Success Stories

University of Kentucky MBA alum Brian Barr is literally bringing smiles to all over the world as the Global Operations Manager at SmileDirectClub where "everyone deserves a smile they love." Founded in 2014 and headquarters located in Nashville, TN, they are the first digital brand for straightening a smile and are bringing disruptive change to the invisible aligner market. As a result, they're helping customers avoid office visits and cutting costs and saving money for a much better smile to approximately 600,000 customers worldwide.

UK MBA alum and Chief Medical Officer at UK Healthcare, Dr. Phillip Chang recently accepted the Gage Award for Quality which honors successful member hospital programs that improve patient care and meets community needs.

University of Kentucky MBA alum Thomas McCarthy is now a Customer Operations Manager at Convoy, Inc., a startup trucking company, in Seattle, Washington. Convoy is reinventing the supply chain with technology-backed, full-service trucking; and offering guaranteed capacity and innovative real-time GPS tracking via their connected carrier network. Earlier this year, Convoy was named #11 in the CNBC's Top 50 Disruptor List. 

The Gatton College of Business and Economics officially welcomes the 2019/20 One Year MBA cohort to the University of Kentucky. The collective class brings a diverse set of personal and professional experiences with a high achievement of academic excellence.

Crisann McCloy, alum of the One Year MBA program at the University of Kentucky's Gatton College of Business and Economics, recently received the Young Professional Award from the National Association of Educational Procurement (NAEP), which recognizes the efforts of outstanding young procurement professionals who make great strides and contributions to the education procurement industry.

Ryan Williams, alum of the One Year MBA program at the University of Kentucky's Gatton College of Business and Economics, is devoting his entrepreneurial efforts in many ways these days. Ryan is currently the Brand Solution Specialist for SDA Media, COO of the Lorem Ipsum Company, Marketing Manager at Custom Business Solutions (Northstar family of products) and contributor at The Restaurant Technology Guys. Originally from Kentucky, Ryan figured out along the way his passion for making it on his own and pursuing his own ideas as an entrepreneur.

One of the unique experiences for candidates enrolled in the One Year MBA program at the University of Kentucky's Gatton College of Business and Economics is the built-in team internship called Project Connect. Each year, the University of Kentucky MBA selects a nonprofit organization to participate in Project Connect and this year GreenHouse17 was selected. GreenHouse17 is an advocacy agency committed to ending intimate partner abuse in families and the community with their main facility situated on a beautiful 40-acre property in rural Fayette County in Central Kentucky.

University of Kentucky MBA alum Kimra H. Cole has been named President and Chief Operating Officer at Columbia Gas of Kentucky which is headquartered in Lexington, KY.

University of Kentucky MBA alum and current Chief Medical Officer at UK Healthcare, Dr. Phillip Chang, is chairing an advisory committee to fight the current opioid epidemic in Kentucky and develop the standards for the Kentucky Statewide Opioid Stewardship (KY SOS) program. The National Institute on Drug Abuse ranks Kentucky among the top 10 states with the highest opioid-related overdose deaths, and Kentucky’s hospitals are on the frontline in the fight to help the state recover.

University of Kentucky MBA program at the Gatton College of Business and Economics hosted a special UK MBA Graduation Reception and Ceremony for the 2019 graduating class at the Hilary J. Boone Center on campus, which included over 100 students from the One Year MBA, Professional MBA and Professional MBA (For Leaders in Healthcare) programs. Graduates of the 2019 UK MBA class at the graduation ceremony toasted and celebrated with each other along with family, friends, faculty and staff of the UK MBA.