The Merrill J. Bateman Awards are given annually to one outstanding undergraduate, graduate, faculty, and club. These awards recognize their support to the Marriott School, service to the community, participation in networking, and professional development. The Bateman Awards are the only school-wide awards selected entirely by students.
Raised in Toronto during the Vince Carter Raptors era, Jorgen eventually found his way down to BYU to study Marketing and Statistics. Notable achievements include working as the President of the BYU Marketing Association and 6th grade graduating class student-athlete of the year. Jorgen has watched the Marketing program develop and improve each year and playing a small part in that with his brilliantly talented team has been a thrilling ride. He loves the Marriott School more than he can express, and is both honored and humbled to be considered for this award.
Erika is from Los Angeles, California. She is a senior in the Finance program. She has loved her experience at BYU and has found great joy in being able to participate in Marriott School clubs and serve in the community. Erika is currently the President of the Women in Finance Group, Co-President of the Tech Club, and this past year she has served as a VP in the Management Consulting Club. She is a co-founder of ALPHA (Aspiring Leaders Pursuing Higher Achievement), an education nonprofit that provides resources and mentorship for disadvantaged students to excel in academics, prepare for college, and develop essential leadership skills. Erika has been blessed with many wonderful opportunities these last few years, but few experiences compare to the overall feeling of gratitude, awe, and motivation she feels when thinking about those around her and all the good they are doing and inspiring in others.
Harrison Miner is from Orem, Utah where he was born and raised. He is studying Business Strategy in the Marriott School of Management with minors in Communications and Middle Eastern Studies. Harrison is the 2017 Business Strategy Club President and a member of the Management Consulting and BYU Tech Clubs. He is currently working with the Rollins Center for Entrepreneurship as a member of the leadership team for the International Business Model Competition, the largest business model competition in the world. Harrison has been very involved in the Business Strategy Club and has participated in 7 case competitions during his time at the Marriott School. Notable among these, he won the Walmart Case Competition two years in a row and won second place in the Bain & Company Case Competition. He is honored to be a finalist for the Merrill J. Bateman award. He feels an incredible debt to BYU and the Marriott School and is grateful to all of his professors, family and incredible friends to whom he credits his every success.
Zach Wright grew up in Salt Lake City, Utah. He is in the Global Supply Chain program and was part of both the BYU- and regional-level 1st-place supply chain case competition teams. He is currently one of the co-presidents of PreMa which helps pre-management students prepare for the Marriott School and their future careers by providing, among other things, professional development workshops, club networking events, and resources to find meaningful work experience. His most meaningful involvement in the Marriott School has come from working on collaborative programs that help pre-management students find out what they want to do and help them to get there. He loves anything BYU and has been grateful for the chance to give back to the school that has given him so much.
Elyse was born in Annapolis, Maryland and raised in Eugene, Oregon. She is a second-year Master of Public Administration candidate with an emphasis in Finance. Her most notable experience in the Marriott School has been her involvement with Grantwell, a consulting program that provides students with experience in philanthropic grant making, grant allocation, and grant strategy projects. As a student project officer, Elyse worked on consulting teams for the Tyler Robinson Foundation and the Walmart Foundation. She now sits on the Grantwell Board as the student board member over alumni outreach. She is appreciative of her association with the Marriott School of Management because its reputation has a wide-reaching influence for good. Elyse is also the President of the Graduate Student Society, an organization which seeks to enrich the graduate experience by providing opportunities for intellectual growth, professional development, spirituality, and social interaction. Developing relationships across graduate disciplines from every corner of campus has broadened her understanding of and appreciation for the work BYU graduate students are doing and their impact in their communities and in the world.
Erika Nash is a graduate student from Salt Lake City, Utah pursuing a JD/MBA. With a passion for giving back, Erika has been actively involved in leadership and service throughout her life. As an MBA Sherpa, Erika assisted incoming students strengthen their resumes and personal brands. She continues to contribute several hours a week to helping fellow students secure internships and full-time work. Erika also represented the university at a number of case competitions, including the Regional & Global Venture Capital Investment Competitions (1st Place), the Baylor Ethics Competition (2nd Place), and the Woody Deem Trial Advocacy Competition (1st Place). In her free time, she enjoys skiing, basketball, and the performing arts. Erika is grateful for the remarkable students and faculty she has the privilege of learning from each day and looks forward to a lifetime of giving back to the university that has given her so much.
Rodrigo was raised in Bogota, Colombia, and got a bachelor's degree in Aerospace Engineering in Toronto, Canada. He is currently pursuing an MBA with an emphasis in Global Supply Chain Management.
