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2020 Student Career Profiles

Our Full-Time MBA students are successfully pursuing their Master of Business Administration to fulfill their career ambitions and positively impact current and future organizations as Best for the World Leaders. All of our students stem from various academic backgrounds and bring vast experience and insight to the table—creating an enriching atmosphere full of fresh perspective and immense educational diversity. These students make waves in their organizations and communities, respectively, and plan to expand their sphere of influence as values-based business leaders and entrepreneurs.

Full-Time MBA Students

Laura Ahn

Laura Ahn

  • Email: laura.ahn@pepperdine.edu
  • Undergraduate Major: Communications
  • Undergraduate School: Loyola Marymount University - Los Angeles, California
  • Position Previous to School: Laura managed a 22-person team aiming to deliver quality service to Honda and Acura brand customers and handling an average monthly volume of 15,000+ digital interactions across social media, live chat, email, and text message.
  • Functional Areas: Other
  • Professional Experience: 3-5 Years
  • Specific Industries Targeted: Human Resources/Organization Development
  • Career Goals: Laura hopes to take full advantage of the resources available through the MBA program and find a new career that is meaningful and fulfilling. She would like to transcend her current role and industry altogether.

Caleb Arndt

Caleb Arndt

  • Email: caleb.arndt@pepperdine.edu
  • Undergraduate Major: English and Music Production
  • Undergraduate School: California Lutheran University - Thousand Oaks, California

  • Position Previous to School: Client Relations and Technology Specialist

  • Functional Areas: Finance

  • Professional Experience: 3-5 Years

  • Specific Industries Targeted: Entertainment/Media

  • Career Goals: Caleb would like to move into a financial advisory role at his current company or get a position at a money management firm in the entertainment industry.

Gabriel Berenson

Gabriel Berenson

  • Email: gabe.berenson@pepperdine.edu
  • Undergraduate Major: History
  • Undergraduate School: Loyola University, Chicago - Chicago, Illinois

  • Position Previous to School: Music Agent Assistant, supporting a senior music agent in booking and marketing concert tours worldwide.

  • Functional Areas: Marketing

  • Professional Experience: 3-5 Years

  • Specific Industries Targeted: Entertainment/Media

  • Career Goals: Gabe is focused on gaining a position in marketing/brand management. He is open to several industries, including entertainment/media, consumer products, healthcare, and others. Alternatively, because of his background in entertainment, he is interested in venture capital and finance as it relates to entertainment/media startups and early-stage companies. He feels an MBA will give him the knowledge and training to excel in a more traditional business environment.

Shawn Bhatita

Shawn Bhatita

  • Email: shawn.bhatia@pepperdine.edu
  • Undergraduate Major: Business Administration, Finance
  • Undergraduate School: University of Houston - Houston, Texas

  • Position Previous to School: Led and oversaw an 8-person inbound customer service team tasked with providing exceptional customer service to his organization’s 500,000 members.

  • Functional Areas: General Management

  • Professional Experience: 1-3 Years

  • Specific Industries Targeted: No industry preference

  • Career Goals: As an aspiring entrepreneur, Shawn’s long-term goal is to have his own business. Immediately after the MBA program, he plans to work in an LDP program or venture capital firm. He believes Pepperdine’s cross-disciplinary education, E2B program, and Bryant Stibel classes will allow him to develop his management skills exponentially. He was also drawn to the study abroad program and looks forward to adding an international experience to broaden his horizons.

Tai M. Brown

Tai M. Brown

  • Email: tai.brown@pepperdine.edu
  • Undergraduate Major: Finance and Telecommunications

  • Undergraduate School: Michigan State University - East Lansing, Michigan

  • Position Previous to School: Managing Editor at AthleticDirectorU.com

  • Functional Areas: Other

  • Professional Experience: 5+ Years

  • Specific Industries Targeted: Consulting

  • Career Goals: Tai’s post-MBA plan is to design financial and leadership strategies for competitive business environments with unique resource structures. Ideally, he would like to help college athletic departments with organizational leadership and financial solvency.

Ryan Cohen

Ryan Cohen

  • Email: ryan.cohen@pepperdine.edu
  • Undergraduate Major: Psychology

  • Undergraduate School: Willamette University - Salem, Oregon

  • Position Previous to School: Social Media Strategist/Front Office at a dental office

  • Functional Areas: Marketing

  • Professional Experience: 3-5 Years

  • Specific Industries Targeted: No industry preference

  • Career Goals: Ryan is interested in working in human resources, marketing, general management or entrepreneurship.

Maria Martinez Davila

Maria Martinez Davila

  • Email: maria.martinezdavila@pepperdine.edu
  • Undergraduate Major: Economics

  • Undergraduate School: Pepperdine University - Malibu, California

  • Position Previous to School: Collaborated in studies at a nonprofit research think tank to evaluate success and public opinion of various government programs and initiatives

  • Functional Areas: Marketing

  • Professional Experience: 3-5 Years

  • Specific Industries Targeted: Entertainment/Media

  • Career Goals: Maria hopes to land a position in marketing research at an entertainment or digital media company where she can incorporate data analytics into market strategies. She feels that the Pepperdine MBA will help her reach her goal by providing her with a well-rounded education incorporating business analytics, digital technology, and social responsibility.

Kirstine C. Donato

Kirstine C. Donato

  • Email: kirstine.donato@pepperdine.edu
  • Undergraduate Major: Kinesiology

  • Undergraduate School: California State University, Northridge - Northridge, California

  • Position Previous to School: As Lead Patient Care Coordinator, Kirstine oversaw the day-to-day operations of the physical therapy clinic.

  • Functional Areas: Human Resources Management

  • Professional Experience: 1-3 Years

  • Specific Industries Targeted: Healthcare/Biotech

  • Career Goals: Kirstine sees herself in a position where she is able to manage projects regarding operations in a healthcare facility. She decided to pursue an MBA and a career in medical facility operations after observing how operations worked at the physical therapy clinic where she was previously employed. She would like to be able to discern what needs improvement and partake in projects which will improve facility operations while staying within budget.

Kayla Eber

Kayla Eber

  • Email: kayla.eber@pepperdine.edu
  • Undergraduate Major: Design/Media Arts
  • Undergraduate School: University of California, Los Angeles - Los Angeles, California

  • Position Previous to School: At her marketing internship, Kayla ran the Instagram account for a veterinary hospital acquisition firm. She wrote articles aimed at doctors and nurses, and designed promotional products that were sent out to all locations.

  • Functional Areas: General Management

  • Professional Experience: Less than one year

  • Specific Industries Targeted: Consumer Products/Manufacturing

  • Career Goals: Kayla is pursuing a career as an entrepreneur and launching her own 3D printed jewelry company. While getting her MBA, she hopes to learn finance and managerial concepts and hone in on her marketing skills. She also is interested in learning more about sustainable and ethical business practices and is pursuing an internship that focuses on management and finance. She also plans to earn a SEER certificate.

Teller Emmer

Teller Emmer

  • Email: teller.emmer@pepperdine.edu
  • Undergraduate Major: Sports Medicine
  • Undergraduate School: Pepperdine University - Malibu, California

  • Position Previous to School: Campus Minister for the University Church of Christ on Pepperdine’s campus in Malibu

  • Functional Areas: General Management

  • Professional Experience: 3-5 Years

  • Specific Industries Targeted: Technology/Digital Innovation

  • Career Goals: Teller hopes to find a position in management within the green energy/transportation sector. Technology in these areas is advancing quickly, and he feels that this MBA will provide him with the management and entrepreneurial tools he needs to be competitive in a rapidly evolving industry.

Daniel Fogel

Daniel Fogel

  • Email: daniel.fogel@pepperdine.edu
  • Undergraduate Major: Government and Legal Studies

  • Undergraduate School: Claremont McKenna College - Claremont, California

  • Position Previous to School: LSAT and GMAT Instructor

  • Functional Areas: Other

  • Professional Experience: 5+ Years

  • Specific Industries Targeted: No industry preference

  • Career Goals: Daniel would like to build the entrepreneurial and business skills that will allow him to follow worthwhile opportunities. His background is in test prep, and he most likely will pursue some entrepreneurial path in the education space.

Ben French

Ben French

  • Email: ben.french@pepperdine.edu
  • Undergraduate Major: Economics and Accounting

  • Undergraduate School: University of California, Santa Barbara - Santa Barbara, California

  • Position Previous to School: Commercial Credit Analyst, including underwriting business loan opportunities, utilizing Microsoft Excel and third-party resources, as well as client relationship management and portfolio risk management throughout the Coronavirus pandemic, ensuring 90% regional relationship retention.

  • Functional Areas: General Management

  • Professional Experience: 3-5 Years

  • Specific Industries Targeted: Entertainment/Media

  • Career Goals: Ben hopes to attain a position in corporate strategy and/or strategic partnerships within the entertainment/media industry. He feels that an MBA will help him reach his goals by gaining consulting experience for leading companies via Pepperdine’s Education to Business program. Additionally, a concentration in Entertainment, Media, and Sports Management will provide industry-specific education.

