Avi Atholi Awarded Excellence in Teaching Award by Midland MBA Students

Saturday, May 14, 2016

Mr. Avi Atholi, Senior Director at First National Bank of Omaha, has been awarded the Excellence in Teaching Award in the Midland MBA program for the second time in the past three years. He has shared his extensive expertise in three courses of the Midland MBA program: Managerial Economics, Financial Strategy for Value Creation, and Global Business and Consulting, the program capstone.

Mr. Atholi was honored at Midland University’s Commencement ceremony on May 14, 2016.

In response to the award, Mr. Atholi said, “Teaching is a challenge and a gift all wrapped into the same thing. The challenge is combining complex concepts into practical real world applications in an ever changing business world context. The gift is the enormous impact and influence I can have on eager minds and the transformation I see in them throughout the program. It makes it even sweeter, and is motivational, that the award is chosen by the students themselves!”

Mr. Atholi joined the faculty of the Midland MBA in the inaugural term of the program in January 2013. Since then, Mr. Atholi has guided each of the three graduating classes through their both first and final terms of the 16-month program.

“I’m so pleased to see Avi’s dedicated and tireless work with students in, and well-beyond, the classroom recognized by our students,” said Raymond Sass, dean of the Midland MBA program. “Experienced leaders with Avi’s rich professional background and passion for helping others learn and grow are exactly who we hope to attract to the Midland faculty, and we are grateful to get to work with him.”

Mr. Atholi joined First National Bank of Omaha in 2007, starting in their Treasury function, where he managed a variety of functions including Market Risk Management, Capital Adequacy Assessment, and Stress Testing. He currently leads an Enterprise Data Management function, aimed at leveraging the power of data across the bank’s systems and products for better insights and efficiency. Before pursuing his MBA at Southern Methodist University’s Cox School of Business, Mr. Atholi worked with PepsiCo overseeing a $150 million project to increase efficiency in supply chain operations.

Mr. Atholi’s experience in the business world is representative of the Midland MBA faculty. Students in this cohort learned from business leaders such as last year’s award recipient, Bill Bennett, Director of Pricing Strategy at Walmart, former CFO and Executive Vice President of Valmont Industries, Terry McClain, and Vice President of Finance and Operations at Mutual of Omaha’s Midtown Crossing, Joe Schmidt. The practical experience of the Midland MBA faculty helps faculty map real-world examples onto the theoretical models of business, while encouraging students to add challenges from their own careers to the mix for a robust learning experience.

The Midland MBA program is a hybrid program, combining in-person and online learning to allow flexibility for professional students while maintaining personal connections in the classroom and beyond. The next cohort for the MBA program begins in August 2016, with additional options to start at multiple points throughout the year.  More details on the program’s features and faculty are available at MBA.MidlandU.edu or by contacting Midland MBA Admissions at Admissions@MBA.MidlandU.edu or (402) 941-6226.