Profile of Student Teams
John Barnickel MBA 93
Vice President, Pacific Northwest Cardiac and Vascular Group, Medtronic Inc., San Francisco, Calif.
B.S., Finance, California State University, Hayward
My career allows me to strike a rare balance between making money and making meaning. At Medtronic, I am accountable for $200+ million in revenue and 160 sales, service and management colleagues. My UC Davis MBA gave me a global perspective and opportunities to collaborate, tap synergies and improve project outcomes. I use the lessons for effective teamwork every day.
B.A., Economics, B.A., Journalism | Indiana University of Pennsylvania
Leading change requires both both the courage to make tough decisions and the experience to know how to quickly adapt to new realities. The Graduate School of Management helped me become a well-rounded professional with the confidence to push the bigger ideas.
Supply Chain Management, Tesla Motors Inc. | Palo Alto, Calif.
- Director of Marketing, Big Bang! Business Plan Competition
- Vice President, Marketing Association
Entrepreneur/Founder, Infinite Possibility Inc. | Sacramento, Calif., and Tokyo, Japan
B.S., Mechanical Engineering | University of California, Davis
Alexzandra Caldwell-Wenman MBA 13
Marketing Manager, Employee Management Solutions, Intuit
Mountain View, Calif.
Online Marketing Intern, Intuit | Menlo Park, Calif.
Design Entrepreneur, Lexz | Sacramento, Calif.
BFA, Art, Minor: Entrepreneurship | University of Iowa, Iowa City
The School benefits from its ties to the San Francisco Bay Area—including deep relationships with many successful high-tech companies. My internship at StubHub is an incredible opportunity to apply my experience as a business intelligence analyst and hone the strong management skills I’m building at UC Davis.
Business Intelligence Analyst, StubHub, San Francisco, Calif. (An eBay company—and sponsor of San Francisco Giants baseball)
Davis is culturally diverse, intellectually vibrant and full of great family activities throughout the year. We love going to parks, swimming in the town’s amazing pools, shopping at the farmer’s market and exploring the greenbelt on our bikes. The Graduate School of Management is the perfect place to pursue my MBA, and Davis offers everything my family needs while I complete my degree. Coming here was the right decision for us all!
Graduate Student Intern – Private Equity, CalPERS, Sacramento, Calif.
Tomas Sudnius MBA 12
Dean’s Scholar / James R. and Georgia K. Corbett Fellowship for Student Entrepreneurs
The UC Davis MBA offers a rare opportunity to advance your international business skills at some of the world’s best peer business schools. The exchange program at Fudan University, Shanghai allowed me to explore one of the world’s most dynamic economies, build lasting relationships, learn how to do business in China—and have a lot of fun.
Alternative Investment Management – Private Equity, California Public Employees’ Retirement System (CalPERS, nation’s largest public pension fund)
The Graduate School of Management has an international reputation for facilitating learning through rigorous coursework and the free exchange of thoughts and ideas. My internship at Apple—known for its innovative culture and superior supply chain—is the perfect complement to my classroom studies and an invaluable opportunity for my professional development.
Retail Fulfillment Logistics Group, Apple Inc.
The Graduate School of Management has impressive ratios of women and international students, a close-knit community and an outstanding faculty. From challenging courses to diverse leadership development opportunities to my internship at Lam Research, I am getting the experience, support and guidance I need to achieve my goals.
Business Development Management Team Intern – Global Alliance & Strategy, Lam Research Corp., Fremont, Calif.
My UC Davis MBA is one of the best investments I’ve ever made. I learned new ways to create positive change in the world, and gained the tools to do it. If you are self-motivated and want to make an impact, you’ll find the mentors, values and opportunities you need.
Brand Marketing Intern, Blue Shield of California
By Joanna Corman
Like a hard, game-winning spike that leaves a big impression, Lauren Davis has never forgotten the inspiring words of her junior high school club volleyball coach. “He said, ‘play with heart.’ Everything you do in life should be done with heart and with passion.”
With that advice in mind, Davis has hit the ground running as a first-year Full-Time MBA student. She’s found a new interest in marketing and new business development after a successful career in financial services.
Davis is a launch pad to pursue many career opportunities in one of the world’s economic centers: Northern California. With the state capitol, Sacramento, as our neighbor, I was able to explore politics and public administration as a fellow in the Office of Mayor Kevin Johnson. And just an hour’s drive is the San Francisco Bay Area, where I interned at a private food company and am now working at a global semiconductor industry supplier.
Human Resources Intern Valley Fine Foods, Benicia, Calif.
The School’s strong network in the Bay Area is an amazing asset. Through relationships with alumni in San Francisco, I secured an internship at the world’s largest asset-management company. It’s a rich opportunity to build my skills in both marketing and finance—invaluable experience for my future career.
U.S. and Canada Institutional Marketing, BlackRock, Inc., San Francisco, Calif.
I came to the Graduate School of Management with a deep desire to expand my business knowledge beyond marketing. The relationships I’ve made, the courses and leadership workshops, and the outstanding professors have encouraged me to excel. If you’re ready to challenge yourself and take advantage of all the opportunities offered, the UC Davis MBA experience will absolutely reward you.
Sales Analyst: E-Commerce and Digital Marketing Intern, The Clorox Company, Oakland, Calif.
The Graduate School of Management has opened so many doors and pushed me to do more than I ever thought possible. The professors are simply outstanding, constantly challenging and encouraging us to strive for the best. And my classmates—bright and supportive—are an integral part of the UC Davis MBA experience. It’s a fast-paced, exciting program that’s taking me to the next level.
Intern in AutoCAD LT Channel Research Product Marketing–PSEB Platform, Autodesk, Inc., San Francisco, Calif.
I chose the UC Davis MBA for the international reputation of its faculty and the personal attention offered to students. Career Development meets with you one-on-one to chart your post-MBA path. This support has led to an internship at Intel. Most importantly, it’s made a lasting change in me.
Supply Chain Strategy Analyst, Microprocessor Marketing and Business Planning Group,
The Graduate School of Management was instrumental in my successful career transition from a marketing manager at an e-commerce company to the international financial services industry. Today, I manage institutional marketing efforts in the U.S. and Canada for BlackRock—a $3 trillion global asset management firm.
Senior Associate, Prudential Insurance Company, Newark, N.J.
B.A., Economics, University of Calgary, Canada
The Graduate School of Management gave me the analytical tools and framework to tackle complex business and risk issues. The School’s professors offer a powerful combination of industry experience and cutting-edge research that has a direct impact on business practices. During my first summer training program at Merrill Lynch along with 200 fellow associate hires, I immediately knew how well the UC Davis MBA program had prepared me to compete with graduates from the world’s other top business schools.
Business Analyst, Banco de Crédito del Perú – Miami Agency, Miami, Fla.
B.S., Industrial Engineering, Pontificia Universidad Católica del Perú
Senior Relationship Manager, Midsized Business Segment, Banco de Crédito del Perú, Lima, Peru