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Chris Cornett

Program: Evening and Online
Graduation: MBA 2017
Current title/organization: Director of Aftermarket & Service, Aloi Materials Handling & Automation

Q: Why did you choose the NC State Jenkins MBA program for your graduate education?

A: Veteran friendly, reputable program where I could get a quality graduate degree for less.

Q: How did your experience in the program contribute to your professional achievements and successes?

A: I have had incredible success professionally and personally since completing my MBA at NC State. The relevant supply chain, finance, leadership and business curriculum offered led me to rapid advancement in my field and a salary increase of more than double my prior earnings. It also provided me the needed skills to launch an entrepreneurial adventure with my wife; we started a business in 2018 and formed our first LLC in 2019.

Q: What did you enjoy most about your time in the Jenkins MBA program?

A: The flexibility to get everything out of the program and still maintain a full time job was terrific. The Jenkins MBA program offers you the best of both worlds without resulting to only online courses. I completed my degree by taking online courses, on-campus Saturday courses and the residencies were another outstanding component to the program. The program was well structured, organized and I received all the support I needed to successfully navigate to graduation in 2 1/2 years.

Q: What do you miss most now that you have graduated?

A: The free basketball and football tickets through the MBA and Veteran programs!

Q: What are a few of the most impactful classes/lessons you learned during your time at NC State?

A: Dr. Kirkman’s leadership courses were top notch and I learned an immense amount in 2 courses with him that I firmly believe have helped me be a better leader. His 3D leadership book is another example of how top professors in the MBA program are also accomplished and published in their fields. My overall understanding of business and finance gained through my time in the program has changed my life personally and professionally.

Q: What are your lasting impressions of the Jenkins MBA program?

A: Life changing; I couldn’t be more pleased with my experience and how it transformed my life overall. I regret nothing, I soaked up everything, I was challenged but worked hard and am reaping rewards. I couldn’t speak higher of the program and it gives me great pleasure to see the program continue to climb the national rankings. Well deserved!

Q: What advice would you give for prospective and current students who are interested in your industry/profession?

A: Learning is a continuous process, it doesn’t end with school but just begins. Soak up all of the quality information and knowledge delivered through the Jenkins MBA program and use it as a foundation to grow in what you’re doing or start something new. The information offered in the program is relevant to the real world, the professors have business experience and are not just teaching theory but practical information. Learn the thought process behind general management, take time to grasp the different formulas and methods for managing a business. Keep all of your notes and important readings for future reference! Just last week I referenced some notes from several years ago. Give the program your all and don’t just do it for the piece pf paper, leverage the incredible learning experience offered and learn every day!

Q: What advice do you have for prospective Jenkins MBA students?

A: I couldn’t speak higher of the program, you will be challenged intellectually and prepared for senior management or business ownership by graduation. Set aside the appropriate time each week to stay on top of your assignments and avoid getting behind. Avoid cramming as that reduces the quality of your experience and you get caught up on “I just need to turn this in” rather than really soaking up the material and thinking about how it could apply even today. If you are working full time be looking for ways to apply what you’re learning daily. This is a top notch MBA program and it will challenge you, ensure you make the time required to be successful.

Q: Could you give a brief explanation of your current line of work, and what has led you to it?

A: I am a member of the senior management team for a materials handling and automation company; we provide a variety of equipment to industry. We integrate, install and service equipment along the east coast but are expanding nationally. I am responsible for the national service division. I use supply chain management, leadership skills, finance, negotiating skills and business acumen gained from the Jenkins program on a daily basis.

Q: What do you believe is your most interesting accomplishment since graduation?

A: Promotion to Vice President at former employer and then recruited to consolidate the service operations of three companies post acquisition and scale nationally. I am putting my degree to work every day, in fact this is the blank slate any newly minted MBA would dream of!

Q: What are your goals and plans for the future?

A: To serve others as a servant leader in all I do. To serve on the board of a non-pro:t veteran advocacy organization; to expand and grow my family businesses. My immediate goal over the next 2 years is to build a high performing service team that can meet any automation or material handling need nationally.