Aliyah Galindo

Aliyah Galindo

  • Email: aliyah.galindo@pepperdine.edu
  • Undergraduate Major: Business Administration

  • Undergraduate School: University of Oregon - Eugene, Oregon

  • Position Previous to School: Analyzing potential clients, generating rates based on a number of different factors, and drafting proposals that would then be presented to the groups.

  • Functional Areas: Finance

  • Professional Experience: 1-3 Years

  • Specific Industries Targeted: Financial Services/Banking/Investment

  • Career Goals: Aliyah’s goal is to land a position as an analyst within the venture capital industry.

Michael Elwes Graney

Michael Elwes Graney

  • Email: michael.graney@pepperdine.edu
  • Undergraduate Major: American Studies/East Asian Studies

  • Undergraduate School: University of Virginia - Charlottesville, Virginia

  • Position Previous to School: Translation

  • Functional Areas: General Management

  • Professional Experience: 5+ Years

  • Specific Industries Targeted: Financial Services/Banking/Investment

  • Career Goals: Michael would like to gain the tools necessary to build a successful enterprise from the ground up.

Kyle Griffith

Kyle Griffith

  • Email: kyle.griffith@pepperdine.edu
  • Undergraduate Major: Political Science

  • Undergraduate School: Emory University - Atlanta, Georgia

  • Position Previous to School: Kyle was Campaign Manager for The Thacher School’s 2019-2020 capital campaign.

  • Functional Areas: Marketing

  • Professional Experience: 3-5 Years

  • Specific Industries Targeted: No industry preference

  • Career Goals: Kyle plans to continue pursuing his goal of working in Independent Schools in either admissions and marketing or development and fundraising. He also intends to continue coaching football.

Bahar Hakakian

Bahar Hakakian

  • Email: bahar.hakakian@pepperdine.edu
  • Undergraduate Major: Sociology

  • Undergraduate School: University of California, Los Angeles - Los Angeles, California

  • Position Previous to School: Marketing Intern

  • Functional Areas: Marketing

  • Professional Experience: Less than one year

  • Specific Industries Targeted: No industry preference

  • Career Goals: Bahar’s long-term goals include eventually running her own marketing company filled with a team of highly-educated and driven individuals. Pepperdine’s MBA program is the next appropriate step in actively working towards her goal as she feels it will provide her with the fundamental skills imperative to execute her aspirations of eventually running her own successful business. Through this program, she plans to learn the tools necessary for business success and develop an understanding of exceptional administrative business strategies. Furthermore, Pepperdine’s abundant network of connections will equip her with the exposure essential to familiarizing herself with other successful business owners in this field.

Zane Huffman

Zane Huffman

  • Email: zane.huffman@pepperdine.edu
  • Undergraduate Major: Computer Science/Economics Double-Major

  • Undergraduate School: Knox College - Galesburg, Illinois

  • Position Previous to School: Currently employed at Bloq Inc, where he plays a jack-of-all-trades role within the marketing team. His responsibilities range from developing technical tutorials and developer articles, to blog posts and marketing material, to product strategy and business development.

  • Functional Areas: Finance

  • Professional Experience: Less than one year

  • Specific Industries Targeted: Technology/Digital Innovation

  • Career Goals: Upon completion of his MBA, Zane’s goal is to transition towards an executive role and a startup company within the blockchain/cryptocurrency industry.

M. Micaela James

M. Micaela James

  • Email: micaela.james@pepperdine.edu
  • Undergraduate Major: Business and Enterprise Management, International Business

  • Undergraduate School: Wake Forest University - Winston-Salem, North Carolina

  • Position Previous to School: Micaela worked as a full-time Direct Marketing/ Editorial Intern at Disney ABC Television Group.

  • Functional Areas: Marketing

  • Professional Experience: Less than one year

  • Specific Industries Targeted: Entertainment/Media

  • Career Goals: Micaela hopes to work within the entertainment industry with a focus on television, digital viewing platforms, or film. Her interests and background point to roles within marketing, advertising, research, and planning/strategy. She looks forward to collaborating with other individuals and teams within the industry to advance her goal of providing high-quality, engaging content to audiences in the U.S. and across the world.

Shasha (Narisa) Kiattaweesup

Shasha (Narisa) Kiattaweesup

  • Email: shasha.kiattaweesup@pepperdine.edu
  • Undergraduate Major: Communications

  • Undergraduate School: Boston University - Boston, Massachusetts

  • Position Previous to School: Freelance Visual Designer

  • Functional Areas: Marketing

  • Professional Experience: 1-3 Years

  • Specific Industries Targeted: No industry preference

  • Career Goals: Shasha strives to become a successful web designer and start a digital design agency in the future.

Lauren Konrath

Lauren Konrath

  • Email: lauren.konrath@pepperdine.edu
  • Undergraduate Major: Business Management

  • Undergraduate School: Loyola University, Chicago - Chicago, Illinois

  • Position Previous to School: Technical Procurement Specialist for the US Navy where she was the contract lead for a total of $75M worth of contracts

  • Functional Areas: Human Resources Management

  • Professional Experience: 3-5 Years

  • Specific Industries Targeted: Consulting

  • Career Goals: Lauren’s goal is a position at a consulting firm in the Midwest, working on projects around workforce development. She feels that an MBA will provide her with the higher-level business acumen and knowledge needed to be considered as a potential candidate for a position at a highly respected consulting firm. Graziadio’s emphasis on producing students that not only have the hard skills needed to be successful in business, but also have the integrity and awareness to use those skills in making positive changes will give her the foundation for a successful and impactful career.

Albert Lai

Albert Lai

  • Email: albert.lai@pepperdine.edu
  • Undergraduate Major: Mechanical Engineering

  • Undergraduate School: University of California, Berkeley - Berkeley, California

  • Position Previous to School: Operations Manager

  • Functional Areas: General Management

  • Professional Experience: 3-5 Years

  • Specific Industries Targeted: Technology/Digital Innovation

  • Career Goals: After graduation, Albert aims to land a management position in operations within the technology industry. He hopes to gain business and financial acumen from Graziadio to complement his experience in management from the military to put him in the best position to transition into the workforce. He intends to take advantage of the MBA opportunity to continue to strive to be a well-rounded individual and a positive influence on the teams he is involved in.

Ting-Yun Lai

Ting-Yun Lai

  • Email: lively.lai@pepperdine.edu
  • Undergraduate Major: Radio Television

  • Undergraduate School: National Taiwan University of Arts - New Taipei City, Taiwan

  • Position Previous to School: Assignment Editor in Arts, responsible for selecting valuable content for arts and entertainment-related events across Sinophone for a weekly news show

  • Functional Areas: General Management

  • Professional Experience: 3-5 Years

  • Specific Industries Targeted: Entertainment/Media

  • Career Goals: Ting-Yun aspires to land a position in marketing within the entertainment or journalism industry and aims to pursue a Ph.D. after a few years of working. She is interested in topics regarding the interplay of political correctness and marketing (in video games, environmental protection campaigns, etc). She looks forward to courses that will assist her in building up her marketing knowledge and enhancing her abilities to conduct research while pursuing her MBA at Pepperdine.

Wing Lam Havana Lee

Wing Lam Havana Lee

  • Email: havana.lee@pepperdine.edu
  • Undergraduate Major: International Hospitality and Events Management
  • Undergraduate School: Swiss Hotel Management School - Leysin, Switzerland
  • Position Previous to School: A variety of general secretarial workflow procedures and supported the owner, ensuring the efficiency of the business
  • Functional Areas: General Management
  • Professional Experience: 1-3 Years
  • Specific Industries Targeted: Consumer Products/Manufacturing
  • Career Goals: Havana plans to land a full-time position in consumer products at an industry-leading company like Disney. She firmly believes that earning an MBA can enhance her credibility and competitiveness.

Stanislav Mallkov

Stanislav Mallkov

  • Email: stanislav.mallkov@pepperdine.edu
  • Undergraduate Major: Business Management

  • Undergraduate School: Pepperdine University - Malibu, California

  • Position Previous to School: Regional Director

  • Functional Areas: Other

  • Professional Experience: 5+ Years

  • Specific Industries Targeted: No industry preference

  • Career Goals: Stanislav is pursuing a position in operations management within the retail industry. He feels that the core MBA classes at Pepperdine will help him to build a sound foundation in leadership, organizational dynamics, and change management. Elective Digital Innovation and Information Systems (DIIS) concentration courses provide comprehensive coverage of all essential topics in the intersection of technology and business: from designing and planning to sourcing and building enterprise IT platforms. Moreover, Pepperdine’s MBA offers advanced electives in predictive, supply chain management, and social media analytics. Expertise in all these areas is crucial for building a career in retail operations management.

