Why I chose MSU: The quality of education and facilities paired with the value and scholarships. Missouri State provided all that I was looking for!
How a legendary Springfield company influenced me to earn an MBA: To make spending money while I was an undergraduate, I accepted a part-time job at a local hotel as a front-desk agent. Before I knew it, I was working for John Q. Hammons Hotels & Resorts as an operations manager. This job opportunity turned into the first five years of my career, and drove my passion to further my education and pursue a master’s degree.
How the program helped me succeed: More than anything, the College of Business faculty made learning interesting and challenging. We did a lot of group projects, which could be out of my comfort zone — but I am thankful to have that experience. My success at my current job can be directly attributed to contributions to a team’s success. MSU engrained that in me.
What I love about my job: I go to work every day knowing that I am going to work with some of the brightest, most driven people in the world. I consistently interact with colleagues in my local office, as well as those in New York, London, Hong Kong and Bangalore. Being surrounded by such talent and motivation, it’s hard not to be excited about tackling projects and challenges.
How I stay connected to MSU: I stay in touch with classmates when I come back to the area for visits. I love the e-newsletters I receive from the College of Business; they keep me up-to-date on what’s happening in the college and on campus. I even stop by campus when time allows and I’ve been known to pop in on my favorite faculty members.