Jamey Phipps

“He was like a drill sergeant. I realized afterward, that was really something.”

When Jamey Phipps graduated with his MBA in 1985, he told himself he'd circle back and do something for the school that had done so much for him. He started a market research company. He didn't have any money, so he offered the school his time, speaking about his experiences as a young entrepreneur. When his company got successful—a merger, growth from 6 to 82 employees—he funded a fellowship in the name of Arun K. Jain, the professor who taught him how to get where he is today: president of Gelia Inc. in Williamsville, N.Y.