Marcos Arellano
“My aim was to change my industry, function, and geography. Armed with my military experience and my Duke MBA, I gained access to companies and roles I wouldn’t have otherwise.”
Director
Red Ventures

Weekend Executive MBA

Class of 2015
Industry:
Marketing, Advertising

Prior Education:

New York University School of Law
JD, 2007

North Carolina State University
Political Science, 2004
Hometown:
Charlotte, North Carolina
Nationality:
USA

Reflections

I was not sure whether I wanted to complete my Navy commitment and then enroll in a daytime program, or start a weekend program the following fall, so I attended Fuqua’s prospective student day geared toward military veterans. After meeting current students, learning more about the concept of Team Fuqua, and talking to alumni, I realized that the Weekend Executive program offered everything I wanted to accomplish. Learning that I was not signing up for a watered-down MBA and that Team Fuqua truly extended to executive students, it was a no-brainer for me to start business school while still in the Navy.

Before Fuqua

I was a Supply Officer in the U.S. Navy responsible for developing and managing budgets related to aircraft carrier construction, specifically the nuclear power plants that drive them.

After Fuqua

Eight months after my MBA, I transitioned to a general management role at Red Ventures, where I direct the operations team running sales campaigns for our client, including P&L responsibility over the partnership.

5 Tips for Residency

  1. Enjoy your classmates! Take some time to go out with your classmates and get to know each other on a personal level.
  2. Engage with the Daytime MBA students. They might be 10+ years younger than you, but many of them have done really interesting things and bring a unique perspective to Fuqua.
  3. Get to know the great team in the Career Management Center. You may be looking for a new job during your experience, and knowing what they offer is important.
  4. Enjoy Durham. The city has a lot to offer, so be sure to explore off campus.
  5. Don’t forget to have fun. The experience can be stressful and exhausting, but it is also exhilarating.

Weekend Executive MBA

Top Areas of Career Focus

IT (16%)
Financial Services (14%)
Health Care/Health Services (10%)
Manufacturing/Operations (9%)
Sales/Business Development (8%)
Consulting (8%)

Typical Class Demographics
Weekend Executive MBA

Age Range

36

Work Experience

11 years

Students with Advanced Degrees

32%

Women

27%

Student Network


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