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Student Profiles

The Richmond MBA brings together students from diverse academic and professional backgrounds together to learn and grow in both their academic and professional careers. 

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

  • Average Incoming Class: 37 students
  • Current Student Body: Male 67%, Female 33%
  • Average GPA: 3.3
  • Average GMAT: 600
  • Work Experience: 5-6 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.

Michelle Pegler, GB'17, Senior Business Intelligence Analyst, Federal Reserve Bank of Richmond
Michelle Nason Undergraduate: Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Current Organization & Role: Federal Reserve Bank of Richmond, Senior Business Intelligence Analyst

Why pursue an MBA? An MBA allows an experienced professional to broaden his/her horizons to all aspects of running a thriving business. A Part-time MBA in particular is a unique type of program because students can constantly use their working experience to excel in classes and apply their classroom learnings in their jobs.

Why The Richmond MBA? The Richmond MBA has a solid reputation for high admission standards and quality professors that have had experience in the working world. The Capstone Project, the final pillar of the program, provides students an exciting opportunity to work on a real-world business strategy problem for a local Richmond corporation. Richmond's combination of high-caliber students and discussion/team-based teaching style promotes the spread of diverse knowledge and skills among the student population.

Has The Richmond MBA helped you realize your professional path? Partially, but I think there's a lot more to come. I enjoyed getting to apply learnings from my early classes to my job in the CarMax Strategy Group. As I continue through the program, I'll learn even more skills that will help me become an impactful business leader at the Federal Reserve in my new role, one that has a broader focus and potentially bigger impact than I had at CarMax.

What has been the biggest benefit of the program? Making connections with young professionals at all the major employers in Richmond as well as some lesser-known companies

Favorite Professor & Course: Randy Raggio, Marketing

Favorite Memory: Final presentations in Opening Residency. We got to present in the final round, didn't end up winning, but really enjoyed working together as a team and were proud of what we had accomplished.

Where do you see your career in 10 years? Somewhere that allows me to combine my passions for data analytics, strategy, and business process improvement.

Hobbies/Interests: Playing the cello, attending Richmond Symphony and Broadway shows, taking my dog to parks and wineries, reading, visiting the VMFA, strategy board games.

Matt McCracken, GB'16, Project Manager, Timmons Group
Matt McCracken Undergraduate: University of Richmond

Current Organization & Role: Project Manager at Timmons Group in our Geospatial Solutions Group. I am responsible for delivering projects that help our clients use geospatial technology to solve their business problems.   

Why pursue an MBA? I have been at Timmons Group for five years and have learned many facets of the different professional services that we deliver to our clients. I have moved from providing these services into a new role where I lead teams who provide these services. I pursued my MBA to take my career to the next level as I hope to become more involved in the decisions and setting the direction for the future of our company.     

Why The Richmond MBA?  My undergraduate degree is from the University of Richmond and I was impressed with the skills that I gained and the overall learning environment.  The connections and relationships I received as an undergrad have been invaluable.  I have been able to leverage them to reach the position I am in today.  I knew that my best option would be to return to the University of Richmond to continue to build my skillset, make connections, and build the types of relationships necessary to achieve my future goals.    

Has The Richmond MBA helped you realize your professional path?  Every class has been rich with frameworks and processes that teach methodologies around decision making.  One of the core elements of business is decision making and the Richmond MBA creates great decision makers.  

What has been the biggest benefit of the program? The professors of the program have industry experience and teach their subject with the context and color of business.     

Favorite Professor & Course: Professor Roger Schnorbus, Mergers and Acquisitions. His knowledge and industry experience is impressive. He can relate almost every topic to a real life story and explain why or why not an M&A deal was made.      

Favorite Memory: Opening Residency was an amazing experience that combined hard work, learning and networking into two weeks. The bonds made in that time have lasted throughout the program and it truly sets the tone for The Richmond MBA.   

Where do you see your career in 10 years? I see myself as an owner and manager at a growing firm that aspires to be the best in our industry.          

Hobbies/Interests: Spending time with my wife Cara and yellow lab Hank. My favorite hobby is golf of course! The game requires the perfect combination of skill, practice and camaraderie.      

Danielle Wozniak, GB '17, Demand Analyst, Interbake Foods, LLC
Danielle Wozniak Undergraduate: Virginia Commonwealth University; B.S. in Psychology 

Current Organization & Role: Demand analyst at Interbake Foods, LLC. I am responsible for managing the packaging inventory for our retail product segment. I also analyze sales data and make suggestions to the demand manager on forecasting and finished-good inventory levels.

Why pursue an MBA? After a year of working at Interbake Foods I developed a love for business and wanted to be more involved in the company. I felt that an MBA would allow me to be more successful at my current career as well as give me more opportunities in the future.  

Why The Richmond MBA? The community at University of Richmond is what attracted me to the program. I took The Mini MBA in the Robins School's Executive Education in 2013 and had a great experience. The faculty always remembers you by name and the other students are friendly and welcoming. The curriculum is challenging and really pushes you to do your best work.  

Any career changes since you began the program? In the fall of 2014 I received a promotion from online resources specialist to demand analyst. 

What has been the biggest benefit of the program? Meeting so many great people and being able to expand on the skills that I already use every day at work.

Favorite Professor & Course: I enjoyed Organizational Behavior with Professor Piazza. The class discussions were both meaningful and fun, and the topics could be taken directly from the classroom to the workplace. 

Favorite Memory: Opening Residency. It was one of the hardest things I have ever done, but also one of the most rewarding. Everyone worked so hard and become really good friends in the process. That weekend definitely set the tone for how great the rest of the program is.

Where do you see your career in 10 years? Ultimately I see myself as a manager, doing something that I love with people that I enjoy working beside.

Hobbies/Interests: Photography. I also enjoy going to the James River or reading a good book.

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

Ron Bargatze, Principal, Dominion Benefits

Dave Beran, COO, Altria

Mark Hourigan, President, Hourigan Construction

Connie Mattox, CEO, Brooks Adams Research

Lyn McDermid, CIO, Federal Reserve System

Kevin McQueen, Principal, CapTech Ventures

Greg Rogowski, President, Mueller Co.

Patricia Rowland, CAO, One Care Call Management

Anne Waleski, CFO, Markel Corp.