Matthew Scott Moore

Matthew Scott Moore

  • Email: Matthew.Moore2@pepperdine.edu
  • Undergraduate Major: Environmental Studies

  • Undergraduate School: University of Colorado, Boulder - Boulder, Colorado

  • Position Previous to School: Employed as a consultant at a consulting firm that specializes in energy/water efficiency and sustainable building design

  • Functional Areas: Finance

  • Professional Experience: 3-5 Years

  • Specific Industries Targeted: Real Estate Development

  • Career Goals: Matthew plans to either start his own real estate private equity fund or land a job doing real estate acquisitions or develop at a firm here in Los Angeles. He hopes to incorporate sustainability into his future endeavors. Matthew expects to improve his skills in finance and increase his knowledge of risk management and the capital markets by obtaining his MBA degree.

Sean Moran

Sean Moran

  • Email: sean.moran@pepperdine.edu
  • Undergraduate Major: Economics Major, Film Studies Minor

  • Undergraduate School: College of the Holy Cross - Worcester, Massachusetts

  • Position Previous to School: Account Associate at an advertising and communications firm

  • Functional Areas: Other

  • Professional Experience: 1-3 Years

  • Specific Industries Targeted: Entertainment/Media

  • Career Goals: Sean is focused on a career within the entertainment industry. He aspires to be involved in business strategy or on a marketing team at a television or film production company. He feels his MBA will help him achieve this by teaching the ins and outs of the industry and how to recognize trends. Pepperdine Graziadio has one of the top Entertainment, Media, and Sports Management concentrations in the country. Between the talented professors and experienced alumni, he feels strongly that he will be able to achieve his goals.

William Moseley

William Moseley

  • Email: william.m.moseley@pepperdine.edu
  • Undergraduate Major: Economics

  • Undergraduate School: Occidental College - Los Angeles, California

  • Position Previous to School: Project Management Intern

  • Functional Areas: Operations/Supply Chain

  • Professional Experience: 5+ Years

  • Specific Industries Targeted: Consumer Products/Manufacturing

  • Career Goals: William would like to land a position in operations and supply chain management with a company geared towards sustainability and innovation within the consumer products industry. He plans to utilize the Leadership and Managing Organizational Change concentration while also obtaining a SEER certificate to attain the required skills for developing and manufacturing products with a mind towards corporate social responsibility.

Olivia Nilsson

Olivia Nilsson

  • Email: olivia.nilsson@pepperdine.edu
  • Undergraduate Major: English and Classics

  • Undergraduate School: Whitman College - Walla Walla, Washington

  • Position Previous to School: Senior Director at an investment due diligence firm

  • Functional Areas: General Management

  • Professional Experience: 5+ Years

  • Specific Industries Targeted: No industry preference

  • Career Goals: Olivia is hoping to round out her skill sets by learning more about accounting, economics, and data analytics. After graduation, she will be looking for a general management role but is open to any industry.

Roumann Pangilinan

Roumann Pangilinan

  • Email: roumann.pangilinan@pepperdine.edu
  • Undergraduate Major: Chemical Engineering

  • Undergraduate School: California State University, Long Beach - Long Beach, California

  • Position Previous to School: Engineer

  • Functional Areas: Operations/Supply Chain

  • Professional Experience: 3-5 Years

  • Specific Industries Targeted: Healthcare/Biotech

  • Career Goals: Roumann plans to land a position in operations management or data analytics within the biotech/ pharmaceutical industry. He believes that the Pepperdine Graziadio MBA program will help him achieve his goals by giving him a platform to become well-versed in management and business analytics. Compounding his engineering experience in the biopharmaceutical industry, he aims to utilize his education and network to transition into a management or analytics role that happens to be cross-functional with his current role. The function of the engineering team he is involved in supports his company’s global supply chain distribution methods and logistics. He trusts that a Pepperdine Graziadio Business School MBA will allow him to take a holistic approach to operations/supply chain and dive deeper into the strategy of supply chain methods and trend analysis.

Gokul Raj

Gokul Raj

  • Email: gokul.raj@pepperdine.edu
  • Undergraduate Major: Computer Science

  • Undergraduate School: Indian Institute of Technology - Roorkee, India

  • Position Previous to School: Project management initiatives and the development of products as part of the Google Cloud team.

  • Functional Areas: General Management

  • Professional Experience: 5+ Years

  • Specific Industries Targeted: Consulting

  • Career Goals: Gokul would like to transition into a career in management consulting with a firm like Deloitte, BCG or Bain. He trusts that the MBA will give him exposure to different areas in business, including strategy, finance, marketing, and operations. He feels that the case competitions and experiential learning opportunities working on real-world consulting projects will prepare him for a position as an associate at a consulting firm.

Ignacio Rodriguez

Ignacio Rodriguez

  • Email: ignacio.rodriguez@pepperdine.edu
  • Undergraduate Major: American Literature and Culture

  • Undergraduate School: University of California, Los Angeles - Los Angeles, California

  • Position Previous to School: Independent operations and management consultant. He currently has a contract with a public charter school.

  • Functional Areas: Finance

  • Professional Experience: 5+ Years

  • Specific Industries Targeted: Financial Services/Banking/Investment

  • Career Goals: Ignacio would like to obtain a position in asset management within the finance or real estate industry.

Corey Roth-Ramsdell

Corey Roth-Ramsdell

  • Email: corey.rothramsdell@pepperdine.edu
  • Undergraduate Major: Business Administration

  • Undergraduate School: University of Redlands - Redlands, California

  • Position Previous to School: Customer Marketing Coordinator at AmaWaterways Luxury Cruises, facilitating strategy and execution of a more personalized email, direct mail, and web experience for prospective and past guests. AmaWaterways operates extended vacations and excursions aboard luxury river vessels in Europe, Southeast Asia, and Africa.

  • Functional Areas: Marketing

  • Professional Experience: 3-5 Years

  • Specific Industries Targeted: No industry preference

  • Career Goals: Upon graduation, Corey’s short term goal is to work for a creative marketing agency in California to continue honing his skills as a marketer, growing horizontally to become a brand strategist or associate marketing manager. His interests lie within hospitality, travel, outdoor sports/apparel, action sports, and entertainment. He believes an agency setting will expose him to a variety of brands and industries. Experience of this type will increase his proficiency in developing marketing strategies that raise brand awareness, drive customer growth, and improve overall positioning in the market. The marketing concentration, coupled with his professional experience, will progress his career and prepare him to launch his own marketing agency later on.

Amelia Samek

Amelia Samek

  • Email: amelia.samek@pepperdine.edu
  • Undergraduate Major: Comparative Literature and Art History

  • Undergraduate School: American University of Paris - Paris, France

  • Position Previous to School: Running an Airbnb local home stay experience, including conception, design, photography, listing management, reservations, cleaning, repairs, and customer service. She received Superhost status in only 1.5 months, with all 5-star reviews, and excelled enough to join Airbnb Plus, an invite-only selection of the world’s top places to stay verified for quality, design, and exceptional hospitality.

  • Functional Areas: General Management

  • Professional Experience: 5+ Years

  • Specific Industries Targeted: Consulting

  • Career Goals: Amelia’s passion is to become a leader to drive positive change and help companies maximize profit and purpose. She is the incoming president of Net Impact Pepperdine, where she plans to practice, educate, and advocate the skills and values involved in reimagining capitalism to make a positive impact in the world. At the end of her MBA, she hopes to find a consulting or management role where she can facilitate companies to understand, appreciate, and effectively integrate Net Impact values and practices. B-Corporations, impact investing, and entrepreneurship are of particular interest to Amelia. She is deeply inspired by the life work of her mentor and former direct supervisor, Dr. Sam Pitroda, global engineer-philanthropist and serial entrepreneur.

Stephanie Sanchez

Stephanie Sanchez

  • Email: stephanie.sanchez@pepperdine.edu
  • Undergraduate Major: Business

  • Undergraduate School: California State University, Channel Islands - Camarillo, California

  • Position Previous to School: Administrative Assistant supporting 6 in-office staff and 4 job site superintendents conducting various daily operations

  • Functional Areas: Operations/Supply Chain

  • Professional Experience: 1-3 Years

  • Specific Industries Targeted: Entertainment/Media

  • Career Goals: Stephanie’s interest lies in the pursuit of a position in operations within the entertainment industry. She feels that Pepperdine’s MBA program will help her achieve this goal by refining her leadership skills and broadening her knowledge in business, within the local and global aspects, resulting in sharp business skills.

Christian Sandoval

Christian Sandoval

  • Email: christian.sandoval@pepperdine.edu
  • Undergraduate Major: Economics, Psychology

  • Undergraduate School: University of California, Santa Cruz - Santa Cruz, California

  • Position Previous to School: Managerial role in business operations at Enterprise Rent-A-Car, where he orchestrated tactical marketing, sales, and customer service strategies to achieve growth and improve overall revenues and reduce costs.

