George Mason UniversitySchool of Business

Emerging Business Leader Awards


2019 Award Recipients


Graduate Division Recipient

GuentherDanny Guenther

Danny Guenther is a leader in the Northern Virginia area working primarily in the software industry. Upon graduating from the University of Maryland College Park with a BS in marketing and a concentration in accounting, he started his career in the accounting department of the B2B Software company webMethods. He quickly narrowed his focus to software revenue accounting, and after five years transitioned to the analytics company, comScore Inc, as the director of revenue accounting. Through his 13 years at comScore, he saw their IPO and fast-paced growth. When an opportunity arose within financial planning and analysis, he took the opportunity to transition to a strategic role within the company. Guenther is now the vice president of FP&A at the education platform company Blackboard Inc., where he manages the forecasting, planning, and long-term modeling of the company.

Through the George Mason MBA program, he intends to gain a deeper knowledge of business analytics, strategy, and leadership to build successful teams that achieve long-term corporate vision.

Undergraduate Division Recipient

GordonHaellie Gordon

Haellie Gordon is a dynamic, driven, and impassioned student-athlete at George Mason University. She studies marketing within the School of Business and is a starting pitcher for the George Mason softball team. Gordon is currently a sales associate at Orange Theory Fitness, where she encourages and celebrates members in their fitness goals and achievements. Prior to this position, she spent time as a competitive intelligence research assistant for Ropes & Gray LLP, a law firm in Washington, D.C. In this position, she conducted research on various individuals, companies, and industries in order to aid in the advancement of the firm, both in business and in court. Along with these responsibilities, she participated in the development of two databases using Microsoft SharePoint. Gordon also worked as a summer student at Gentry Locke, a law firm in Roanoke, VA, for two summers. There, she participated in the preparation of court and mediation presentations, developed chronologies and medical record compilations for various cases, and gained first-hand experience with clients and judges. When she is not busy on the softball field or in the classroom, she can be found spending time with her family, friends, and dog, Chester.