Department of Graduate and Professional Programs

MBA Program

Meet the Bauer MBA Ambassadors 2015-2016

Bauer MBA Ambassadors Program

Bauer MBA Ambassadors help prospective classmates learn about the amazing opportunities that await them at the
C. T. Bauer College of Business. They offer a real-life perspective about being a Bauer MBA student and an insider’s view of life in the classroom and beyond.

During the school year, the ambassadors host class visits and informal coffee talks. They also work closely with our Recruitment Office to host MBA Orientation and Tours.

Our MBA Ambassadors look forward to working with you and welcome your questions by phone, e-mail or in person.

For more information, contact Tanieka Young at tjyoung2@uh.edu.


Become a 2015 MBA Ambassador

The Bauer MBA Ambassador program is made up of current students who highlight the strength and diversity of Bauer MBA Programs. By acting as direct liaisons between the Bauer MBA program and prospective students, MBA Ambassadors will stimulate the interest and participation of prospective students while promoting the image of the Bauer MBA.

Bauer MBA ambassadors are students who have demonstrated leadership ability in and outside the classroom. Ambassadors should have strong interpersonal skills, the ability to work in team environments, and display Bauer pride. Students who have demonstrated extensive involvement in extracurricular activities, student organizations, and other significant leadership opportunities are encouraged to apply.

Duties:
  • Respond to interest/inquiry e-mails and correspondence
  • Facilitate classroom visits and coffee chats with prospective students
  • Attend recruitment events and Bauer MBA orientation
Benefits:
  • Increased exposure and visibility (Bauer online profile)
  • Bauer MBA Ambassador perks (may include special invitations to exclusive events)
  • Ambassadors Dinner with the Dean
  • Graduation certificate and stole
  • Reward for your contribution up to $1,000.00 (gift card)
Interested Students should:
  • Be enrolled in at least 6 hours
  • Maintain minimum 3.4 GPA
  • Have completed a minimum 12 semester hours
  • Commit to term of 1 year (2 semesters)
  • Commit to attend recruitment and orientation events and tours
  • Attend required training and monthly meetings
How to Apply:
  • Submit the online application
  • Applications will be reviewed within two weeks of submission
  • Applicants who are selected will be interviewed
  • Final selections will be made for the Fall 2015 semester by June 15
  • Apply now to become a Bauer MBA Ambassador

 

 

 

BAUER MBA AMBASSADOR

Matt Avery


Matt Avery

Email: msavery@bauer.uh.edu

Concentration: Management Consulting and Marketing

Work Experience: 5 years of experience working in the non-profit industry as a director of development for Coreluv International where I was tasked with raising funds for orphanages in Haiti through donor acquisition and fundraising events. I was also a college instructor for 4.5 years at the University of Houston and Houston Community College where I taught courses in Anthropology. Currently I work as a contract marketing consultant for a medium size insurance brokerage firm.

Undergraduate University and Degree: Baylor University, BA in Anthropology and I hold an MA in Anthropology from the University of Houston.

Hometown: Torrance, CA

Memberships & Organizations: President of the Consulting Club for the Bauer MBA Society; former VP of the Marketing Club for the Bauer MBA Society; member of the Bauer MBA Society; volunteer for Coreluv International.

Why Bauer? Why Houston?: Bauer represents the future as it is one of the fastest growing MBA programs in the country, I wanted to be part of the program to help with the growth as Bauer takes over Houston. Many publications have labeled Houston as the next great global city with tremendous opportunities and I wanted to stay in Houston to leverage my experience with the growing city.

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BAUER MBA AMBASSADOR

Andrea Barone


Andrea Barone

Email: acbarone@bauer.uh.edu

Concentration: Management, Finance

Work Experience: 5+ years in Marketing Communications.

Undergraduate University and Degree: University of Pittsburgh, Bachelor of Science in Business Administration.

Hometown: Buffalo, NY

Memberships & Organizations: National Association of Women MBAs (NAWMBA).

Why Bauer? Why Houston?: Bauer is a custom, full service MBA program with a diverse group of students and faculty. I feel that I am receiving much more than an MBA at Bauer. I have participated in professional development workshops, worked with career services, joined networking events, and even studied abroad in Prague. The city of Houston is a bonus to the Bauer MBA Program. Houston offers opportunities in several industries and never seems to stop growing. There is always something to do in Houston!