  • Functional Areas: Finance

  • Professional Experience: 3-5 Years

  • Specific Industries Targeted: No industry preference

  • Career Goals: Upon graduating, Christian has established the goal to explore as much as he can about real estate, finance, debt security markets, and asset/portfolio management. He is eager to achieve a role in finance within the realm of commercial real estate investments. He is confident that his time at Pepperdine Graziadio will open doors of possibilities for him as he continuously acquires new practical knowledge and builds on new experiences and relationships. Aside from its beautiful location on the Malibu coast, Christian chose Graziadio for its specialized curriculum and available concentrations which he believes will give him an edge in the real world and the skill sets required to properly steward the launch of his family’s real estate investing management business.

Peter Stone

Peter Stone

  • Email: peter.stone@pepperdine.edu
  • Undergraduate Major: Business Administration

  • Undergraduate School: Azusa Pacific University - Azusa, California

  • Position Previous to School: Financial Manager for the U.S. Government

  • Functional Areas: Finance

  • Professional Experience: 5+ Years

  • Specific Industries Targeted: No industry preference

  • Career Goals: Upon graduation, Peter plans to pursue opportunities to provide financial, operational, and strategic solutions for an innovative company that encourages their employees to act as owners, empowering them with the ability to make decisions while trusting them to grow their business and strengthen their relationships with customers. He believes that the process of earning his MBA over the next few years will afford him with the opportunity to grow in his understanding of the industry and finance while merging his experience as a leader in the military to be an exemplary candidate for employment at an industry-leading firm and future business leader in the world.

Ryan Strachan

Ryan Strachan

  • Email: ryan.strachan@pepperdine.edu
  • Undergraduate Major: Accounting

  • Undergraduate School: Sonoma State - Rohnert Park, California

  • Position Previous to School: Audit Associate at a public accounting firm

  • Functional Areas: Finance

  • Professional Experience: 3-5 Years

  • Specific Industries Targeted: Financial Services/Banking/Investment

  • Career Goals: Ryan’s goal is to leverage his auditing background along with an MBA to a career in finance, specifically investment banking and private equity. He feels that an MBA will provide him with an additional skill set to realize the greater potential in himself.

Stephanie Stricker

Stephanie Stricker

  • Email: stephanie.stricker@pepperdine.edu
  • Undergraduate Major: Dance and Health Science, Minor in Business

  • Undergraduate School: The Julliard School - New York City, New York; University of Missouri - Columbia Missouri

  • Position Previous to School: Currently a student

  • Functional Areas: Marketing

  • Professional Experience: Less than one year

  • Specific Industries Targeted: Real Estate Development

  • Career Goals: During her time at Pepperdine, Stephanie would like to hone in on her skills and narrow her interests. She is at a career pivot in her life and would like to gain experience in all areas of the MBA program. Her interests include real estate development, marketing, and finance.

Andrea Usuga

Andrea Usuga

  • Email: andrea.usuga@pepperdine.edu
  • Undergraduate Major: Economics and International Studies

  • Undergraduate School: Southern Methodist University - Dallas, Texas

  • Position Previous to School: Andrea developed and led the merchandise flow program tasked with implementing supply chain strategy initiatives across 42 retail locations and 4 distribution centers.

  • Functional Areas: Operations/Supply Chain

  • Professional Experience: 1-3 Years

  • Specific Industries Targeted: Consulting

  • Career Goals: A Graziadio MBA, focused on social responsibility and sustainability, will support Andrea’s vision to teach and conduct business with ethical, social, and economic initiatives to create a more sustainable future. Her short-term goal is to work as a strategic sustainability and social impact consultant. She will help companies manage and improve environmental, social, and economic performance by creating a sustainable supply chain to conserve resources and minimize costs while making a positive social and ecological impact. Her long-term goal is to find a sustainable retail firm focused on products made from recycled goods sourced from Latin America. Andrea’s company will implement new approaches to the retail manufacturing industry by using recycled textiles abroad to create zero waste products.

Kimberly Schroeder Wilson

Kimberly Schroeder Wilson

  • Email: kimberly.wilson@pepperdine.edu
  • Undergraduate Major: Integrated Marketing Communication

  • Undergraduate School: Pepperdine University - Malibu, California

  • Position Previous to School: Development of strategic marketing initiatives that leveraged the Marriott’s marketing engine, pulling the marketing message from Marriott International, Loyalty and the brand to the property level for 12 hotels in Southern California spanning 7 different Marriott brands. She also developed customized annual marketing and implementation plans for assigned properties as well as partnered with Sales, Revenue Management and Operations to identify market opportunities. Kimberly was responsible for presenting key marketing goals and results to a collection of hotel owners and hotel management companies.

  • Functional Areas: Marketing

  • Professional Experience: 5+ Years

  • Specific Industries Targeted: Entertainment/Media

  • Career Goals: Kimberly aims to work in a product marketing manager role that blends entertainment and technology, targeting firms such as Disney and Netflix. Given her breadth of experience in digital marketing – developing go-to-market strategies for Disney apps and managing digital platforms at Marriott – this is a logical next step, as it will allow her to own the full life cycle strategy for a suite of products. At Pepperdine Graziadio, she intends to further develop her analytical skills so she can effectively utilize data to increase product adoption and retention. She also would like to sharpen her people-leading skills to build highly-productive teams.

Brandon Yaghoobian

Brandon Yaghoobian

  • Email: brandon.yaghoobian@pepperdine.edu
  • Undergraduate Major: Sociology

  • Undergraduate School: University of California, Los Angeles - Los Angeles, California

  • Position Previous to School: Sales Associate at SusieCakes in Calabasas

  • Functional Areas: Marketing

  • Professional Experience: Less than one year

  • Specific Industries Targeted: No industry preference

  • Career Goals: Upon the completion of his MBA, Brandon aspires to build a vegan-based empire. His short-term goals will fabricate a precedent and lay the fundamentals required to achieve his long-term goals. The closely-knit community at Pepperdine emphasizes the principles involving teamwork and connection, two crucial entities that will serve as an asset to help him achieve his business goals. The unique courses offered at Pepperdine by world-renowned professors and nationally recognized programs will also create a network that he can seek guidance from.

Di Yu

Di Yu

  • Email: di.yu@pepperdine.edu
  • Undergraduate Major: Economics

  • Undergraduate School: University of California, Davis - Davis, California

  • Position Previous to School: Staff Accountant

  • Functional Areas: Finance

  • Professional Experience: 1-3 Years

  • Specific Industries Targeted: Financial Services/Banking/Investment

  • Career Goals: Upon completing his MBA, Di hopes to find a job in the finance and accounting industry. His target companies are Big Four accounting firms, top private equity firms, and top broker-dealer firms. What he learns from his MBA program should assist him with future management responsibilities.

Songwei Barry Yu

Songwei "Barry" Yu

  • Email: barry.yu@pepperdine.edu
  • Undergraduate Major: Applied Economics

  • Undergraduate School: University at Albany, SUNY - Albany, New York

  • Position Previous to School: Data Analyst

  • Functional Areas: Analytics/Big Data

  • Professional Experience: 3-5 Years

  • Specific Industries Targeted: Consulting

  • Career Goals: Barry is pursuing his MBA in hopes that the program can sharpen his interview skills and improve his leadership knowledge within the consulting industry.

Reynaldo Adinata

Reynaldo Adinata

  • Email: aldo.adinata@pepperdine.edu
  • Undergraduate Major: Engineering Physics

  • Undergraduate School: Technology Institute of Bandung - Bandung, West Java

  • Position Previous to School: Business Development Manager

  • Function: Marketing

  • Professional Experience: 3-5 Years

  • Industry: Food Manufacturing

  • MBA Internship: Business Development Manager at PT. Berkatsukacita Krya Boga (family company)

  • Background and Targeted Position/Company: Reynaldo is an experienced manager in e-commerce and the food industry. He is highly skilled in project management and Excel modeling. He plans to go back to his family business in Indonesia that specializes in food manufacturing for international clients.

Faisal Alfrsani

Faisal Alfrsani

  • Email: faisal.alfrsani@pepperdine.edu
  • Undergraduate Major: Finance

  • Undergraduate School: California State University, Chico - Chico, California

  • Position Previous to School: Team Leader

  • Function: Finance

  • Professional Experience: 5+ Years

  • Industry: Investments

  • MBA Internship: Investment Analyst at Waselah, LLC.

  • Background and Targeted Position/Company: Faisal has spent six years working in financial capital markets and advisory services. He is pursuing opportunities in investment banking or asset management.

