Craig Cummins’ father started a chain of successful optometry stores in New Jersey during the late 1970s. He sold them and remained with the company, but the new owner sold them to a private equity company, which eventually sold them again.
As a teen, Cummins watched these changes and pondered the role of private equity in business and in society. He followed a very different passion in college, earning first a bachelor in science in biomedical engineering from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (Troy, N.Y.) and then, in 2004, a master’s in this subject at UC Davis.
But private equity continued to intrigue him, and Cummins was drawn to the world of business. He applied to the Graduate School of Management while still at the UC Davis College of Engineering and in 2005 earned his MBA through the concurrent MS/MBA program.
Sam Saliba MBA 00 has focused his career at the intersection of technology and creativity, starting at Intel’s Consumer Marketing division, “a great role straight out of b-school.” When the Internet bubble burst, he joined Lucasfilm Entertainment Company to oversee marketing of their Star Wars–based video games. Four years later he moved to Ubisoft Entertainment, where he managed a portfolio of entertainment software products and a brand management team.
“It was a dynamic five-year experience, watching the company and the industry evolve,” Sam said.
In early 2011 Saliba got a call from Google about joining the Consumer Marketing team to lead engagement efforts for their Search product. “At first I thought it was mistake that the recruiter called me, but one thing led to another and it’s been an amazing ride ever since.”
Stephanie Swannack MBA 07 came to UC Davis as a doctoral student in the Department of Agricultural and Resource Economics, but “quickly discovered that a Ph.D. wasn’t the right path for me—too theoretical and removed from the industry I had been born and raised in,” she says. Shifting gears and heeding the advice of her new friend Alex McCalla, a professor of agricultural economics and the founding dean of the Graduate School of Management, she applied to the UC Davis MBA program and enrolled as a member of the full-time class of 2007.
As Kaiser Permanente’s director of strategy management, Peter Buggy leads a high-powered team of business consultants that work with the health plan’s business lines to better execute strategies and measure their success. Often referred to as the model for the future of health care, Oakland, Calif.-based Kaiser Permanente is the nation’s largest not-for-profit health plan and health care provider, with annual operating revenue of more than $42 billion.
Kevin DeLury was “fortunate enough to have an internship through the GSM that ultimately led to my first position after business school. At Blue Shield of California I assumed a broad range of roles in their operations division, where I did everything from write and negotiate contracts, manage overseas call centers and internal operations, to automate manual enrollment processes. At every turn I found myself using the skills I learned at the GSM to help improve operational processes and drive better performance.
After Shannon Staglin MBA 08 received her undergraduate degree from UCLA in 2001, she returned to Napa to work in the family business—Staglin Family Vineyard—as a harvest intern. This experience, she says “taught me all about our enology and viticulture practices. It also clarified that my place was in the business rather than the production side of the vineyard.”
Ariana Brill thrives on challenges. A few months after receiving her BA in cognitive science and geography from Vassar College—one of the top liberal arts schools in the country—she entered the UC Davis School of Law to study intellectual property law. A year later she commenced her MBA studies at the Graduate School of Management.
On New Year’s Eve, 2000—just weeks after acing his last UC Davis MBA final—Daniel Walter, his wife and their two young daughters boarded a plane for New Delhi and a new life. They spent New Year’s Day “somewhere in the air,” arriving safely on January 2.
Jeff Ansley embarked on his planet-saving career in 1993 in East Africa, where he installed remote photovoltaic systems and taught residents how to install and service solar equipment. Today he is president of Natron Resources, Inc., an Oakland, Calif.–based solar system design and engineering company he founded while a student in the Bay Area Working Professional MBA program. Natron Resources is dedicated to making solar energy economically feasible for its residential and business clients.
As vice president, risk consultant at Wells Fargo and Company in Charlotte, N.C., Marc Adams provides portfolio analysis and forecasts for the bank’s retail consumer credit lines of business. It’s challenging work that draws on his deep background in the financial services industry, where he experienced both the boom of the dot-com era and the subsequent economic meltdown at Barclay’s Global Investors and Wachovia.
Outside of work, “I’m learning Argentine tango with my wife, a native of Costa Rica, learning to play Flamenco guitar and traveling as much as possible,” says Adams.
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Agilent Technologies’ Electronic Measurement Group is a $3.6 billion business that over the past decade has seen a dramatic shift in its customer base from U.S., and Western European customers to predominantly Asia-based customers. Today, the majority of the division’s revenues are generated outside of the U.S., with an increasing concentration in China.
(Davis, CA) — The UC Davis Graduate School of Management’s full-time MBA program has been ranked among the top six percent of AACSB International-accredited programs nationwide, according to U.S. News & World Report’s latest graduate business school rankings released today.