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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."
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