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Many students know they have what it takes to become successful business leaders or entrepreneurs, they're just not sure how to harness their potential. They need direction from someone who's been there, to help develop their gifts. That's where we come in. At Concordia, our MBA program has a history of unlocking potential, regardless of age or occupation, as evidenced in these stories of our alumni.

  • A New ‘Major’ At CUI

    A New ‘Major’ At CUI

    Recent graduate Justin Winn, MBA ’20, has served on active duty with the U.S. Army for nearly 15 years, rising from an entry-level position as a helicopter mechanic to become a commissioned officer specializing in human resources. When Winn got the opportunity to pursue a graduate degree, he chose to come to Concordia Irvine to earn his MBA.

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  • Chris Sommers MBA '19 and Michael Simons MBA '19

    Class Connection Leads to VP Job

    Michael Simons MBA '19 and Chris Sommers MBA '19 met in Concordia Irvine’s MBA program. Within a month of graduating, Chris hired Michael to be his company’s vice president of finance.

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  • Henry Alonzo and guitarist in the studio

    Restarting a Dream by Putting Learning Into Practice

    Henry Alonzo, MBA '09, founder of Adarga Entertainment Group, grew up near Mariachi Plaza in East Los Angeles. There, he listened to the mariachi bands play and offer their services to passers-by. Today, Alonzo promotes some of the biggest bands in Latin music, and with his help, his clients have earned seven Latin Grammy awards.

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  • William and Jaime Buda

    ‘Dual Enrollment’ Leads to Couple’s Promotions

    William MBA '19 and Jaime MBA '19 Buda did something brave — enrolled as a newly married couple in Concordia Irvine’s MBA program. The result was a deeper personal relationship, and promotions at their respective jobs.

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  • Greg LeFever

    Experienced Entrepreneur Learns New Skills in MBA Program

    Greg LeFever, 51, had plenty of business experience under his belt, having run a $300 million marketing budget for Land Rover and started his own corporate wellness business, but Concordia’s MBA program taught him new skills that he put to use right away — and helped him bring in more business.

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