Culverhouse EMBA Welcomes Huntsville-EMBA Class of 2016


HEMBA Class of 2016

HEMBA Class of 2016

The Culverhouse College of Commerce Executive MBA Program at The University of Alabama welcomed 22 new students into the Class of 2016 at orientation in Huntsville last Thursday, August 7, 2014.

The average age of the new class is 37 with 14 years of work experience, 8 years of management experience, and 23% women. While slightly over a quarter of the students studied business for their undergraduate degrees, a whopping 55% studied science, math, or engineering.


HEMBA 7 Orienation Alumni

Kathi Dawn (TEMBA 2014) and Erika Hailes (HEMBA 2016) at ADTRAN Thursday night.

Our staff made sure to leave no question unanswered at orientation – sessions were held with information about the program, college, and university as well as tips for studying and career development.


Students met their teammates and got to know each other with fun team building exercises and a scavenger hunt. The new students were also given an opportunity to connect with alumni over dinner at ADTRAN, hosted by Executive MBA Alumni Network President Kent Darzi.



HEMBA 2016 Orientation Team Building Exercise

New students Nicholas P. Ward, Onisa Allen, and Dorthea Yarbrough at orientation Thursday.

HEMBA 2016 is the first class with the new blended format, which will meet one weekend a month for 21 months. With a combination of courses in both online and traditional settings, the new format is more flexible and accessible for citizens of Huntsville as well as commuters from nearby states and metropolitan areas. This year, we have five students joining us from Tennessee, one from Atlanta, and another from Kentucky.


Please join us in welcoming the following students:


Aaron Adams, Alabama A&M

Onisa Allen, Verizon Wireless

Rodney Bilbrew, US Army

James Boyd, US Army

Justin Brown, Modern Technology Solutions, Inc

Jeffrey Coker, Coker, Wolfe, & Associates

Erika Hailes, Qualitest

Donald Hersh, Teledyne Brown Engineering

Zeph Isom, Universal Lighting Technologies

Shannon Lewis, Princeton Baptist Medical Center

Heather Martin, Community Health Systems

John Mathison, Booz Allen Hamilton

Ryan McDaniel, Nissan of Smyrna, TN

Jamie Mckinley, UAB-Huntsville Medical Center

Jeremy Phelps, Nissan North America

Jordan Reynolds, Missile Defense Agency

Eric Satterfield, Neptune Technology Group

Richard Spears, DRS Technologies

Michael Starnes, Heidelberg USA

Edward Stringfellow, Stringfellow Technology Group

Nicholas P. Ward, Westlake Chemical, Inc.

Dorthea Yarbrough, AMRDEC



For more information about the Culverhouse College of Commerce EMBA Program, contact Cheryl Altemara at 205.348.4501 or fill out an interest form here.

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