Testimonials

Logan Dietz2017, Masters of Business Administration, Bowling Green State University
2016, Bachelor’s Degree in Finance, BGSU

Logan Dietz maximized every day of his time at Bowling Green State University, particularly since he was eligible to play for a fifth year as a student athlete. Capitalizing on his extra year, Logan decided to get two degrees.

“I was really attracted to the flexibility of the MBA program and how accommodating it was for the student athletes. Being familiar with the College of Business Administration and the quality of the education and professors, as well as knowing that getting my MBA would benefit me in the long run made my decision very easy.

With a bachelor’s degree in finance, Logan found the transition to the MBA program to be seamless.

“My biggest takeaway from the MBA program was the “Leading for Organizational Success” c0urse because this was something I had never been exposed to. Learning how to be a leader and a manager is something that stays with you your whole career as you move up in your company and begin to manage people.”

Logan is currently a financial planner at Hefren-Tillotson, a wealth management company in Pittsburgh, PA.
“While going through the MBA program I really wasn’t sure of the path I wanted to take so I networked and talked to as many people in the finance world to learn what the possibilities were out there.

“Just by networking and talking to as many people as I could, I found my way to where I am today with a great company and a great future ahead of me.”

Katherine Eboch2017, Masters of Business Administration, Bowling Green State University
2012, Bachelor’s of Fine Arts in Fine Arts in Drama/Technical Theatre, Carnegie Mellon University

Katherine Eboch’s journey to an MBA demonstrates the ease in which students with non-business backgrounds can transition into graduate business program. With a bachelor’s degree in fine arts and a few years of experience in that field, Katherine decided she wanted to make a change. Knowing that BGSU’s College of Business was nationally ranked solidified her choice. Her decision and MBA degree led to her current position as an Inventory and Database Manager at Soles4Souls.

“Once over the initial shock of taking a math course (or three) for the first time since high school, I learned so much from my professors and graduate assistantship positions. There were many great opportunities for real-life applications of what we were learning in class. The best part of the program was studying abroad in Strasbourg, France.

Katherine encourages graduate students to remain active in clubs and programs outside their studies.

“My advice to current and future MBA students is to get involved and make the most of your time here. Just because you are a grad student doesn’t mean you can’t participate in clubs, activities, or other parts of campus life. Go to a hockey game. Attend a business club meeting. Participate in MLK Day of service. You would be surprised at how much the undergrads can teach you and how rewarding it is to befriend and mentor them.”

Kyle Henry2015, Masters of Business Administration, Bowling Green State University
2013, Bachelor’s Degree in Secondary Education, BGSU

Kyle Henry’s experience running his family farm operations gave him a taste of the business sector, one he found he enjoyed quite a bit. So, when it became difficult to find a full-time teaching job in a saturated market, Kyle turned to BGSU’s MBA program to pursue a degree he believed would give him a step up in the agriculture industry.

“I knew that BGSU’s MBA program and its College of Business were very well regarded. I really liked that the program was relatively short and that it was designed for those who do not have a business background.”

“Transitioning into the MBA program with only a small business background was easier than anticipated. The faculty geared their classes to non-business background students which was very valuable.”

Kyle was offered a position at Owens Corning as a Sourcing Specialist soon after obtaining his MBA. He is responsible for buying raw materials for several factories throughout the U.S. and Canada.

“I never really expected to get into this field of work, but I really enjoy my job and the company. Being one of the few employees to have my MBA, I am looked up to for my leadership and technical skills.”

Wanzhou Liu2017, Masters of Business Administration, Bowling Green State University
Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration, Shanghai Maritime University, China

After two years in the workforce in China using his undergraduate business, Wanzhou Liu felt a Masters in Business Administration would have a huge impact on furthering his career. He studied for the GMAT and the TOEFL exam, an English-language exam for study, immigration and work. After passing both, he was accepted in BGSU’s MBA program.
His hard work paid off. He is currently working in venture capital analysis in a US-China multibillion-dollar conglomerate where he reports directly to the chairman.

“During my MBA studies I not only gained knowledge from classes, but more importantly, I learned the essence of the learning process. With this skill, I researched the company and was better prepared for the interview.”

Wanzhou advice to MBA students includes, “As you learn material from books, think about how you can apply this knowledge to your work in the future. Get involved in professional activities which will give you a better understanding of the industry you work in after graduation. Finally, send out more resumes and do more interviews. They are among the best learning opportunities and will help you find a satisfying career.”

Hunter Marcuson2017, Masters of Business Administration, Bowling Green State University
2016, Bachelor of Arts in Rhetoric Communication, BGSU

After deciding that he wanted to explore something beyond a communications career, Hunter Marcuson chose to complete the Masters of Business Administration program at BGSU.

