EMBA Testimonials and Job Placement

The Executive MBA program at the University of Nevada, Reno can help you learn the skills to help accelerate your career. Read some of the success stories from our alumni, and learn how our program can help you, too!

  • Program Testimonials

    "Flexibility and understanding of the big picture has been helpful in my new strategic planning role." - Mitchell Fong

    "The UNR EMBA program is truly a life-changing experience."

    "This degree allowed me to remain competitive for several jobs in my field and is the reason my promotion was finalized. The EMBA was an amazing experience and the networking from the classes continues to help me in my career." - William Dippel

    "Obtaining my EMBA degree afforded me the ability to teach my passion of economics and finance. It is truly my dream come true! I will be working on my Doctorate of Business Administration soon." - Brandy Nielsen

    "Without this degree I would not have been able to enter the field of accounting. I have a great opportunity for a major promotion ahead of me which would not have been possible without the eMBA degree."

    "Fantastic program that really prepares you for your career." - Huston Pullen

    "I started a corporation with a person I met in the program. Without a doubt the best investment I have ever made." - Sean Nichols

    "[The Executive MBA program] gave me a better understanding on the business end of my industry and opportunities to knock when the time comes." - Vivek Galla

    "This program has been life-changing. Through all the support of the instructors and the department, I've grown personally to be a more effective leader and professionally as I move on to challenging career opportunities. So much has changed in such a short amount of time, but I will always feel very fortunate for my experience with the program." Jacqueline Hernandez, class of 2018, Project Coordinator for HDR.

    "Achieving an MBA set me apart from other candidates in my organization. Managers recognize and respect the sacrifice and dedication required to achieve this title." James Foster, class of 2017.

    "I really enjoyed the UNR EMBA program! The professors provide a great curriculum, support for their curriculum, and care about your success. The cohort premise is one that allows the building of relationships such as those you may get from an in-class MBA program. The classes added real knowledge that I can use in my career. I wholeheartedly recommend this program to any busy professional who would like to get better at their job, advance their career, or keep their knowledge sharp." Joe Croarkin, class of 2016.

    "UNR's EMBA program exceeded my expectations in providing an outstanding education by an amazingly responsive staff. My cohort was an absolute pleasure to work with on a daily basis. I am truly grateful for the network of incredible program alums that I am now a part of." Anthony DoMoe, class of 2016.

    "As a part of my job, I meet with developers that want to construct within the City of Elko," said Jeremy Draper, class of 2015, Development Manager for the City of Elko. "Having an EMBA degree has given me more insight into how developers look to invest their money and what they expect for a rate of return. When the developers come in and see my degree on the wall, they are impressed by what they see and have additional respect for me and my position. I am glad that I completed the schooling and think it will set me up for future promotions."

    "Teaching at university level always was my dream job," said Fariba Aminalroayae, class of 2015, lecturer at California State University, Chico. "I was hired by CSU Chico College of Business last spring semester. The course I teach is Business Communication. I know, as a fact, I could never do that without my EMBA degree. I have the greatest acknowledgment to UNR College of Business. They do the most excellent job."

    "The EMBA program has exceeded all of my expectations by combining a comprehensive program, expert faculty, and sophisticated technology that delivers the best of both worlds: web-based learning and the tradition of the University of Nevada, Reno," said Mark Behl, class of 2013, CFO of Renown Health in Reno.

    "It's the way the world works," Kurt Althof, class of 2013, business development manager for Care Flight, said. "If you can't operate in an online world, chances are you're going to struggle. Operating online is becoming more and more of an indirect life skill. This is the real deal," Althof said. "The way the program is set up gave me the opportunity to go to my local University with a flexible school schedule. I'm proud of the fact that I can now call myself a College of Business alum."

    "I had been out of school for 10 years before starting this program so adapting to the online environment was a challenge for me at first," Christina Dils, class of 2013, group facility administrator at Divita Dialysis, said. "The toughest part was making the time between family and work commitments. The way the first semester was set up really helped me learn how to organize my time. Once I set a regular learning schedule, I was surprised at how quickly I fell into a groove."

