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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.

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!”

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."

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.”

Michael Selvage,
MBA '15

Hometown: Cleveland, OH

Pre-MBA Job: Management Consultant, Deloitte Consulting LLP
Undergrad Degree:
Miami University (OH), Finance
MBA Concentration: Healthcare

Why McCombs?
I wanted an MBA experience completely different than my undergrad, so I was instantly drawn to the Texas culture and diversity of student backgrounds. After coming to campus, it was clear that students drive and own nearly all aspects of the program and you really have the opportunity to define your own path while still having tremendous support from faculty and administrators. There’s also instant access to a vast network of alumni and companies seeking Texas MBAs. You also can’t beat Austin’s music scene, food trucks, and warm weather!

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!”


Keiko Akashi,
MBA '16

Hometown: Woodside, New York

Pre-MBA Job: Manager, Strategic Partnerships at Con Edison
Undergrad Degree: Baruch College, Marketing

Why McCombs?
I chose McCombs because of its collaborative and supportive environment and for the multitude of offerings to strengthen and enhance skills for personal and professional development. I also felt a sense of belonging when I visited the campus and interacted with the faculty and students. I knew right then that burnt orange would be my color. Hook’em!

Austin Masterson,
MBA '16

Hometown: San Francisco, California

Pre-MBA Job: Product Analytics, Pandora Internet Radio
Undergrad Degree: Management Information Systems, University of Texas

Why McCombs?
”The proximity to an entrepreneurial, fast-growing city that McCombs offers was a huge draw, as was the dynamic, tight-knit class, which I felt would allow me to develop a strong network amongst my fellow students.”

Rachel Braunstein,
MBA '16

Hometown: Los Angeles, CA
Pre-MBA Job: Account Supervisor, Walton Isaacson, LLC
Undergrad Degree: University of Wisconsin, Madison, BBA in Marketing and International Business
MBA Concentration: Marketing, Brand Management

Why McCombs?
When going through the difficult application process, I wanted a respected school that offered a strong curriculum and faculty, a highly ranked marketing program, a global perspective and a diverse community.  McCombs not only has these qualities but most importantly, a collaborative, incredibly smart and fun group of people, plus we’re in Austin. It simply doesn’t get better.

Drew Johnson,
MBA '16

Hometown: Houston, TX

Pre-MBA Job: Management Consulting, Accenture 
Undergrad Degree: DePauw University, Economics
MBA Concentration: High Technology Marketing

Why McCombs?
As I am interested in Technology and Marketing, I chose McCombs because of its strong reputation, its central location to a growing technology center, Austin, and its structured marketing curriculum. Also, throughout the admissions process everyone I talked to- students, faculty and alumni were extremely passionate about the program and went the extra mile to help me out as I made my decision to attend.

Justin Key,
MBA '16

Hometown: Roanoke, VA (Previously lived in Washington D.C. and Zurich, Switzerland)

Pre-MBA Job: Strategy Consultant
Undergrad Degree:
Hampden-Sydney College; Economics, History
MBA Concentration: Finance, Entrepreneurship

Why McCombs?
I choose McCombs because of the many hands-on opportunities that the program has to offer, such MBA+ and the Fellows programs.

Krystle Nazareth,
MBA '16

Hometown: Kuwait/ India

Pre-MBA Job: Consulting and Marketing
Undergrad Degree:
Accounting and Finance, Indiana University
MBA Concentration: Marketing Analytics & Consulting, General Management

Why McCombs?
I wanted to earn my MBA from a well-reputed program with great experiential learning opportunities in a musically cultured city with a collegiate environment—a combination that I found to be unique to McCombs and the city of Austin. Also, as an international student, it was difficult for me to visit campus prior to accepting my offer, but I was able to reach out and connect with current students and alumni of the program which reinforced the strong collaborative culture present at McCombs, a quality I believe would be key to my successful learning over the next two years.

Shawn Sengupta,
MBA '16

Hometown: New Delhi, India

Pre-MBA Job: Management Consulting at Deloitte
Undergrad: Finance and Economics, Drexel University, Philadelphia, PA
MBA Concentration: Marketing Analytics and Consulting

Why McCombs?
My decision to come to McCombs was driven by my desire to meet leaders from diverse industries, as we collaborate on innovation in business. In addition to its eclectic and thriving location in Austin, McCombs is unique because of its top-quality accessible faculty, diverse classroom, experiential opportunities like MBA+, and fellowships like the Marketing Fellows and the Consulting practicum. I believe that a McCombs education will give my career the perfect impetus to thrive and excel in the competitive world of business.