As co-chair of the NAC and Student Engagement Committees in the Marriott School Student Council, Rodrigo launched several initiatives for undergraduate and graduate students. In addition, Rodrigo has served as President of the Graduate Supply Chain Ops Association (SCOA), as Sherpa student mentor for first-year MBA students, as Multicultural Student Recruiting Manager for the MBA Program, and as Spanish Judge in four Business Language Case Competitions hosted by the Whitmore Global Management Center.
Rodrigo is proud to have represented the Marriott School locally and nationally; first, by manning the Marriott School's float at the BYU Homecoming Parade, and then, by winning First Place for BYU at the 2017 TCU National Supply Chain Case Competition. Rodrigo has also received the honor of being named Eccles Scholar and Hawes Scholar in the BYU MBA program.
Lydia grew up in Chicago, Illinois and Highland, Utah. She graduates in April with her master's degree in accounting. She has served as the president of the Women in the School of Accountancy club for 2 years. Lydia feels passionate about addressing unique issues that professional women at BYU face. She leads a committee of 14 students in planning 5-7 formal and casual events each year for the 180 women in the accounting program and those considering the accounting major. These events facilitate open discussions addressing student concerns, provide opportunities for students to network with alumni from around the country, and help attract women to the accounting major. She is a recipient of the Kimberly Bateman and Ralph B. Stratford scholarships and a winner of the EY Beam Abroad Case Competition. She has accepted a full-time offer with Deloitte Consulting in New York.
Greg Anderson has over 16 years of academic teaching experience and was Chair of Computer Science at Weber State University for nine years before joining BYU’s Information Systems Department. He loves teaching at BYU and seeing the progress a student makes while they try to follow their Savior and fulfill their academic goals. He is a co-author of some textbooks and has been a contributing editor of several magazines. Greg’s research focuses on group flow and team cohesion and enjoys looking for ways to improve how things are accomplished. He has been married for almost 32 years to his wife Gina and has four wonderful children, two grandchildren, and one more grandchild on the way.
Darron Billeter is an Associate Professor of Marketing at the Marriott School of Management where he teaches consumer behavior. Prior to joining the faculty at BYU, Darron received a B.S in Statistics from Brigham Young University, a M.S. in Industrial Engineering and Management Science from Northwestern University, and a M.S. and Ph.D. in Industrial Administration (Marketing) from the Tepper School of Business at Carnegie Mellon University. Darron is the faculty advisor to the Marketing Association, a club consisting of approximately 500 undergraduate students at Brigham Young University. Darron oversees the Don and Arda Jean Christensen Marketing and Behavioral Lab at BYU.
Professor Billeter’s doctoral training is in consumer judgment and decision making. He is co-chair of the Judgment and Decision-making Winter Symposium at Snowbird, UT which brings together scholars from around the world to discuss cutting-edge research on consumer decision making. His research has been published in the Journal of Consumer Research and the Journal of Marketing Research.
Darron and his wife Robyn met in 2005 in New York City. They now have five children (one girl and four boys) and they are expecting their sixth child in August.
John Bingham is Professor and Donald L. Staheli Fellow at the Marriott School of Business at Brigham Young University and executive education faculty at Georgetown University’s McDonough School of Business. John served as director of the MBA and Executive MBA programs at BYU from 2013 – 2016.
John conducts research on employment exchange, employee proactive and unethical behavior, and is a leading expert on the effects of mission-driven organizations on employee engagement. He was recently named an Ascendant Scholar by the Western Academy of Management and has received numerous awards for teaching and mentoring students. His work is published consistently in top-tier management journals such as Organization Science and Harvard Business Review and has been featured internationally in news outlets such as Yahoo! News, Fox Business, and MSNBC.
John is a founder and senior consultant at Bingham Partners Group and Ampelis Legacy Consultants where he advises leaders and firms on issues related to his research. Previous to academia, he co-founded two professional service companies and worked in business development for a technology start-up. John and Amy Bingham and their five children are amateur chicken farmers and irrigationists, and enjoy hiking, biking, river rafting, skiing, and traveling together.
Mike Bond has been teaching marketing to Marriott School MBA and undergraduate students for six years.
He was the recipient of the 2016 Outstanding MBA Teaching Award and the 2015 Outstanding Teaching Faculty in the Business Management Department. This is his fourth Bateman Award nomination.
Prior to working at BYU, he enjoyed 11-years of brand management experience within the CPG (consumer packaged goods) industry. He spent most of his career with ConAgra Brands, leading business efforts for the Chef Boyardee, Healthy Choice, Marie Callenders, Banquet and Kid Cuisine brands.
Mike received his BS degree from BYU¹s Marriott School of Management in 1998. He received his MBA from the Kelley School of Business at Indiana University in 2003. He served as a missionary in the Taiwan, Taipei mission.
Mike, his wife Melissa, and their six boys currently live in Highland, UT. He loves playing catch with his boys, cartooning, skiing and cheering for the BYU Cougars.