Success Stories

Dr. Z. George Zhang, alum of the Professional MBA program at the University of Kentucky's Gatton College of Business and Economics, was recently promoted to Senior Director and General Manager of Valvoline China out of their Valvoline World Headquarters which is located in Lexington, Kentucky. George has been at Valvoline for almost 20 years and has used his MBA to continue to advance and lead for this industry leader. 

UK MBA alumni and University of Kentucky's College of Medicine fourth-year medical students, Kyle Taylor and Sean Butterbaugh, recently found out on Match Day where they will continue their medical education in their residency programs. Through the UK MBA program, Sean and Kyle now feel better prepared to pursue some of their professional career goals as physicians and future leaders in healthcare.

Wright-Patterson Air Force Base (WPAFB) has been a proud partner and employer of the University of Kentucky MBA program at the Gatton College of Business and Economics. With over 27,000 employees, including military, civilian and contractors, WPAFB is the largest single site employer in the state of Ohio with an economic impact of $4.2 billion per year. Over the years, Wright-Patterson Air Force Base has consistently shared positive feedback on the value and skills that the UK MBA talent bring to their organization. 

The MBA program at the University of Kentucky’s Gatton College of Business and Economics increased their rankings by 22 and 44 spots in the recent 2020 U.S. News & World Report Best Business Schools rankings report, which surveyed 475 MBA programs accredited by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business International.

Dr. Carol Steltenkamp, professor of pediatrics and alum of the Professional MBA program at the University of Kentucky' Gatton College of Business and Economics, has been appointed to External Chief Medical Officer at UK HealthCare. In this new role, Dr. Steltenkamp will represent the voices of clinicians in strategy, outreach and communications; and will be responsible for developing and maintaining strategic clinical alliances with physicians and health care organizations throughout the Commonwealth of Kentucky and beyond.

University of Kentucky MBA alumni, executives and current students representing Toyota Motor Manufacturing Kentucky (TMMK), Lexmark, UK Healthcare and 3M lead a stellar panel of speakers at the Professional MBA Open House event on Wednesday, April 17th at 5:30 PM at UK's Gatton College of Business and Economics. These business leaders will discuss their graduate school experiences in the MBA program at UK’s Gatton College, as well as their own experiences navigating today’s business climate.

University of Kentucky's Pharmd/MBA dual degree alum, Anthony Marti, is now the Manager of Payor Strategy at Promius Pharma in Princeton, New Jersey. Promius Pharma designs personal and practical health care solutions. In Anthony's new role, he puts his MBA and pharmacy skills to work in planning, building and executing marketing campaigns, developing pricing and rebating strategies, managing vendor relations, and developing value story generation for Promius' medications.

University of Kentucky MBA alum and financial leader, Ben Buchanan, is currently the Chief Financial Officer (CFO) at US GreenFiber, LLC, the largest manufacturer of cellulose insulation in the nation, providing energy savings and cost effective insulation choices. In Ben's current role as CFO, he manages strategic initiatives while directly overseeing all finance, accounting, and technology activities. Although Ben has been a successful financial leader and private equity operator for the past 9 years, everything changed when the market crashed back in 2008. While working in investment banking, Ben realized that it was the opportune time to pivot his career and pursue Gatton's One Year MBA program. 

Current UK MBA student athlete at the Gatton College of Business and Economics, Christopher Miele, helped lead the University of Kentucky cheerleading team to their fourth consecutive national championship and 24th overall at the recent 2019 Universal Cheerleaders Association College Nationals in Orlando, Florida. Balancing the commitments of a student athlete, like Chris, can be very challenging especially coupled with a rigorous program like an MBA.

University of Kentucky MBA alum, Joe Razum, began his career more than 20 years ago as an engineering intern, and is now the CEO & Co-Founder of TCO Toolkit LLC. Over the past twenty plus years, Joe took his Engineering and MBA degrees to pursue leadership opportunities at many companies such as General Motors, Rockwell Automation, General Electric, 3D Systems Corporation and now with TCO Toolkit LLC, which he co-founded.