“I always liked business, so I figured why not go for my MBA. It flowed well with where I was at in life. I did not want to take a job that I would not be happy with, so it worked out perfectly at that point in my life.”

Since completing his MBA Hunter as worked as a marketing consultant for a multimillion-dollar franchise in Detroit and later became a property manager for a real estate company in Tucson, Arizona.

Today he has found his favorite part of his MBA is the entrepreneurial skills and options it has provided. He has used his interest in competitive marksmanship to obtain sponsors and be a sales consultant for a firearms company.

“I am using my MBA to explore many different paths. I would advise any current MBA student to keep an open mind and not to zone in on any one path. Always let people know you have your MBA because they are just as interested in drive individuals as you are interested in getting a job.”

Amarie Matthews2018, Masters of Business Administration, Bowling Green State University
2017, Bachelor’s degree in Healthcare Administration, BGSU

Amarie Matthews kept hearing so many positive comments about BGSU’s MBA program in her American Association for University Women’s group that she decided to explore it further. After attending a few information sessions, Amarie knew the MBA program was an ideal match for her goal to expand on her business minor.
“It seemed like a very reasonable program and the fact that I could start as an advanced undergraduate was very attractive,” said Amarie.

With the core business classes her undergraduate degree provided, Amarie smoothly transitioned to the master’s program.

“I could tell the MBA program was a different level than what I was used to, but I was looking for a challenge and the program provided me with that.”

Her advanced skill set, and tenacity helped Amarie to secure her current position as Support Coordinator at Cardinal Health. After applying for the position in the Spring of 2018, Amarie learned they wanted to hire someone before she graduated. Cardinal Health was so impressed with her potential and skills that they held the position for her until she finished the MBA program.

“It is a dynamic role where I get to work with customer care and manage national business accounts. I work directly with customers which I really enjoy.”

“The MBA program really helped prepare me for the workplace and the type of role I have now. I learned how to do group work and effectively communicate with my coworkers. The MBA classes truly mimic the workplace, so it felt very familiar when I entered the real work force.”

Florence Montarmani2017, Masters of Business Administration, Bowling Green State University
2016, Bachelor’s Degree in Biology and minor in Chemistry, BGSU

Florence Montarmani entered Bowling Green State University’s MBA program confident that the degree would help open doors to potential new careers. Even she was surprised at how many doors it opened.
Florence chose to enter the MBA program after deciding she did not want to continue a pre-med path, but still wanted to continue her educational career. Knowing that she could complete the Masters in Business Administration program in one year was an added plus.

Her early trepidations about entering the program without a business background quickly dissipated once she started classes.

“Of course, the terminology of the courses was a bit difficult, but the math was easier for me than some people because of my science background.”

Florence found she loved everything about the MBA program, particularly her study abroad experience in Strasbourg, France.

“I also became very close with my cohort members and still keep in touch with them.”

The MBA program also opened Florence’s eyes to a career path she had never considered. The revelation came through a Business Law and Ethics class.

“I had never though about law school before this class, so it was a big takeaway for me. I never missed this class and enjoyed learning the information. I did some research and talked to the professor who was a practicing attorney and decided that this was the path I wanted to take.”

After graduating from the MBA program, Florence began law school at DePaul University in Chicago.

“I want to go into patent law which requires some type of science background as well as business knowledge, so it brings everything full circle. The MBA taught me to think in a more professional capacity and showed me that there are many different paths you take with this degree.”

Lindsay Nelson2015, Masters of Business Administration, Bowling Green State University
2014, Bachelor’s Degree in Apparel Merchandising and Product Development, BGSU
 
After completing her undergraduate degree, Lindsay Nelson recognized that she wanted to pursue different studies, and believed joining Bowling Green State University’s MBA program would help provide the most opportunities for job growth.
“I wanted to diverse myself and get more of a business background in case I wanted to take a different career route. I joined the MBA program to expand my horizons.”

She acknowledges that transitioning to business from a creative background was a bit of a challenge but found the team approach offered through the MBA program helped bridge the change.

“Adjusting was hard, but I was very dedicated, and the cohort experience was great because we were always studying and working together, so I didn’t feel like I was on my own.”

The MBA program also helped Lindsay realize that she enjoyed finance, accounting, and the business sector much more than she had anticipated.

Once she chose a business sector totally different than the retail environment she once thought she would enjoy, everything clicked. Lindsay is currently a Capacity Planning Analyst for Arthrex, a medical device manufacturing company.

“My job is extremely different from corporate planning, but I enjoy it so much more. It is much more challenging, and I learn something new every day. Without my MBA, I would not have been able to get into this different field.”

