The University of Alabama 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.
Russell Chambliss, Jr. (TEMBA 2006), President
Russ is Chief Financial Officer of Precision Grinding, Inc., a steel parts manufacturer in Birmingham. He is an experienced executive with 17 years of leadership in manufacturing and operations. Russ has extensive experience in financial planning and analysis, as well as operational planning and implementation. He has successfully planned, evaluated and implemented corporate objectives to improve operational efficiencies and expense reductions. Prior to joining Precision Grinding, he was Vice President of Administration and Operations (CFO and COO) of the Mason Corporation. Chambliss points to getting his MBA through this program as a pivotal point in his career with the knowledge gained and connections made as crucial to his profession growth. In addition to his M.B.A. (EMBA) from The University of Alabama, he has a B.S. in Biology from Furman University.
Ryan McDaniel (HEMBA 2016), Vice President
Ryan McDaniel is Senior Manager/Program Management Office for Nissan North America, Inc. in Franklin, Tennessee. He has been in the automotive industry his entire career and has spent the last 12+ years with Nissan, including an overseas assignment in Japan (2012-2014), and is currently managing all of the future planning for the Nissan Titan program. Ryan views his professional career was jump started following the completion of his MBA from The University of Alabama. After graduation, Ryan received an immediate promotion in his manufacturing role that turned into an opportunity to explore the business side of Nissan. “With an increase in my business acumen, being able to understand big picture strategy, and the leadership skills gained through the program, I want to be able to pay it forward to the next generation of EMBA graduates,” stressed Ryan in his role as EMBA Alumni Board member. Ryan holds a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering from Tennessee State University and an M.B.A. (EMBA Program) from The University of Alabama.
John Nettles (TEMBA 2003), Secretary
John is President of Pine Belt Communications, Inc., in Arlington, Alabama. His career began with the U.S. Army in March of 1982 as a 2nd LT, where he served on active duty until September of 1988. Upon returning home, he began working with Pine Belt, a company that his father founded in the mid 1950’s. Not having a business degree nor any experience at that time in the “for profit” world, John felt that he could improve his prospects of being an effective business leader by enrolling in UA’s EMBA program. The educational enrichment and the training in both the fundamental and advanced topics of business that he received from the program have proved invaluable. John holds a B.A. in History and an M.B.A. (EMBA Program) from The University of Alabama.
Angela Sandritter (HEMBA 2011), Recruitment and Awareness
Angela “Angie” Sandritter is Vice President of Global Services for HAUFE, Inc., in Huntsville, Alabama. Responsible for building a global services organization consisting of professional services and global customer services. Angie coaches leading global companies with 30,000+ employees on how to implement the leading practices for talent attraction and performance management to build sustainable competitive organizations through employee empowerment. Before working with HAUFE, she was responsible for international marketing and product development for Huntsville companies – ADTRAN and DIGIUM. As a graduate of UA’s HEMBA, she values the program for providing a holistic view of business and the toolkit necessary to lead in organizations today. Angie has a B.A. in Music Education from the University of Alabama in Huntsville and an M.B.A. (EMBA Program) from The University of Alabama.
Jennifer Thomas (TEMBA 2014), Past President
Jennifer Thomas is Hourly Energy Scheduler with the Southern Company. She has also served as 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. The Southern Company (NYSE:SO), a leading U.S. energy company serves nine million electric and gas utility customers in nine states through its subsidiaries. Prior to working with the Southern Company, 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 from Northwestern University and a M.B.A. (EMBA Program) from The University of Alabama.