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 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.
Mike Lerman entered the Organization and Strategy program in fall of 2015. While obtaining a Masters in Accounting at Illinois State University, he managed a local restaurant, which led him to speculate ways in which business can be improved. Mike’s research lies at the intersection of entrepreneurship and organizational behavior. More specifically, he is interested in the role of entrepreneurs’ perceptions of stress (appraisal) in influencing matters relevant to a business venture or to an entrepreneur’s well-being.
Tracie is a doctoral student in the Strategy, Entrepreneurship and Organizations program in the Haslam College of Business and an active duty officer in the United States Air Force. Originally from Springfield, VA, she entered the program in the Fall of 2017. Tracie has a B.S. in Accounting from Elon College, North Carolina and an M.S. in Management from Troy University, Alabama. Prior to entering the doctoral program, she served on the U.S. Air Force Academy faculty in the Department of Management. Tracie earned her commission in 2001 through Officer Training School and began her military career as an acquisition officer. She's also served as munitions and aircraft maintenance officer. Her research interests include entrepreneurial stress, behavior, mindset and intentions.
Nick A. Mmbaga, a PhD student in Organizations and Strategy, comes to the Haslam College of Business from the middle Tennessee region. Nick joined the University of Tennessee in 2015; he is an entrepreneur and co-founded his family business which now employs over 130 people in seven Tennessee counties. Mr. Mmbaga interests include psychology of entrepreneurship, entrepreneurial behavior and entrepreneurial identities. He completed his bachelor's degree in finance at Middle Tennessee State University and holds an MBA concentrated in healthcare from Belmont, University in Nashville, TN. Mr. Mmbaga is a proud member of the Phd Project, Nashville Entrepreneurship Center and the Nashville Adult Literacy Council.
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, as well as numerous small businesses and start-ups directing marketing campaigns, customer retention strategies, and entrepreneurial growth plans. Her research interests include entrepreneurial marketing, entrepreneurial branding, SME funding, and new venture and emerging business growth strategy.
Justin (Jiaju) Yan
Justin is a fourth year PhD candidate of strategy, entrepreneurship, and organization at the Management Department of Haslam College of Business. He entered the SEO program in Fall 2015 after received MBA in finance from Seton Hall University. Justin earned his bachelor’s degree in international business from University of International Business and Economics at China, in 2012. Prior to entering the doctoral program, he worked as financial analyst at Bloomberg L.P. and he is a level III Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) candidate. In accordance to his strong analytical skills, finance, and international business background, his main research interests include international entrepreneurship, entrepreneurial internationalization, entrepreneurial persistence/exit, and international business/global strategy.
Justin (Jiaju) Yan