Aj Shank2019, Masters of Business Administration, Bowling Green State University
2016, Bachelor’s Degree in Jazz Studies Performance, University of Missouri-Kansas City

AJ Shank likes keeping his options open. So, while he knew he would always have a love of music, he took a broader view when looking at future fulltime careers.

“When researching options, my interests often lined up with MBA programs,” he said. “I learned BGSU’s College of Business was well regarded, so I knew this program would be a great fit for me.”

Turned out the critical and analytical thinking skills that were a natural part of AJ’s musical background were also the perfect skills to have in the MBA program.

After meeting a recruiter for Bendix at a Supply Chain Management Association luncheon, AJ visited their booth at BGSU’ Fall Job Expo and landed an interview and offer for an internship. He joined Bendix as an intern in December 2018, working with their delivery department in customer service where he managed reports and other company projects.

“I really enjoyed what I was doing and the culture of the company,” he said. “Knowing that they were looking for someone for a new role in the customer service department, I kept after it in hopes of acquiring a full-time position.”

His internship and persistence paid off. AJ is currently a Customer Service Representative for Bendix. BGSU’s MBA program turned out to be the perfect choice for AJ to advance his skills and follow a career path he discovered he loved during his studies.

Jessica Sheets2015, Masters of Business Administration, Bowling Green State University
2013, Bachelor’s Degree in Tourism, Leisure, and Event Planning, BGSU

Scholarships, graduate assistantships and completing a master’s program in one year convinced Jessica Sheets that BGSU’s Masters of Business Administration was the path to take. Jessica, Community Development Manager for the American Cancer Society in Tampa, FL, knew that adding to her business acumen would give her a career edge.
Although she did not have a business background going into the MBA program, Jessica found its cohort model provided a new level of support.

“The transition was easier than I thought it would be. The cohort aspect of the program helped me feel connected and I had people I could rely on. The courses and the instructors also made the transition into the business world a little easier.”

“Throughout the program the cohort aspect was really important and helped me get through some of the challenging times. I am still connected with some of my cohort members.”

Jessica found her MBA perfectly supplemented her event planning skills. Her account management knowledge, networking skills, and business acumen add a new level of expertise to her work in community development.
Jessica encourages MBA students to maximize the many benefits its cohort model provides.

“Take advantage of the cohort model and the people who are learning and growing with you. Make the most of the time you have and your investment in the program by learning and being present in each course.”

Ben Steward2017, Masters of Business Administration, Bowling Green State University
2016, Bachelor’s degree in Exercise Science, BGSU

Ben Steward knew that he wanted to be a chiropractor—and have his own practice. He knew his chiropractor skills would come from his degree in exercise science and chiropractor school. Successfully running his own practice required something more. Ben turned to BGSU’s Masters of Business Administration program to acquire the skills and experience he will need to open his own practice.

While he entered the MBA program from a non-business background, Ben found the program’s cohort model provided an ideal format to connect and learn from others.

“The cohort model was very helpful when it came to classwork,” he said. “There are many people with different education backgrounds and areas of strength working together to figure things out. I formed some really great relationships with my cohort members, and it was especially interesting becoming friends with international students and learning about different cultures.”

Ben’s MBA leadership courses took him to area companies where he witnessed firsthand how the business practices he learned in the classroom were applied in the real world.

Today, Ben is nearly finished with chiropractor school in Seneca Falls, NY. He’s found the knowledge and skills he learned in BGSU’s MBA program have helped him even in his technical classes, particularly as they relate to working in groups.
When he completes chiropractor school, Ben knows his MBA will play an equal role in his own practice.

“The MBA program helped me gain the knowledge I will need to create a business plan to present to banks for a loan to open my own practice,” he said.  “The leadership skills I acquired will help me with directing my employees. And the finance and accounting classes will definitely help with operating my practice.”

Brian Trent2017, Masters of Business Administration, BGSU
2018, Master of Accountancy, BGSU
2016, Bachelor’s degree in Criminal Justice, Bowling Green State University

Brian Trent wanted the best graduate education for the best career possible and he found it.
“I chose BGSU’s MBA program because it continues to be a highly ranked program and the staff were great advisors and mentors.”

Brian believes the MBA’s cohort model is the ideal way to maximize the knowledge and potential of students with a variety of backgrounds.

“I like that you finish with the people you started with while creating lasting relationships, both professionally and personally. The group aspect of the program helps you get out of your comfort zone.”

Brian, who is the controller at Tenable Protective Services in Cleveland, said his MBA gave him stronger credentials that helped him obtain his current position.

“The MBA program lays the foundation for growth. In the current workforce, most places require a master’s degree, so receiving my MBA right away was the right choice. Being younger than many people in the work force and having an MBA gives me an edge over the rest.”