"I value an integrated approach that strategically weaves in multiple elements of business curriculum and continually connects the workings of one subject with another."
I am a retired U.S. Army lieutenant colonel with 24 years of active duty military service. I am currently employed by Sikorsky Aircraft as a deputy program manager, and I am responsible for leading teams in the building of proposals and the execution of contract changes to the MH-60R and MH-60S helicopters in support of the U.S. Navy.
Why did you choose UNH and what attracted you to your graduate program?
I selected UNH's EMBA program for three reasons. First and foremost, I was drawn to the integrated curriculum. I value an integrated approach that strategically weaves in multiple elements of the business curriculum and continually connects the workings of one subject with another. Secondly, UNH's curriculum schedule fit best within the demands of my professional and personal life. Meeting every three weeks provides me the right balance to successfully complete the program. Lastly, UNH's program offered me the most advantageous veterans’ benefits. After 24 years of service, I am happy to be in a position where I can utilize both the Post 9/11 G.I. Bill as well as UNH’s Yellow Ribbon program to fund my education.
How have your experiences at UNH helped prepare you for your desired career path?
My experiences at UNH have enabled me to interact with professionals from a variety of industries and various business structures. The student cohort is made up of individuals from corporate America, privately owned business and the nonprofit sector. Interacting with them has substantially increased my awareness of the various challenges faced within each environment. The knowledge gained through my instructors has provided me with the financial skills to effectively manage a profit-and-loss statement as well as the organizational behavior skills to ensure that I am performing effectively as a leader.
Tell us about a memorable hands-on learning experience such as a class project, applied research or an internship that you have participated in.
I was part of a four-member group that conducted a case study on the organic grocery store Whole Foods, Inc. We evaluated Whole Foods utilizing all the disciplines that had been taught throughout the module – finance, accounting, economics, quantitative analysis and IT. This allowed us the opportunity to showcase and utilize the knowledge and tools that we had gained as a result of all of our coursework.
What are your post-graduation plans?
My post-graduation plans are to continue my professional growth through continued challenges and opportunities within the aerospace industry. I have a passion for leadership and look forward to new opportunities to teach, coach, mentor and lead employees in positions of increasing responsibility.