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Meet Our Alumni


Amanda Tamayo

Undergraduate Business 2010

Born in: Virginia

Raised in: Virginia and Charlotte, North Carolina

"I like Kenan-Flagler's emphasis on global awareness and the opportunities to travel abroad to study and learn about business cultures around the world."

Rolf Hoffmann

MBA 1987

Title: Senior Vice President

Company: Amgen International, Switzerland

"Discipline and balance are keys to success in both business and life."

Patrick McGowan

Evening MBA Class of 2011

Title: Product Manager

Company: IBM LotusLive - Research Triangle Park, NC

"Every time you have the chance to apply an assignment to your work, take it! When you apply what you learn to your job, it benefits everyone. "

Yan Guan

MBA 2009

"During [a CSR] audit, I saw thousands of young girls (some underage) working in harsh conditions. I told myself if I could run a company in the future I would never let this happen. "

Ryan Yorkery

Evening MBA Class of 2011

Title: Program Manager

Company: Fidelity Investments - Cary, NC

"I really liked UNC’s curriculum. I was specifically drawn to the plethora of elective courses they offer. And the faculty was amazing."

Connie Benton

Weekend MBA Class of 2010

Title: Exchange Negotiator

Company: ExxonMobil - Washington, D.C.

"Pursuing my MBA demonstrated my ability to successfully manage multiple situations: work, family, and EMBA. Just prior to graduating, I was offered a promotion. The UNC MBA was definitely a solid investment."

Daniel Valenzuela

MBA 2012

Raised in: Huntington Beach, California

"UNC Kenan-Flagler excels at providing students a flexible curriculum with specific courses and career opportunities unique to the school, such as in Real Estate and Sustainable Enterprise. "

Avi Bhagtani

OneMBA Class of 2010

Title: Manager, Global Software Services

Company: Broadcom Corporation - Raleigh, NC

"If you look at today’s globalized business world, there’s no way you can have a single-dimensional approach. OneMBA made sense to me."

Micaela Maxwell

MBA 2010

Raised in: Keene, N.H.

"As I have explored my career options, I have had the chance to engage with alumni and have found the alumni community invaluable."

Ellen Thompson

MBA 2004

Title: Brand Manager of Stove Top, Taco Bell Home Originals, and Shake ‘N Bake

Company: Kraft Foods

"There is a fairly large Kenan-Flagler network here at Kraft. There were some great people who took me under their wing, and helped me to transfer my success at Kenan-Flagler to success at Kraft."

Ed Robinson

OneMBA Class of 2009

Title: Vice President, Operations Analytics & Support

Company: Genworth Mortgage Insurance Corporation - Raleigh, NC

"In OneMBA, I learned to look at business more strategically. I no longer just analyze the numbers and facts. I think about where we want to go and how we can build a solid roadmap to get there."

Caitlin Leary

MBA 2012

Raised in: Buffalo, New York

"I found both my internship and full-time position through Kenan-Flagler alumni, and look forward to being a resource to future students as I start my career."

Michael Simonetto

MBA 1991

Title: Principal

Company: Deloitte Consulting

"My decisions are still shaped by early MBA lessons in finance, marketing and operations. UNC teaches you to think, question and execute. It taught me that if you don't know the answer, at least you know where to look for the answer."

Rolf Blizzard

MPA 1997, BSBA 1995

Title: Vice President of Governmental Affairs, 2005

Company: North Carolina Citizens for Business and Industry (NCCBI)

"From infrastructure to capital, worker training needs to leadership, the education I received at Kenan-Flagler has proven invaluable in helping me in my goal to make this a better place to live."

Napoleon Wallace

MBA 2010

"The sustainability space is kind of hard to get a hold of... The knowledge pool is always changing, which is actually what makes it so interesting. "

Neena Vasavan

Undergraduate Business 2012

Born in: Downer's Grove, Illinois

Raised in: Schaumburg, Illinois

"There's an added level of attention to student needs that makes you feel like an entire university is behind you, wanting you to succeed."