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BAUER MBA AMBASSADOR

Maria Condacse


Maria Condacse

Email: mcondacse@bauer.uh.edu

Concentration: Human Resources

Work Experience: 4 years in Education ~ E.S.L. teacher in Houston, Spain, and Romania.

Undergraduate University and Degree: Rice University, Hispanic Studies.

Hometown: Bucharest, Romania

Memberships & Organizations: NAWMBA (National Association of Women MBAs) & SHRM (Society of Human Resources Management).

Internships: Training and Development internship at Dell.

Why Bauer? Why Houston?: Bauer provides a supportive network of classmates, professors, and advisors to challenge you and help you reach your goals. I chose Bauer because coming from a non-traditional business background, it gave me the opportunity to pursue and personalize a new career path. Even though it is an MBA program, everyone in the Bauer community truly goes out of their way to help in whatever way they can.

I also chose Bauer because they offer a variety of concentrations, outside the core classes, so you can specialize in a certain area. From Negotiations to Global Leadership, I have truly enjoyed all my management electives and courses. Bauer further provides many study abroad opportunities to learn about international business. I had an incredible experience in Berlin learning about international HR and global strategy via company visits. Finally, there is no better city than Houston to be in for business and networking opportunities, especially for oil and gas and the energy industry!

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BAUER MBA AMBASSADOR

Lola Soyebo Harris


Lola Soyebo Harris

Email: fsharris@bauer.uh.edu

Concentration: Entrepreneurship & Leadership

Work Experience: 11 years as a Product and Packaging Development Engineer.

Undergraduate University and Degree: University of Oklahoma, B.S. in Chemical Engineering.

Hometown: Lagos, Nigeria

Memberships & Organizations: National Association of Women MBA- UH Chapter - President, MBA Advisory Board Member.

Why Bauer? Why Houston?: I decided to get my MBA so I could place myself in a stimulating environment that would give me a chance to focus on my goals and equally prepare me for the business world. Being a mother to two young sons, I also wanted the flexibility the professional MBA program offers. I just completed a year in the program and I am very grateful for the many opportunities I have had to learn and challenge myself on a daily basis as well as be involved in the Bauer community, which is something that was equally important to me. My MBA experience so far has been very rewarding as I continue to learn how far I can push myself.

I moved to Houston to pursue my current job but I also targeted Houston in my job search because I wanted an MBA in an environment with deep ties to its local community.

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BAUER MBA AMBASSADOR

Gerardo Juarez


Gerardo Juarez

Email: gjuarez@bauer.uh.edu

Concentration: Global Management & Finance

Work Experience: 6 years at Yokogawa Electric Corporation in Sales and Finance roles, and a Global Associate Member- rotational program through Treasury, International Accounting, and International Budget Control in Tokyo, Japan.
Currently working for Hewlett-Packard’s Global Business Services (GBS) group as a Financial Analyst - Team Lead.

Undergraduate University and Degree: Texas Tech University, Lubbock, TX- Finance.

Hometown: Houston, TX

Memberships & Organizations: National Society of Hispanic MBAs, GHHCC, Emerging Leaders Institute, 2015, and Big Brothers Big Sisters.

Why Bauer? Why Houston?: Having always had an interest in pursuing an MBA, fairly soon in my career I realized it was time to commit to a program that would accommodate my work schedule and offer courses that I could instantly apply to my career. Bauer has everything I need to succeed in my career in its variety of course options. Its prestige has grown every year and after meeting the students and staff during a campus visit, I knew this was the program for me.

I was raised in Houston but have lived and traveled to many countries around the world only to realize there is no place like home. The culture and diversity is unlike any place, and no matter where in the world you come from you can find your place. Houston’s job market is full of exciting opportunities that continues to grow every year.

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BAUER MBA AMBASSADOR

Salem Nseir


Salem Nseir

Email: snseir@bauer.uh.edu

Concentration: Finance, Business Modeling, Operations

Work Experience: 7 years in facilities management and operations.

Undergraduate University and Degree: Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering from Tishreen University in Syria.

Hometown: Latakia, Syria

Memberships & Organizations: Bauer MBA Society, University of Houston Graduate Supply Chain Organization, IFMA, APICS. Former volunteer with the Syrian Arab Red Crescent (SARC).

