Joe Fikes graduated from the US Naval Academy in 1997 with a BS in English. He served for four years as a Surface Warfare Officer, then he moved into Electronic Warfare, and then became a Public Affairs Officer. In 2007, after ten years in the Navy, he left active duty and moved to the Baltimore area.
In the spring of 2011, Joe found a career as a Sales Engineer with Nalco through Orion, where he worked for nearly four years. Since January 2015, he has been a corporate account manager with GEO Specialty Chemicals, Inc, and lives outside Houston, Texas. ...read more
Learning From The Best
"I am a career military officer with a lot of experience leading and managing. Yet, I wanted to learn outside traditional military education programs in order to advance. The Jack Welch Management Institute gave me the opportunity to learn organizational dynamics from Jack Welch - one of the business world's legends. The program provides the right combination of learning flexibility needed by working adults and class structure required to succeed. Part of my learning included the discovery of many parallels between business and the military." - George Degnon, Brigadier General, Commander, 113th Wing, District of Columbia Air National Guard
Filling in the gaps
Following a long career in the US military, Melissa MacDonald found that the Jack Welch program enhanced her ability to make business decisions in her role as a subcontracts manager.
Building on experience
For Bill Woityra, the Jack Welch MBA program was an opportunity to build on his practical leadership experiences as a Lieutenant Commander in the US Coast Guard.
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