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Nick Haggard

When Nick Haggard started the Professional MBA program at the Daniels College of Business two years ago, he had three goals. He wanted to expand his business knowledge, advance in his career and grow his network.

Today, he has an MBA, a new job and access to over 39,000 Daniels alumni.

Check, check and check.

Haggard is one of the anticipated 168 students who will mark the completion of their graduate education at Daniels’ Spring Academic Hood Ceremony Friday, June 14, at the Ritchie Center’s Hamilton Gymnasium. At the event, Haggard and his classmates in Daniels’ MBA and specialized master’s programs will receive their master’s degree hoods and become official members of the Daniels alumni network.

As a student in the PMBA program, Haggard worked closely with Lowell Valencia Miller, teaching assistant professor of management, during an independent study course to build a sales plan and execution process for Alpine Media Technology. As a result of his work, the company offered Haggard the director of sales position.

“I do attest a lot of it to Daniels, not only helping me with my business knowledge but also that independent research study with Lowell,” Haggard said. “That was extremely beneficial for me. It helped me show value to the company and produce a plan that worked.”

According to Haggard, the sales plan that he developed led to a fivefold increase in revenue at Alpine Media Technology. “It helped us in our last round of fundraising that we just went through and closed out. The company’s looking at huge growth stages moving forward. We’re really excited about it,” he said.

Although he’s going to miss his classmates, specifically the members of his cohort, Haggard is looking forward to post-graduation life. Come June 22, he and his family will move to Steamboat Springs, Colorado, for a year so he can work hands-on with the marketing and operations team at Steamboat Ski Resort to expand Alpine Media’s communication system.

When asked what he enjoyed the most about the program, Haggard had a hard time narrowing it down to just one thing. “Everything was great. I really enjoyed the program. It exceeded all of my expectations. More than anything, I think that it was just the growth that I experienced. Becoming more of a business professional, a better business professional.”