Francisco Arias

Francisco Arias

  • Email: francisco.arias@pepperdine.edu
  • Undergraduate Major: Corporate Innovation and Entrepreneurship

  • Undergraduate School: Penn State University - State College, Pennsylvania

  • Position Previous to School: Asset Management Analyst

  • Function: Finance, Operations, Management

  • Professional Experience: 1-3 Years

  • Industry: Real Estate, Banking, Financial Services

  • MBA Internship: Intern at Arval Developers

  • Background and Targeted Position/Company: Francisco has prior work experience in a private bank and in a real estate development company, where he developed an analytical mindset and a passion for number crunching. He hopes to deepen his knowledge of the real estate business by working in a company that will expose him to all aspects of the business and become a more well-rounded professional in that field.

Kelan P. Berwick

Kelan P. Berwick

  • Email: kelan.berwick@pepperdine.edu
  • Undergraduate Major: International Relations and Global Business

  • Undergraduate School: University of Southern California - Los Angeles, California

  • Position Previous to School: Retail Planner for ModCloth

  • Function: Consultant

  • Professional Experience: 3-5 Years

  • Industry: Management Consulting

  • MBA Internship: MBA Venture Associate Intern for LvlUp Ventures

  • Background and Targeted Position/Company: Kelan’s background encompasses multiple financial analysis and planning roles in the retail sector. His goal is to pursue a career in management consulting after completing his MBA.

Amanda Callahan

Amanda Callahan

  • Email: amanda.callahan@pepperdine.edu
  • Undergraduate Major: Drama, Acting

  • Undergraduate School: New York University - New York, New York

  • Position Previous to School: Director of Financial Aid and International Affairs

  • Function: Finance

  • Professional Experience: 5+ Years

  • Industry: Entertainment

  • MBA Internship: AT&T Finance Leadership Development Program

  • Background and Targeted Position/Company: Amanda studied drama at NYU Tisch but quickly transitioned into management in arts administration. She is proficient in strategic planning and has organized and led various large-scale business development and financial analysis projects. With her MBA concentration in finance, she plans to pursue a finance career in the entertainment and media industry.

Ali Cheek

Ali Cheek

  • Email: ali.cheek@pepperdine.edu
  • Undergraduate Major: Psychology

  • Undergraduate School: Westmont College - Santa Barbara, California

  • Position Previous to School: Program Management - Consulting

  • Function: Finance and Marketing

  • Professional Experience: 5+ Years

  • Industry: Healthcare

  • MBA Internship: Medtronic Leadership Development Rotational Program (LDRP) Summer Associate: Americas Downstream Marketing

  • Background and Targeted Position/Company: Ali’s background is in product development, clinical research, and program management. She interned with Medtronic in their Leadership Development Summer Associates program and received an offer to join their full-time Leadership Development Program in Investor Relations.

Sandeep Kaur Dhillon

Sandeep Kaur Dhillon

  • Email: sandeep.dhillon@pepperdine.edu
  • Undergraduate Major: English

  • Undergraduate School: University of California, Los Angeles - Los Angeles, California

  • Position Previous to School: Clinical Dietitian

  • Function: Marketing, General Management, Education

  • Professional Experience: 5+ Years

  • Industry: Healthcare, Consumer Goods

  • MBA Internship: Product Manager Intern at Abbott

  • Background and Targeted Position/Company: Sandeep is a registered dietitian with extensive clinical experience and a background in education. She has leadership experience in various roles and organizations and is interested in pursuing a career in marketing and general management.

Nicky Dodaj

Nicky Dodaj

  • Email: nicky.dodaj@pepperdine.edu
  • Undergraduate Major: Business Administration

  • Undergraduate School: Pepperdine University - Malibu, California

  • Position Previous to School: AXA Intern

  • Function: Marketing, Finance

  • Professional Experience: 1-3 Years

  • Industry: Venture Capital, Hospitality, Luxury Fashion

  • MBA Internship: Marketing Intern at Relevant Group

  • Background and Targeted Position/Company: Nicky worked for the CEO of the financial advising firm Midwest Partners, a branch of AXA, where she was able to gain a deeper practical understanding of the finance world. She is now passionate about targeting and building a career in the venture capital field.

Jiamian Dong

Jiamian Dong

  • Email: Jiamian.dong@pepperdine.edu
  • Undergraduate Major: Marketing

  • Undergraduate School: California State University, Northridge - Northridge, California

  • Position Previous to School: Oxbridge International, CEO Assistant

  • Function: Marketing, Management

  • Professional Experience: 1-3 Years

  • Industry: Healthcare

  • MBA Internship: D.W.HanV, Consultant

  • Background and Targeted Position/Company: Jiamian has professional experience in marketing, real estate, operations, and management in international companies. She has a passion for marketing and international business and hopes to pursue career opportunities where she can combine those interests following graduation.

Lauren Dunn

Lauren Dunn

  • Email: lauren.dunn@pepperdine.edu
  • Undergraduate Major: Communications

  • Undergraduate School: Texas A&M University - College Station, Texas

  • Position Previous to School: Marketing Communications Coordinator at CampGladiator

  • Function: Sales, Project Manager

  • Professional Experience: 3-5 Years

  • Industry: Technology, Healthcare

  • MBA Internship: Senior Solution Sales Specialist with IBM

  • Background and Targeted Position/Company: Lauren has a professional background working globally in marketing, public relations, and corporate event management in the hospitality and sports industries. She is interested in pursuing a sales position in the technology sector and is currently targeting IBM or Salesforce.

Adam R. Emery

Adam R. Emery

  • Email: adam.emery@pepperdine.edu
  • Undergraduate Major: Political Science

  • Undergraduate School: Loyola Marymount University - Los Angeles, California

  • Position Previous to School: Business Development

  • Function: Digital Marketing, Project Management, Business Development

  • Professional Experience: 1-3 Years

  • Industry: Tech, Banking, Entertainment

  • MBA Internship: Marketing Project Manager at a Consultant Agency

  • Background and Targeted Position/Company: Adam has a professional background in digital marketing, project management, and business development. He is looking to further develop his career working in a corporate digital marketing department.

Jason Ferber

Jason Ferber

  • Email: jason.ferber@pepperdine.edu
  • Undergraduate Major: Music Business

  • Undergraduate School: Belmont University - Nashville, Tennessee

  • Position Previous to School: Artist Manager in the Music Industry

  • Function: Finance, Project Management

  • Professional Experience: 5+ Years

  • Industry: Video Games, Music, Film

  • MBA Internship: Marketing Consultant at EIDR (Entertainment Identifier Registry)

  • Background and Targeted Position/Company: Jason has been working in the music industry for the past seven years in both music marketing and artist management, handling large budget tours and other financial aspects of his artists’ careers. He has experience managing teams as well as leading/organizing numerous projects simultaneously, with large budgets and strict deadlines. He plans to continue in the entertainment industry and is open to exploring a role in the video game, film, or music industry.

Chris Fredricksen

Chris Fredricksen

  • Email: chris.fredericksen@pepperdine.edu
  • Undergraduate Major: Business Administration

  • Undergraduate School: Pepperdine University - Malibu, California

  • Position Previous to School: None

  • Function: Marketing, Operations, PR

  • Professional Experience: Less than one year

  • Industry: Entertainment, Hospitality, Real Estate

  • MBA Internship: Market Research Intern at Thomas Dermatology

  • Background and Targeted Position/Company: Chris has a background in digital marketing and marketing management, having created and maintained multiple digital marketing campaigns for two separate companies in the Real Estate and Medical space. While he is passionate about continuing to work in this field, he is also exploring transitioning into the entertainment industry.

Patrick Fuhrman

Patrick Fuhrman

  • Email: patrick.fuhrman@pepperdine.edu
  • Undergraduate Major: Business Administration

  • Undergraduate School: University of Washington - Seattle, Washington

  • Position Previous to School: Founder of Tsunami AV

  • Function: Entrepreneur, Organizational Change, Information Technology

  • Professional Experience: 5+ Years

  • Industry: Healthcare, Education, Personal Wellness

  • MBA Internship: Graduate Research Assistant and Entrepreneurship Internship

  • Background and Targeted Position/Company: Patrick has over eight years of experience in tech entrepreneurship and team leadership, primarily in the nonprofit sector. He relocated to pursue his MBA, make a career pivot, and is now working toward a career in academics. He is also working on a mental wellness app that is expected to launch in the coming months.

Michael Garas

Michael Garas

  • Email: michael.garas@pepperdine.edu
  • Undergraduate Major: Integrated Marketing Communications

  • Undergraduate School: Pepperdine University - Malibu, California

  • Position Previous to School: Founder and Chief Product Officer at Circle Innovation, Inc.

  • Function: Project Management, Project Marketing

  • Professional Experience: Less than one year

  • Industry: Technology

  • MBA Internship: E-Internship

  • Background and Targeted Position/Company: Michael is an aspiring product manager and product marketing manager who is excited about collaborating with others to create life-changing products. He founded his own technology company and was the chief product officer for two years. He is passionate about developing technology products that are the best in the world and best for the world.

