on the prize
try to wow banker Ed Hale, win job
may be TU's adaptation of NBC's wildly popular The Apprentice,
but there are some differences. For starters, Ed Hale is considerably
nicer than Donald Trump.
And while the competitors will be
doing their utmost to impress him, it's unlikely they'll stoop to
the kind of backstabbing and bad-mouthing that characterizes the
The Associate's premise is
simple: Two teams of business school seniors--each with two men
and two women--will compete over the course of eight weeks for a
job with Hale, owner of the Baltimore Blast soccer team and chairman
of the board of First Mariner Bank.
He'll fire one would-be
employee per week until the winner remains, but--unlike the often
surly Trump--no one's likely to cower in his presence. "He's
very down-to-earth, very approachable and supportive," says
Laleh Malek, coordinator of the internship, career services and
professional experience course in the College of Business and Economics.
Malek, who developed the idea for the Apprentice -like
competition, says Hale made it clear at the outset that the firings
wouldn't be personal. "In fact, he told them he'd like to help
all eight of them find jobs," she says.
"Ed Hale is a self-made
man," she continues. "That's one of the reasons we wanted
him for The Associate. He's a great leader who projects
the kinds of qualities we want business students to see."
The teams received their
first case on February 15 at a special two-hour meeting attended
by Hale, President Robert L. Caret and Dennis Finnegan, executive
vice president at First Mariner Bancorp. They'll return for regularly
scheduled meetings--and firings--until only one is left. Meetings
are scheduled for February 22, March 8, March 15, April 5, April
12 and April 19, all at 5 p.m. in Administration Building 424.
team members didn't really know one another, but they've really
bonded,” says Malek. “They're really excited about this opportunity
to showcase their talent. And of course one will end up with a job
offer, which is a huge motivator.
“Everybody in the college,
from the dean on down, is excited for them.”
The Associate's cast
includes (from left) Steve Kruskamp, Truong Doan, Amanda Knott,
Brianna Lindner, Ed Hale, Reanna Tarleton, Jerry Jones, Megan Olmert
and Matthew Leebel.
Story by Jan Lucas/Photo
by Sofia Silva
main article index]