Where are Our Graduates?

Daniel Wallace
MBA, 2013

Daniel standing by a jetShortly following graduation, I enlisted in the Illinois Air National Guard as an Intelligence Analyst. After two years in the intelligence community, I applied for and was selected to attend flight school as a Combat Systems Officer with the 182nd Airlift Wing in Peoria, IL.  After completing flight school at NAS Pensacola, FL, I was awarded my aeronautical rating as a Combat Systems Officer and currently fly the C-130H3 aircraft for the Illinois Air National Guard and the United States Air Force. Additionally, I am an active guard/reserve airman with the 183d Wing in Springfield, IL where I work in combat operations.

The MBA I earned at UIS prepared me well to exceed as a professional military officer. From leveraging lessons learned from my organizational behavior classes, to employing logistics principles to achieve stated objectives, to using management principles to effectively lead, I use the skills gained through my UIS MBA daily in the execution of my duties. The learning environment at UIS lends itself well to preparing students for success as a professional, regardless of their chosen field.

The UIS MBA has to be one of the best kept secrets in Central Illinois. No matter your current profession, there is no doubt a UIS MBA enables you to take the next step. I can certainly say I wouldn’t be where I am today without my UIS MBA, and I am thankful to the faculty, staff, and fellow students for supporting my education and professional growth.

CJ Castelletti
MBA, 2013

CJ in a libraryI was hired as a financial institution examiner with the Illinois Department of Financial and Professional Regulation in June of 2017. The position begins with one year of on-the-job training and culminates into a two-week training and examination session in Washington, DC with the FDIC to progress further into the profession. I am currently preparing for that trip to DC.  It’s an exciting career with enormous potential but there’s also an incredible amount left to learn.

I would have never been in this profession had it not been for the MBA I earned at UIS. The MBA helped prepare me for a career in the financial industry by providing a broad selection of challenging courses in accounting, finance, management, marketing, and behavioral business aimed at helping me to develop a strong business acumen and skills necessary to succeed in today’s fast-paced business environment.

My past sales and management background combined with my MBA provides me the knowledge and skills necessary to succeed in the financial sector for years to come.  This is a rewarding and challenging career and I can thank UIS in part for this great opportunity!