New Student Profile: Raymond Chamberlin

The Graduate Programs Office is preparing to welcome this years incoming class of students who will begin the MBA program in August. We are excited to gain a new group of fresh faces within the walls of the School of Management. We are sharing this excitement by posting short profiles throughout the summer introducing the incoming class. We hope you will take the time to get to know our newest UB MBA’s as we share some of their experiences and interests.

Raymond Chamberlin:

Ray Chamberlin

Raymond camping in Ouray, Colorado.

Hometown: I grew up in Geneseo, New York.

Current Location: I am currently a resident of Buffalo, New York.

Graduated from: I am currently a joint degree student at UB combining my undergraduate degree in Mechanical Engineering with a Masters in Business Administration.

Why UB?  I initially chose UB because of my passion for engineering design and the proximity to my hometown, Geneseo. Once I learned of the opportunity to combine an MBA with my undergraduate engineering degree, UB became my first and only choice for graduate school.

Why an MBA? As I was completing my undergraduate degree in Mechanical Engineering, I realized that while my technical skills were well developed, my business and management skills were unsatisfactory.

Summer plans: This summer I was blessed with the opportunity to travel to Italy for several weeks with the UB S.L.I.D.E. program. This was one of my first international experiences, and I learned a lot about culture and leadership. Now home in Geneseo, I have resumed my full time position at my family’s TrueValue lumber and hardware store.

If you could learn anything: During my off time my pursuits include guitar, soccer, and sailing. I consider myself a student of all three hobbies with a lot to learn in all three fields. In this sense I guess you could consider me a bit of a Renaissance Man, as none of these passions have much in common.

Someone you’d like to meet: If I had the opportunity to meet anyone I would love to meet Leonardo Da Vinci, and learn what made his mind tick. I have read a lot about his work and pursuits of design and innovation. He was a mind unlike all others of this time period. My studies in engineering, and my recent trip to Italy have strongly affected this selection.

Someone you’d like to have as a mentor: If I could choose anyone to mentor me I would select Lionel Messi, the Argentinian soccer player. He is widely considered the greatest player of his generation and has achieved nothing but success despite his small stature due to growth deficiency as a child. Despite all of his accomplishments the thing that impresses me the most is his consistent humility as arguably the best soccer player to take the field. I would love to hear his insight on handling success in such a quiet and respectful manner.

The hardest thing you have ever done: The most difficult challenge I’ve faced would definitely be the transition from public high school education to the school of engineering at UB. I went from one of the more intelligent students in my grade to a school where everyone was equally as brilliant, if not more intelligent than me. I learned quickly that it is hard work and commitment that separates the above average from the average at UB.

A fun fact about you:  An interested part of my life is my family. I have a very large family that has remained mostly in the upstate New York area. My family gatherings, including Christmas and the 4th of July every year, usually include more than 40 people, as everyone has remained very close.

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Raymond and a friend in front of the Ponte Vecchio in Florence, Italy.

New Student Profile: Brian Lynch

The Graduate Programs Office is preparing to welcome this years incoming class of students who will begin the MBA program in August. We are excited to gain a new group of fresh faces within the walls of the School of Management. We are sharing this excitement by posting short profiles throughout the summer introducing the incoming class. We hope you will take the time to get to know our newest UB MBA’s as we share some of their experiences and interests.

Brian Lynch:

Brian Lynch

Hometown: Haverhill, Massachusetts – about 45 minutes north of Boston on the Massachusetts/New Hampshire Border.

Current Location: Boston, Massachusetts.

Graduated from: The College of the Holy Cross – Worcester, Massachusetts.

Major: I majored in English, with a minor in Economics.

Why UB?  I chose UB because I wanted to come to Buffalo to witness and be part of the economic rebirth of Buffalo and to surround myself with other motivated individuals with similar aspirations. I also felt that the modest relative cost and the strong academic reputation of the program was an ideal balance that would put me in position to be successful after obtaining my MBA without incurring a great deal of debt.

Why an MBA? I hope to gain a well-rounded, but advanced, understanding of all aspects of business from Finance to Marketing to Supply Chain and everything in between. I also hope to give my previous work experience new context based on my coursework. I also look forward to networking and forming lasting relationships with members of my cohort. After I obtain my degree, I hope to pursue management opportunities and develop skills to eventually start and run my own company. Ultimately, I want my work to help create new jobs and opportunities for others.

