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Keri Floyd

Keri Floyd

Vanderbilt EMBA 2013

Senior Manager, Purchasing at Nissan Motor Corporation

Working for the Future

Accountant turned car planner finds sky is the limit

Keri Floyd always says she works in the future. It’s her way of explaining her former job as manager of the advanced planning and strategy team for Nissan North America. “We were planning vehicles that would be on the road in five or six years,” she says.

Out of college, Keri started at Nissan as an accountant. Her work took her to California, Michigan, Canada and Mexico, but accounting never became her passion. She volunteered to transition to product planning, “where I could think outside the box and be creative,” she says. “I presented myself as the analytical thinker with a passion for delivering the right product to consumers.”

To gain the skills to accompany that passion, Keri had set her sights on an MBA years earlier. “But it never seemed the right time,” she says. “I was always too busy. Then [in June 2011], I said, ‘I’m just going to do it. I applied that same day, was at math camp the following Saturday, took my GMAT, got accepted in August and started in September.”

After just one year, she described the experience as even better than she’d hoped. “I was surrounded by phenomenal classmates, phenomenal professors, phenomenal resources. This is an investment from which I have already realized value. Now I feel that the sky is the limit—and the future is even brighter!”