A quartet of Farmer School alumni are among the Miami University Alumni Association’s 18 of the Last 9 Award honorees for 2022.
The award recognizes alumni who lead, innovate, create, or make a significant positive impact on the world around them by consistently living out the values inherent in a Miami education through their work and/or service.
Akosua Boadi-Agyemang is a 2019 accountancy graduate working as a Senior Experiential Marketing Manager for Global Events at Microsoft HQ. “Akosua manages demand generation for internal events as well as promotional videos & Creator Experiences for flagship events. In 2022, Akosua was named as Event Marketer's 2022 'Experiential in Color' and as Bizzabo's 2022 'Top Event Experience Leader' for her work within the industry,” the alumni association’s entry said. “She’s an impactful storyteller who pioneered “The BOLD Journey,” an initiative that is creating lasting positive impact in the lives of people viewing (100+ million views) her content (job search, career, and immigration) over the past four years. This initiative works to bridge the gaps between access and opportunity for all people, especially, underrepresented people. Akosua constantly uses various platforms both on and offline to advocate and inspire others to partake in their own version of #theBOLDjourney. Overall, Akosua is a mover and shaker who knows the power of one’s voice and actively works to include and edify communities.”
Sam Jerow graduated with his bachelor’s degree and master’s degree in economics in 2018, and currently works as a financial analyst in the Financial Stability division at the Federal Reserve Board of Governors. “In his current role, Sam conducts policy analysis at the intersection of financial stability and the macroeconomy, focusing on stress testing, capital buffers, and leverage in the financial system. He also conducts research on a variety of related topics. This research includes a recent publication on the impact of uncertainty on fiscal policy transmission with his master’s thesis advisor and Miami professor, Jonathan Wolff,” the alumni association said “In addition to these responsibilities, Sam leads several efforts to improve diversity and inclusivity in the field of economics, and recruitment efforts to attract qualified students to the field.”
Christie Currie is a 2019 marketing graduate and is the Chief Marketing Officer at reAlpha, a real estate platform on a mission to enable anyone to invest in the $1.2 trillion short-term rental (Airbnb) market. “reAlpha is Christie’s second entrepreneurial endeavor having founded Zandaland, a holistic digital platform focused on the mental health of pediatric cancer patients, while at Miami. In just three years since graduating, Christie has become an accomplished executive evidenced by her roles as an Innovation Consultant at London-based L Marks, her board seat with a Brazilian marketing agency, and eventually assuming the CMO role at reAlpha,” the alumni association said.
“Christie has steadfastly focused her energy on achieving great outcomes for herself and those around her, holding increasingly challenging roles with greater responsibility. As the second employee brought onto reAlpha, Christie has led and shaped the organization, built a global community of over 50,000 users and investors in 12 months, as well as garnered international attention by Bloomberg, The Wall Street Journal, Forbes and more. Christie is often described as driven, creative, and empathetic, she is a natural leader who balances extraordinary focus on business outcomes with improving the lives of others. Christie graduated from the Farmer School of Business and the Altman institute of Entrepreneurship in 2019 and has just wrapped up her final semester at Columbia University in New York where she will receive her Master’s in Technology Management,” the alumni association said.
Max Flannery is a 2016 accoutancy/finance graduate and the co-founder and CEO of Adgile Media Group, a data-driven truck-side advertising company. “Adgile partners with last-mile trucking companies and wraps their vehicles on behalf of brands, making them mobile billboards. Adgile then deploys its data platform to measure anonymous mobile phone location data to measure how many people saw a given truck side advertisement, and then what actions they took following that exposure. Did they visit the advertiser's website? Did they purchase the product?” the alumni association said. “Adgile is establishing truck-side advertising as a more substantial player in the Out-of-home advertising world and bringing cutting-edge data measurement to the industry as well. Following his time at Miami, Max worked for Deloitte in Chicago doing management consulting. In 2018 Max founded Adgile before going full-time and moving to NYC in 2021.”
More than 70 alumni were nominated for the award, which is based on the popular “30 under 30” model and inspired by Miami University’s charter year of 1809.