Lisa Bescherer

MBA 1991

Title: Senior Director of Marketing for Lamb Weston

Company: ConAgra Foods

"The UNC Kenan-Flagler credentials on my resume carry a lot of weight and have been very critical in helping me continuously move up in my career."

Christie Anthony

Undergraduate Business 2012

Born in: Atlanta, Georgia

Raised in: Raleigh, North Carolina

"The UNC Kenan-Flagler network is unlike any other I’ve experienced."

D. Keith Pigues

MBA 1993

Title: Dean

Company: School of Business, North Carolina Central University

"I have found that what I gained from UNC Kenan-Flagler's focus on leadership has been the most valuable and enduring benefit I received."

Jim Johnson

MBA 2007

"I believe the vast majority of people want to live in a cleaner and more-just world, yet we all know how perspectives can sometimes change when people act from behind the walls of a corporation. "

Ed Hubbard

MBA 1995

Title: Founder and President

Company: United Devices Inc.

"When you start a company, you find out the next day you're in charge of sales. I tell students in the MBA Program that if they don't have a sales background, go learn something about sales."

Margret Lee

MBA 2005

Title: Director of Brand Management and Advertising

Company: Norwegian Cruise Lines, Miami

"I was promoted in record time, which speaks volumes about the level and caliber of my education. Without the experience of the Kenan-Flagler MBA, I wouldn't have ever been able to make that leap and be successful.

Ian Czaja

MBA 2007

Title: Consultant

Company: The Boston Consulting Group, Atlanta

"As a result of my experience at Kenan-Flagler, more job opportunities have opened up, and my ability to succeed across multiple dimensions has been greatly magnified."

Elena Miller

MBA 2007

"Business has the incredible power to cause great harm, or do great good. That is why I believe it is vital for today's business people to consider the footprint of their business decisions on the global community. "

Preston Smith

Undergraduate Business 2010

Born in: Fort Leavenworth, Kansas

Raised in: Durham, North Carolina

"UNC has many scholarships, loans, and other programs to make sure any qualified candidate can afford to come here."

Tracy (Commerson) Ely

MBA 2003

Title: Marketing director, Centocor Ortho Biotech Products

Company: Johnson & Johnson Pharmaceuticals division

"The reason UNC Kenan-Flagler graduates are successful at Johnson & Johnson is because of the School's leadership and teamwork focus."

Dale Johnson

Undergraduate Business 2012

Raised in: Greensboro, North Carolina

"I’m a Tar Heel born and bred. My interest in majoring in business, and UNC Kenan-Flagler’s impressive reputation were the icing on the cake."

Anthony Lewis

MBA 2010

Born in: Manhattan

"When you come to a place that’s genuine, that means something. It’s the UNC Kenan-Flagler way."

Juan Lopez

MBA 2010

Born in: La Coruna, Spain

"I was initially very attracted to UNC Kenan-Flagler's curriculum design. The variety of elective courses allows me to tailor my choices when looking at post-MBA career goals."

Tom Outlaw

Evening MBA 2008

"Working in international development convinced me that the private sector has a vital role to play in poverty alleviation. "

Russ Pool

MBA@UNC Class of 2013

Current Location: Alexandria, Virginia

Title and Company: Aviation Combat Element Instructor, Marine Air Ground Task Force Staff Training Program, United States Marine Corps

"I already feel like a smarter, more accomplished professional. MBA@UNC has exceeded my expectations by influencing my career in completely unexpected ways."

Henry McKoy

BSBA 1995

"Fourth-Sector is predicated on relationships with diverse populations of players and collaborators. Kenan-Flagler was a great environment for the kinds of interactions that I have every day. (May 2009)"

Zachary Zlatev

Undergraduate Business 2014

Raised in: Boca Raton, Florida

"UNC Kenan-Flagler fosters a shared experience. This translates into a strong network of peers and alumni who you can connect with on a meaningful level."

