, conducting space and missile operations during a 12 year career.
Dennis Wagner - Outstanding Online Executive MBA
Since 2008, Dennis Wagner has served as a senior analyst at Analytic Services, Inc., a not-for-profit research and analysis service provider supporting the federal government. While there, he has supported a number of Department of Defense policy and strategy development projects. Prior to moving to Washington, D.C., Wagner served for 20 years as an Army Military Police Soldier retiring as a Master Sergeant.
Erik Schroeder - Outstanding MS in Management of Secure Information Systems
Two weeks after graduating from high school, Erik Schroeder started his twenty-year career in the U.S. Navy. In 2001 he was honored as the USS West Virginia's Sailor of the Year and was promoted to chief petty officer. His final tour of duty brought him to Washington, D.C., as the communication officer for Strategic Systems Programs, where he retired from the Navy in 2006. His experience as a naval system administrator and communications officer helped him secure a job with his current employer as the director of information technology and information systems security officer with BAI Inc., in Alexandria, VA. He completed the MS in Technology Management from George Mason's School of Business in 2012 and now will graduate with his MS in Management of Secure Information Systems.
Malcolm Van de Riet – Outstanding MS Real Estate Development
Malcolm Van de Riet is the president of White Oak Properties and is responsible for managing development, acquisition and advisory service activities for the company within the Washington, D.C., metropolitan area. Previously, Van de Riet was the vice president of development for Jefferson Apartments Group, which encompasses real estate operations within the Mid-Atlantic and Northeast Regions of the United States, and the managing director of construction for Lerner Enterprises. Van de Riet began his career at Jack Kent Cooke Incorporated, eventually serving as project manager during the construction of Jack Kent Cooke Stadium (FedEx Field). As a student in the MS in Real Estate Development program, Van de Riet was part of the George Mason University team that earned first prize in the prestigious Capital Challenge Intercollegiate Real Estate Case Competition.
Subrina Singh – Outstanding MS Technology Management
Subrina Singh has more than ten years of experience in the real estate and technology consulting industries including with PwC, iDefense, and Long & Foster. Additionally, Singh has been a small business owner, consultant and sales professional. The common theme through these roles is Singh's orientation towards high quality customer service. She is a loyal George Mason Patriot completing both graduate and undergraduate programs at Mason—her MS in Technology Management and bachelor degrees in management information systems and international studies.