Media Coverage


  • The Hill – April 1, 2020 – “The brave new world of remote work” – Professor Jerry Haar shares his thoughts on the “silver lining” that telecommuting offers. “The principal advantages of working remotely are a flexible schedule, the ability to work from anywhere, spending more time with family and the convenience of working from home. Certain jobs are actually better suited for remote work than office work. These include “knowledge worker” jobs in which quietude and concentration are imperative.”

  • Fox News – March 28, 2020 – “World Health Organization under the microscope: what went wrong with coronavirus?” – Many questioned the World Health Organization’s response as COVD-19 expanded in China. “For an international body that people (and) governments and the business community looks to for advice, they are simply too slow, burdened by bureaucracy and political correctness,” said Attila Hertelendy instructor of Information Systems and Business Analytics at Florida International University.

  • Bangor Daily News – March 26, 2020 – “Authorities: ‘Snowbirds’ should stay put if they can, rather than return to Maine” – Department of Information Systems and Business Analytics instructor Attila Hertelendy advises residents who leave to warmer climates during Maine’s cold, winter months to stay where they are, if possible. People should avoid all unnecessary travel, he said. “If you have to travel, you should be limiting human contact as much as you possibly can.”

  • Daily messenger – March 26, 2020 – “Kitchen table cubicles: A digital workplace means a learning curve” – The same principle can also be applied to specific duties associated with a job, according to co-author Ravi Gajendran, assistant professor in the department of global leadership and management at Florida International University. “It’s not so much that telecommuting is good or bad; it’s just that sometimes it’s advantageous and sometimes it’s not,” Gajendran said.

  • Keys Weekly – March 25, 2020 – “$50,000 interest-free loans available for small businesses” – Helping small businesses apply for Florida Small Business Emergency Bridge Loans. Margie Smith, a consultant at FIU’s College of Business who serves the Florida Keys, sends applicants to the right place with an understanding of the eligibility criteria, reviews Florida Emergency Bridge Loan applications to make sure they are complete, and works with applicants to answer questions.

  • Miami Herald – March 19, 2020 – “These workers do not stop—even for the coronavirus” – How deep the economic damage might be, and how long it might last, depend largely on the progression of the outbreak, according to Frederick V. Perry, a business law professor at FIU School of Accounting. The speed of transmission, numbers affected, time needed to find a vaccine and actions by government designed to mitigate the damage are key.

  • South Florida Business Journal – March 18, 2020 – “News In Brief” – MBAF CEO Tony Argiz and his wife, Conchi Argiz, made a $500,000 gift to Florida International University’s College of Business to establish the Argiz Family Eminent Scholarship Endowment.

  • El Nuevo Herald – March 17, 2020 – “Estos trabajadores de Miami no paran por el coronavirus. ¿Se salvarán de la crisis económica?” – Frederick V. Perry, profesor de leyes comerciales de la Escuela de Contabilidad de la Universidad Internacional de la Florida considera que en menos de un mes la economía de Estados Unidos entrará en recesión. Mientras más medidas se tomen para asegurar el aislamiento, más se evitará el efecto negativo de la pandemia a largo plazo en la economía.

  • Miami Herald – March 17, 2020 – “‘How are we going to survive this?’ Small businesses in Miami-Dade confront coronavirus” – According to the report “Small Business. Big Impact.” conducted by Florida International University’s Small Business Development Center in 2018, 53.3 percent of Miami-Dade’s workforce is employed by 82,293 small businesses around the county.

  • CBS 4 – March 16, 2020 – “Hollywood Business Owner Trying To Find Bright Side During Coronavirus Outbreak” – FIU Business professor Marc Weinstein said provisions in the Coronavirus Relief Act apply to even independent workers, such as Uber drivers. They could show documents that they have been an Uber driver, documenting past income and document that they are out of work because they are sick, or because of a self-quarantine, or caring for somebody.

  • South Florida Sun Sentinel – March 14, 2020 – “Virus poses financial threat to cruise industry” – Finance professor Deanne Butchey discussed the impact on the cruise industry. “The companies that are going to be okay are going to be the big ones,” she added. “The smaller ones might have problems … during these tough times. The big ones will weather the storm eventually. I’m hesitant to call a bottom in the market.”

  • Miami Herald – March 2, 2020 – “And the judges for the 2020 Miami Herald Startup Pitch Competition are…” – Professor Deanne Butchey, Brian Van Hook is director of the Florida SBDC at FIU, and Ricardo Weisz, consultant to the Florida Small Business Development Center at FIU.

