Meet Georgia Tech Scheller’s MBA Class Of 2021

Bill Mizell 

Georgia Institute of Technology’s Scheller College of Business

“I am an analytical problem solver, experienced consultant, Atlanta native, and Georgia Tech fanatic.”

Hometown: Tucker, GA

Fun Facts About Yourself: I participated in an International Student Volunteers program in New Zealand, where we planted more than 800 trees at a Department of Conservation site.

  • I have attended every Georgia Tech home football game since 1995, except two (Miami 2008 and Vanderbilt 2017)
  • I have been a tutor in Geometry, Pre-Calculus, Chemistry, Physics, and Latin
  • I served as a member of the Vestry at my local church and helped recruit a new head priest.
  • I had spinal fusion surgery to correct scoliosis in 9th grade.
  • I played golf through high school, and my best round was a 74 in a tournament at East Lake.
  • I am so passionate about voting systems that I implemented single transferable vote at my fraternity.
  • On the MBTI test, I am classified as an “INTJ – Strategist/Architect”.
  • I am currently pursuing my Green Belt Certification in the Lean Six Sigma program.
  • I participated in an International Student Volunteers program in New Zealand, where we planted over 800 trees at a department of Conservation Site.
  • I went on a solo road trip from Atlanta to Montreal and back to visit friends along the route.

Undergraduate School and Major: Georgia Institute of Technology, B.S. Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering

Most Recent Employer and Job Title: Alvarez & Marsal, Consulting

Describe your biggest accomplishment in your career so far: I led a workstream for a pet food and supplies company to help them revamp their inventory replenishment systems and reduce inventory by $25M+ while maintaining fulfillment service levels.

What quality best describes the MBA classmates you’ve met so far and why? Fun! They each are engaging, bring a unique background and perspective and, most importantly, all pass the “no jerks allowed” test.

Aside from your classmates, what was the key factor that led you to choose this program for your full-time MBA and why was it so important to you? The location in Midtown and strong ties to the Atlanta business community were the key factors that led me to choose Scheller. I have deep family ties here, and I know that I want to leverage Scheller’s local network to develop my next career stage.

What club or activity are you looking most forward to in business school? Analytics Club / Intramural athletics

What was the most challenging question you were asked during the admissions process? “Tell me about a time that you had to handle diversity while in a leadership position.”

What led you to pursue an MBA at this point in your career? I felt that an MBA would help me complete my pivot from chemical engineering to a business role, learn to better communicate within business frameworks, and position me to chase a successful and fulfilling career. The opportunity and assistance that Scheller provided were too great an opportunity to pass up or postpone.

What other MBA programs did you apply to? N/A

What made you select Scheller? It was the overall fit with current and incoming classmates, Graduate Research Assistant opportunity, and additional financial assistance

How did you determine your fit at various schools? I networked with current students, picked their brains on career services, and eventually determined that my professional and personal goals lined up with what Scheller offers.

What was your defining moment and how did it shape who you are? I don’t think that I have had my defining moment yet, but I hope that I look back in ten years and see that choosing to pursue my MBA at Scheller is that defining moment.

Where do you see yourself in ten years? I see myself in Atlanta, leading a team of smart, tech-savvy people, using analytics to help my business make better decisions.

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