EMBA Alumni Network Board


The Culverhouse College of Commerce Executive MBA Alumni Network’s mission is to strengthen the EMBA Program through recruitment efforts, and encourage and support alumni to achieve significant and lasting success in their business and professional careers while maximizing the value of knowledge and relationships gained before and after graduation. The Network is overseen by a Board of Officers elected by the EMBA alumni.

Russel1611069_new_EMBA_Alumni_board_membersl Shamburger (TEMBA 2004), President

Russell Shamburger is a Vice President Senior Business Process Analyst with Cadence Bank, an $8.2 billion regional bank with more than 70 branches in Alabama, Florida, Mississippi, Tennessee and Texas. Russell has over 20 years of experience in multiple functional roles and industries. The EMBA Program has allowed Russell to see the “big picture” of how successful businesses like Cadence can continue to grow and help clients be successful.

Jennifer Thomas (TEMBA 2014), Vice President

Jennifer Thomas is Accountant III with Alabama Power. She is also currently vice president of Alabama Power’s networking group in her division which promotes unity, networking for all employees and exposure to different people in leadership positions. Alabama Power provides reliable electricity supply and unparalleled service to more than 1.4 million homes, businesses and industries. It is part of the Southern Company (NYSE:SO), a leading U.S energy company serving nine million electric and gas utility customers in nine states through its subsidiaries. Prior to working with Alabama Power Jennifer worked in the banking industry. It was during her time at Regions Bank that she knew she needed to obtain her M.B.A. to take her career to the next level. Jennifer has a B.A. in Violin Performance and an M.A. in Music Education for Northwestern University and a M.B.A. (EMBA Program) from The University of Alabama.

Russ Elrod (HEMBA 2013), Secretary-Treasurer

Russ Elrod is General Manager of Brown Precision, Inc., specializing in precision machining, offering customers CNC milling, abrasive waterjet machining, 5-axis machining, composite machining and reverse engineering. Also, Russ is a previous co-owner of a family business who has had the opportunity to experience all functional areas of a corporation. His undergraduate and graduate education from Culverhouse College of Commerce at UA has prepared him for the “strategic and tactical aspects of business. Russ has served on several Boards, including UA’s Culverhouse Board of Visitors, BancorpSouth Divisional Board of Directors and the Alabama Trucking Association Board of Directors. Russ holds a B.S. in Business Administration and an M.B.A. (EMBA Program) from The University of Alabama.

151136_MW_emba_alumni_network_board_membersMichael Brost (HEMBA 2015), Communications Chair

Michael Brost is Senior Business Analyst with Modern Technology Solutions, Inc. in Huntsville. He has worked in the NASA and DoD industry for the past 15 years and currently supports the development and defense of the budget for Missile Defense Agency programs, as well as execution of appropriated funds. The EMBA program provided him with a new “tool kit” and a fresh perspective for evaluating strategic resourcing decisions on both a quantitative and qualitative level.

1611069_new_EMBA_Alumni_board_membersBen Paulk (TEMBA 2012), Past President

Ben Paulk is Senior Product Manager with BBVA Compass in Birmingham.  For Ben the EMBA Program has been an important part of his personal and professional life and he hopes that others looking to enroll in an M.B.A. program will have a similar experience. Ben holds a B.S. in Marketing from The University of Alabama in Birmingham and an M.B.A. (EMBA Program) from The University of Alabama.

1611069, new EMBA Alumni Network board members for 2017, shot 11-22-16

2016-2017 EMBA Alumni Network Board Members (L-R) Russ Elrod, Ben Paulk, Russell Shamburger and Jennifer Thomas (not pictured Mike Brost)


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