Reid Bond is a member of the Texas MBA at Houston class of 2012.
What have you been up to since you graduated?
Since the program wrapped up, I’ve relocated to North Carolina within my same company. I took a role as an Automotive Sales Territory Manager. The new job is in a part of our organization that is heavily marketing focused, which is what I wanted to become more involved in after my MBA. While the job is still evolving, the move has been great for me and my family.
That’s great to hear. What was your previous role?
I was formerly an Account Manager with Exxon’s Chemicals business.
Why did you decide to return to school and get an MBA?
When I decided to get an MBA I ran through all the payback scenarios, i.e. time and expense vs. future employment opportunities. What it came down to in the end was a personal decision to better myself with the hope of seeing a financial payback in the end.
How did this program impact your life and career?
The biggest impact has been in the way that I think. I think like an investor and a manager. I understand the big picture and how different pieces fit together.
In addition to that, the friendships that I formed will last me a lifetime. The people in our program impacted my life greatly. I think the caliber of students is one of the best things that the program has to offer. It’s one thing to learn from professors, but it’s another to see and hear the experiences of those in the class and form lasting friendships with them.
What have you been doing with your “extra” time now that you aren’t having to spend it studying and in class?
Most of my extra time over the past few months has been spent moving and getting my new house in order. I’m able to spend more time with my family which has been phenomenal. We had our third kid my last semester, so there’s no lack of need for my time. I think when you really look at it, it’s not overly difficult to find the time to dedicate to the program. And when it’s all done, there’s no problem filling the new time with new activities.
Anything else you’d like to share?
People often commented to me that they didn’t see how I did full-time work, full-time student, and full-time father. There were many parents in the program and obviously all were employed. In the end, it was an investment for myself and for my family. We will all benefit from the time dedicated to the Texas MBA program. Despite the energy required to do everything, I don’t regret my decision one bit. I actually miss my time in school as a chance to continue to learn and sit at the feet of great people – students and teachers alike.