Ace Beorchia entered the Strategy, Entrepreneurship, and Organizations program in 2018. Prior to joining the program, he worked as a senior accountant in the financial industry for several years. He earned his B.A in international business and his M.S. in sociology from Utah State University. Ace's research interests include social enterprises, minority entrepreneurship, leadership, and diversity.
Ace's favorite things about the management and entrepreneurship department are the brilliant and kind faculty members who prioritize PhD students' success and the tight-knit family he has found among his peers in the program.
Jaewoo Jung entered the Ph.D. Program in Strategy, Entrepreneurship, and Organizations in fall of 2017. He received his Master degree in Human Resources and Industrial Relations from the University of Minnesota. He completed a bachelor's degree in business at Inha University in South Korea. Before entering the Ph.D. program, he worked for Korea Labor Institute as a research officer. His research interests include entrepreneurship, entrepreneurial orientation, and workplace conflict.
Trey Lewis is a PhD student in Strategy, Entrepreneurship, and Organizations in the Haslam College of Business and entered the program in Fall 2017. A native of Richmond, Virginia, Lewis earned his Bachelor of Business Administration degree in Human Resource Management and his Master of Science in Education degree in Human Resource Development, both from James Madison University (VA).
Prior to entering the doctoral program, Lewis’ work within higher education spans almost 15 years in areas including academic advising, multicultural affairs, diversity education, and career services. Most recently, Lewis served as the Executive Director of the Career Development Center at the University of Louisville and is credited with reimagining the work of career services and synergizing efforts around this initiative at the university. These professional experiences have largely influenced his research interest in entrepreneurial firms and how they overcome legitimacy challenge to attract employees. Trey Lewis is also a proud member of the PhD Project which is supported by KPMG.
Ashley Roccapriore is a Ph.D. student in the Strategy, Entrepreneurship, and Organizations program, starting in the Fall of 2018. She received her Bachelor of Business Administration in Entrepreneurship and Small Business from Auburn University, and her MBA and Master of Science Degree in Marketing from the University of Texas at Dallas.
Prior to entering the doctoral program, she worked as a senior analyst and team lead at a large telecom company leading cost improvement initiatives for North America, as well as numerous small businesses and start-ups directing marketing campaigns, customer retention strategies, and entrepreneurial growth plans. Her research interests include how entrepreneurs communicate with stakeholders in order to influence others' decision making, as well as how an entrepreneur's decision making changes their ability to obtain, change, or sustain social support.
Jiaju (Justin) Yan
Jiaju (Justin) is a PhD candidate in the Strategy, Entrepreneurship, and Organizations (SEO) program in the Department of Management and Entrepreneurship of the Haslam College of Business. He entered the SEO program in Fall 2015 after receiving his MBA in Finance from Seton Hall University. Justin earned his bachelor’s degree in International Business from the University of International Business and Economics in China. Prior to entering the doctoral program, he worked as a financial analyst at Bloomberg L.P., and he cofounded an online education service firm with his MBA cohorts. Related to his strong analytical skills, finance, entrepreneurship, and international business background, his main research interests include international entrepreneurship, internationalization/IPO, social entrepreneurship, behavioral and global strategy. His dissertation introduces the real options perspective to entrepreneurial internationalization process and decision-making. Justin enjoys hiking and road trips. He has been to more than 30 national parks/historical sites and has driven to 32 States in the U.S.Read more
Jiaju (Justin) Yan