Hometown: New Milford, Conn.
Major: Master of Business Administration
WCSU Degree: M.B.A.
Activities: Employed full time at GMAC Financial Services, active in Cub Scouts, enjoy playing golf when not traveling for my kid’s soccer and basketball games.
Honors and Awards: "I am proud that I received only 1 B at WCSU and the rest were all A’s."
In 1986, Charlie Price graduated with honors from Marquette University in Milwaukee, Wis.,with a degree in business and a double major in finance and economics. About 20 years later, he was ready to take the next step toward advancing his career by pursuing a Master of Business Administration degree. "I started my M.B.A. at the University of New Haven, but switched to WestConn after my job transferred me to the GM Northeast Regional Office in Somers, N.Y., which required me to move from southeastern Connecticut to New Milford," Price says. "My M.B.A. took about a year and half at the University of New Haven and another three years at WCSU."
Price says he wanted to get an M.B.A. since it is one of the things that his employer takes into consideration when evaluating candidates for promotion. "Additionally, an M.B.A. provides you with a means to not only improve your knowledge but also improve your critical thinking and analytical skills, which are essential for success in the business world."
In thinking about his WestConn education, Price is quick to mention Associate Professor of Marketing Dr. Karen Koza, who acted as a faculty mentor during his MKT 599 course, which was a student-developed study on case research and writing. "She guided us through the process of getting our case accepted by the Society of Case Research," Price explains. "After numerous edits and revisions, the final case, 'Staples, Inc.: Planning for Sustained Growth in China's Retail Market,' has been accepted by SCR for publication in their Annual Advances in Case Writing spring edition. According to Dr. Koza, we are the first M.B.A. students to have their case published by SCR and the first M.B.A. studenst from WCSU to get published."
Asked what he will remember most about his WestConn experience, Price says, "Having our case study accepted by the Society for Case Research for publication. I also enjoyed working with all the other M.B.A. students on various group projects and presentations. Another one that comes to mind took place in an accounting course where we completed a study on setting up a nonprofit Financial Education center for WCSU students, which we presented to the dean and the president of the university.”
After graduation, Price plans to continue his career with GMAC Financial Services and enjoy spending more time with his family. "Given the amount of time required to get the most out of the M.B.A. courses (including good grades), definitely gives you a greater appreciation for your free time and how you spend it," he says.
Price’s advice to new students entering WCSU is: “Like anything in life, the benefits you will derive from any class (graduate or undergaraduate) is directly proportional to the amount of effort you're willing to put into it.”