Military background + MBA = endless possibilities

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Juan Meave stationed in Iraq

Veterans of the armed forces are often faced with questions about the marketability of their military experience and how transferable it is to the private sector. Basically, how does being in uniform correspond to being white collar?

Beyond having to apply new skills, assume new responsibilities and work toward the achievement of new goals and objectives, you also have to adjust to a new culture — new colleagues, new supervisors and new notions of what it means to be a high performer. 

TCU has a long-standing commitment to helping veterans continue their education. Military Times consistently ranks the Neeley School of Business in the top 75 best graduate schools for veterans based, in part, on the school’s participation in the Post-9/11 GI Bill Yellow Ribbon Program. This benefit can in some cases pay for the entire cost of a degree. But Neeley’s commitment doesn’t stop at the financial. It’s our welcoming and supportive culture that helps veterans navigate their new career paths. 

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TCU MBA opens up opportunity in an evolving energy industry

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Anyone who has worked in the energy industry for long enough knows that its markets are influenced by complex factors and that its ups and downs follow more than one cycle. Neeley alum Juan Meave (MBA, ’15), a financial analyst with Lonestar Resources, believes it’s precisely this unpredictability that drives innovation in the sector.

“The future of the energy market, and the industry itself, will be reshaped again, and that reshaping is going to come from an innovator who was told repeatedly that they couldn’t do what they set out to do,” he says.

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How an MBA Can Open New Doors in Finance

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Benjamin Westcott, MBA '15

After working for several years in hospitality management for a Missouri-based hotel company, Ben Westcott (MBA, ’15; senior associate overseeing mergers and acquisitions at ValueScope, Inc.) was ready to refocus his career on financial services.

Westcott had majored in finance as an undergrad, and added valuable experience in general management, budgeting, sales and staffing. Still, he knew he needed a jump start to make the transition, and looked to TCU MBA as the platform to do so.

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MBA Insider: Student Tips for Landing a Top Internship

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Rosemary Brennan, MBA '18
Since many full-time MBA students are changing careers or reconsidering their current career arc, gaining experience in a new field can be invaluable for making the transition. With Neeley’s emphasis on experiential learning, MBA students receive ample opportunities to add substantive experience to their resumes, one of the most critical being the summer internship.   

TCU MBAs land highly competitive internships across the country with companies such as Amazon, AT&T and JP Morgan Chase. These internships allow students to utilize new strategic tools and knowledge gained in the classroom, as well as employ their networking skills to make lasting impressions that can parlay into full-time job offers.

The expert staff in Neeley’s Graduate Career Center (GCC) — consistently ranked in the top 25 in the world by The Economist — helps students compete for these top internships. Before they even arrive on campus, first-year students work with GCC staff members on career planning and development. This partnership continues throughout the students’ time at TCU.

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Dallas Morning News promotes TCU MBA alum Grant Moise to key leadership role

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Grant Moise (Tom Fox/The Dallas Morning News)

Another Frog on the move! Grant Moise, MBA '04, was recently promoted to executive vice president of A.H. Belo and general manager of The Dallas Morning News. In this new role, Grant will over see sales, marketing, IT, production and distribution of the print edition. Here's the full story from The Dallas Morning News

Grant Moise, a key architect of a revenue-boosting strategy for A.H. Belo Corporation, parent of The Dallas Morning News, has been named executive vice president of the parent company, and general manager of The News.

The promotion makes Moise, 41, second in command at the paper behind Jim Moroney, the newspaper’s publisher and chief executive.

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TCU MBAs Score VC Funding for Tech Startup

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Paul Pieniadz and Christopher Fanchi
 TCU is an environment ripe with entrepreneurial opportunities. A prime example is the Bill Shaddock Venture Capital Fund Pitch Competition, sponsored four times a year by the Entrepreneurship Center at TCU’s Neeley School of Business. During each of the four pitch days, student-led start-ups have the chance to receive $10,000 in start-up grants, without forfeiting equity.

Among this round's presenters, Professional MBA students Paul Pieniadz and Christopher Fanchi made a strong impression on the grant review commission. So strong, in fact, that Paul and Christopher were able to secure $5,000 in funding for their company, Tempus Analytics, and the further development of its flagship product, TradeJester.

What is TradeJester? Paul and Christopher describe this mobile app as “the Xbox/PlayStation of active trading.” By applying concepts from gaming — specifically, fantasy sports — to sophisticated, automated analysis of market data, TradeJester allows users to trade stocks in a virtual and risk-free environment.

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