One of the best ways to learn about our programs is to speak with the students and alumni. Below students and alumni reflect on their experience with the Executive MBA program.
Brad Dickerson, EMBA '03
Now: COO/CFO, Under Armour
"When it came time to start really being serious about doing an MBA program, Loyola was the first one on my list."
Nick Holbrook, EMBA '17
Now: Logistics Manager, Restorative Therapies
Congratulations on your interest in continuing your education. I’m sure if you’ve gone this far in the process you’re motivated and want to enhance your career and give yourself a competitive edge in the workplace.
My experience thus far has been unbelievably enlightening. I have B.S. in Electronics Engineering and this program in one year has nearly provided as much use as my four years earning my engineering degree. The courses provide the students with a solid foundation in all business and management as a whole. The information I have learned so far has been in the subjects of: leadership, management strategy, business strategy, economics and even accounting. Each of these courses has been equally useful in allowing me to understand the company I work for in a more comprehensive manner and contribute more and more as the weeks have gone by.
Not only have I gained a lot of educational knowledge but I feel I have gained lifetime friends and built a camaraderie with the entire cohort. The opportunities arising from networking and the connections formed are a benefit that is hard to put on paper. This has already proved for myself and my company to be rewarding.
The classes are small in size, meaning you receive full engagement from the professors and other students and each student has the support of the other. The courses are rigorous but greatly rewarding. I am a very dedicated father, husband and employee, thus one of my biggest fears was that I would not have enough time for the program, or that my family or work would suffer. Though the program is certainly a demanding commitment I feel I have grown at both work and home and as such work and home have not suffered. If anything I have been forced to provide more structure in my life which has helped with the increased workload.
Regarding the courses, I have found the subject of Leadership to be most helpful. The lessons in leadership can be applied to life as a whole. I have learned the importance and methods of reflection and decision making, which can be applied to any life situation. The professors are extremely knowledgeable, have relevant experience, teach with enthusiasm and truly care about the students in the program.
The only regret I have is not enrolling in the program earlier. I was always reluctant, intimidated and worried with the demands of life and thinking to myself “there will be a better time”. I learned timing will never be perfect and sometimes it is best to take the plunge. If you are indeed motivated and want to continue your growth both professionally and personally I encourage you to commit to the program.
Dan Phillips, EMBA '12
Now: Vice President, Sales & Business Development, Sun Automation Group
A colleague asked me to quantify the intrinsic value of my Loyola Executive MBA, which should be considered as two components. First, there is a value component that is more individual in form. By completing an executive education program with emphasis on core business disciplines; finance, economics, marketing, leadership, strategy, operations, globalization, ethics, change management, and critical thinking, my personal asset value has risen remarkably. Understanding the importance of “managing up” in the organization has provided me immense personal gains and has created an exciting work atmosphere. Completion of this program accelerates future opportunities and future income from a results oriented compensation plan. If an ROI were to be calculated for my EMBA tuition, the individual return is realized months before putting on the graduation gown. Loyola helped me become a confident, qualified business leader well prepared for future growth, new challenges, and an ethical business victory.
The second component of value, with more impressive dollar figures, are the “Real Results” achieved for my company from the knowledge that I gained through the Sellinger School of Business. With an education that provides global awareness and deeper understanding of product positioning, I’m better able navigate the challenges of a changing economic world. As a result of the program, I’ve helped my firm penetrate new international markets with business lessons learned from marketing, international macroeconomics, and strategic formulation. My personal communication and leadership style has become polished with better understanding of cultures, people, and the emotional forces that impact our different generations. These concepts were introduced through class sessions in operations, ethics, and leadership. One of the greatest benefits of the program is the tools provided to help motivate staff to work together successfully. This is a key ingredient for any successful leader. A group working together with department and personal goals aligned with company goals produces both top line results (revenue) and more importantly bottom-line results (profit). This system approach was presented in Leadership and Organization Effectiveness. The overall value to the firm is measured from business in new markets, operational efficiency gains from more effective communication of aligned staff, and global supply-chain management. All of these together have already provided more than one million dollars in value to the organization.
David Smith, EMBA '09
Now: Executive Director, Registration Services, Laureate Global Products and Services
The EMBA program at Loyola validated a number of leadership techniques currently in play as an executive, but truly fine-tuned and enhanced my overall knowledge base, especially as it related to the global economy. We focused a lot of time and energy on the extreme economic decline, guiding me to make better decisions as a leader within my organization. Having participated in a program that offered flexibility in not only the instruction, but within my schedule was a ‘win win’ for Loyola and me.
Eric Neal, EMBA '09
Now: Chief Executive Officer, YMCA of Indiana County
At Time of MBA: Director of Initiatives, YMCA of Central MD
This program helped me leap into a CEO role for a business in a turn-around situation, and turn around it did! I took the helm on Feb. 1, 2010 and through Dec. 31, 2011 we’ve experienced 30 percent growth in overall revenue and took an annual net loss from operations to a net surplus of more than $200,000 in 2011 alone. This program not only urged me to ask “so what?” but taught me how to build a team of leaders who can interpret those answers and implement change.
Nitin Agarwal, EMBA '09
Now: President, Motifworks Inc.
At Time of MBA: Senior Manager, basys Inc.
I always had the entrepreneurial spirit but after Loyola's EMBA, I am a better businessman. After my MBA, I started my own IT consulting business which is now close to $1M in less than two years.
Lessons from Marketing (Marketing and innovation are primary functions) and Finance (Cashflow is the king) were very useful, but more than that I have an enriched thought process about business.
John Purcell, EMBA '09
Using tools and ideas I reaped from my Loyola Executive MBA program experience, I was able to map a number of processes and increase efficiency in my sales organization, resulting in reduced order-received to order-inputted times and increased order accuracy. Our adoption of the 'processes, not people' ideal enabled our team to become more focused on tasks and less worried about their 'turf.'
In addition, the Loyola Executive MBA program experience provided me with the information I needed to restructure our price model in my company's Mass Market retail channels, improving our gross margins on those products by 3-5% and resulting in six-figure increases in margin dollars.
Jeff Zarin, EMBA '09
Now: Chief Financial Officer, Lighting Maintenance, Inc.
At Time of MBA: Chief Financial Officer, Alarm Tech Solutions, LLC
Reflection, teamwork, innovative thought and an integrated perspective on business were key takeaways from my EMBA experience. Great contacts and networking opportunities have also been put to use. Our new strategic approach achieved 25 percent revenue growth during the Great Recession. I am a key player on the management team that created a business plan to double the company's size. And I've added leadership of HR, IT, and Marketing to my scope of responsibility.
Diane Maistros, EMBA '10
Now: Chief Administration Officer, Mosaic Community Services
In a not-for-profit company that is required to adapt to changes quickly due to unsure funding from year to year, survival comes from finding the most efficient ways to manage our processes. Over an exceptionally difficult year, laden with a recent merger, I was able to implement process improvements in our HR department using workflows, Kaizens, and Ishikawas.
Charley Stoessel, EMBA '10
Now: National Sales Manager, No Tears Learning
At Time of EMBA: National Curriculum Specialist, No Tears Learning
I was able to steer my company into a successful international entry and expansion strategy earning $1.2 M in revenues already through leveraging contacts made during the international field study in China. Most useful were the classes in International Business, IFS, and Strategy.
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