I grew up in Baltimore, MD and attended the University of Maryland (Fear the Turtle!) Prior to Ross, I worked in enterprise sales for a hardware manufacturer and an IT managed services firm. While I enjoyed being close to the customer, I knew I was limited in my ability to materially influence a customer's experience with whatever I sold. Thus, I was building a passion for product strategy which eventually sparked my desire to change course and pursue product marketing. To this end, I knew an MBA was the right next step for me not only to facilitate the career switch, but also to position me to excel in my target role from day one. While many programs offered similar experiences, Ross differentiated itself because of the action-based learning, unparalleled alumni network, and student community of ambitious and highly-capable professionals who knew how to genuinely support one another and laugh at themselves from time to time. This made my decision easy, and I'm proud to say I've been tremendously enjoying my time in Ann Arbor so far. Go Blue!