Marri Goodyear

Marri Goodyear

  • Email: marri.goodyear@pepperdine.edu
  • Undergraduate Major: Business Administration

  • Undergraduate School: Pepperdine University - Malibu, California

  • Position Previous to School: Intern

  • Function: Management

  • Professional Experience: Less than one year

  • Industry: Property Management

  • MBA Internship: Intern at Illume Public Relations, Intern at National Product Parenting Awards

  • Background and Targeted Position/Company: Marri plans on working with her family business as a property manager.

Kimmy Gozan

Kimmy Gozan

  • Email: kimmy.gozan@pepperdine.edu
  • Undergraduate Major: Business Administration

  • Undergraduate School: Pepperdine University - Malibu, California

  • Position Previous to School: Undergraduate Student

  • Function: CRM, Sales Marketing, Decision Analysis

  • Professional Experience: Less than one year

  • Industry: Hospitality, Healthcare, Art

  • MBA Internship: Assistant of Marketing Manager

  • Background and Targeted Position/Company: Kimmy has a passion for researching how strategies in branding, advertising, and CRM contribute to consumer behavior to drive sales and business results. She is interested in applying her interest and knowledge in this area to an organization where she can help develop and expand their marketing strategies.

Arrio D. Granum

Arrio D. Granum

  • Email: arrio.granum@pepperdine.edu
  • Undergraduate Major: Physics and Nuclear Engineering

  • Undergraduate School: United States Military Academy - West Point, New York

  • Position Previous to School: Troop Commander

  • Function: Finance, Data Analytics

  • Professional Experience: 5+ Years

  • Industry: Real Estate, Banking, Investment

  • MBA Internship: Digital Innovation Intern at Burleson Electric

  • Background and Targeted Position/Company: Arrio is an active-duty U.S. Army Officer who will return to service after completing his MBA. He also manages a small real estate business and invests wherever the Army takes him. He intends to expand his investment experiences into a full-time role after completing his military service.

Li Han

Li Han

  • Email: li.han@pepperdine.edu
  • Undergraduate Major: Business Administration

  • Undergraduate School: Pepperdine University - Malibu, California

  • Position Previous to School: Student

  • Function: Marketing

  • Professional Experience: Less than one year

  • Industry: Banking

  • MBA Internship: Marketing Manager Assistant at Orient Express International Corporation Limited

  • Background and Targeted Position/Company: Li came to the U.S. in 2012 to study during her high school years. She hopes she can work in a company that allows her to bring both Eastern and Western ideas to the workplace.

Shanlin Han

Shanlin Han

  • Email: shanlin.han@pepperdine.edu
  • Undergraduate Major: Management Science

  • Undergraduate School: University of Shanghai for Science and Technology - Shanghai, China

  • Position Previous to School: Senior Auditor

  • Function: Finance, Accounting, Data Analysis

  • Professional Experience: 5+ Years

  • Industry: Banking, Consulting, IT

  • Background and Targeted Position/Company: Shanlin has previous business experience in auditing and financial due diligence and is looking forward to acquiring a position in consulting and data analysis.

Savannah Harvey

Savannah Harvey

  • Email: savannah.harvey@pepperdine.edu
  • Undergraduate Major: Business Administration

  • Undergraduate School: Pepperdine University - Malibu, California

  • Position Previous to School: Student

  • Function: Operations, Administration, Accounting

  • Professional Experience: Less than one year

  • Industry: Entertainment, Business Services, Retail

  • MBA Internship: Management Intern

  • Background and Targeted Position/Company: Savannah is interested in utilizing her skills in leadership, communication, administration, fundraising, and management in a career involving both business and event management, preferably in industries such as entertainment, media, and retail. She is also open to exploring other roles and industries.

Charlotte J. Hayward

Charlotte J. Hayward

  • Email: charlotte.hayward@pepperdine.edu
  • Undergraduate Major: Communication

  • Undergraduate School: Santa Clara University - Santa Clara, California

  • Position Previous to School: Marketing Manager at Properties

  • Function: Marketing

  • Professional Experience: 1-3 Years

  • Industry: Cosmetic/Wellness and Health/Lifestyle

  • MBA Internship: Marketing MBA Intern and CEO/Founder’s Executive Assistant

  • Background and Targeted Position/Company: Charlotte is currently employed as a marketing MBA intern/executive assistant at Kai Fragrance, a leading fragrance brand in the cosmetic industry based in Malibu. Her background is in brand and target marketing, copywriting, and social media, including prior experience as a marketing manager and event coordinator for a top luxury real estate company. As a dual citizen, she understands the importance of cultural perspectives and is targeting a career in global marketing, where she hopes to reach and impact more people around the world.

Callie Holloway-Louch

Callie Holloway-Louch

  • Email: callie.holloway-louch@pepperdine.edu
  • Undergraduate Major: Global Studies

  • Undergraduate School: University of California, Santa Barbara - Santa Barbara, California

  • Position Previous to School: Marketing Intern at Advanced Biomedics, Inc.

  • Function: Marketing, Product Management

  • Professional Experience: 3-5 Years

  • Industry: Luxury Brands, Cosmetics, Entertainment

  • MBA Internship: Marketing and Regulatory Affairs Intern at Puma Biotechnology

  • Background and Targeted Position/Company: Callie completed her Master of Science in Global Business at Pepperdine and is finishing her International MBA this year. With prior experience as a marketing intern, she hopes to continue her career in this field, emphasizing her international interests which have been broadened from her time living and working abroad.

Kazuki Hori

Kazuki Hori

  • Email: kazu.hori@pepperdine.edu
  • Undergraduate Major: Business Administration, International Finance

  • Undergraduate School: Kwansei Gakuin University - Hyogo, Japan

  • Position Previous to School: Chief Officer

  • Function: Finance, Real Estate, Entrepreneurship

  • Professional Experience: 5+ Years

  • Industry: Real Estate, Investment Institution, Education

  • MBA Internship: E-Internship with DoTheReal firm

  • Background and Targeted Position/Company: Kazuki worked for seven years as a chief administrator in Obayashi Corporation, a Japanese construction and real estate company, where he was also responsible for various projects in India, Cambodia, and elsewhere. He has developed skills in business communication, accounting, finance, and IT. Currently, he is interested in creating a platform for clients to invest in real estate to generate wealth and diversify their portfolios.

Jonathan Huppert

Jonathan Huppert

  • Email: jonathan.huppert@pepperdine.edu
  • Undergraduate Major: Economics

  • Undergraduate School: University of Arizona - Tucson, Arizona

  • Position Previous to School: Senior Operations Manager

  • Function: Applied Analytics and Finance

  • Professional Experience: 5+ Years

  • Industry: Technology, Healthcare

  • MBA Internship: None (due to accelerated MBA track)

  • Background and Targeted Position/Company: Jonathan has extensive experience in diagnostic healthcare operations, as well as finance and analytics, helping to influence decisions and impact results in business. He is focused on continuing in a similar capacity as well as being open to moving to another industry to continue growing his career.

Will Hyman

Will Hyman

  • Email: will.hyman@pepperdine.edu
  • Undergraduate Major: Communications

  • Undergraduate School: Chapman University - Orange, California

  • Position Previous to School: Concierge, Luxor Resort and Casino

  • Function: Finance, Strategy

  • Professional Experience: 3-5 Years

  • Industry: Banking, Investment Management, Other Financial Services

  • MBA Internship: Strategy and Management Summer Associate at Bank of America

  • Background and Targeted Position/Company: Will spent three years working in the hospitality industry in Las Vegas, where he developed strong interpersonal communication skills. He aspires to combine those skills with the financial analysis and quantitative decision-making skills learned in the MBA program to succeed in a finance or strategy role in the financial services industry.

Andrew Lee

Andrew Lee

  • Email: andrew.lee3@pepperdine.edu
  • Undergraduate Major: Business Economics

  • Undergraduate School: University of California, Santa Barbara - Santa Barbara, California

  • Position Previous to School: Army Squad Leader

  • Function: Marketing, Operations

  • Professional Experience: 5+ Years

  • Industry: Entertainment, Sports, Nonprofit

  • MBA Internship: None (due to accelerated MBA track)

  • Background and Targeted Position/Company: Andrew is a former Army squad leader who enjoys creative problem solving, writing comedy sketches for school, and designing animations for work. He aspires to leverage his MBA and MPP education into a career in the entertainment or nonprofit sectors.

Jacky Wei Lin

Jacky Wei Lin

  • Email: wei.lin2@pepperdine.edu
  • Undergraduate Major: Economics and Accounting

  • Undergraduate School: University of California, Santa Barbara - Santa Barbara, California

  • Position Previous to School: Financial Analyst

  • Function: Venture Capital, Marketing, Operations

  • Professional Experience: 3-5 Years

  • Industry: Tech, Gaming, Entertainment

  • MBA Internship: Investor Research at Expert Dojo

  • Background and Targeted Position/Company: Jacky Wei Lin is currently a research intern at a Southern California venture capital/private equity firm and has additional prior experience in brand marketing and financial analysis. He is interested in the mobile, gaming, media, and healthcare industries and open to exploring roles in marketing, sales, and business development.

