Alumni: Brian Williams

Name: Brian Williams
MBA Graduation Year: 2010
Current Profession: Vice President and Chief Business Development Officer for Cox Health.

We’d love to share more about your professional success with our current and future students – please describe your career path to this point as well as your current profession:
I am currently the Vice President and Chief Business Development Officer for CoxHealth.  I have executive management responsibility for Managed Care contracting, Sales and Business Development, Marketing and Planning, Employee Health, Wellness, Occupational Medicine, and Springfield Neurological and Spine Institute.  I took a very unique path to my current position beginning with eight (8) years on Active Duty in the Army Infantry and continuing with ten (10) years in Commercial Banking.  I entered the healthcare industry through physician practice management in 2002 with my largest banking customer at the time.

How did your experiences in the Breech School of Business MBA prepare you for or enhance your professional career?
My MBA experience built upon my experiences in two challenging and demanding industries and provided me with the critical thinking skills to perform well in the healthcare industry which is an extremely knowledge based industry.  The majority of executives in healthcare either possess an MHA or MBA.  Breech School of Business MBA provided me not only the credentials but the skills, tools, and confidence to be a credible and effective leader in healthcare.

Were there any specific courses that were especially useful to you?
All of the courses were extremely important and valuable in the MBA program.  However, because I already had 18 years of professional experience, I found the Finance, Managerial Accounting, and Economics the most beneficial to me.  Understanding how to make quantitative business decisions based upon accounting, economics, finance, and statistics was important to me.  Much of what we learned in the MBA program was easily transferrable to real world projects that I was working on at the time.

Do you have any favorite memories of your time in the Breech MBA program?
I have many fond memories during the MBA program but if I had to choose one, I would select the China trip.  During the China trip, there were several moments and memories that I will carry with me throughout my life.  I now work with my roommate from the trip and hope to work with him for many years to come.  One humorous memory was when three of us sang “You’ve Lost that Lovin Feelin” to Dr. Robin Sronce while at a Karaoke establishment in Bejing.  She turned as red as an apple during our serenade.

What advice would you offer to a new student beginning the Breech School of Business MBA program?
Savor the experience and learn to be in the moment.  Don’t make this a check the box or get through it experience.  Value and develop relationships with the students, faculty, and institution itself that can and will last a lifetime.