Alumni Question and Answers

Michael Bulzan MBA '03

"There is something truly special about having a compelling value proposition to talk to people about: the quality of The Duke MBA experience for students and the value that a Duke MBA can bring to an organization." Regional Director, Europe
Duke's Fuqua School of Business
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Erik Michielsen MBA '02

"There is no blueprint career path, and with the friendships, education, and support structure the Fuqua experience provides you can truly do anything as long as you are willing to sacrifice, work, and persevere." Founder, Capture Your Flag
Fuqua Alumni Council
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Damon Butler MBA '04

"Team Fuqua is about a small group of people dedicated to making the world a better place and having a little fun along the way." Corporate Vice President
New York Life
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Robin ten Kate MBA '03

"My favorite memories were working with my team late into the night to complete and perfect a project." Operations Manager
Capital One Small Business
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Timothy Kasbe MBA '00

"It's always good to ask "why" you are doing a project or assignment. And there has to be meaning, more than just money, success, fame or material things." Chief Operating Officer
Gloria Jeans
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Suzanne Smith MBA '08

"On my very first day then-Daytime Dean Bill Boulding said, "There is no growth in comfort, there is no comfort in growth." I had my own Aha! moment and now pass that quote on to my students and clients." Founder and Managing Director
Social Impact Architects
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Jason Bigler MBA '06

"I loved the entire GEMBA experience, though I'd have to say, the experience of having our residencies across the world was the best part for me. It gave us a chance to really be immersed around the globe." Product Management Director
Google
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Doug Eisner MBA '07

"Among the many great professors I had at Fuqua, Professors Jon Fjeld and David Robinson stand out. My company started in Jon's class, and both Jon and David became important advisors to GrassRoots. We benefited enormously from their expertise in entrepreneurship and financing." Former Owner
GrassRoots Biotechnology (Now a part of Monsanto)
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Sean Maurer MBA '03

"The most important thing I learned was actually working in groups. And then I learned it again in my first few jobs after school. Getting the right answer is only one-third of the work, getting it accepted and implemented are the other two-thirds." Director, Artisan Franchise
Hershey's
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Ken Pittman MHA '86

"Team Fuqua to me is about restless excellence. Excellence in teaching and education and research, and excellence in our contribution and service to business and industry. And certainly excellence in our continual commitment to each other." Chief Operating Officer
UNC-Chapel Hill Campus Health Services
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Beverly Sobel-Redler MBA '90

"Always leave some place better for your having been there. Essentially, always be a value-added element in any endeavor." President
RedPrompt
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Penelope Gardner MBA '87

"Live your life, professional and personal, based on your core values." Relationship Manager, IBM Academic Initiative
IBM
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Greg Hawkins MBA '10

"I always knew the marketplace was dynamic but Fuqua gave me the tools to create order out of chaos and adapt as needed." Founder and CEO
Virginia and Maryland Triathlon Series
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Edouard Serre MBA '11

"Team Fuqua is an extended family that constantly reminds me to be accountable for my actions, always strive for better, and never take the easy way out." Business Development Director
Distribution Leader Price Madagascar
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Jay Foard MBA '09

I think it is easy to get stuck in certain mindsets and routines in our professional careers, and Fuqua helped me work through some of those mental barriers I had built up unknowingly so that I could continue to grow and prosper professionally and personally. Vice President
SAP
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Oris Stuart MBA '89

"Team Fuqua describes the culture and spirit of collaboration and shared opportunity that was inherent in my experience 25 years ago and is still part of the fabric of the school. Team Fuqua means "community" to me and a belief that 1 + 1 equals more than 3." Senior Partner
Korn/Ferry International
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Dana Gerle Clemens MBA '97

"Learning is about both the process and the knowledge. We gained knowledge in the classroom, but learned about how it really worked from our teams." Vice President of Operations
PodPonics
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Max Sazhin MBA '09

"I think it is very important to know that somewhere in the world there is a group of people that have similar aspirations." CFO
Henderson Russia
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Bill Huber MBA '11

"The relationships that I developed at Fuqua are ones I hope will last the rest of my life." Managing Director
CohnReznick Advisory Group
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Beth Bafford '06, MBA '12

"Our shared experience of the culture created a lasting, mutual admiration and respect that I don't think will ever fade away." Senior Officer, Strategic Initiatives
Calvert Foundation
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