Annie Evans

MBA 2011

Born in: Baltimore, Maryland

Raised in: Jacksonville, Florida

"I chose UNC Kenan-Flagler because I want to dedicate my career to developing communities that embody the triple bottom line: profitability, sustainability, and social responsibility."

Erik Sneed

MBA@UNC Class of 2013

Current Location: Cherokee, North Carolina

Title and Company: Harrah's Cherokee Casino Resort, Caesar's Entertainment Inc.

"It’s incredible to be able to put my new skills into action and see the immediate impact on our business!"

Zac Frost

MBA 2010

"UNC Kenan-Flagler was very welcoming to me and my family. I felt like we had a support network, and it started before we even arrived."

Jamie DeMaria

MBA@UNC Class of 2013

Current Location: Annapolis, Maryland

Title and Company: Executive Director, Medscape Education

"There’s camaraderie and openness – a willingness to help each other. We have a good time together, and it makes the process fun!"

Annie Bing

Evening MBA Class of 2010

Title: Director, Strategic Development

Company: PPD, Inc. - Morrisville, NC

"Before the program, most of my work involved individual research. Now, I’m leading teams! I’ve also led multiple strategic planning projects at both the corporate and business unit level."

Nathan Fox

MBA 2004

Title: Brand Manager

Company: Procter & Gamble, Cincinatti

"Kenan-Flagler is really about collaborating, working together. And I think that atmosphere at UNC has translated really well for me to my career at P & G."

Melissa Pullam

MBA@UNC Class of 2013

Current Location: San Diego County, California

Title and Company: Distribution Center Manager, Coca Cola Refreshments

"You might think an online program is less personal than a traditional classroom setting, but this program is surprisingly intimate."

Lindsay James

MBA 2003

"For significant sustainability ROI, there must be a cultural shift in a company, inspiring innovation at all levels in the company and generating more savings across the company than one sustainability champion would ever be able to create. "

Evelyn Contre

MBA 2006

"I wanted to work with companies that are taking a holistic approach to how they operate. It's to the point where it's no longer about being a nice guy or doing something that's different or cool. It's just good business. "

Christian Robinson

MBA 2011

Born in: Ft. Gordon, Georgia

"I am excited about the resources here at UNC Kenan-Flagler such as the Applied Investment Management class, Capital Markets Lab and Investment Management club to help me prepare for a position within a portfolio management capacity."

Maia Blankenship

MBA 2004

"To be successful, an organization must be scalable, sustainable, and effective. "

Mike Harley

OneMBA Class of 2010

Title: Group Director, Business Development

Company: The Coca-Cola Company - Atlanta, GA

" I learned more from working with global teams than I ever expected – from setting up a global conference call to understanding the impact of cultural differences."

Brittany Hackett

Undergraduate Business 2012

Born in: Gaithersburg, Maryland

"I have been able travel outside of the country for the first time by participating in two global immersions, one to Beijing and Shanghai, China and the other to Cape Town and Johannesburg, South Africa."

Liz Coddington

MBA 2003

Title: Manager, Operations Planning and Analysis

Company: Netflix, Inc., California

"UNC really differentiates itself in that it really focuses on getting students prepared for the next step after business school."

Beth Richardson

MBA 2008

"Kenan-Flagler attracted me for it’s robust Net Impact chapter, depth of sustainability-related course offerings, and culture that encourages teamwork and collaboration."

Dennis Docherty

Weekend MBA Class of 2005

Title: Director, Worldwide Marketing Services, Construction and Forestry Division

Company: Deere & Company - Moline, IL

"Earning my MBA was one of the most challenging experiences of my life – and one of the most rewarding. The folks at UNC understood that business is about managing relationships."