    "The Executive MBA (EMBA) program at the University of Nevada, Reno is not for the faint of heart. If you are dusting off the old resume and looking to add an accessory with a degree from an easy MBA program, this is probably not what you are looking for. However, if you are searching for an opportunity to earn a quality business education, and willing to expend your efforts to amplify your skill set and provide superior value to your employer, this is probably the program for you." Tracey Gray McDonald, class of 2013.

    "Getting my Executive MBA at The University of Nevada, Reno, was among the best decisions I ever made. Little did I know that, at my age, it would translate into a second career as a business professor at The University of Wyoming, Laramie. In 2010, in the middle of a rigorous Ph.D. program at the University of Nevada, Reno, I had decided to augment my doctoral research with some business marketing classes. Dr. Kambiz Raffiee met with me and invited me into the charter group of students in the then-brand-new EMBA program, reminding me that for just a few more credits I could earn a master's and broaden my marketability. Well, the rest is history. I now teach in an MBA program, leveraging the skills and background knowledge the EMBA afforded me. Without question - a GREAT decision." Joe Russo, class of 2013, business professor at The University of Wyoming, Laramie.

  • Alumni Job Placements

    The College of Business is proud to present alumni that have taken positions or received promotions with the following companies. We wish you continued professional and personal success!

    • Kurt Althof - Care Flight
    • Fariba Aminalroayae - California State University of Chico, CSU Chico
    • Mark Behl - Renown Health
    • Sonal Chablani - Amazon.com
    • Christina Dils - Divita Dialysis
    • William Dippel - Desert Research Institute
    • Anthony DoMoe - Ardagh Group
    • Ronaldo Dos Santos - Votorantim Cimentos North America
    • Jeremy Draper - City of Elko
    • Mitchell Fong - Renown Health
    • Vivek Galla - Newmont Mining Corporation
    • Jennifer Johnson - Mercury Insurance
    • Laurel Martin - Disabled Sports Eastern Sierra
    • Adam Montague - Johnson & Johnson
    • Sean Nichols - Dragonfly Energy
    • Brandy Nielsen - Great Basin College
    • Huston Pullen - Federal Bureau of Investigation
    • Matt Ream - Western Nevada Supply Company
    • Brian Riley - Panasonic Energy of North America
    • Joseph Russo - University of Wyoming
    • Jason Shelton - Intuit
  • Alumni Program Ambassadors

    Our alumni are just as passionate about our Executive MBA program as we are, and they are excited to share their experience with you. What better way to learn about what you can expect from our program than with speaking with the students who have completed it? If you'd like to speak or meet with program alumni, contact Erin Aldrich at  365@unr.edu or 775.784.4652 to be paired with an EMBA ambassador.

    Sonal Chablani - Amazon.com
    Married, mother, and employed full-time
    "The EMBA program is an excellent resource for career progression."

    William Dippel - Desert Research Institute
    Husband and researcher
    “I ride a bike 100 miles a week, and at times this program felt like a long climb with many false summits. Still an amazing program and well worth the effort."

    Anthony DoMoe - Ardagh Group
    Married, retired military, and father of four
    “This is an amazing program that gave me great business skills and knowledge while accommodating my busy schedule.”

    Celeste Johnson - The Applied Companies
    Over 40, works full time, married, and has three kids and a dog
    “Very few business situations intimidate me after completing this program.”

    Sean Nichols - Dragonfly Energy
    Frequently traveled for work throughout the program
    “The choice to enroll in the EMBA changed the course of my career.”

    Jason Shelton - Intuit
    Married and father of two
    "This program allowed me the opportunity to further my education while still balancing the needs of my family."

Nevada Careers

Are you an alum looking for career opportunities? You can create an account with Nevada Careers which will give you access to job postings from our corporate partners, as well as many regional employers.

If you are an Executive MBA alumnus and would like to be featured on our job placement board or testimonials, please contact Erin Aldrich at 365@unr.edu or 775.784.4652. We would love to hear from you.