Summer plans: Spend as much time as I can at Salisbury Beach, Massachusetts and spend as much time as possible with my family and friends before I move out of the Boston area.

If you could learn anything: I would learn the major languages of the world and how to play the piano because I enjoy being well rounded.

Someone you’d like to meet: I would like to meet Leonardo DaVinci (presuming I learn Italian) because it would be interesting to meet the personification of the Renaissance Man.

Someone you’d like to have as a mentor: I would choose Steve Ellis, founder of Chipotle, I find the story of his company’s growth and success to be very interesting and mirrors my own interests.

The hardest thing you have ever done: The hardest thing I have ever done was decide to work in a kitchen after working for 4 years as an accountant sitting in a cubicle. Operating a kitchen is unlike any other profession. You have to learn to work extremely efficiently and quickly without wasting any movement. You also have to balance that speed while maintaining quality and creativity. It was challenging but it reminded me that some of the most difficult challenges end up being the most rewarding.

A fun fact about you:  I enjoy Karaoke, stand-up comedy, movies, a good trivia night, and watching all my Boston teams play their respective sports. I have also won two male “beauty” pageants in high school and college, and I once won a highly competitive Rock Paper Scissors tournament.

New Student Profile: Charu Bhadouria

The Graduate Programs Office is preparing to welcome this years incoming class of students who will begin the MBA program in August. We are excited to gain a new group of fresh faces within the walls of the School of Management. We are sharing this excitement by posting short profiles throughout the summer introducing the incoming class. We hope you will take the time to get to know our newest UB MBA’s as we share some of their experiences and interests.

Charu Bhadouria:

Charu Bhadouria

Hometown: I was born and brought up in Delhi.

Current Location: I live in Delhi.

Graduated from: I have completed my B. Com from Delhi University, and Company Secretaryship (CS) from ICSI.

Major: Commerce in B. Com and Corporate Law in CS.

Why UB?  There could be many reasons for choosing UB. One of the reasons my inclination to choose UB became so strong was UB’s devotion to society. I have seen my mother giving back to society by way of schooling to the poor, financial assistance to people suffering from leprosy and so forth.  I have been helping her financially buy now I wanted to be a part of such a program. I believe UB shall give me this opportunity to give back to society while I am pursuing my education.

Why an MBA? I have been working as a Sr. Manager, Finance & Company Secretary of Eli Lilly and Company (India) Pvt. Ltd. (Eli Lilly, Indian Affiliate) and reported directly to the CFO of the affiliate. My work profile was not only limited to Corporate Law compliance’s, but also extended to finance functions ranging from insurance, Internal controls o various Audit reviews. My long term goal is now to be a Finance Controller and/or CFO of a successful multinational company. I understand in order to achieve my goal I need expertise and knowledge not only in legal and compliance but also in finance and risk management function. An MBA in Finance from UB would immensely help me towards taking the next step in my professional growth. The MBA program shall prepare me not only in risk management and asset management but also in corporate finance.

Summer plans: Summer Internship and also volunteering.

If you could learn anything: I wish I could learn Salsa form of dance. I love dancing but have not undergone any formal training in the same.

Someone you’d like to meet: I want to meet two people: one of course, Warren Buffet, and the other is Danielle Steel. It has been since my adolescence I started reading her books, but I learned recently she has gone through a lot of good and bad circumstances and even with that has been successful. I would love to know her better.

Someone you’d like to have as a mentor: I would pick Warren Buffet as my mentor, if at all I get an opportunity. No one else but he knows all the finance and economics of market. Who could be a better teacher?

The hardest thing you have ever done: I am a single mother. Life as a single woman with a kid in my country is not easy. I spent approximately 13 hours outside my home on my work combined with long commute to and from. Between day-to-day juggling of dual responsibility of my job and my son, I always have to stay focused on my long term goal of having a better life and future for me and my son. In the midst of all tough circumstances, I succeeded in pursuing my Company Secretaryship course and clearing all my groups in almost first attempt.

