Undergraduate Institution: Columbus State University
MBA Activities: Georgia MBA Veterans Club, UGA Aviation Club
About: Over the past nine years, I have served in numerous pilot and leadership positions,
including pilot in command, company commander, program/course manager, assistant operations
manager, and government flight representative. Additionally, I deployed twice to Afghanistan
and served a one-year tour in South Korea.
An MBA will enable me to reinforce my leadership proficiency with a solid educational
foundation. It also exposes me to multiple business theories/disciplines, identifies
ways to meet and exceed organizational bottom line, and better facilitates operational,
program, and team successes.
I chose Terry because of its huge alumni network, small class size, and because UGA
participates in the Yellow Ribbon Program supporting Veterans and their educational
Branch: Marine Corps
Concentration: Strategy and Business Analytics
Undergraduate Institution: The Citadel
MBA Activities: Georgia MBA Veterans Club, Non-Profit Board Fellows
About: After commissioning from undergrad, I spent nine years in the U.S. Marine Corps,
first as an Infantry Platoon Commander and Company Executive Officer, and then as
a Special Operations Officer with U.S. Marine Corps Forces Special Operations Command.
I deployed to conflict zones in Afghanistan, Yemen, Syria, Iraq, and Lebanon.
As a history major in undergrad, I had the skills to communicate a researched, thoughtful
perspective to a broad audience. During my time in the military, I had the opportunity
to refine those skills to impact senior-level decision-makers and stakeholders. The
hard skills in analytics and strategy execution that an MBA provides will enhance
my ability to add value to organizations in the civilian sector.
I chose UGA because the Terry College of Business provides great student-to-instructor
ratios that foster a personalized learning environment. Terry is also a fantastic
place for Veterans and the college lives up to their reputation for valuing military