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The Richmond MBA brings together students from diverse academic and professional backgrounds together to learn and grow in both their academic and professional careers. Each year, The Richmond MBA admits 20-25 of the top MBA candidates in the region to start the cohort-based program in the fall.

Below is an overview of the Richmond MBA class as seen over the past six years.

  • Current Student Body: Male 67%, Female 33%
  • Average GPA: 3.3
  • Average GMAT: 600
  • Work Experience: 8 years prior to enrollment
  • Academic Background: business, engineering, liberal arts, social sciences
  • Professional Background: banking/finance, education, consulting, marketing, information technology, manufacturing, management, medical/pharmaceutical sales


Students on the Move

Richmond MBA students can be found around the world in a multitude of roles in widely varied industries. Profiled below are students on the move, making strides in their organizations and careers. Check back periodically as new students are featured.

Ryan Stuhlreyer, GB'16, Assistant to the CEO, Bon Secours St. Francis Medical Center
Ryan S. Undergraduate: James Madison University, B.S. in Health Services Administration

Why Pursue an MBA? I wanted to expand my knowledge and understanding of business management strategies and processes. I felt the best way to do this was by earning my MBA. It was also a motivator to  advance my career.

Why The Richmond MBA? A close friend and mentor strongly encouraged me to look into The Richmond MBA after I mentioned I wanted to pursue my graduate degree. Everyone I spoke to about Richmond had nothing but great things to say. I knew that with such high regard in the business community it was a well respected program. I had a great opportunity to meet with Dr. Coughlan and after speaking with him I knew that The Richmond MBA was where I wanted to be. 

What has been the biggest benefit of the program? The opportunity to build new relationships and friendships. I have really enjoyed getting to know my classmates. 

Has The Richmond MBA helped you realize your professional path? The Richmond MBA has really challenged me to grow in my current position. It has provided new insight and strategies to the way I manage my team and approach my work. Many leaders have taken interest in my curriculum at Richmond. This has provided me with great opportunities to have discussions with leaders that I might not have normally had prior to pursuing my MBA. 

Favorite Professor & Course: Organizational Behavior with Professor Piazza has been my favorite course thus far. The dialogue and class discussion of the subject has really helped me with my overall approach to managing people. Communication and behavior in organizations is critically important to overall business success and personal success. It also has many applications outside of business that I have found useful as well. Professor Piazza brings a lot of great human resource experience to the class which helps with the delivery of the concepts and processes.  

Favorite Memory: The last day of Opening Residency. I had become very close with my team and we had been working very hard all week to deliver our final proposal. We had a great opportunity to sit down with the CEO of McKesson Medical Surgical to share our thoughts on the case study and our overall proposal. It was a rare opportunity, one I will never forget, for MBA students to have such face time with a high level executive. This great opportunity justified every supportive comment about the rigor and exposure The Richmond MBA provides to its candidates. 

Where do you see your career in 10 years? I still see myself in the healthcare industry. I believe with all the transformation taking place in healthcare currently, and for the foreseeable future, that there will be a lot of new opportunity to improve the overall delivery system in the U.S. I hope to be in an executive position or other position of influence so I can have a positive impact on this transformation. 

Hobbies/Interests: I enjoy anything that involves the outdoors or sports, especially fly fishing and playing golf. 

Leo Martins, GB'16, Manufacturing Engineer, Rolls-Royce
Leo Martins Undergraduate: Imperial College, London; M.S. & B.S. in Mechanical Engineering

Current Organization & Role: Manufacturing Engineer at Rolls-Royce; I support production cells on a daily basis at Rolls-Royce to ensure that customer requirements are met for critical jet engine parts for the Dreamliner and other new planes. This involves dealing with Japanese, British and German engineers on a weekly basis, as well as train operations teams on the shop floor to make sure they understand what is required for their day to day job.

Why pursue an MBA? At the moment I am very happy with being an engineer and getting a strong technical foundation. However, this does not give me as much exposure to running a business and in the future I would very much like to be a strong business leader, be that with Rolls-Royce or elsewhere, an MBA is a key part of this.

Why The Richmond MBA? I live in Richmond and the format really suits me, I really like being able to go to class in the evening and the classmates are the best bit about it, they are all very varied and have lots of life experiences.

Has The Richmond MBA helped you realize your professional path? Everything I learn in class is directly relatable to what I am doing; manufacturing is very much about creating value. As the Rolls-Royce Crosspointe facility (in Prince George, Va) is a new facility, it is easier to implement the ‘best method’ than say an older facility.

What has been the biggest benefit of the program? Meeting my classmates. We are all busy people, working and studying. We all help each other and there’s not really competition. It’s something that I admire, we are all here to better ourselves together. As an engineer I sometimes feel I struggle with communication as I think everyone is at the same level as me. So earning an MBA will help me to explain things more convincingly. 

Favorite Professor & Course: I’m currently taking Business Communication with Bob Piazza. It is very interesting to me as I work with people from varied backgrounds, from Prince George to Germany and Japan. It has taught me some of the key principles of communication and how to influence without authority-something I have to do on a daily basis. It is also very interesting and not something I had given much thought to before. 

Favorite Memory: Opening Residency was great, it really took me out of my comfort zone and allowed me to meet my new classmates whilst learning about Healthcare in the U.S. It certainly is a different beast to the U.K.! I was also lucky enough to be in a really well balanced team in terms of skills, we ended up winning the case competition. 

Where do you see your career in 10 years? I'd like to lead a manufacturing/engineering facility within a highly innovative industry (like aerospace).

Hobbies/Interests: I am a keen Sunday League Soccer player (we call it footy across the pond) as well as a runner. I also play the bassoon and saxophone.

Prominent Alumni

Lyn McDermid, CIO, Federal Reserve System

Dave Beran, COO, Altria

Anne Waleski, CFO, Markel Corp.

Kevin McQueen, Principal, CapTech Ventures

Connie Mattox, CEO, Brooks Adams Research

Mark Hourigan, President, Hourigan Construction

Greg Rogowski, President, Mueller Co.

Ron Bargatze, Principal, Digital Benefit Advisors