Fernanda Abbud

MBA 2004

"To work with sustainability means being able to constantly link many different stakeholders. During the MBA, I developed the communication skills to, for example, promote multi-stakeholder dialogues so everyone at the table comes away happy. (June 2008)"

Rajiv Sridhar

MBA@UNC Class of 2013

Current Location: Weston, Florida

Title and Company: Lead Business Analyst, American Express

"The technology platform is brilliant! Everything is done through one portal. Live sessions, recorded classes, group projects, individual assignments. It’s seamless."

Tracy Xiang

MBA 2013

Raised in: Shandong, China

"As an international student, I benefited significantly from the culture sessions designed to help us learn the American culture and adjust to the new environment easier."

Helen Ding

MBA 1998

Title: Institutional Client Group Risk Management, New York

Company: Citigroup Senior Vice President

"UNC taught me how to adapt to a new environment quickly. It increased my ability to be a fast learner. This ability is so critical in the ever-changing global business environment."

Bobby Evans

BSBA 1991

Title: Director of Minor League Operations

Company: San Francisco Giants

"Whether it's writing formulas in Excel or my accounting classes, it's amazing how much of the stuff I studied is related to the business side of baseball."

Michel Lusakueno

MBA 2010

Born in: Congo

"You need the kind of teamwork we are exposed to here in order to get through the rigor of this experience."

Deb Parsons

MBA 2006

"Capital can provide more than just the fuel in the engine. It provides people with a sense of hope. "

Spencer Hall

MBA 2010

Born in: Knoxville, Tenn.

"The entrepreneurship program is excellent and offers top-notch training and opportunities."

Jordan Meer

Undergraduate Business 2013

Raised in: Englewood, Colorado

"I chose UNC because I wanted a well-rounded college experience, one full of school spirit, top academics, volunteer opportunities and a great sports culture"

Chris Strausz-Clark

MBA 2000

"Choosing only to work with people who think and act like you do, many alternative and interesting views are missed. Broader exposure to different points of view is critical to innovation in sustainable enterprise. "

Jan Davis

MBA 1979

Title: President & CEO

Company: ShopperTrak, Illinois

"If you never fail at anything, you aren't trying enough hard things."

Jeb Terry

MBA 2011

Born in: Dallas, Texas

"One of the great things about UNC Kenan-Flagler is that you are encouraged to explore career options. I am currently exploring Private Wealth Management, Private Equity and Venture Capital, Real Estate Development and Investment and Entrepreneurship. "

Teon Watson

Undergraduate Business 2012

"The Kenan-Flagler community is truly like a family, as there are people all throughout who are willing to help and offer useful advice."

Valerie Cook Smith

MBA 2002

"Citigroup started this sustainability initiative as the right thing to do, as well as something that enhances our brand and reputation. Now we are increasingly finding that this expertise is an asset when talking to clients. "

Gianluigi Moroni

Weekend MBA Class of 2011

Title: Senior Director, Business Development

Company: bioMerieux SA - Lyon, France

"The MBA gave me exposure to the aspects of business. This helped me develop a more strategic approach to problem solving, and expanded my career options."

Keith Beverly

MBA 2011

Born in: Washington, DC

"The network undoubtedly is a differentiator for UNC Kenan-Flagler. Alumni frequently return to campus to share their experiences during events such as Securities Industry Day or The Alpha Challenge. They often describe their time at UNC as 'one of the best experiences' of their lives."

Lysandra Gibbs

MBA 2011

"I decided to pursue an education in sustainability in order to make it my first professional priority, rather than a secondary project. "

Betsy Vos Reeves

MBA 2007

"Sustainability will influence a company's ability to generate profits, attract top talent, and create an effective business model. "

Chau Mai

MBA 2012

Raised in: Southern California

"UNC Kenan-Flagler was a safe place, in which I could take risks, fail, and learn from those mistakes in order to succeed after graduation."

Susan Easley

MBA 2002

Title: Brand Manager

Company: Kraft Foods, New Jersey

"Kenan-Flagler shaped me as a leader in that I think it helped me to be even more collaborative, while being willing to take a tough stand."

