Jon Persky (MBA '83) is the owner of a highly successful insurance consulting firm. He's also an accomplished diver who visits the world's most exotic locations as much as he can.
Adam Stein (MBA '07) was one of approximately 16 NROTC graduates chosen by the Navy to pursue a master's degree immediately following their commissioning. With interest and experience in sales and management, Stein, a lieutenant junior grade in the U.S. Navy, realized the benefit of pursuing the MBA degree. Among other things, Katz added valuable team work experience to his skill set. In regards to his MBA experience, Stein says that, "Working on teams with students from many nations helped prepare me for the diversity I encounter at sea on a 350-person cruiser."
Following his graduation from the Katz School, where he earned the Dean's Outstanding Student Services Award, Stein reported to the U.S.S. Antietam, on deployment in the Persian Gulf. Not long after boarding, he realized as an officer with a graduate degree the bar is set high. "I am expected to learn faster than my colleagues, and it is presumed that I know how to manage an organization," Stein explained. "Fortunately, Katz helped prepare me to do both of those things."
Stein is still reaping the rewards of his Katz experience. "As the Combat Information Center Officer, I am directly responsible for a division of 27 highly-trained and experienced sailors," he explains. "Everyday, I find myself using Microsoft Office Excel, managing human resources issues, and employing skills I garnered at Katz such as strategy, operations management, and even financial planning and accounting. Without a doubt, my Katz experience has made me a better Naval officer, and I have encouraged countless colleagues to look into the Katz MBA program."