Gabriela Maffly

Gabriela Maffly

  • Email: gabriela.maffly@pepperdine.edu
  • Undergraduate Major: International Business

  • Undergraduate School: Pepperdine University - Malibu, California

  • Position Previous to School: None

  • Function: Marketing

  • Professional Experience: Less than one year

  • Industry: Fashion, Apparel, Nonprofit

  • MBA Internship: Intern at Trailblazer Viajiyu

  • Background and Targeted Position/Company: Gabriela has a passion for leadership and the ability to work with others to develop creative solutions to challenging problems. She has a growing interest in sustainability and fashion and completed a corporate social responsibility based project during her internship with a high-end shoe company, Viajiyu. She aspires to continue doing more of this type of work in the future.

Mackenzie Mazen

Mackenzie Mazen

  • Email: mackenzie.mazen@pepperdine.edu
  • Undergraduate Major: Business Administration, Nonprofit Management

  • Undergraduate School: Pepperdine University - Malibu, California

  • Position Previous to School: Student (BS/MBA Program)

  • Function: Fundraising, Public Relations, Operations

  • Professional Experience: Less than one year

  • Industry: Nonprofit, B-Corp, Social Sector

  • MBA Internship: Graduate Assistant at the Pepperdine Volunteer Center

  • Background and Targeted Position/Company: Mackenzie has more than five years of experience volunteering and working in the nonprofit sector and has a passion for serving those in need. Her professional goal is to bridge the gap between the nonprofit sector and the for-profit sector, creating opportunities that allow sustainable social change for all involved.

Ramtin Mobasheri

Ramtin Mobasheri

  • Email: ramtin.mobasheri@pepperdine.edu
  • Undergraduate Major: Anthropology

  • Undergraduate School: University of California, Los Angeles - Los Angeles, California

  • Position Previous to School: Founder/President

  • Function: CEO

  • Professional Experience: 1-3 Years

  • Industry: Healthcare Technology

  • MBA Internship: Founder of Medconekt

  • Background and Targeted Position/Company: Ramtin is the founder of Big Brother Tutors, a private K-12 tutoring company with 250 students in the greater Los Angeles area. He also founded forReza, a 501(c)3 which helps underprivileged families whose children have Autism. He is currently starting a healthcare software company called “medconekt”, which will seamlessly integrate all patient health records between various sectors of the medical industry.

Ana Paulina Moreno

Ana Paulina Moreno

  • Email: anapaulina.moreno@pepperdine.edu
  • Undergraduate Major: Industrial Engineering

  • Undergraduate School: Universidad del Valle de Guatemala - Guatemala City, Guatemala

  • Position Previous to School: Process Implementation Specialist

  • Function: Finance

  • Professional Experience: 3-5 Years

  • Industry: Private Equity

  • MBA Internship: None (due to accelerated MBA track)

  • Background and Targeted Position/Company: Ana has worked for several years in project management and is now pursuing a career in corporate finance. She is currently interested in pursuing an opportunity with a company that aligns with her values and career goals.

Jessica Okui

Jessica Okui

  • Email: jessica.okui@pepperdine.edu
  • Undergraduate Major: Bioengineering

  • Undergraduate School: University of California, Riverside - Riverside, California

  • Position Previous to School: Project Assistant

  • Function: Analytics, Marketing, Operations

  • Professional Experience: 5+ Years

  • Industry: Tech, Biotech, Sports Retail

  • MBA Internship: Social Media Intern at Pharmaceutic Litho and Label Company

  • Background and Targeted Position/Company: Jessica has an undergraduate degree in bioengineering, in addition to prior professional experience in project management, along with inventory and sales experience in the retail sector. She is interested in pursuing career opportunities as a marketing or business analyst and is currently targeting the tech, biotech, and sports retail industries.

Zichuan Peng

Zichuan Peng

  • Email: zichuan.peng@pepperdine.edu
  • Undergraduate Major: Hospitality Business

  • Undergraduate School: Michigan State University - East Lansing, Michigan

  • Position Previous to School: Sales Manager

  • Function: Marketing, Finance, Public Relations

  • Professional Experience: 3-5 Years

  • Industry: Hospitality, Manufacturing, E-Commerce

  • MBA Internship: Sales Manager, Qingdao Bakery Paper Products Co, Ltd.

  • Background and Targeted Position/Company: Peter has served as a marketing manager leading a small team to expand international sales and provide marketing strategies for the company, including building e-commerce and social media platforms and services.

Benjamin Vincent Peters

Benjamin Vincent Peters

  • Email: ben.peters@pepperdine.edu
  • Undergraduate Major: History

  • Undergraduate School: Duke University - Durham, North Carolina

  • Position Previous to School: Continuous Improvement Specialist

  • Function: Investing, Manufacturing, Fish Farming

  • Professional Experience: 3-5 Years

  • Industry: Finance

  • MBA Internship: Equity Researcher at Investing City

  • Background and Targeted Position/Company: Benjamin has a background in sustainable manufacturing, operations, and investing. He is currently planning to work within his family business, which is focused on buying and selling small manufacturing companies.

Daniel (Luke) Poling

Daniel (Luke) Poling

  • Email: luke.poling@pepperdine.edu
  • Undergraduate Major: Business Administration

  • Undergraduate School: Pepperdine University - Malibu, California

  • Position Previous to School: Research/Teaching Assistant

  • Function: Finance

  • Professional Experience: Less than one year

  • Industry: Investment Banking, Hedge Fund

  • MBA Internship: Equity Research Summer Analyst at Investing City

  • Background and Targeted Position/Company: Daniel has recently completed an internship conducting equity research and is pursuing a career in equity research working on Wall Street. He is also currently preparing for his CFA level I exam.

Agnes (Man Chong) Poon

Agnes (Man Chong) Poon

  • Email: agnes.poon@pepperdine.edu
  • Undergraduate Major: Hospitality Management

  • Undergraduate School: Hotel Institute Montreux - Montreux, Switzerland

  • Position Previous to School: Assistant at CRO

  • Function: Finance, Operations, Human Resources

  • Professional Experience: 3-5 Years

  • Industry: Hospitality, Banking, Retail

  • MBA Internship: Founder of Your Little Herbal Tea Station (E-Internship)

  • Background and Targeted Position/Company: Agnes has four years of professional experience in the hospitality, corporate services, and retail industries. She is currently pursuing mid-level roles with well-established companies where she can utilize her management experience and further develop her client-facing skills.

John M. Powers Jr.

John M. Powers Jr.

  • Email: john.powers@pepperdine.edu
  • Undergraduate Major: Political Science

  • Undergraduate School: Norwich University - Montpelier, Vermont

  • Position Previous to School: Captain, United States Marine Corps

  • Function: Marketing, Digital, Technology

  • Professional Experience: 5+ Years

  • Industry: Entertainment, Finance, Real Estate

  • MBA Internship: Bank of American Summer Associate Digital Platform and Products

  • Background and Targeted Position/Company: John served as a Marine Ground Intelligence Officer focused on managing global relationships while living abroad in Australia, Ghana, Italy, and Japan. He worked as a Summer Associate with Bank of America in Digital Platform and Products, and has accepted a full-time employment offer with Bank of America working in Strategy and Management.

Colton Reisfelt

Colton Reisfelt

  • Email: colton.reisfelt@pepperdine.edu
  • Undergraduate Major: Marketing/Sales

  • Undergraduate School: Sonoma State University - Rohnert Park, California

  • Position Previous to School: Golf Shop Merchandiser Assistant at Sherwood Country Club

  • Function: Marketing, Representation, Management

  • Professional Experience: 1-3 Years

  • Industry: Entertainment, Media, Sports

  • MBA Internship: Intern at Priority Sports and Entertainment

  • Background and Targeted Position/Company: Colton plans to use his MBA degree in entertainment, media, and sports to better serve entertainers and athletes. He is passionate about building a career in talent representation within an innovative agency, where he can also build upon his passion for inclusion and employee engagement.

Patrick Robey

Patrick Robey

  • Email: patrick.robey@pepperdine.edu
  • Undergraduate Major: Cinema Arts and Science

  • Undergraduate School: Columbia College, Chicago - Chicago, Illinois

  • Position Previous to School: Intern at Core 12

  • Function: Marketing

  • Professional Experience: 1-3 Years

  • Industry: Entertainment (Film and Television)

  • MBA Internship: Purdeep Sangha Consulting

  • Background and Targeted Position/Company: Having studied film producing and directing, Patrick has been able to apply his creative side in a variety of settings, ranging from PBS to a boutique advertising firm to, most recently, a talent agency. His goal is to expand his creative background by concentrating in marketing and business development in the entertainment industry.

