Graduate degree(s): Yes, I received my MBA from the Texas Evening MBA program at UT. The program was great as it allowed me to continue working during the day and get my degree at night with fellow young professionals.
Favorite class(es): Structural Analysis
Moving from college to career:
After graduating, I went to work for a civil engineering consulting firm as a structural engineer. After almost two years of serving as a structural engineer, I transitioned to being a civil engineer in the land development group due to company workload. After experiencing this new work, I found myself really enjoying it. After a couple of years serving in this capacity, I realized that I wanted to learn about the business side of land development and that I wanted a formal education in business, which led me back to UT. Upon graduating with my MBA, I began looking into a transition in my industry from consulting engineer to land developer or broker. However, prior to my departure from my current job, I was approached by my now business partner to create our own firm. It seemed like a great opportunity that was too hard to pass up so I did it. It's been great ever since.
My passion for creating and building led me to architectural engineering as an undergrad and then my curiosity about the business side of the industry led me to my MBA. After combining the two, being a partner in a firm seemed like a natural fit. Of course, I would not be here without help from many mentors including my father, who's in the construction industry, my father-in-law, who's a retired engineer, and my business partner, who was my direct supervisor for 5 years prior to joining forces. Everything I know about my business comes from them and UT.