What degree program did you study?
“I received an undergraduate degree, a Bachelor of Science, at the University of Texas at Austin. After seven years, I returned to school for an M.B.A. from Yale School of Management. Since then, I have spent most of my career in the IT industry working for a large software vendor servicing Fortune 500 companies. Now I am taking that experience and providing the same types of solutions to small and mid-sized businesses.”
What does your current position entail?
“I own an IT managed service provider focusing on small to mid-sized companies and as a business owner, I wear all sorts of hats. From developing strategic plans and sales plans to working with financials and meeting with prospective clients. I stay very busy. I meet with my team every Monday and try to lay out the week. Marketing is something I do all week as there are many networking events to attend, such as Chamber of Commerce events and industry association events. Sales calls are key so I meet with prospective clients to assess their current IT systems and provide them with options to increase their productivity. Though I own my business, I am part of a franchise system, CMIT Solutions. CMIT provides a tremendous amount of support and there is a large community of fellow business owners and technicians that I can leverage so I am never completely on my own.”
Do you feel your education prepared you for your current role?
“Absolutely. The two degrees I received have positioned me to succeed. I received the technical education to understand the marketplace and the M.B.A. to help ensure I know how to run a business. But the education doesn’t stop there, owning a business is an education in itself.”