Why Bauer? Why Houston?: I landed in Houston - as few of my family members live in Houston. I was taken by the diversity, the business opportunities, and the strong economy of Houston. The family ties and the uniqueness of Houston made this city on top of the list of cities where I can pursue my degree and call home for the next few years.

Considering the quality of education, the flexibility of the MBA program, the variety of certificates and concentration areas, the return on investment, and the after-graduation business potential, Bauer was my obvious choice. UH provides a unique combination of well-designed courses, highly recognized professors, world renowned facilities, and an unparalleled business networking opportunity. The reputation this University preserves is well defined in every corner of this great city, in every proud alumnus I have met, and in every research article I’ve read.

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BAUER MBA AMBASSADOR

Ruth Russell


Ruth Russell

Email: rrussell@bauer.uh.edu

Concentration: Finance

Work Experience: 7 years in public high school education as a Math Instructional Specialist and Algebra teacher and 4 years in the oil and gas services industry in accounting and finance.

Undergraduate University and Degree: Texas A&M University, BBA in Accounting.

Hometown: League City, TX

Memberships & Organizations: Cougar Investment Fund, National Association of Women MBA's.

Why Bauer? Why Houston?: I knew Bauer could teach me to transition the management and organization skills I had acquired after many years of leadership in public education while intensifying my passion for anything analytical to thrive in the private business sector. It was clear to me that Bauer would serve me best in making a career change back into the corporate business world, particularly due to their deep connections with the Houston business community and their uniquely business-focused Rockwell Career Center. Another deciding factor in choosing Bauer was the ability to custom tailor my MBA to concentrate in whichever content I was most passionate about, while still receiving a core MBA education and getting a small taste of all aspects of the business program. My favorite thing about Bauer is the people, from the administration who led me through my admissions and orientation process, my professors and advisors, and most importantly my fellow Bauer classmates. They have challenged me, strengthened me academically and personally, and are a constant support in the midst of the challenges of obtaining an MBA while working full time.

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BAUER MBA AMBASSADOR

Justin Schneewind


Justin Schneewind

Email: jpschneewind@bauer.uh.edu

Concentration: Finance and energy

Work Experience: Senior pricing analyst at Platts. I currently cover supply/demand issues and assess prices in petrochemicals markets at Platts, a leading commodities price reporting agency. My work experience also includes an operations and student-development focused position at the University of Houston. Before that, I spent nearly 6 years at the Houston Chronicle working in deadline-driven environments, primarily in digital media.

Undergraduate University and Degree: Houston Baptist University, double major in mass communication and history.

Hometown: Houston, TX

Memberships & Organizations: Officer in UH MBA Society Energy Club.

Internships: Houston Chronicle, Catholic Charities (undergraduate).

Why Bauer? Why Houston?: Bauer offers respected faculty, a rigorous and relevant curriculum and a hard-working, goal-oriented student body in the MBA Program. Based on my experience as an MBA student, the school has lived up to its strong reputation. I am pleased to be part of an institution with such a bright future and so I gladly jumped at the opportunity to join at such an exciting time.

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BAUER MBA AMBASSADOR

Kunwar Singh


Kunwar Singh

Email: kdsingh@bauer.uh.edu

Concentration: Supply Chain Management

Work Experience: 3 years in an IT Consulting Company in India, where I dealt with the design, development and maintenance of business requirements of an Australian media conglomerate.

Undergraduate University and Degree: Bachelor of Technology in Computer Science & Engineering from Sikkim Manipal Institute of Technology (India).

Hometown: Guwahati, India

Memberships & Organizations: V.P. (Events) - Bauer MBA Society, Director (Events) - UH Graduate Supply Chain Organization, Member - Bauer MBA Advisory Board.

Internships: Sunoco LP - Dealer Operations Intern (Houston, Texas).

Why Bauer? Why Houston?: I believe that dedication and quest for knowledge can lead to the accomplishment of lifelong goals. My experience in the IT industry gave me a strong understanding of the importance of trained project managers. For this reason I chose to seek an MBA. As a Bauer MBA student, I am gaining in-depth and exhaustive knowledge of management that compliments my work experience. For me the University of Houston Bauer MBA program was the best choice. Bauer’s culture happens to be diversified and being from a diversified country I was able to collaborate with other cohorts easily. Houston is vibrant and home to many global companies. It is definitely the place to accomplish my lifelong goals.