Hollis Rucker

MBA 2006

Title: Experienced Commercial Leadership Program

Company: GE Aviation, Cincinnati

""Before I went to UNC Kenan-Flagler, I just felt like I was a passenger in the car that was driving my career. Now I feel like I'm in the driver's seat.""

Ashley Demming

Undergraduate Business 2010

Born in: Melbourne, Florida

Raised in: Palm Bay, Florida and Kingsport, Tennessee

"UNC has been a place to grow intellectually and a second home. Kenan-Flagler has proven to be one of my favorite parts of UNC."

Ying Wu

MBA 2010

Born in: Shanghai, China

"The Career Management Center helps the international students with one-on-one consulting and getting accustomed to the area and U.S. culture."

Alena Pisarcyk

MBA 2011

Born in: Russia

Raised in: Minsk, Belarus

"The alumni and current student network has been invaluable. Meeting with alumni makes me feel a part of a big supportive UNC Kenan-Flagler community."

Lisa Shpritz

MBA 2005

Title: Senior VP / Environmental Manager

Company: Bank of America, Charlotte

"Going to UNC Kenan-Flagler completely changed my professional life. I would never have thought of a way to bring together environmental management, corporate responsibility, real estate and all the issues I get to work on."

Amitav Virmani

MBA 2000

Title: General Manager

Company: Ranbaxy Laboratories, India

"Kenan-Flagler was instrumental in understanding corporate America."

Lisa Shpritz

MBA 2005

"There is a very nurturing environment at Kenan-Flagler. It allows one of my favorite things: to take an idea and bring the right people with the best skills to the table to produce the best product imaginable. "

Kayrn Withers Aguirre

BSBA 1996

Title: Director of Program Development

Company: International Justice Mission

"I learned at UNC Kenan-Flagler that project management standards of excellence must apply to both the profit and nonprofit sectors."

Ganesh Raj

Undergraduate Business 2012

Born in: Bangalore, India

Raised in: Saint Louis, Missouri and Jacksonville, Florida

"The undergraduate business program at UNC is, in my mind, one of the best programs in the nation at integrating classroom knowledge into real-world experiences."

Diane Wilfong

BSBA 1983

Title: Controller

Company: Eastman Kodak Company, New York

"Who I am and where I am is due to great grounding at UNC."

Jason Kilar

AB, Business Administration and Journalism & Mass Communication 1993

Title: CEO

Company: Hulu

"I learned how to size up a situation from a business perspective and to determine, 'Is it real? Is it meaningful? Can we have s sustained competitive advantage?'"

Sergio Wiernik

MBA 2002

Title: Managing Partner

Company: Capital Financial Advisors, Costa Rica

"Learning from my classmates was an insightful experience."

Frederic Gerards

Undergraduate Business 2010

Born in: Heinsberg, Germany

Raised in: Lanzarote, Spain

"I really appreciate the emphasis placed on teamwork at the school as it is a skill that employers value highly."

Kristin Wong

MBA 2010

Born in: Boston, Mass.

Raised in: Chapel Hill, NC

"As part of the Premier Fellows Program, I have access to networking, recruiting, and leadership activities that have opened many doors for me."

Ellen Pennow

MBA 2013

Raised in: Green Bay, Wisconsin

"I had many reasons for choosing UNC Kenan-Flagler, but the biggest draw for me was the quality of the student body. When I visited campus as a prospective student, every UNC Kenan-Flagler representative I met was exceptionally friendly, intellectually curious, and motivated to make a difference on a large scale."

Dan Sowder

MBA 2010

"Business school is an opportunity for each of us to identify and explore what values are most important to us and how we can achieve them through our careers. "

Michele Buck

MBA 1987

Title: President and CEO

Company: The Hershey Company, Pennsylvania

"UNC Kenan-Flagler has opened doors throughout my life."

