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First Class in School’s Miami Executive MBA for the Americas Program Draws Accomplished Professionals from Across U.S. and Latin America

August 25, 2014
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Eugene Anderson (left), dean of the School of Business, welcomed the first class in the Miami Executive MBA for the Americas program during orientation.

Tracey Powell is looking forward to strengthening his professional skills through the School’s new Miami Executive MBA for the Americas program. "I want to take my career to the next level and gain a global perspective," said Powell, vice president at Chase Bank, and a resident of San Antonio, Texas.  

Noting that he went through "an exhaustive research process" before choosing the University of Miami, Powell said, "For me, the most compelling factor was the high level of engagement by the administration, faculty and staff. Everyone at the business school is passionate about the Miami Executive MBA for the Americas program."

Powell is one of 23 executives from the U.S. and Latin America who in August started the 17-month program, which blends weekend on-campus sessions every two months with distance learning. Other countries represented in the class include Argentina, Brazil, Colombia, Guatemala, Israel, Mexico, Trinidad and Tobago, Panama and Venezuela. Representing the U.S. are students from California, Florida, New York, Puerto Rico, and Texas.

The innovative Executive MBA program focuses on the challenges and opportunities faced by those doing business in the Americas, particularly Latin America. It is built around four key management themes critical for individual and organizational success in the dynamic global business environment.

"We look forward to adding value to your lives. We also plan to learn from your experiences and facilitate your learning from each other," said Gene Anderson, dean of the School of Business Administration, at a welcome session on August 25.

Maria Constanza Mandil, marketing director for Cybersource Latin America and the Caribbean, a Visa Inc. company, said the School's faculty and reputation were key factors in her decision to enroll. A native of Argentina who moved to Miami two years ago, she said, "I chose this program because the professors are excellent, and the University of Miami has a great brand reputation. I'm also going to take advantage of the many opportunities available for professional networking." 

For Daniel Herrero, frequent flyer program manager for COPA Airlines in Panama, the international focus of the curriculum and flexible structure of The Miami Executive MBA for the Americas were key factors in his decision.  "An MBA provides you with a wider lens for analyzing strategic issues," he said. "After working for a Latin American airline for six years, I know that business is conducted differently in each country. This MBA program will help give me a broader perspective on the region."

Reflecting on her career path, Ruth Rodriguez, provider contracts manager for Bupa Latin America, a U.K.-based medical insurance company, said enrolling in this program was a natural step.  "After ten years in business, I wanted to enhance my career skills through an MBA program that focused on Latin America," she said. "With its natural resources, human talent and high economic growth rate, Latin America is the region of the future."

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