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BAUER MBA AMBASSADOR

Varun Sreenivas


Varun Sreenivas

Email: vsreenivas@bauer.uh.edu

Concentration: Supply Chain Management

Work Experience: 4 years as the Founder / Manager of a company dealing with water technology. The company provided services to industries such as oil & gas, shipping, construction, hospitality, water treatment, housing, and irrigation.

Undergraduate University and Degree: Bachelor of Technology in Electronics and Instrumentation Engineering from the National Institute of Technology, Rourkela (India).

Memberships & Organizations: Graduate At-Large Senator: University of Houston’s Student Government Association, Director of Planning: University of Houston’s Graduate Supply Chain Organization, UH Student Government Association, and Bauer MBA Society.

Internships: Lime Instruments – MBA Intern (Houston, Texas) General Electric International Incorporation: Field Service Engineer (Abu Dhabi,.A.E.) Bang and Olufsen: Electronics Engineer (Dubai, U.A.E.).

Why Bauer? Why Houston?: Since childhood, I have been intrigued and fascinated by the magic of technology. As I grew, my interests became more pronounced and I decided to follow my passion for technology by pursuing a Bachelor degree in Technology. Further down my career path I recognized the importance of management in delivering the right technology in the right form to the right customers, played an important role in the development of business. The eagerness for expanding my knowledge in business management was yet to be fulfilled and I believed an MBA degree would help me in realizing my desire. The excellent reputation of the program was the main factor that made me select Bauer. I was looking for an MBA program with a concentration in energy which was also available in the curriculum. Finally, the tremendous networking and career development opportunities helped me in reinforcing my decision to apply at Bauer. I selected Houston because of its reputation as the “Energy Capital of the World”. Since my career goal is to attain a supply chain position in the energy industry, I felt there would be no other place better than Houston to do so.

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BAUER MBA AMBASSADOR

Caesar Tin-U


Caesar Tin-U

Email: cztin-u@bauer.uh.edu

Concentration: Finance & Management Information Systems

Work Experience: 5 years in Sales & Marketing, three years in Information Systems & Technology Support. Current employer: Apple Inc.

Undergraduate University and Degree: Bachelor of Science in Biology with a Minor in Medicine & Society from the University of Houston.

Hometown: Houston, TX

Memberships & Organizations: Bauer MBA Society.

Internships: University of Houston CNRCS–Breast Cancer Research Intern.

Why Bauer? Why Houston?: I choose Bauer because a degree from this institution means so much more than just a name, but rather the collective experience and opportunity that is ever present within Houston – one of the world’s superpowers when it comes to industries such as oil & gas and healthcare. Business and educational opportunities are limitless.

Why did I choose Bauer and why did I decide to stay in Houston all of this time? I chose Bauer because it allows me to work full-time and attend classes in the evening. It allows me to customize my degree and finally, it rewards me for having a thirst for knowledge that is insatiable, and it puts me ahead of the curve.

This is where I’ve developed many of my closest personal and professional relationships, and met my wife who has helped me discover my talent & passion for business. Go Coogs!

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BAUER MBA AMBASSADOR

Anthony Urbani


Anthony Urbani

Email: ajurbani@bauer.uh.edu

Concentration: Finance and Energy

Work Experience: 15 years of accounting work experience in the Energy Industry, including both external and internal reporting.

Undergraduate University and Degree: Texas A&M University with a BBA in Accounting and Management Information Systems.

Hometown: Galveston, TX

Memberships & Organizations: Co-VP of Mentorship in the Bauer MBA Society, American Institute of Certified Public Accountants, Toastmasters.

Why Bauer? Why Houston?: Bauer has a strong academic reputation and is one of the best values in the country.  The Bauer MBA program is one of the only programs that offer a curriculum in the energy industry which is very important for professionals who work in Houston.  Also, the flexibility of the program allows students to choose the courses that best fit the needs of their career.  For these reasons, Bauer was the best choice for me.  Why Houston?  Houston is the energy capital of the world and one of the most diverse cities in the United States.  Houston has a variety of excellent restaurants, museums and other attractions that make it a great place to live.

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