A fun fact about you:   I love writing poems and learning new things. I love to dance, though I have not undergone any formal training. I sketch and love drawing. I want to learn how to swim, though off course, my son tries to teach me how to float, which all the time makes me feel how heavy I am due to which I never manage to float.

New Student Profile: Manmeeth Annepu

The Graduate Programs Office is preparing to welcome this years incoming class of students who will begin the MBA program in August. We are excited to gain a new group of fresh faces within the walls of the School of Management. We are sharing this excitement by posting short profiles throughout the summer introducing the incoming class. We hope you will take the time to get to know our newest UB MBA’s as we share some of their experiences and interests.

Manmeeth Annepu:

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Hometown: I am from Hyderabad, India.

Current Location: I am currently working in my hometown.

Graduated from: I had a great time completing my undergraduate degree from Osmania University.

Major: Electronics and Communication Engineering.

Why UB?  I was greatly impressed by the LeaderCORE program and apart from it the community engagements is what made me choose UB. I would love to be part of the community engagement and grow as a better individual. Last but not least, ROI is one of the significant factors to chose UB.

Why an MBA? The course is structured in a way to emphasize more on team skills, I want to garner those skills and learn to lead a team effectively in crunch situations.

Summer plans: I would go for an internship to get acquainted to the work culture in the USA and volunteer for any good cause.

If you could learn anything: I would love to learn the art of swing bowling from cricketing legend Wasim Akram from Pakistan, he is a swing wizard.

Someone you’d like to meet: I wish I can meet Mahatma Gandhi to hear the entire story of India Independence, I am sure he is the bets person to narrate the story.

Someone you’d like to have as a mentor: Cricketing legend Rahul Dravid, he is known for his composure an concentration during extreme conditions and would love to learn the same from him.

The hardest thing you have ever done: The hardest thing till date was to pass C and C++ programming course during my undergraduate degree.

A fun fact about you:   Having to get a chance, I can play cricket/baseball/soccer/badminton all day long, all these inclusive or extensive.

Manmeeth with his family.

Manmeeth with his family.

 

 

 

 

 

 

New Student Profile: Onyinye Okechukwu

The Graduate Programs Office is preparing to welcome this years incoming class of students who will begin the MBA program in August. We are excited to gain a new group of fresh faces within the walls of the School of Management. We are sharing this excitement by posting short profiles throughout the summer introducing the incoming class. We hope you will take the time to get to know our newest UB MBA’s as we share some of their experiences and interests.

Onyinye Okechukwu:

Onyinye Okechukwu 2

Hometown: I was born and raised in Lagos State until I was 10 years old, then my family moved to Abuja the Federal Capital Territory of Nigeria. However, in Nigeria, one’s hometown is interpreted as the place where one’s forefathers originated from irrespective of where one was born and raised. Thus, my hometown (origin) is in Anambra State, South East of Nigeria.

Current Location: I currently live in Abuja, Nigeria.

Graduated from: I attended the prestigious University of Nigeria, Nsukka.

Major: I have a Bachelors degree in Accounting.

Why UB?  I chose SUNY at Buffalo over other schools because it’s School of Management has an excellent reputation. It is AACSB accredited and is ranked among the top 100 best business schools by different rankings institutions. Also, I appreciate the diversity of the students in the school, and that it is more affordable when compared with other business schools with about the same ranking.

Why an MBA? My qualification will equip me for bigger job opportunities in the short term and the necessary leadership and managerial skills to manage my own business in the long term.

Summer plans: I will be spending the summer months working in my office–PricewaterhouseCoopers, Nigeria–and preparing for my journey to Buffalo for the full-time MBA program.

If you could learn anything: I wish I could learn to play at least three musical instruments and also to swim.

The hardest thing you have ever done: The hardest thing ever for me was going back to boarding school after the death of my dad at age 11. I was sad most of that year.

A fun fact about you:   I am a good cook, and I love to try new ways of cooking meals.

Onyinye Okechukwu

New Student Profile: Michael Bisogno

The Graduate Programs Office is preparing to welcome this years incoming class of students who will begin the MBA program in August. We are excited to gain a new group of fresh faces within the walls of the School of Management. We are sharing this excitement by posting short profiles throughout the summer introducing the incoming class. We hope you will take the time to get to know our newest UB MBA’s as we share some of their experiences and interests.

