Gina Heitkamp, Class of 2014
Co-Founder, iBesties: Middle School Moguls
"I can sit in a meeting with a C-level executive and understand the language and offer my own opinions with confidence."
- UCI Business Plan Competition Winner: First PlacePre-MBA position: General Manager, Cody Ventures Corporation
- Undergraduate: BA in Comparative Literature, Cal State University, Long Beach
- Linkedin: linkedin.com/in/ginaheitkamp
- Specialty areas: Entrepreneurship, marketing, branding, consumer insights, market research, product development
Hamaad Akmal, Class of 2008
Vice President, Sales Operations at Dana Innovations
"I was able to develop and execute a strategy for my company and we are now light-years ahead of where we started."
- Pre-MBA position: Senior Manager, Supply Chain Process at Gateway
- Undergraduate: BA, Psychology, UC Riverside
- Linkedin: www.linkedin.com/in/hamaad
- Specialty areas: Program Management, contract negotiation, product marketing, business development, enterprise software
Katie Bianchi, Class of 1996
Chief Human Resources Officer, Advantage Sales and Marketing
"It's so rewarding for to me to watch the different levels and ages of graduates get involved and network with each other."
- Merage School positions: Dean's Leadership Circle, Dean’s Advisory Board
- Pre-MBA position: HR Administrator, In-N-Out Burger
- Undergraduate: BA in Psychology, Wellesley College
- Linkedin: www.linkedin.com/pub/katie-bianchi/61/999/794
- Specialty areas: Succession planning, performance management, workforce planning, hospitality, change management, talent acquisition
Jon Rettinger, Class of 2011
President and Editorial Director, TechnoBuffalo, LLC
"I wouldn't be on a path to where I want to go, if it wasn’t for a Merage MBA."
Commentator on CNBC and Fox Business as well as contributing writer to Wireless Week. He ranks in the top 5% globally in social media influence and was one of OC Metro’s top 40 under 40 for 2011.
- Pre-MBA position: Marketing Manager, Nexa Technologies
- Undergraduate: BA in Religion and Classics, University of Rochester
- Linkedin: www.linkedin.com/in/jonrettinger
- Twitter: @jon4lakers
- Specialty Areas: social media, consumer electronics, journalism
Jason Pecora, Class of 2011
Director, Marketing, VOD/PPV/Digital HD at Fox Filmed Entertainment
"I was able to completely change my career path from making a connection through a Merage School alum."
- Pre-MBA position: Dealer Parts and Service Manager at Nissan North America, Inc.
- Undergraduate: BS in Marketing, University of Arizona
- Linkedin: www.linkedin.com/in/jmpecora
- Specialty: Competitive Analysis, marketing strategy, product launch, advertising, direct marketing, integrated marketing, strategic planning