Aaron Concha is a first-year, Full-Time MBA candidate and Faculty Fellow focusing on marketing. Aaron was born and raised in the Greater Los Angeles Area and graduated from Whittier College with a bachelor of arts in psychology and a minor in chemistry.
Immediately after graduation, Aaron joined the Army and served four years as a Health Care Specialist. After completing his service, he applied the operational and leadership skills he had acquired in the Army to the real estate industry, where he worked as a property manager. Aaron enjoys the outdoors and relaxing with his dogs on the weekend.
Executive Vice President
Brandon is a Full-Time MBA candidate from Orange County, California. He earned his bachelor’s degree in psychology from UC Irvine and served in the United States Air Force for eight years as a communications specialist with roles in more than six countries. Brandon is focused on strategy, operations, and general management, and hopes to apply his technical skills and MBA experience to a career in the tech sector. Brandon also spent 12 summers working as a Newport Beach ocean lifeguard and spends his free time swimming and enjoying the outdoors.
Vice President of Operations
Inder is a Full-Time MBA candidate with a background in operations. He earned his Bachelor’s of Science in Biochemistry at University of the Pacific before starting his career as an operations manager for a Fortune 50 company, PepsiCo. In three years, Inder had three roles with increasing responsibility. In his most current role, he managed 25 direct reports and oversaw a $100 million annual budget. Inder’s biggest achievements as an operations manager were an $800,000 year-over-year improvement in financial performance and being awarded Operations Manager of the Year. Inder is pursuing an MBA with a focus in strategy/finance. He aspires to lead an organization in a strategic role and will work this summer at Mattel as a supply chain intern.
Vice President of Marketing
Scott is a Full-Time MBA candidate focusing on marketing. He is from Temecula, CA and attended the University of Arizona where he earned his bachelor’s degree in psychology. Scott’s professional background is in retail management and merchandising. He worked for Southern Glazer’s Wine & Spirits and Abercrombie & Fitch before returning to school to earn an MBA. In his spare time, Scott enjoys playing/watching basketball, traveling, reading, and spending time with friends and family.
Vice President of Finance
Born and raised in St. Louis, MO, Dan graduated from Boston College with a bachelor’s degree in psychology. Dan worked most recently as a mutual fund wholesaler for global asset manager, Pioneer Investments. With Pioneer, Dan worked with financial advisors and private wealth teams throughout New York City, Long Island, Philadelphia and Baltimore. As a first year student at Merage, Dan’s foci are in corporate finance and strategy. In his free time, Dan loves music, surfing and golf.
Vice President of Business Development
Michael Martin is a Full-Time MBA candidate and a Faculty Fellow. Originally from the Southeast, he grew up in Birmingham, Alabama, and earned his bachelor’s degree in commerce and business administration from the University of Alabama. He later served as a financial analyst and most recently as a portfolio manager for Greystone Ventures, a family office in Birmingham. It was through these roles that he developed his passion for investments. Michael is currently interning for Littlebanc Advisors, an Orange County-based private equity firm. He has a long-term goal of starting his own private equity firm, where business development will be key to its success. In his free time, he enjoys surfing and spending time outdoors with his wife Kendall and their labradoodle, Willow.
Vice President of Internal Student Relations
Aishwarya Devareddy is an MS Biotechnology Management candidate, class of 2018. Originally from Bangalore, India, she earned her bachelor’s degree in biotechnology in Bangalore. Aishwarya now hopes to venture into the field of business. She recently interned with AstraZeneca, a pharmaceutical company, in the Quality Control and Assurance departments. Aishwarya has a strong passion for the life sciences field and hopes to contribute her best towards it. On another note, Aishwarya is a huge Coldplay fan, and spends her spare time reading and swimming.
Vice President of Communications
Robby is a first-year Full-Time MBA candidate who was born and raised in Orange County. After attending UCLA as an undergraduate, he worked for Hyatt Hotels for more than four years, most recently at their flagship property, the Hyatt Regency Chicago, as a front office manager. At Merage, Robby is focused on general management studies. He will be interning at T-Mobile over the summer as part of their L2E (Leadership to Executive) MBA program. In his spare time Robby enjoys playing golf and softball, traveling and creating Spotify playlists to fit the mood for any situation.
Vice President of Technology
Alok has a software development experience of over 11 years working with Fortune 100 software MNCs spanning a horizon of functional and technical domains. His expertise lies in developing enterprise softwares, web based solutions and developing cloud solution for businesses. His plan is to use technology to solve real world problems and bring about societal change
Vice President of Social
Sidhant is a Full-Time MBA student. He was born and raised in the foothills of the Himalayas, studied engineering as an undergraduate and worked for four years in Mumbai, India, in a leading telecom firm as a senior manager before starting business school. On a personal note, Sidhant is outgoing and enjoys meeting new people, likes staying fit, being outdoors and playing and watching sports. He has played basketball and club soccer at the national level and is working on developing his surf and ski skills to achieve pro status by the time he graduates.
Vice President of Social
Blinded by the orgiastic green light, as Fitzgerald would say, Brian came to California in 2010 after graduating from HUFS in Seoul with a BA degree in English literature. After working seven part-time jobs, he joined a Korean bank where he managed corporate accounts totaling $270 million as a loan officer. There, he found great interest in financial statement analysis and decided to strengthen his analytic skills by attending the Merage School’s fully employed MBA program. What the future holds for Brian is unknown, but the boat beats on against the current, borne back ceaselessly into the past.
Sarah de Crescenzo
Vice President of Programs for Working Professionals
Sarah, a full-time journalist, is a first-year member of the Merage School Fully Employed MBA program. A graduate of UC San Diego, where she studied English and Spanish literature and played lacrosse, she has worked at daily newspapers throughout California, including the Orange County Register. She has authored and edited stories on subjects including city government, campaign finance, real estate, education, education, crime and the courts. In 2016 she joined the San Diego Business Journal, a sister paper to the Irvine-based Orange County Business Journal, to cover banking and finance. Her beat includes San Diego’s nascent fintech scene; she also writes about other local startups and businesses. Sarah is pursuing an MBA to enhance her reporting and to ensure she has the business skills needed to help ensure the survival and success of the Fourth Estate.