Natalie Salazar

Natalie Salazar

  • Email: natalie.salazar@pepperdine.edu
  • Undergraduate Major: Psychology

  • Undergraduate School: Grand Canyon University - Phoenix, Arizona

  • Position Previous to School: Family Support Specialist (Behavioral Health Technician)

  • Function: Marketing, Human Resources, Internal Communications

  • Professional Experience: 1-3 Years

  • Industry: Food and Beverage, Entertainment, but also open-minded

  • MBA Internship: Intern, North Dakota Minerals; Intern, Pharmaceutic Litho and Label Co.

  • Background and Targeted Position/Company: Natalie has a background in psychology and spent almost a year in social work with the Gila River Indian Community in Arizona, where she learned valuable lessons about different cultural perspectives and working in cross-functional teams. She has also worked in social media marketing for a pharmaceutical labeling company and with a mineral royalties acquisition company (oil industry) to purchase mineral rights and enhance the company’s online presence. She is interested in combining her psychology background with her MBA to pursue career opportunities in marketing or human resource management, and is open-minded to different industries.

Albert Saliba

Albert Saliba

  • Email: albert.saliba@pepperdine.edu
  • Undergraduate Major: Law
  • Undergraduate School: University Paris 2 Panthéon Assas

  • Position Previous to School: Ad Review Specialist for Snap, Inc.

  • Function: Operations Management

  • Professional Experience: 3-5 Years

  • Industry: Healthcare, Tech, Entertainment, Sport

  • MBA Internship: Pepperdine University

  • Background and Targeted Position/Company: Albert has an LLM in business law, along with other specialized professional experience in several industries. He is interested in pursuing career opportunities in the technology sector.

Edvin Sarkisian

Edvin Sarkisian

  • Email: edvin.sarkisian@pepperdine.edu
  • Undergraduate Major: Marketing
  • Undergraduate School: California State University, Northridge - Northridge, California

  • Position Previous to School: Operations Manager

  • Function: Operations, Marketing, Management

  • Professional Experience: 3-5 Years

  • Industry: Hospitality, Technology, Entertainment

  • MBA Internship: Chief of Operations at SVH Tours and Travel Services

  • Background and Targeted Position/Company: Edvin is passionate about leading teams through growth opportunities in business, utilizing effective management strategies to engage people to achieve their highest potential.

Shelby Schermeyer

Shelby Schermeyer

  • Email: shelby.schermeyer@pepperdine.edu
  • Undergraduate Major: Economics

  • Undergraduate School: Boston University - Boston, Massachusetts

  • Position Previous to School: Director of Account Management at Al Prime

  • Function: Operations, Product Development, Sustainability

  • Professional Experience: 5+ Years

  • Industry: Technology, Consumer Goods and Services, Research

  • MBA Internship: None (due to accelerated MBA track)

  • Background and Targeted Position/Company: Shelby has experience working at a variety of Ad Tech startups, as well as in fashion and interior design. She plans to work at a mission-based company that values sustainability practices.

Nolan Sollenberger

Nolan Sollenberger

  • Email: nolan.sollenberger@pepperdine.edu
  • Undergraduate Major: Business Administration

  • Undergraduate School: York College - York, Nebraska

  • Position Previous to School: Manager of Quality Assurance (Software)

  • Function: General Management, Operations, Business Analyst

  • Professional Experience: 5+ Years

  • Industry: Technology, Logistics, Manufacturing

  • MBA Internship: Intern at MineSense

  • Background and Targeted Position/Company: Nolan’s first twelve years of his career were spent at a FinTech firm advancing into a management role in software quality assurance. He currently hopes to continue building his career in the technology sector, ideally with a consumer product company, and is interested in management roles in product management/development and/or quality assurance.

Daniel Soto

Daniel Soto

  • Email: daniel.soto@pepperdine.edu
  • Undergraduate Major: Business Administration

  • Undergraduate School: Texas Tech University - Lubbock, Texas

  • Position Previous to School: National Account Manager at Cogent Communications

  • Function: B2B Consultative Sales

  • Professional Experience: 5+ Years

  • Industry: Digital Technology

  • MBA Internship: None (due to accelerated MBA track)

  • Background and Targeted Position/Company: Daniel has previous experienced as a global sales representative working in the Class A office space sector in leasing as well as in developing and optimizing IT solutions for clients. His current goal is to work with a leading multinational software company in a global software sales role.

Phil Thibault

Phil Thibault

  • Email: phil.thibault@pepperdine.edu
  • Undergraduate Major: Psychology

  • Undergraduate School: Utah Valley University - Orem, Utah

  • Position Previous to School: Assessment Analyst Team Lead at DecisionWise

  • Function: Change Management, Learning and Development, Operations

  • Professional Experience: 1-3 Years

  • Industry: Technology, Financial Services, E-Commerce

  • MBA Internship: Strategy and Management Summer Associate with Bank of America

  • Background and Targeted Position/Company: Phil has a background in organization development consulting and change management and is fascinated with the people side of the business. He would like to leverage his MBA to be able to work in a role where he can leverage his highly transferable skills to lead and enact significant change within any organization.

Dan Reid Wagstaff

Dan Reid Wagstaff

  • Email: dan.wagstaff@pepperdine.edu
  • Undergraduate Major: Political Science
  • Undergraduate School: Principia College - Elsah, Illinois

  • Position Previous to School: Marketing Assistant

  • Function: Marketing

  • Professional Experience: 1-3 Years

  • Industry: Consumer Goods

  • MBA Internship: Brand Marketing Intern at the J.M. Smucker Company

  • Background and Targeted Position/Company: Dan has extensive knowledge of the CPG food industry with marketing, sales, and operations experience in Fortune 500 and private equity-backed startup food companies. He is looking to continue his career in marketing in this industry at a large CPG company.

Stanley Winarto

Stanley Winarto

  • Email: stanley.winarto@pepperdine.edu
  • Undergraduate Major: Industrial Engineering

  • Undergraduate School: California State Polytechnic University, Pomona - Pomona, California

  • Position Previous to School: Operations Intern

  • Function: Operations

  • Professional Experience: 1-3 Years

  • Industry: Food

  • MBA Internship: E-Internship

  • Background and Targeted Position/Company: Stanley is a creative and passionate industrial engineer currently focusing on gaining greater insights and experience in business. He has worked as an operations and supply chain intern for his family business in Indonesia and is planning to continue in the family business after graduation.

Yan Yang

Yan Yang

  • Email: yan.yang@pepperdine.edu
  • Undergraduate Major: Marketing

  • Undergraduate School: University of California, Riverside - Riverside, California

  • Position Previous to School: Marketing Specialist
  • Function: Marketing

  • Professional Experience: 1-3 Years

  • Industry: E-Commerce, Retail

  • MBA Internship: Nike, Greater China

  • Background and Targeted Position/Company: Yan has two years of marketing experience in China, specializing in branding, digital marketing, and integrated categorized marketing. She aspires to work within a global team to develop branding and marketing strategies for continuous growth and success.

Riley Yeary

Riley Yeary

  • Email: riley.yeary@pepperdine.edu
  • Undergraduate Major: Business Administration
  • Undergraduate School: Pepperdine University - Malibu, California

  • Position Previous to School: None

  • Function: Marketing

  • Professional Experience: 3-5 Years

  • Industry: Medical Sales

  • MBA Internship: Initiatives Manager Intern at RBC Wealth Management

  • Background and Targeted Position/Company: Riley is passionate about helping people and is dedicated to combining that into a business leadership role, having worked in multiple internships and on a variety of special projects in both the public and private sectors.

Kirti Yelamanchili

Kirti Yelamanchili

  • Email: kirti.yelamanchili@pepperdine.edu
  • Undergraduate Major: Animal Physiology and Neuroscience; Healthcare and Social Issues

  • Undergraduate School: University of California, San Diego - La Jolla, California

  • Position Previous to School: Consultant

  • Function: Finance, Operations

  • Professional Experience: 5+ Years

  • Industry: Financial Services

  • MBA Internship: Marketing Strategy Intern at Incline Investment Advisors

  • Background and Targeted Position/Company: Kirti has a background in healthcare management and accounting and is interested in pursuing career opportunities in the financial services sector in an operations role.

Michael Zweig

Michael Zweig

  • Email: michael.zweig@pepperdine.edu
  • Undergraduate Major: Political Science and History
  • Undergraduate School: University of Wisconsin, Madison - Madison, Wisconsin
  • Position Previous to School: Sponsorship Services Manager, American Youth Soccer Organization (AYSO)
  • Function: Marketing, Finance, Business Development
  • Professional Experience: 5+ Years
  • Industry: Sports and Entertainment, Banking
  • MBA Internship: Part-time internship as a client success manager at Sangha Worldwide
  • Background and Targeted Position/Company: Michael has six years of marketing experience in the sports industry, with a focus on field marketing and partnerships. He is currently pursuing a business development, branding, or finance role with either a sports/entertainment firm or a company in the banking industry.