Brandon Bieron
(MBA ’20)

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Making the Move

Prior to attending grad school, Brandon Bieron (MBA ’20) spent eight years in the United States Army as an Army Ranger. He applied to the Joseph M. Katz Graduate School of Business from Afghanistan during his third deployment. He and his wife decided that after multiple deployments and twenty months of combat, a career change was needed.

“I remember working with Erin Vuono throughout the application process and doing my interview via Skype with poor internet connection,” says Bieron. “Although I had offers from other schools, I chose to attend Katz because I felt Erin showed an interest in me as an individual. I got back from my deployment in May 2018, and by July I was making the cross-country drive from Anchorage, Alaska to the University of Pittsburgh.”

Brandon Bieron presenting

From Katz to Career

Bieron was offered multiple internships during his time at Katz and was able to secure one at M&T Bank, which led to his full-time career today.

“I accepted the offer to M&T Bank after my final exams,” says Bieron. “M&T Bank is headquartered in Buffalo, NY where my wife and I are from. We wanted to be around family and friends as we started a family of our own.”

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Trifecta of Support

The Katz MBA has been ranked the #35 Overall Best Online MBA Program for Veterans by U.S. News. The faculty, staff, and students create a community that makes the transition from military to education one that’s fun, educational, and manageable.

“The balance between transitioning out of the military, taking heavy quant courses, and trying to interview prep for internships was a bit overwhelming,” says Bieron. “The staff in the Career Management Office ensured I was ready by submitting applications for the MBA Vets Conference and NBMBAA Conference. The faculty spent countless hours after class walking me through problems and taking office calls to explain concepts in further detail. My classmates and I spent hours at Mervis Hall working through practice problems and talking over concepts in preparation for exams and assignments. This trifecta of support made all the difference.”

Military veterans, with their strengths in teamwork, leadership, work ethic, and drive, tend to make terrific MBA students, and Brandon is no exception. The skills that he used in the military transitioned very well into the work he did during his MBA program. We knew he would be successful and are proud to call him a Katz alum.

Erin Vuono

Associate Director of Admissions

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