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Alumni Testimonials

Mark Prenni

Mark Prenni,'10
President
Overland Contracting, Inc., a Black & Veatch company

My Bloch Executive MBA paid off much quicker than I expected. It got me to the table for a position I really wanted within my company, and I got the job! I feel proud that my Bloch EMBA got me here, and I appreciate all that the program has done for me.

Dave Ebbrecht

Dave Ebbrecht, '08
Senior Vice President of Operations
Kansas City Southern Industries

The Bloch Executive MBA profoundly confronts the challenges leaders face in today's corporate environment and provides a range of tools to apply to specific problems. The course schedule also allowed me to continue my career while learning invaluable skills.

Jan Kauk

Jan Kauk, '06
Executive Director
Heartland Workforce Solutions

I went from owning my own business to being CEO of a civic organization. The EMBA program is part of the reason I was offered this opportunity. The program allowed me to take my professionalism in the business community to the next level.

The network of people you are connected with through this program is outstanding. It was a Bloch EMBA alum who encouraged me to look into the program, and I in turn introduced a colleague of mine to the program. In addition, while I was in the program, a classmate helped me recruit an important board member to my organization.

Everyone in the program was very sensitive to students balancing a full-time job and family, and they really helped make it manageable.

Laura Thompson

Laura Thompson, '07
Managing Principal of Energy Services
Burns McDonnell

The quick, 21-month format is one of the main reasons I chose this program. Although it's intensive, it was important to me to be able to see the light at the end of the tunnel - knowing I was going to have my EMBA very soon was rewarding. This program delivers all the quality, but quicker than many others. Fortunately, the student support services are excellent, and keep us from having to worry about anything but learning.

Dick Gibson

Dick Gibson, '02
Vice President and Chief Administrative Officer
Greater Kansas City Chamber of Commerce

The EMBA program does two important things for you:  1) it provides you with up-to-date tools to tackle those real-world problems that plague every leader/manager; and 2) it provides you business contacts/resources (classmates, community leaders, and faculty) that can help when needed. While the EMBA program is extremely challenging, it is worth the effort. The program gave me a fresh look at business practices and my approach to decision-making and solving business problems at the Greater Kansas City Chamber of Commerce.

Dr. Holcomb

Whit Holcomb, '02
Surgeon in Chief
Children's Mercy Hospital

Even though I am not in a traditional corporate environment as chief of surgery, I still needed administrative leadership skills - many physicians don't have enough knowledge about the business of medicine. The Bloch EMBA program taught me to think like a CEO throughout the program, we were put in the position of top leadership and learned how to make decisions using a global point of view. At the time I enrolled, there was also a lot of uncertainty about where the healthcare field was going. In addition to helping me in my current position, the program prepared me to go in another direction, like consulting or starting my own business, if I ever needed to.

Mike Campo

Michael Campo, '01
Senior Vice President - Unit Manager - Construction
Lockton Companies

The most impressive thing to me was that the program delivered as advertised. The program's basis that the private sector, public sector and government are intertwined really became evident. The way UMKC EMBA married the concepts into the module format enhanced my understanding of how to maximize the value of any organization and departments within organizations.

Dave Maddox

Dave Maddox, '00
Information Security Manager
Hallmark Cards, Inc.

Prior to attending UMKC, my profession was primarily technology focused, so my methods for addressing business problems, and the tools I used to subsequently solve business problems, were definitely lacking. The EMBA specifically did two things to enhance my career: It provided me with a solid base of management skills that have allowed me to be a more effective manager, and it opened the door to career opportunities that would not have been accessible to me without the EMBA.

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