The Mission of the MBAA
To provide a platform for community and university engagement that advances the professional development of students and faculty alike, as well as the reputation of the UW Bothell MBA Programs.
The Goals of the MBAA
- To foster meaningful connections among the TMBA and LMBA student cohorts
- To raise the profile of the UWB MBA Programs within the University and the local community
- To foster professional and academic relationships among current students and alumni
- To provide students with opportunities for professional and academic growth
- To create a system of sustainability for the MBAA
MBAA Executive Committee
Sean Buchanan - President
Sean’s background is emphasized in entrepreneurship, sales, and leadership. His emphasis comes from restructuring organizations and driving them to success through implementing proper models and best practices. Recently, he co-founded the social enterprise ICON (ICONMBA.org) with Chip Reno, where they help MBA students aid NGOs to take their passion into sustainability. Sean is extremely passionate about the momentum and opportunity with the MBAA because of the support and leadership displayed by their colleagues/fellow students. They are connecting, catalyzing and executing such incredible programs. It truly has been an honor to be a part of all of it, and he cannot wait to see how they develop and grow, most especially the Women in Business program.
Adrienne Neubert - Senior Vice President
With over ten years of experience working with international suppliers, Adrienne recently stepped down from managing a purchasing department in order to focus on the second year of her Leadership MBA. During 2013, she plans to leverage her experience and education together to become an operations manager for a company. Adrienne is excited about the direction the MBAA, and feels that they are establishing programs in place that will further enhance the professional development of the students and alumni. She is especially excited about their Woman in Business program. This is a newly created entity within the MBAA which will provide resources and networking in order to help women grow professionally. When she is not busy with UW Bothell activities, she can be found dabbling in the world of running and hiking, and will be running her first triathlon in the summer of 2013.
Jason DeMotts - Vice President of Community Relations
Originally from Walla Walla, Jason received his Finance degree from the UWB in 2004. After graduation Jason started in a Finance role at VMC Consulting where he worked in internal finance and accounting for 2 years, eventually moving to Microsoft where he has been in various finance roles for the last 6 years. He is currently pursuing the Leadership MBA at UW Bothell. Jason likes that his cohort is focusing their efforts on the collective success of the programs, understanding and appreciating that they can’t do this alone; thus, their success is exemplified by the power of their support to each other—they have esprit de corps. Jason likes that the program focuses on continuing to improve the skillset and resourcefulness of each student, empowering them to achieve the success that affords them a healthy quality of life.
Chris McKee - Vice President of Marketing
Chris McKee has been an accounting professional since 2001 and a CPA as of 2011. Chris is excited about helping his classmates start ICON, a non-governmental organization (NGO) focused on providing consulting for NGO’s across the world. Chris is currently pursuing the Technology MBA at UW Bothell and is most excited about expanding the networking opportunities for students and raising the profile of the MBAA within the cohorts. The program is headed in the right direction and he is enthusiastic about the opportunities to meet and work with the diverse group of people in his cohorts.
Rose Becerra - Vice President of Professional Development
Rose’s professional background is in the utility industry as a business analyst where she questioned how business could be done more efficiently and more effectively through qualitative and quantitative methods of analyzing information. She is looking to move to a globally oriented career where she can help shape the strategy of a company using similar skills she has used as an analyst. She is most excited about connecting students with additional development opportunities and creating value with the student body. She is also very excited about the direction of the UW Bothell MBA program. The networking opportunities and extra programs such as Global Classroom are true value-adds that make the program stand out.
Chip Reno - Vice President of Networking
Chip Reno is a former technology startup CEO, turned graduate student, who has now changed his focus to international social consulting as a social entrepreneur. He recently co-founded the social enterprise ICON (ICONMBA.org). ICON provides consulting opportunities for MBA students in developing countries with NGOs (non-government organizations). Chip loves the small adaptive nature of UW Bothell, the action oriented students, and is excited about the events and programs coming up that are new to UWB. He believes UWB has an awesome group of students that are smart, creative, and innovative who are building upon the current system at UWB and creating more value for the program, students, and community.