Michael Bisogno:

Mike Bidogno

Hometown: Commack, New York – Long Island

Current Location: Buffalo, New York

Graduated from: John Hopkins University

Major: Biomedical Engineering

Why UB?  I am currently enrolled in medical school at UB, and decided on the MD/MBA program due to both logistics and the program’s reputation. I originally came to UB because the school stood out by striving to improve itself, whereas many other schools seemed stagnant. The city of Buffalo was also a positive factor in my decision.

Why an MBA? A formal business education will be a tremendous resource for me once I begin to practice medicine, as the healthcare system is getting increasingly complex. I plan to hold some form of an administrative position at some point of my career as well, and an MBA will likely be a perquisite for this. Lastly, one of my goals is to continue to work within the biomedical device industry to develop novel solutions to medical problems and an MBA will provide the necessary skills for a productive interaction with biomedical companies.

Summer plans: Studying for the United States Medical Licensing Examination (USMLE) Step 2 exam.

If you could learn anything: I would love to learn how to write my own complex computer programs. I took a basic programming class in college, but I didn’t have time to take more advanced courses. I think being able to create a custom program would be extremely useful.

Someone you’d like to meet: It would be really cool to meet a surgeon from the early 1900′s. These surgeons were often pioneers in a field that had little scientific backing and watching a surgery without modern-day medical advancements would be extremely fascinating.

Someone you’d like to have as a mentor: Atul Gawande would be an excellent mentor for me, as he is both a surgeon and an expert in healthcare systems.

The hardest thing you have ever done: The hardest thing I have ever done was quitting my job and deciding to go to medical school. I was pretty happy working in Manhattan for Stryker Endoscopy, but when I watched the surgeons, I felt like that was truly my calling. I had never considered going to medical school, so I had to take full-time post baccalaureate classes and then take the MCAT. After two years of working to complete the requirements, I entered medical school here at UB.

A fun fact about you:   I love cooking and trying new recipes. No matter how busy I am with work, taking a break to make a meal is always extremely satisfying.

 

 

 

 

 

 

New Student Profile: Joseph Corcoran

The Graduate Programs Office is preparing to welcome this years incoming class of students who will begin the MBA program in August. We are excited to gain a new group of fresh faces within the walls of the School of Management. We are sharing this excitement by posting short profiles throughout the summer introducing the incoming class. We hope you will take the time to get to know our newest UB MBA’s as we share some of their experiences and interests.

Joseph Corcoran:

Joseph Corcoran

Joseph and his sisters at a Syracuse basketball game.

Hometown: Syracuse, New York (more specifically, Liverpool).

Current Location: I currently still live in Syracuse, but I am spending the summer out here in Buffalo.

Graduated from: I currently attend UB. I just finished my third year here. I am doing a combined program where I will receive my undergraduate degree and MBA in 5 years.

Major: My undergraduate major is mechanical engineering.

Why UB?  UB is a great school for both engineering and business. It’s also a great value and the location is a nice distance from home.

Why an MBA? I hope to gain the ability to combine my technical knowledge with business knowledge to become very useful in industry.

Summer plans: This summer I will be interning at Praxair here in Buffalo. I also plan to stay active, and will try to be outside whenever possible.

If you could learn anything: I would love to learn how to successfully utilize the stock market to accumulate wealth. It sounds really interesting and seems like it could help my financial future if done carefully.

Someone you’d like to meet: I would love to meet Paul Pierce. I am a huge basketball fan and he has been my favorite player since I can remember watching basketball.

Someone you’d like to have as a mentor: I would pick Mark Cuban. He is a great business man and who is heavily involved in sports and I really could learn a lot from him. In addition, he seems like he has a great personality and is very well spoken.

The hardest thing you have ever done: Learning how to study was one of the hardest things I have ever had to do. High school was fairly easy to me and I didn’t need to put much effort in. College has been much different, and had required a lot of time and effort in order to do well. Learning how to successfully study was a key challenge and something that will help me for the rest of my career.

A fun fact about you:   I have just started training in Mixed Martial Arts (MMA). I love workouts that kickboxing and other such  techniques give you, as well as the boost in confidence. I am still very much learning and it is a new challenge that will keep me busy this summer.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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