Jesse Zoltan Russell (MBA 2011) followed in the footsteps of an early career mentor and former boss to pursue an MBA at the Daniels College of Business. With a BA in political science from the University of Colorado at Boulder and several years of technology sales management experience when he began his research on MBA programs, Russell sought a graduate education that would allow him to broaden into executive leadership.
“The quality of Daniels and the College’s reputation here in Colorado is unmatched,” says Russell. “A number of thought leaders whom I admired and worked with guided me toward Daniels. It is a college that offers a superior experience.”
When he graduated in 2011, Russell was suddenly faced with newly found free time so he decided to get involved as a Daniels alumnus. He started attending Daniels events and programs, and joined the Daniels Alumni Advisory Board (AAB) in early 2012. In May 2014, Russell became chair of the AAB. That same month, he became an SSEM executive for SAP, a worldwide leader in enterprise software and sales.
“As the premier business school in the area, I believe that Daniels has a responsibility to provide students with opportunities to be a part of the entrepreneurial and startup community in Colorado,” says Russell, who also serves as COO and managing partner of Cohort Capital, a structured investment fund founded by a group of 12 Daniels MBA alumni in 2012.
“Another goal of mine as chair is to help Daniels provide excellent experiences for our alumni that allow them to connect with business leaders in the community and each other. We owe it to our alumni to offer a differentiated experience once they graduate.”
To kick off the 2014-2015 year, Daniels will host an alumni networking night on November 18. The event is open to the entire Daniels Pioneer Network and features Jim Deters, founder and CEO of Galvanize, a Denver-based startup that brings together early stage technpreneurs and digital startups at its four collaborative workspace studios in Denver, Boulder and San Francisco.