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Jesse Marsalis

Jesse Marsalis

Vanderbilt Executive MBA 2009

Military Acquisitions, USSOCOM


Military Intelligence

Marsalis Acquired Skills for Army Acquisitions


Unlike many students, Jesse Marsalis didn't pursue an Executive MBA to seek a promotion and additional career responsibility but, rather, because of them.

A combat engineer for 18 years, Jesse was selected to become a member of the U.S. Army's Acquisition Corps, where he would be on the cutting edge of logistics and technology. "I knew I would need to expand my knowledge in finance and problem solving," he says, "while sharpening the leadership and management skills I have developed in the military."

As an active duty company commander, Jesse knew that a weekday MBA program was not an option. A distance MBA program wouldn't offer the personal attention from professors he saw as essential. Owen, he says, not only offered "world-class professors" but world-class classmates from whom he learned a great deal.

"I started this program with very limited knowledge of the business world," he says. "As an Owen graduate, I will be able to walk into any business environment, speak with confidence and provide valuable input."