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Meet Our MBA Students

Texas MBAs are a diverse and collaborative group of innovators determined to make a positive impact in the business world and beyond. Our current students play a vital role in the admissions process, adding a student perspective and making personal connections with prospective students by participating in recruiting events, conducting class visits and tours of McCombs, leading info sessions, and answering phone calls and emails. Get to know some current MBAs through the profiles below and contact them directly with any questions you may have. Also, be sure to check out our student blog for additional insight into student life at McCombs.

Explore a sample of our MBA students by clicking on the photos to the left.

Jose Benavides,
MBA '15

Hometown: Monterrey, Mexico
Pre-MBA Job: Corporate Strategy Project Manager
Undergrad: Industrial and Systems Engineer, Instituto Tecnologico de Monterrey
MBA Concentration: Finance and Marketing

Why McCombs:
“I chose McCombs because of its leadership and collaborative culture, social events and networking opportunities, solid curriculum and professors and its great location in Austin. The open and collaborative class has allowed me to develop long lasting friendships. Also, McCombs offers diverse opportunities for students to interact with the outside world and apply what we’re learning in class.”

Rebecca Linn,
MBA '15

Hometown: Houston, Texas
Pre-MBA Job: Project Specialist, Houston Methodist Hospital

Undergrad Degree: Economics, Vanderbilt University

Why McCombs?
"When I first visited the school, I absolutely fell in love with the culture of McCombs.  Based on those I spoke with—from former and current students to faculty and administration—the culture was so evident and exciting.  That coupled with the amazing reputation, strong alumni network, and interesting curriculum made McCombs the perfect school for me."

Karika Purohit,
MBA '14

Hometown: Dallas, Texas

Pre-MBA Job: Corporate Strategy and M&A, PRGX Global, Inc.
Undergrad: Biology, The University of Texas at Austin
MBA Concentration: Marketing and Management

Why McCombs?
"Besides the strong, flexible curriculum and expansive leadership opportunities, the culture and people at McCombs are what solidified my great interest in the program. I was looking to obtain a holistic and all-rounded experience in business school, and I felt McCombs was the strongest from this perspective...and I was so right!"

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Kyle Bucher,
MBA '15

Hometown: Granger, Indiana
Pre-MBA Job: Sr. Territory Business Manager, Johnson & Johnson
Undergrad Degree: Marketing, Indiana University

Why McCombs?
”The strong curriculum, highly ranked marketing program, and impressive faculty were all reasons I initially considered McCombs.  After visiting campus, the warm reception from students and faculty confirmed it was the perfect fit.  Finally, football in the fall and mild weather in the winter are just a few of the many benefits Austin provides.  Hook 'em!”

Sally Stone,
MBA '14

Hometown: La Jolla, California

Pre-MBA Job: Legislative Assistant to Congressman McCaul, U.S. House of Representatives
Undergrad: History, University of Michigan
MBA Concentration: Analysis of Markets

Why McCombs?
"The students I interacted with through the application process made my decision. McCombs has a diverse and collaborative environment with the nation's brightest and most innovative thinkers. I wanted a program where I learn just as much from my classmates as from the courses - McCombs has the perfect program for that opportunity."

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Chris Bernal,
MBA '15

Hometown: Grand Junction, Colorado
Pre-MBA Job: Management Consultant, Accenture

Undergrad Degree: Business Management, Brigham Young University

Why McCombs?
“The culture at McCombs is unparalleled! We have access to all of the top employers, the students are friendly and collaborative, and the faculty is impressive and accessible. Plus, you can't beat the athletics (Texas Fight!) or all of the great activities Austin has to offer!”


Vic Pedregon,
MBA '14

Hometown: El Paso, Texas

Pre-MBA Job: Army Helicopter Pilot
Undergrad: Mechanical Engineering, United States Military Academy
MBA Concentration: Operations

Why McCombs?
"McCombs has the right mix of faculty, students, and pride that makes it an amazing institute for students to succeed and feel like part of a great organization. I am thrilled to be a student at McCombs and work with some of the best and brightest in the nation."

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Lilly Yeh,
MBA '14

Hometown: Broomall, Pennsylvania

Pre-MBA Job: Healthcare-Payer Consultant, Accenture 
Undergrad: Chemical Engineering, University of Pennsylvania 
MBA Concentration: Healthcare

Why McCombs?
"The culture at McCombs is very inviting. I found all the students and professors I talked with to be so friendly and easy to talk to, and I really liked how the school is competitive without being cutthroat."

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Alexander Richardson,
MBA '14

Hometown: Waldorf, Maryland

Pre-MBA Job: Sr. Assistant Director of Undergrad Admissions, Yale University
Undergrad: Astrophysics, Yale University
MBA Concentration: Information Management

Why McCombs?
"McCombs is a great school with awesome teachers, a strong technology program and a vibrant, hip location. I have been blown away by the collaboration of my truly outstanding classmates and look forward to learning alongside of them for the next year and a half. Also, McCombs has an alumni network that rivals my undergraduate alma mater in its breadth and depth."

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CJ Dungan,
MBA '14

Hometown: Schertz, Texas

Pre-MBA Job: Mechanical Engineer
Undergrad: Mechanical Engineering, The University of Texas at Austin
MBA Concentration: Management Consulting and Global Business

Why McCombs?
"McCombs has a great culture, great faculty, and great reputation in the business world. The cohort and class sizes make it easy to get to know your classmates and really encourages students to share interests and pursue business ideas together. Finally, Texas is the place to be, both in terms of business opportunities as well as cultural exposure."

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Ziad Haddad,
MBA '14

Hometown: Amman, Jordan

Pre-MBA Job: Perkins+Will
Undergrad: Architecture, University of Michigan
MBA Concentration: Real Estate Finance

Why McCombs?
"When I visited McCombs I felt a sense of belonging. I like the collaboration amongst the students as opposed to the competition. In addition, the social environment at McCombs helps overcome any educational or stressful hurdles that we go through during the two years. Furthermore, Austin is great city. I am planning on doing Real Estate Development after I graduate, and this city has a lot to offer in that field."

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Elsa Monge,
MBA '14

Hometown: Memphis, Tennessee

Pre-MBA Job: Marketing Strategy Analyst, American Airlines
Undergrad: Marketing and Latin American Studies, Southern Methodist University
MBA Concentration: Brand and Product Management

Why McCombs?
"I immediately felt at home in Austin, with its buzzing community and friendly students and faculty who together build an enriching environment that allows for personal growth both inside and outside of McCombs."

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