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‘Shark’ invests $300,000; MBA alums celebrate

Start-up company Revolights, which has not one but two UC Davis MBAs in its ranks of seven, scored a $300,000 investment on ABC Television’s “Shark Tank” last Friday night.

“It’s been an incredible experience,” said Adam Pettler MBA ’11, chief financial officer for Revolights Inc., maker of wheel-mounted bike light systems. Pettler was a full-time MBA student on the Davis campus when he developed the Revolights business plan in an independent study course supervised by Marc Lowe, an adjunct professor.

Danny Wong, a 2011 graduate of the Graduate School of Management’s part-time MBA program in the San Francisco Bay Area, heard about Revolights from Lowe — and now serves as the company’s business manager.

President and Chief Executive Officer Kent Frankovich, whose idea launched the company in 2011, represented Revolights on the show, which was taped last September. Frankovich asked for $150,000 in return for a 10 percent equity stake in Revolights, and didn’t even have to negotiate to get double what he wanted — when “Shark” Robert Herjavec offered $300,000 for 10 percent equity.

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UC Davis Part-Time MBA Ranked in Nation’s Top 9%
Fourth Consecutive Year among U.S News & World Report's Premier Programs

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(Davis, CA) — The UC Davis Part-Time MBA program offered in Sacramento and the San Francisco Bay Area is ranked among the top 9% in the U.S., according to U.S. News & World Report’s latest graduate business school rankings.

At No. 29, this is the fourth consecutive year the UC Davis Part-Time MBA program is among the top AACSB International-accredited part-time MBA programs surveyed. This year, there were 323 part-time MBA programs surveyed.

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UC Davis Full-Time MBA Ranked among Nation’s Premier Programs for 20th Consecutive Year
MBA Programs among Top 10% in U.S.
Record Salary and Bonus

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(Davis, CA) — The UC Davis Graduate School of Management’s Full-Time MBA program is ranked among the premier business schools in the nation for the 20th consecutive year, according to U.S. News & World Report’s latest graduate business school rankings released today.

U.S. News’ latest ranking places the Full-Time MBA program at No. 48, placing it among the top 10% of the 464 Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business International’s accredited full-time MBA programs surveyed.

Key statistics from the School’s Full-Time MBA ranking include:

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UC Davis Graduate School of Management partners with Lawrence Livermore and Sandia National Labs to drive technologies from lab to market

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(Davis, Calif.) – With a joint goal of speeding the transfer of new technologies from the laboratory to the commercial marketplace, the UC Davis Graduate School of Management, Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory and Sandia National Laboratories have announced a new partnership for researchers to develop their entrepreneurial skills.

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Vickie Sherman MBA 13 Finds Her Passion, Her Career—and Herself

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What opportunities, decisions, events have shaped your professional life?

My career path has been a climb across a jungle gym rather than a tangent up a corporate ladder. As a child, I used to thumb through the three-inch JCPenney catalogue, picking out the professional women who I would grow to be. I wanted to rule the world from a corner office in a suit and heels. I wanted to shed my humble origins and become Corporate Barbie.

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MBA Student Consultants Make an IMPACT
Projects Put Business Needs Front and Center

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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.