Archives for Alumni Stories

Why Owen for Engineers? Meet David Johnson.

Name: David Johnson Graduation Year: 2010 Track: Executive Edge Company: Nissan North America Title: Vice President, New Model Production Engineering and Quality David Johnson is a 2010 alumnus of the Vanderbilt Executive MBA program. An engineer by trade, David has devoted a large portion of his career to leading and streamlining operations at Nissan. After […]

Why Owen for Attorneys? Meet Judd Peak.

Name: Judd Peak Graduation Year: 2015 Track: Executive Edge Company: Frost-Arnett Company Title: Chief Compliance Officer and General Counsel   Judd Peak is a 2015 alumnus of the Vanderbilt Executive MBA program. After spending a large portion of his career as an attorney at a variety of high profile law firms, Judd wanted to broaden […]

Why Owen for Consultants? Meet Kevin Cowherd.

Name: Kevin Cowherd Graduation Year: 2010 Track: Executive Edge Company: Ankura Title: Senior Managing Director     Kevin Cowherd is a 2010 alumnus of the Vanderbilt Executive MBA program. After spending a large portion of his career in the HR/Talent Management field, Kevin wanted to broaden his perspective while continuing to leverage his experience in […]

Why Owen for Sales Professionals? Meet Erin Tomlinson.

Name: Erin Tomlinson Graduation Year: 2011 Track: Executive Edge Company: Eventbrite Title: Nashville Site GM and Global Head of Revenue Enablement     Erin Tomlinson is a 2011 alumnus of the Vanderbilt Executive MBA program. After spending a large portion of her career in Sales for the technology industry, Erin wanted to deepen her financial […]

Brock Lodge (EMBA’07) Blends Art and Science at Vulcan Materials Company

When the subprime mortgage “bubble” burst in 2007, setting off a chain of events that led to an international banking crisis in 2008 and the Great Recession, few areas of the economy were left unscathed. The construction industry felt the pain almost immediately; home building stopped, as did public investment in infrastructure projects. For suppliers […]

Executive MBA Capstone Project Spotlight: TriStar Energy

When 2011 graduate Jeff Williams, CFO of Tri Star Energy, started to work with an Executive MBA C-Team, he was looking for help in confirming the organization’s existing plans, financial models and valuation. As he says, “I was a financial guy, I was a Vanderbilt alum, and I understood what they were going through. I […]

Global Immersion Capstone Project Spotlight: Bridgestone Americas

EMBA team analyzes LATAM distribution models on and offsite The Client: Bridgestone is the world’s largest tire and rubber company, selling a range of rubber products and others used in a variety of everyday applications. The sponsor, Vibhav Veldore (EMBA’15), is Director, Agriculture and Off-the-Road Tires, in Bridgestone Latin American Tire Operations. The Project: Before […]

Kelly Feist selected as 2017 Best EMBAs Recipient

EMBA ’17 Alum receives national recognition Kelly Feist was selected as one of the 2017 Best EMBAs by Poets and Quants. As Vice President and Business Leader for Patient Care and Monitoring Solutions, Kelly runs a $1.8 billion dollar business for Philips Healthcare. During the Vanderbilt Executive MBA program this second-degree black belt spent her free […]

Why Owen for Nonprofit Leaders? Meet Beth Torres

Name: Beth Torres Graduation Year: 2011Program: Executive MBACompany: Make-A-Wish Middle TennesseeTitle: President & Chief Executive Officer Beth Torres is a 2011 alumnus of the Executive MBA program and was selected as the 2009 recipient of the Nonprofit Sponsorship. The Nonprofit Sponsorship covers the cost of tuition for the Executive MBA Program and is awarded each year to executive or senior staff […]