UK MBA alumni and leaders of Valvoline, Alltech, UK Healthcare and AMR Management Services to speak at Gatton's One Year MBA Open House on Feb. 7

University of Kentucky MBA alumni from Valvoline, AlltechUK Healthcare and AMR Management Services will be featured at the Gatton College of Business and Economics on Thursday, February 7th. These speakers are hosted by the Gatton College's One Year MBA program, as part of their One Year MBA Open House event which is open to all students, majors, young professionals and recent graduates.

This stellar professional panel will include Matthew Jones, Director of Strategic Accounts at Valvoline; Pooja Talauliker, EPMO Senior Project Manager at UK Healthcare; Saman Rahimi, Global Supply Chain Specialist at Alltech and Rachel Dudney, Director of Business Solutions and Innovation at AMR Management Services. 

Matthew Jones has been with Valvoline for almost 8 years in various leadership positions including Territory Brand Manager, Brand Manager and his recent role as the Director of Strategic Accounts. Along with his MBA, Matthew also received his Bachelors in Managerial Economics from the University of Kentucky along with a minor in Spanish from the Universidad de Cantabria. 

Originally from Iran, Saman Rahimi is a recent graduate of the UK MBA and is now with Alltech. Saman has been with Alltech for almost 3 years and has advanced from starting as a Marketing Intern to now a Senior Global Supply Chain Specialist. Saman received his Bachelors degree in Agricultural Economics from the University of Kurdistan, Sanandaj and also has another Masters degree in Agricultural Economics and Marketing from the University of Tehran.

Before joining UK Healthcare in her current role as EPMO Senior Project Manager, Pooja Talauliker was Catalent Pharma Solutions for almost 7 years as a Project Manager, Deployment Lead and Senior Project Manager. Along with her receiving her MBA from the University of Kentucky, Pooja also did her Ph.D work in Philosophy at the University of Kentucky's College of Medicine, Anatomy and Neurobiology. Pooja was also a Biotechnology and Biochemical Engineering undergraduate from the Indian Institute of Technology of Kharagpur.

Rachel Dudney graduated last year from the One Year MBA program and brought two years of professional experience from Amazon working as an Area Manager. During her One Year MBA program, Rachel participated in the Project Connect internship with GE Appliances, a Haier Company. After graduating from the UK MBA, Rachel joined AMA Management Services as their Director of Business Solutions and Innovation.

The One Year MBA Open House at the University of Kentucky provided the opportunity for community members to find out more about Gatton’s One Year MBA and Dual Degree programs. For more information, please contact Christopher T. Carney, Director of MBA Recruitment at the Gatton College of Business and Economics. Event registration can be found at