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Manager, Store Operations
TELL US A LITTLE BIT ABOUT YOU AND YOUR COMPANY.
Previously I was the founder and owner of Bear Hammer Furniture LLC, which is a retail and wholesale furniture organization in the Florida Market. I ran and operated the business for five years and maintained strategic business relationships with many hospitality organizations. I was responsible for project management, workforce leadership, inventory control, budget and financial management, retail and wholesale sales, and investments. After graduating from JWMI, I was hired at Tapestry, Inc. as Manager of Store Operations for the brand Coach, Inc
WHY WERE YOU LOOKING TO GET AN MBA?
People classify me as a leader. I understood very early on, as far back as high school, that I wanted to be a leader in my career. After earning my bachelor’s degree in business administration with a concentration in human resources management from Strayer University, I knew I wanted to continue my academic journey. I wanted to take part in the MBA program that would not only help me understand business but enable me to become an effective leader.
And the Jack Welch MBA program has done that. I currently manage an inventory asset’s stock team and also lead a team of sales associates, sales leads, and cashiers responsible for individual Coach, Inc. stores.
WHAT’S BEEN YOUR MOST REWARDING EXPERIENCE IN THE PROGRAM?
The most rewarding experience in the Jack Welch Management MBA program was the ability to apply the elements learned to real business. Being an entrepreneur, businessman, and strategic leader, I needed to be part of an academic program that would not only provide me with leadership credentials but would also transform how I thought about business and use those thoughts through real-world solutions. This MBA has given me the confidence to know I can put critical thinking into practice and earn winning outcomes.
PLEASE SHARE ANY ADVICE FOR NEW STUDENTS EMBARKING ON THE MBA JOURNEY
One of the significant elements of a Masters of Business Administration degree is that the components learned can be applied to any industry. An MBA opens doors; there are no limitations to the direction of your career.
PLEASE SHARE ANY ADVICE FOR STRAYER UNDERGRADS WHO ARE ENTERTAINING AN MBA.
My journey from Strayer University to JWMI has been a continuous ongoing academic experience from beginning to end. I did not take any breaks in between the two programs. Once I finished my bachelor’s degree, I enrolled and started the Jack Welch MBA program in the very next quarter. While a break sounded appealing, for me, it was essential to keep up the momentum and finish strong.
The principles and fundamentals that I learned in the bachelor’s degree courses at Strayer set me up for success to achieve superior academic benchmarks with the JWMI MBA program. The most significant classes were as follows:
- ECO 100 Principles of Economics prepared me for JWI 515 Managerial Economics
- BUS 475 Business and Society prepared me for JWI 505 Business Communications and Executive Presence
- BUS 302 Management Concepts prepared me for JWI 550 Operations Management
- MKT 100 Principles of Marketing prepared me for JWI 575 New Business Ventures and Entrepreneurship
WHAT IS ONE TANGIBLE TAKEAWAY YOU RECEIVED FROM THE MBA PROGRAM?
I planned to apply for leadership opportunities at Tapestry, Inc., regardless of my academic accomplishments. Still, the program provided me the confidence to outline how I could add value to the management position for which I was applying. The JWMI program was one of the reasons Tapestry considered me over other candidates. Much of the JWMI course work related directly to the position’s objective, roles, and responsibilities.
I am already using the skills I learned at JWMI in my career. Specifically, courses like JWI 550 (Operations Management) allow me to remain hyper-focused to find efficiencies. At the same time, JWI 530 (People Management) has enabled me to hire, retain, and position the right players within Coach, Inc.
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