Paula Wertheim

MBA 2009

"Kenan-Flagler stood out because it was team-oriented in its approach. "

Michael Young

Undergraduate Business 2011

Born in: Camden, New Jersey

"My most treasured experience of the BSBA program was my first time out of the country with the GLIMPSE South America program. Personally, the opportunity was nothing short of amazing."

Kenneth Ho

MBA/MRP 2003

"The most effective way to protect the environment is not to place it above all other considerations as some do, but to find a way to balance the preservation of it with the development and growth of society. "

Matthew Kromer

Undergraduate Business 2011

Born in: Edinburgh, Scotland

Raised in: Germany and Texas

"The reputation of UNC Kenan-Flagler was the determining factor in my decision to choose UNC. My business professors at Tyler Junior College in Texas recommended UNC over all in-state options."

Jen Tackett

MBA 2010

"UNC Kenan-Flagler has changed me. I’m more confident as a woman. It taught me how to identify my intrinsic marketing talents and to develop and employ my network in the job search."

Dominic Dascoli

Undergraduate Business 2011

Born in: St. Louis, Missouri

Raised in: Greensboro, North Carolina

"The integrated programs involve many of the school's graduate students; this allows for an exceptional education and real-world experience not available in many other disciplines."

Kerry Kilar Headrick

BSBA 1998

Title: Associate Manager for High Affinity Segments

Company: Walt Disney World

"My big brother, UNC Kenan-Flagler alum Jason Kilar, has always been a great mentor to me. His most valuable career advice was encouraging me to attend the business school."

Amit Singh

Evening MBA Class of 2003

Title: Founder and CEO

Company: Spectraforce Technologies, Inc. - Raleigh, NC

"This was a life-changing experience for me. When I arrived, I was reluctant to speak up, but the leadership development class helped me change how I interact with others."

Tucker Bartlett

MBA/MRP 2003

"Kenan-Flagler gives you the opportunity to make connections between the hard skills you learn and how you can use those skills to further the goals of sustainability. "

Chelsea Phillips

Undergraduate Business 2011

Born in: Cincinnati, Ohio

Raised in: Huntersville, North Carolina

"UNC Kenan-Flagler alumni are unique in the many ways they give back to the school through funding to send students abroad or contacts for internship and job searches."

Ashraf Hossain

MBA 2009

Title: Associate brand manager

Company: Olive Garden

"UNC Kenan-Flagler helped me develop my leadership skills. As I work with cross-functional teams, the communication skills I learned have helped me in leading those groups."

Brad Sparks

MBA 2004

Title: Director of Global Green Initiative

Company: KPMG International

"UNC Kenan-Flagler provided me with an invaluable international perspective. In one year alone, I traveled to four different continents through Kenan-Flagler related programs."

Su-Yen Wong

MBA 1993

Title: Worldwide Partner & Managing Director

Company: Mercer, Singapore

"Kenan-Flagler is about collaborating and working across boundaries."

Jeremiah Myers

MBA 2013

Raised in: Columbia, South Carolina

"Leaders of today must have skills beyond the technical, and UNC Kenan-Flagler’s leadership platform is the best at building those other critical abilities."

Edwina Woodbury

BSBA 1973

Title: CEO and President

Company: Chapel Hill Press

"UNC Kenan-Flagler not only taught me the technical skills I needed to have some degree of success in the corporate world, but, more importantly, it prepared me for the challenges and rewards of working with and through others in an environment of diversity."

Tesa Oechsle

OneMBA Class of 2006

Title: CFO

Company: Lord Corporation - Apex, NC

"As CFO, you’re sitting at the table with all the players - technical, legal, human resources, marketing, sales, and operations. My MBA gave me the skills and confidence to lead all these different business functions toward financial success."

Chris Lyle

Undergraduate Business 2012

Born in: Worms, Germany

Raised in: Ocean Springs, Mississippi

"The Kenan-Flagler Alumni network is an extension of the undergraduate family; therefore, I've come to realize that my family will only grow once I graduate."

