Tell us about your military service. What did you do? Where did you serve? What do you value the most about your military service?
I was an aviation officer in the Army. I flew Kiowa Warriors from 2012-2015 before assessing into the 160th SOAR and transitioning to flying the Chinook. I was stationed at Fort Campbell from 2013-2019 then Fort Sam Houston 2019-2021. I value my time in special operations most, specifically progressing to a position as a Fully Mission Qualified pilot in the 160th SOAR while balancing the company operations officer role. I thoroughly enjoyed my time working to provide the best customer support during TDYs or deployments.
What are your thoughts on mentoring other students while at Vanderbilt? As a role model, what values do you want to share?
I look forward to mentoring other students. As a leader in an organization and community surrounded by incredible experience, I was able to learn from the best and want to be able to help others as much as possible. I really enjoyed whenever I was able to take other soldiers or new pilots under my wing to share experiences and develop them as leaders, team members, or people in general.
While at Vanderbilt, what will be the focus of your studies and how do you plan to use this knowledge in your future career?
While studying at Owen, I plan to focus my MBA studies in strategy and finance. I hope that I can develop these fundamental areas and improve my professional business acumen to the point of offering significant value in top-tier organizations. I plan to recruit for management/strategy consulting; however, I have interest in exploring the venture capital or private equity fields. I ultimately want to leverage my special operations and aviation experience, systems engineering undergraduate degree, and MBA to add the most value to the sector intersection of technology, aerospace, and defense.
What would you tell other veterans about the Bass Military Scholars Program?
Though my experience with the program is limited to the application and offer acceptance, I would highly recommend that veterans explore this program and any of the graduate schools at Vanderbilt. Regardless of a school’s rank on any of the various lists of prestigious schools, I think the Bass Military Scholars Program offers extreme value that other schools or scholarships would not provide. My interaction with everyone associated with the program, whether on the administration or current student side, has been excellent in every way. I would certainly emphasize the program as a way to boost networking efforts, provide the scholarship resources necessary to allow students to focus on academics, and become an integral part of the veteran network that will undoubtedly influence professional opportunities regardless of whether they plan to pursue a MBA, JD, or MD.