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Meet Our Texas MBA at Houston Students

Students in the Texas MBA at Houston program are a motivated group of accomplished professionals that value the quality of the experience over simply adding a credential to their resume and are seeking a flexible path to an MBA that will give them the knowledge and expertise necessary to become leaders in their industry. Get to know them through the profiles below and find out what it is like to be a Texas MBA student at McCombs.

Explore a sample of our Texas MBA at Houston class by clicking on one of the photos to the left.

Donald Burris,
MBA '15

Hometown: Huntsville, Texas
Current Job: Chief Hydrodynamicist, Alan C. McClure Associates
Undergrad: Ocean Engineering, Texas A&M University

Why McCombs:
“When I compared the available MBA programs in Houston, McCombs was the clear leader.  I felt that the weekend schedule, lock-step degree plan, and cohort system would go a long way to reducing the stress of going to school and work at the same time.  I also have several work associates that have attended other MBA programs in town, and they all wished they had gone to McCombs instead. After visiting a class as a prospective student, I knew McCombs was right for me.”

Yi Xiao,
MBA '15

Hometown: Chongqing, China
Current Job: Global Quality Manager, Halliburton
Undergrad Degree: Electrical Engineering, University of Houston

 Why McCombs?
“An essential part of becoming an MBA is building a network. At McCombs, you get to build your personal network with a group of brilliant minds who get admitted to the highest ranked business school in Texas, who inspire you, challenge you and build you up.”

Laura Handley,
MBA '15

Hometown: The Woodlands, Texas
Current Job: Recruiter and Human Resources
Undergrad Degree: Political Science, Texas A&M University

Why McCombs?
“Since it is a nationally ranked program, I am confident that an MBA from the McCombs School of Business will be well-received by employers both in and outside of the state of Texas (reason enough for me to attend!).  The student body at McCombs is filled with professional, high caliber people that I enjoy being around and learning with.  I also appreciate that things like meals, snacks, and coffee are taken care of on class weekends which can be a huge help when you’re busy or rushing straight to class from work.”

Jubin Alexander,
MBA '15

Hometown: Stafford, Texas
Current job: Sale/Manufacturing Engineer, Chemplast, Inc.
Undergrad Degree: Mechanical Engineering, The University of Texas at Austin

Why McCombs?
“I chose McCombs because I wanted to be taught by some of the top professors in their respective fields and have access to a vast alumni base.  As a former graduate of the university, I understand the weight and prestige a Texas MBA holds in all industries. For me the decision to choose McCombs was an easy one.

Jennifer Betlejewski,
MBA '15

Hometown: St. Louis, Missouri
Current Job: Marketing Finance Supervisor, Shell Lubricants 
Undergrad Degree: Economics and Finance, University of Wyoming

Why McCombs?
“I was astounded by the caliber of both the McCombs students and professors. I believed the McCombs School of Business would stretch my limits and enable me to develop both mentally and socially to meet my professional aspirations.”

Samuel Fletcher,
MBA '14

Hometown: Austin, Texas

Current Job: Manager, Global Transfer Pricing, Deloitte Tax LLP
Undergrad Degree: Finance, American University

Why McCombs?
"In addition to being a lifelong Longhorn fan, pursuing an MBA from McCombs was the most logical step to progress my career. The Texas MBA at Houston program is unmatched by other schools in Houston as it offers top-rate professors, a diverse and successful group of peers, and the professional/networking resources of The University of Texas at Austin."

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Jay Deb,
MBA '14

Hometown: Kolkata, India

Current Job: Purchasing Manager, National Oilwell Varco
Undergrad Degree: University of Wisconsin, Madison

Why McCombs?
"The Texas MBA at Houston program's pre-structured curriculum with the mix of courses I wanted was a big plus! Before applying, I attended the information session and class, which showed that I would be interacting with top-notch students and faculty on a daily basis. This would offer an opportunity for tremendous personal growth while going through the MBA program."

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Andrew DeLuna,
MBA '14

Hometown: San Antonio, Texas

Current Job: Division Controller, Illinois Tool Works, Inc.
Undergrad Degree: Accounting, University of Texas at Austin

Why McCombs?
"It's difficult to put it in words without sounding trite. I'm the first Longhorn in my family and there have been two more after me but I can not remember a time when I wanted to go anywhere else. UT has always felt like home."

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Lisa Richardson,
MBA '14

Hometown: Katy, Texas

Current Job: Planning Engineer, BP
Undergrad Degree: Nutritional Sciences, Texas A&M University

Why McCombs?
"I chose the McCombs School of Business as my first and only choice to receive my MBA degree because not only are they ranked as one of the top programs for an MBA, but they are recognized internationally. As a student enrolled in the Houston program, I am also proud to say that my professors in Houston are the same professors that teach at the McCombs School of Business in Austin."

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