University of Southern California, Marshall School of Business
Describe yourself in 15 words or less: Former Green Beret with experience leading teams internationally who is transitioning into the business world.
Hometown: Pasadena, CA
Fun Fact About Yourself: I enjoy creative writing and live music
Undergraduate School and Major: School: West Point, Major: Russian / Arabic
Employers and Job Titles Since Graduation: Served for six years in the Infantry branch of the Army as a Platoon Leader and Executive Officer where I served two tours in Iraq. Following the Infantry, I earned my Special Forces Tab and was a Special Forces Team Leader for just over three years and I served a tour in Afghanistan.
Describe your biggest accomplishment in your career so far: Earning my Special Forces tab and being able to lead Special Forces soldiers overseas.
Looking back on your experience, what advice would you give to future business school applicants? I would say to pick a program that best suits not only your career goals but your personality. USC Marshall is a community as well as an amazing MBA program and that’s what students should be looking for when considering who they want to form lifelong relationships with.
What led you to choose this program for your full-time MBA? I loved the Marshall School’s emphasis on being a part of the Trojan Family. The Marshall School will enable me to develop and improve my leadership and management skills through the programs devotion to the understanding of the inner working of the global marketplace. Marshall is known for their emphasis on innovation, collaboration and social responsibility, which are the tools I wish to cultivate to become a strong and responsible business leader. With a large international student body, the Marshall School’s access to alumni in over 44 countries will allow me build partnerships with our foreign counterparts to strengthen business ties and foster an atmosphere of inclusion and innovation.
Tell us about your dream job or dream employer at this point in your life? I want to work for an emerging markets alternative energy company, where I can develop market entry strategies to bring energy innovation to previously untapped regions with the most need. I will use the Marshall MBA program, the impressive alumni network, and the diverse student body to build life-long networks with responsible business leaders, reach my goals, improve my leadership abilities, and succeed with U.S. and international partners.
What would you like your business school peers to say about you after you graduate from this program? I want my business school peers to know that they can always contact me at any point in life and can trust me to always live up to the Trojan Values. Fight on!