Where are Our Graduates?
Taylor Westbrook, MBA 2014
In January 2015, Taylor Westbrook was offered a position at the Home Shopping Network world headquarters located in Saint Petersburg, FL. She works as a Merchandise Assistant on the Home Fashion & Textiles Buying Team. She works closely with planning, logistics, quality assurance, public relations and television production to guide items through all processes necessary before consumers see products on TV or online.
Taylor says, “The UIS MBA program is great because all aspects of business are covered. This has helped me succeed in my position because I work with most departments at HSN. For example, Managerial Finance has helped me work with our planning team to understand the financial part of the business which is crucial because the ultimate goal of a business is to make money!”
Taylor loves her job because no two days are the same. Things are constantly changing in the world of retail, especially at HSN because the main network is live television 24 hours a day.
“I never thought I would have my dream job, but I finally do and couldn’t be more happy,” Taylor admits. “I look forward to working with HSN long term and eventually becoming a Senior Buyer. The UIS MBA program helped me gain my dream job!”
Tom Batsios, MBA 2014
Congratulations to Tom Batsios who has joined the Men’s soccer coaching staff for Fall 2014 at Washington College in Chestertown, MD.
“As the assistant soccer coach, the knowledge I have acquired from obtaining my MBA will prove indispensable. Successfully operating a soccer program is very much like running a business. Budgets will need to be calculated, people will need to be managed, and of course, success is measured by how the team performs. Many of the classes from the MBA program at UIS provided me with the skills I need to ultimately succeed as a soccer coach.
If you were to ask the professors from my classes if their curriculum was directly related to soccer coaches they probably would not agree. But the correlations between the business aspect of many of the classes and the operations of a soccer program are so similar that they have been able to provide me with a foundation for being a soccer coach. Obviously there is some coaching involved, which I have pursued outside of school, but the knowledge gained from the MBA program will surely benefit me now and in the future.”