  • NBC 6 – February 28, 2020 – “Expert discusses Coronavirus Financial Impacts” – Professor Deanne Butchey shared her analysis and expertise on the financial impact of the Coronavirus. Livestreaming on NBC 6 Facebook + Newscasts.

  • Atlanta Journal Constitution – February 25, 2020 – “Why animals are taking over TV commercial space” – William “Lin” Humphrey, an assistant professor of marketing at Florida International University, said today it’s more important than ever to capture attention back from our mobile phone, plus digitally animated animals are never going to be in a scandal or show up on TMZ, so there’s some safety in the choice to use them.

  • South Florida Business Journal – February 21, 2020 – “Mentoring Monday: What mentoring means to execs from FIU, Crystal Cruises and more” – How has being a mentor impacted your career? Luisa Perez, director of marketing, communications and Office of Event Management, Florida International University College of Business shares her thoughts with American City Business Journals’ Bizwomen Mentoring Monday initiative to connect women excelling in business with those seeking to reach similar heights.

  • Telemundo 51 – February 21, 2020 – “Cómo lograr ser un ‘influencer’ en las redes sociales” – Brands are increasingly relying on online influencers to promote their products, and the demand continues to grow. Social media influencers have become a billion-dollar industry. “When a brand is trying to influence an audience, or persuade them to purchase my product, it’s more attractive if you hear it from someone you trust,” said Gustavo Mosquera, visiting instructor of marketing at Florida International University.

  • Washington Post – February 20, 2020 – “Overwater bungalows became the pinnacle of aspirational travel. Now you can find them everywhere.” – “They’ve been portrayed as something glam in the media,” says Lin Humphrey, an assistant professor of marketing at Florida International University who specializes in digital marketing, social media and travel. “‘Real Housewives of Orange County,’ I can’t remember where they went. They had overwater bungalows. Despite the raging hang overs, it looked fantastic.”

  • Long – February 19, 2020 – “Insurance industry CEO pay tied more closely to firm performance since financial crisis” – Compensation packages for insurance industry CEOs changed in the wake of the 2008 financial crisis, with bonuses reduced and other incentives increased, according to a new study from FIU Business. “We found that the shift in executive compensation was a response to the crisis,” said Deanne Butchey, lecturer in the department of finance at FIU and one of the study’s authors.

  • ANA Magazine – February 14, 2020 – “Six Is the New 30” – The six-second spot (often referred to as a bumper ad) is the new 30-second ad, and marketers have a lot riding on getting it right. They must focus on a specific aspect of the product or service — and explain it swiftly. “Six-second spots should not be cut from longer spots … they shouldn’t be an afterthought to the creative process,” said Anthony Miyazaki, professor and chair of the department of marketing and logistics.

  • NBC 6 – February 13, 2020 – “How to Cash In On Your Online Influence” – Influencers are on high demand, with advertisers looking for relatable people to promote their products. “Research shows we trust strangers and people we deem to be like us more than we trust brands,” said William “Lin” Humphrey, an assistant professor of marketing at Florida International University. But building enough of an influence online to make money isn’t easy. “It’s cultivating good content,” Humphrey said. “It’s getting authentic followers.”

  • Becker’s Hospital Review – February 13, 2020 – “Recession changed insurance CEO pay: 5 things to know” – CEOs leading insurance companies, including health plans, saw their compensation packages altered after the 2008 financial crisis, according to a new study from the Florida International University College of Business. We also found that when the CEO held a dual role, acting as also the chairman of the board, (s)he was better able to influence salary, bonuses, and long-term incentives. This influence declined in the post-crisis period.”

  • Fierce Healthcare – February 12, 2020 – “How insurance executives’ compensation changed after the recession” – “When you’re in a recession, the bottom line is being affected. You’re going to want to have to pay out less to the senior leadership and you also want them to engage in activities that will help the company recover very quickly, and the way to do that is to compensate them by stock ownership,” said Deanne Butchey, Ph.D., lecturer in FIU’s Department of Finance and one of the study’s authors.

  • Business Insurance – February 11, 2020 – “Insurer CEO incentives shifted to stock awards after financial crisis” – Compensation packages for insurer CEOs have changed significantly since the 2008 financial crisis with incentive payments moving from bonuses to stock awards and options, according to a study by Florida International University in Miami. “We found that the shift in executive compensation was a response to the crisis,” said Deanne Butchey, lecturer in the department of finance at FIU and one of the study’s authors.

