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‘Shark Tank’ Hopeful Has MBA Grad as CFO

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A Graduate School of Management alumnus developed the business plan for a company that is diving—or, rather, cycling—into ABC Television’s “Shark Tank” at 9 p.m. this Friday night (March 7), looking for investors.

Adam Pettler MBA 11 serves as the chief financial officer of Revolights Inc., maker of wheel-mounted bike light systems.

President and Chief Executive Officer Kent Frankovich, whose idea launched the company in 2011, is the only Revolights representative who appears on camera, but he mentions Pettler, who developed the company’s business plan in an independent study course supervised by Marc Lowe, an adjunct professor at the School.

Pettler said his MBA education provided him the tools and the network to help Revolights through the entire process of building a company. “The [Graduate School of Management community] has been there to answer questions as we’ve had them,” he said.

Other UC Davis graduates have successfully navigated the “Shark Tank” waters. Chris Johnson 02 appeared on the show last October, negotiating a $300,000 investment for his Rapid Ramen Cooker. In May 2011, Jason Lucash 06 of OrigAudio received a $150,000 investment after pitching the company’s Rock-It, a device that turns anything into a speaker.

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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.

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UC Davis Part-Time MBA in Top 8%, Full-Time MBA in Top 9%
U.S. News & World Report’s latest rankings: This marks the 19th consecutive year our MBA program has been ranked among the best in the nation.

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(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.