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Alumni Testimonials

We're proud to see our Executive MBA students go on to achieve great things.  Here they share how the program contributed to their personal growth and professional success

Tanya Blackmon

“The McColl School of Business is phenomenal.  I really appreciated that the professors transferred their real life work experiences and lessons learned to the classroom.  The entire McColl School of Business was completely committed to my success in business and as a professional.”

Tanya Blackmon (EMBA '00)
President, Novant Health Huntersville Medical Center

Jeff Brown

“As an alum and an employer, it’s clear to me that the McColl School emphasizes the development of strong business fundamentals, but also captures a unique emphasis on leadership and the importance of succeeding as a team.  We have seen some of our best performers graduate from both the PMBA and EMBA programs.”

Jeff Brown (EMBA ‘03)
President and CEO of Dealer Financial Services, Ally Financial

Susan Gary

“The Executive MBA was a watershed for my career.  Of course it broadened my business knowledge and expanded my network, but more significantly, it gave me the insight and confidence to find a new position that really fit my passions and goals. The emphasis on leadership through personal discovery and awareness is so much more powerful than you anticipate. I’m sure I wouldn’t be in my new position if it hadn’t been for my experiences in the EMBA.”

Susan Gary (EMBA '12)
Vice President and Chief Financial Officer, Arts & Science Council

Aaron Harper

"On the first day at my new job, I felt truly prepared for this position and was able to apply all the skills and knowledge I gained in the McColl School EMBA. I owe this new chapter in my career to the connections I made through the program.”

Aaron Harper (EMBA '13)
Sr. Business Analyst, Duke Energy Corporation

Kim Henderson

“My experience at the McColl School was truly transformational. The faculty were focused on my development – both personally and professionally – and I feel equipped to meet any future challenge.”

Kim Henderson (EMBA '12)
VP of Community Affairs and Executive Director, Charlotte Hornets Foundation, Charlotte Hornets

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“The EMBA experience prepared me to collaborate, negotiate and more effectively deal with risk assessment and business decisions.  I’m convinced that my experience at Queens contributed to my promotion.”

Jeff Riggins (EMBA ’12)
Director of Storm Governance, Duke Energy

Karen Sammons

“The EMBA program broadened my business skills, helping me augment my technology background with a richer understanding of the entire enterprise. Even today the program continues to be a resource in that I find myself applying classroom lessons to my day-to-day interactions. The participative approach to learning is really a benefit because it allows students to learn from one another’s expertise as well as from the professors. I’m a stronger, more well-rounded and successful leader today because of it!”

Karen Sammons (EMBA '13)
Director, User Acceptance Testing, United Healthcare

Steve Sawyer

“When asked if I wish I had pursued my MBA earlier in life, my response is always ‘no.’ Pursuing an MBA at this stage in my career provided me with a strong, hands-on business foundation and enabled me I wouldn’t have been equipped to leverage and immediately apply what I was learning in class without a strong, hands-on business foundation.  What I appreciate most about the McColl School Executive MBA was that it helped me bring a new level of confidence and assertiveness to any business or financial discussion. Today I lead a new strategic sourcing vertical for CBRE.  Now I have the ability to ask the tough questions that enable me to participate in long-term business decisions.”

Stephen Sawyer (EMBA '13)
Director of Strategic Sourcing, CB Richard Ellis

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“Before I started the Queens EMBA program, I expected to receive a degree but had no idea I was in for a life-changing experience. The journey propelled my leadership ability beyond what I conceived possible. It opened up a business network that supports my career goals and led to a promotion.”

James Schell (EMBA ’13)

R. Steadman Sugg

"No other MBA program in the region offers this level of engagement and quality of exposure to local business executives and community leaders; it's truly the key differentiator of the McColl School's Executive MBA. I've been able to leverage that network to grow my career. In fact, I've been offered two promotions in the two years since graduation that I credit to the relationships I developed during the EMBA."

R. Steadman Sugg (EMBA '12)
Supplier Relationship Executive, Duke Energy

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“Thanks to the EMBA program, its professors and my coach, I not only gained a more in-depth understanding of business and strategy, but I also learned to appreciate my own strengths.”

Kathy Tucker
Regional Director of Strategic Sales and Marketing, Ryan Homes

Shanté Williams, Ph.D.

“The McColl School EMBA challenged me to think beyond traditional business topics like operations management and accounting. I have become a better-rounded leader by engaging both the left and right sides of my brain. By fully embracing openness, collaboration, and the entrepreneurial spirit I have grown personally and professionally. I am now well equipped to help drive the future of healthcare and scientific discovery.”

Shanté Williams, Ph.D. (EMBA ’14)
Business Development Manager, Medicomp, Inc.

Reggie Willis

"The dynamic of leadership is woven through all the classes. Getting those foundational leadership skills has allowed me to really jump in my career and reach some levels I didn't think I'd be able to obtain at a young age."

Reggie Willis (EMBA '03)
Risk Management Director, Ally Financial

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