Tuesday, September 8, 2009

Meet the Class 2011 - Tarek

One of the unique attributes of the DeVos Sport Business Management Program is the network of students who make up our program. Our class will take every course together during our tenure here at UCF and we will work on countless group projects and collaborative efforts. As a result of our shared interests in the business of sport, a natural team camaraderie is formed. However, our team is composed of people from diverse backgrounds, experiences and ambitions. We offer profiles of class members to give you an idea as to the type of people who make up our program, individuals who collectively will be leaders in sport and society and will be teammates for life.

Name: Tarek Chehab

Hometown: Daytona Beach, Florida

Undergraduate School & Major: Saint Leo University, Accounting

Reasons for Choosing the DeVos Program: I am working on earning my Certification as a public accountant. I would love to work as a CPA for the sport/entertainment industry. My long term aspiration is to become a Chief Financial Officer of a Professional Sports team.

Future Career Ambitions: Where to begin? The stress on ethics and diversity are very important to me. Issues such as social and professional equality for women and minorities are pinnacle. The camaraderie of being in a family-type environment with small class sizes. The importance the DeVos program sets on giving back to the community. Lastly and certainly not least- the “living classroom” vision because, lets face it- there are a lot of things in the real world that cannot be taught in class.

If you could play a round of golf with any three sports figures (dead or alive, on the field or off) who would you choose and why: (1) Hakeem Olajuwon, in his 1993-1994 season he was the first player to be named NBA MVP, NBA Defensive Player of the Year and NBA Finals MVP in the same season. Even though he was a beast on the court he won me over as my favorite NBA player because of his off court humbleness. (2) Florida Head Coach Urban Meyer, this man is a coaching genius. Don’t believe me? Read his book - Urban's Way: Urban Meyer, the Florida Gators, and His Plan to Win. (3) Tiger Woods, it just would be weird for me not answer with the best golfer in the world with such an inquiry.

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