Alumni Voices - Saturday MBA

Read what our alumni have to say about the program.

Kimberly Sherron, Class of 2016

Dealer Facility Design Leader at Lexus 

IIDA, CID, LEED AP BD+C

smiling womanAs the Facilities Design Leader at Lexus I manage multi-tier vertical engagements and partner with a variety of companies in the design and construction industry where I am constantly challenged to develop creative solutions for complex problems. My CSULB MBA has given me the confidence to proactively and creatively problem solve and the leadership skills necessary to engage the team to work more efficiently and effectively.  The MBA program provided me with the knowledge to conduct financial and business analysis to better understand our clients, provide cost effective solutions to improve return on investment, and the cross-cultural communication skills needed to educate and persuade all stakeholders resulting in tangible contributions to the company’s performance. My CSULB MBA has given me the ability to look at the organization from a much broader perspective enabling me to elevate my job scope across the organization blending and contributing to teams in design, marketing, and legal.  Go Beach!

Ric Salinas, Class of 2016

Vice President of Operations, Naturade Dietary Supplements

smiling man When searching for the right M.B.A. program, I aimed for a nationally recognized program, which encompassed modern-day strategies and concepts, while staying within my budget. The CSULB SMBA program did not disappoint; over two years I was exposed to a high quality education that strengthened my leadership, analytical, and technical skills. My CSULB MBA experience paid immediate dividends; within six months of graduation, I received an executive promotion, thanks in part to the CSULB MBA curriculum, my classmates, and faculty.

Brian Budzinski, MBA class of 2016

Structural Engineering Manager at Boeing Commercial Airplanes

  • portrait of smiling man I, like many, went back to get my MBA seeking a promotion within my company. Coming from an engineering background, the MBA was valuable in moving into a management position. Thanks to the knowledge that I learned throughout the program, I was able to apply it directly in my daily duties and actually received a promotion with six months left in the program. 

Dean Heiss, class of 2016

Project Manager Operationa Finance, Southern California Edison

smiling young man Having been a Senior Project Manager in Operational Finance with Southern California Edison for 4 years, I endeavored to move into more of a leadership role in operations management, but I was in need of a highly accredited MBA to justify the move and prepare me for the added responsibilities. The CSULB SMBA allowed me to manage my demanding financial projects at work during the weekdays and attend classes on Saturdays to complete my valuable MBA in just twenty-three months. Just a few months out of the SMBA program, I leveraged my newly developed knowledge in an interview and was selected as the successful candidate for a leadership position with the Major Projects Organization leading a team of cost engineers/specialists responsible for a large portfolio of projects and programs. I now have the opportunity to build a strong cohesive team and work environment within a high-performing operations department, and I would not have met with this success if it were not for my CSULB SMBA.