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Devin Eldridge '15

Founder
Stow It

Devin was lured to the Thunderbird Mystique after serving as a missionary for two years in Santiago, Chile. "I was young in my career and started in public accounting. I love the skills I was gaining, but know I didn't want to do that my whole life and wanted to involve my international experience"... Read More

 

 

 

 

 

Jaro Horvath '06

Founder
Adventure for Charity

After Jaro Horvath’s, ‘06, dream to play basketball in the NBA fizzled, education was plan B. With that, another dream was born – to get a big job on Wall Street, or least somewhere “fancy downtown.” He followed the path with a business undergrad degree, a sales boot camp job out of college, corporate banking for five years in the U.S. and EU, and then a MIM degree at Thunderbird...Read More

 

 

 

 

Kevin Roos '16

Management Consultant
Point B

Kevin Roos, ’16, is a recent graduate from Thunderbird that is already feeling the incredible impact the school will have on his life. Working in different parts of the world has been a goal of his since he was a teenager, and an expatriate life grows ever closer with his newfound position in the corporate world....Read More

 

 

   

Philip Auerbach '81

Founder
Auerbach International, Inc. 

After graduating from Thunderbird in 1981, Philip Auerbach was very proud to be one of twenty North Americans ever to have worked in Bophuthatswana. Derided as a “homeland” of South Africa during the apartheid era, “Bop” was the only of these four countries truly to have fostered its own political and economic independence. One day, he plans to write his first-hand experiences...read more

 

 

 

 

Charles Berzon '86

Founder
ProSource Global Ltd.

It’s been nearly three decades since Charles graduated from Thunderbird, but his experiences from those days as a graduate student continue to resonate in both his professional and personal life. Charles still networks with fellow T-bird classmates, and he credits the entrepreneurial spirit, persistence, and resilience required to start his own business to lessons learned during those years at school...read more 

 

 

 

Stuart Wood '01

Founder
Last Bottle Clothing

Some of us find fulfillment in a big named corporation, while others struggle to find meaning in the same situation. The latter was the situation for Stuart Wood ’01, who spent 12 years after Thunderbird helping the largest home improvement retailer successfully reinvent their business model. He loved the company and its culture, but always felt that he should be...read more

 

 

 Jess Dods '75

Executive Coach
Jess Dods Consulting

Jess Dods '75 coaches people to “step into their greatness” and enhance their skills.  He loves helping people who want to advance in their careers and are not quite sure what steps to take. Professionals, managers, and executives work with him in person, via phone and Skype to be at their top performance in many types of settings, including cross-cultural environments. Jess is not only...read more

 

 

 

 

Nathan Henderson '99 and Ahmed Qureshi '99

BILT

Some may say that familiarity breeds contempt, but two Thunderbird alumni believe just the opposite. To them, familiarity has created trust. After all, Nathan Henderson and Ahmed Qureshi have been friends since they grew up together in Saudi Arabia. Now, these two 1999 graduates of the Thunderbird School of Global Management are business partners in a venture that is...read more

 

 

Jesse Randall '11

Serial Entrepreneur
Dive

Like many T-birds, he was bit by the entrepreneurial bug. With a passion and dedication for start-ups, Jesse's career has been in start-ups, funded companies and a venture capital firm, in industries such as healthcare, consulting, and software - his primary industry. He is a builder, building software having to do with the internet, mobile applications, and anything in between to help grow companies. As he describes it, start-ups have three phases...read more here

 

 

 

 Member Spotlight: Jeff Hillam '13

Owner
Nabnasset Group International

As an institute of international renown, the Thunderbird School of Global Management has turned out numerous captains of industry and finance. However, the school also is recognized for its entrepreneurial alumni whose start-up businesses span the globe. Jeff Hillam, a 2013 graduate and second generation T-bird, is a prime example of this genre of T-bird. Currently the owner of Nabnasset Group International, a Massachusetts-based company, Jeff’s business spans diverse activities from consulting with clinics for the intellectually and developmentally disabled to a new venture called BoothBomb, which ...read more

 

 


Member Spotlight: Lia Colabello '02
 
Director of Global Partnerships and Community Engagement
The 5 Gyres Institute


Lia Colabello’s affinity for the world’s oceans has brought her to a career in which she is riding a wave of success. After graduation, traveled globally managing major sporting events around the world. After she completed her undergraduate degree at USC, Lia was sent to Spain to work with the advance team for the Ryder Cup golf tournament. She also managed the training of 9,000 volunteers for the Super Bowl in San Diego. “Sport is a happy pastime. It’s always challenging and athletic. When I worked in sports, it was a very ... read more

 

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