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Stuart Wood '01

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 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 more





Nathan Henderson '99 and Ahmed Qureshi '99


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 more



Jesse Randall '11

Serial Entrepreneur

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 more here




 Member Spotlight: Jeff Hillam '13

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 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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