Alumni Success Stories

Raul Biascoechea headshotRaul Biascoechea, MBA '02
: Tell me about your current role.
Raul: As the Chief Customer Engineer, 747/767/777 Airplane Programs for Boeing Commercial Airplanes, I lead a team of approximately 80 engineers, engineering technicians, and managers. The primary role of my team is to work with customers to configure the new airplanes they purchase. In addition, my team serves as the technical liaison between customers and Boeing from the start of configuration activities through the delivery of the aircraft. Read More >>

Rachel Ford headshotRachel Ford, MBA '08
: What did you get most out of your MBA education?
Rachel: I wanted to learn the language of my business world. I had practiced or been exposed to many of the concepts covered in the coursework, but did not necessarily understand the complete picture. The MBA program helped fill the gaps. When I build a product strategy or business case, or am looking for budget or process efficiencies, I now have a comprehensive toolkit with which to do so, rather than a mixed bag of partially learned tools. Read More >> 

Luis Navarro headshotLuis Navarro, MBA '05
Sandeep: What do you do now?
Luis: I am Director of Social Responsibility for the Port of Seattle.
Sandeep: How did your UW Bothell MBA education help you achieve career success?
Luis: The MBA education was/is a key to new promotions, opening new doors in strategic thinking, team management skills, strategic thinking and management, and career path development strategies, among many other crucial components of my work. I can truly say that not a single day goes by without my making workplace and personal decisions that draw upon skills learned in the MBA program at UW Bothell. Read More >>

Jennifer Olsen, SPHR, CCP -  President Resourceful HR headshotJennifer Olsen, MBA '05
Sandeep: What do you do now?
Jennifer: I am President, Resourceful HR, LLC. Resourceful HR is privately held and currently has a staff of fifteen. We provide outsourced HR for companies that have less than 100 employees and HR staffing for those with HR departments but intermittently need extra fulltime HR support. Resourceful HR is built on two pillars: 1) delivering the highest quality service to clients that takes weight off their shoulders and 2) makes a valuable impact on both our client’s business and our community. Read More >>

Subodh Parulekar headshotSubodh Parulekar, MBA '07
Sandeep: What do you do now?
Subodh: I am the Co-founder and CEO of AFour Technologies. I am responsible for global marketing, sales and business development strategies and execution. My responsibility is to drive the business from a strategic level, down to every account detail. I spend a lot of time understanding customers’ needs and priorities, as well as looking for ways to improve our sales and marketing engine. Read More >>

Joe Ridge headshotJoe Ridge, MBA '07
Sandeep: What do you do now?
Joe: I am humbled to lead the Operations and Fulfillment teams for Blue Nile in Seattle. Bain Capital bought Blue Nile in early 2017 and I was asked to join to help with the transformation of the business. Our business is the largest online retailer of certified diamonds and fine jewelry. A large part of our value proposition is build-to-order engagement rings for that special moment. Our team is 120 strong and I have six direct reports. Read More >>

Uday Shivaswamy, MBA '09 headshotUday Shivaswamy, MBA '09
Sandeep: Why is the UW Bothell MBA special?
Uday: The open, lively and passionate discussions we had in class between students and instructor, and how instructors facilitated quality understanding of divergent views on topics, along with an understanding of concepts as applied to multiple areas of the economy, were all powerful learning tools. This was a fantastic experience that proved that UW Bothell is a great business school. Read More >>

Ryan Smith headshotRyan Smith, MBA '08
Sandeep: What is your current title? What are your current responsibilities?
Ryan: I am the Director of Application Services at Providence Health and Services. My team is made up of 54 healthcare IT professionals with experience ranging from nursing to technical engineering. We provide implementation and operational support for clinical and business systems covering four acute care hospitals and over 25 ancillary clinics including home care and hospice. I began my career at Providence ten years ago as a graveyard helpdesk analyst and have worn many different hats in the organization since. Read More >>