Bruno Erbisti

MBA 2002

"As long as people lack a macro-view of the world and think that their actions are not connected to other people or to the future, they will not be motivated to make their operations more sustainable. "

Ken Hines

MBA 1984

Title: Senior managing director of bond and corporate finance group

Company: John Hancock

"What Kenan-Flagler did for me was help me transition from forestry to corporate banking. I could never have had this career without taking the step to get my MBA at Kenan-Flagler."

Omar Garcia

MBA 1999

Title: Founder

Company: AVENTA Real Estate Services

"I'm a civil engineer. I love building stuff, whether it's a building or a company. My UNC Kenan-Flagler MBA helped prepare me to do both."

Juan Saldarriaga

Undergraduate Business, Political Science 2010

Born in: Bogota, Colombia

"I am participating in the STAR program, an initiative in which undergraduates are paired with an MBA students and an industry executive to work in a real consulting project. The leadership initiatives differentiate the school."

Brian Chossek

MBA 2001

"When we can tap in to the human potential, we'll begin to see paths to sustainability and new business models that truly create sustainability, rather than incremental improvements based on current economic models. "

Eric Rosenbaum

MBA 1984

Title: Chief Operating Officer

Company: Women In Need

"I learned that you have to bring all of who you are if you want people to invest their hopes and dreams in your leadership."

Sindhura Citineni

BSBA 2004

Title: Director of Education

Company: TROSA

"UNC helped me become an effective leader. By applying the knowledge I gained from my business degree, I strongly sharpened my confidence. I also sharpened my ability to identify needs and to strategize solutions."

Aeisha Williams

MBA 2010

Born in: Kansas City, MO

"I truly was amazed by the culture here. The caliber of the class is phenomenal, and there’s so much to learn from our peers."

Cindy Davis-Jones

MBA 1996

Title: Vice President of Consumer Marketing

Company: The Weather Channel

"It was in a UNC Kenan-Flagler strategy class that I found brand management to be my true calling. It taught me to think strategically and to develop a disciplined approach to problem-solving."

Katherine Jennrich

MBA 2008

"I couldn't have asked for a more perfect real world application of my academic pursuits than my summer internship Supply Chain Greenhouse Gas analysis for Wal-Mart. "

Marty Uczen

Weekend MBA Class of 2009

Title: Corporate Strategy Director

Company: Duke Energy - Charlotte, NC

"When I looked around at others in my organization who were successful in their careers, I realized there were some gaps I needed to fill - particularly in finance, strategy and operations. Earning an MBA helped me round out those areas."

Robby Francis

Undergraduate Business 2010

Born in: Indianapolis, Indiana

Raised in: Charlotte, North Carolina

"UNC offered a top-notch education close to home. Ultimately, the positive word of mouth and the fantastic reputation of the University was what brought me here."

Maggie Wu

MBA 2011

Born in: Zhengzhou, China

"The Leadership Initiative opportunity for feedback from executive coaches provides an excellent platform for students to learn and prepare to lead more effectively."

Shashank Khandavalli

MBA 2007

"To ensure sustainability, managers need to assess the value and long-term impact of each of the five capital assets: natural, human, social, manufactured and financial — not just the economic value added by the project. "

Paul Clayton

MBA 1984

Title: CEO

Company: Jamba Juice

"Being part of the business school opened doors to opportunities that weren't previously available to me. Most importantly, it started me on the path to where I am today - leading a great organization and building a special brand."

Maital Guttman

MBA 2013

Born in: Israel

Raised in: North Carolina

"The UNC Kenan-Flagler experience extends beyond the two years at school, and instead is a lifelong community. "

Paquita Poindexter

MBA 2008

"By linking the core competencies of the firm to a triple bottom line, a company has the opportunity to design creative solutions to their problems while mitigating environmental and social risks. "