  • Washington Post – February 10, 2020 – “Choices, choices: For college students, a buffet of options causes heartburn” – Florida International University is among several higher education institutions limiting students’ choices as a way to help them avoid making decisions that can lead to delays. A revamped a course in the business school is designed to help make sure students have made the best decisions about their major. “If a student doesn’t finish, “that is failure, said Richard Klein, associate dean of the undergraduate school of business.

  • Hechinger Report – February 7, 2020 – “Some colleges start to confront a surprising reason students fail: Too many choices” – The business school at Florida International University is among several higher education institutions limiting the number of choices students can make, including the number of times they can drop a class and take it again to get a better grade. “They might be here an extra year if they make those decisions very late,” Richard Klein, associate dean of the undergraduate school of business, said.

  • Travel Pulse – February 4, 2020 – “Does Super Bowl Tourism Pay off for the Host City?” – “I do believe that the Super Bowl does generate, does have an economic impact of that order when you look at it in the overall context,” said Florida International University business instructor Nicolo Alaimo. “At this time of the year, Miami is gorgeous. If you’re up north freezing, you’re watching this, you’re going to want to be here—maybe not for the Super Bowl, but you’ll want to come to Miami.”

  • The Miami Herald – February 1, 2020 – “This is Miami’s first Instagram Super Bowl. One sign: the Dude with Sign is here.” – The social-media era affects how millions will see this Miami Super Bowl, where “gram-friendly” props are a must and brands try to pepper feeds with their preferred hashtags. “It used to be if you had a bad experience you might tell a few people. Now you can broadcast it out to lots of people very quickly,” said William “Lin” Humphrey, an assistant professor of marketing at Florida International University.

  • NBC 6 – January 30, 2020 – “Super Bowl Economic Impact Not a Settled Matter” – No one doubts hosting Super Bowl LIV will add to economic activity in South Florida. Up to 200,000 people have come here for the festivities. But enough to generate $400 million more in economic activity? FIU business instructor Nicolo Alaimo is a believer in that number. “If you’re up north freezing, you’re watching this, you’re going to want to be here — maybe not for the Super Bowl, but you’ll want to come to Miami.”

  • The Wall Street Journal – January 27, 2020 – “Lease-Accounting Rules May Have Hurt Companies’ Valuations, Study Says” – Accounting professor Jonathan Milian shared new research data indicating that companies’ initial recognition of operating leases on balance sheets could have led their equity valuations to shrink. FIU researchers tracked stock returns from 2,000 U.S.-listed public companies during the their first-quarter 2019 earnings announcement. “If standard-setters decide to shift more information from the footnotes to the balance sheet, it could have a negative impact on stock returns.”

  • NBC 6 – January 17, 2020 – “Read This Before Signing Up for Usage-Based Car Insurance” – A growing number of car insurance companies are offering consumers the option to sign up for usage-based insurance. Marketing professor Anthony Miyazaki said there are also privacy considerations to having a device tracking you every day. “Now someone actually has all your data about where you drive and where you go and where you live and where you work… it’s actually someone you’re doing business with.”

  • CNS Air Cargo Focus – Winter 2019-2020 – “Educational Partnerships FIU and Magaya Advance Logistics Programs” – Developing a curriculum for traditional students that would be accepted by logistics’ professionals would mean reaching out to the business community. The journey of Florida International University College of Business and logistics software provider, Magaya Corporation is a story about people, learning, time and sacrifice. “Students increase the likelihood of finding a supply chain job after they demonstrate Magaya knowledge,” said supply chain management professor Ron Mesia.

  • Boca Raton Tribune, January 15, 2020 – “Palm Beach: Most Affordable in South Florida.” – The BH&J Housing Affordability Index reveals a more affordable housing environment in 2020 than in recent years in Miami-Dade, Broward and Palm Beach counties. The report’s co-creators agree that the movement toward more affordable housing is driven by a combination of near record low mortgage rates, a robust local economy and slowing property appreciation rates across the three counties.

  • Jamaican Moments – January 13, 2020 – “Five questions to ask yourself before you buy a vacation home” – Who’s the ideal candidate for buying a vacation home? Someone who already has a home, said Suzanne Hollander, a real estate attorney and Florida International University senior instructor. “This person should be able to cover both their primary homeownership costs and vacation homeownership costs. These include mortgage, insurance, and property taxes on both properties.”


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