Brent Troxell

Denver MBA (full-time) ’20

HometownBoiling Springs, SC

Pre-Daniels Experience: I received my Master of Public Administration from the University of North Carolina Chapel Hill and later spent six years in local government management. 

Hobbies: Road biking, hiking, skiing and cooking.

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Why did you choose Daniels for your graduate degree?

I chose Daniels because of the challenge-driven education. The ability to accumulate so much relevant client-facing experience outside of the standard summer internship is something I didn’t find integrated in other programs the way it is at Daniels. I also chose Daniels because of the executive coaching that is integrated into the program.

What advice do you have for prospective students?

Come to Daniels! This program packs a punch and is very intentional in creating the best experience and education possible with a number of features that larger programs can’t match.

What are some of your favorite things to do in or around Denver?

I love being able to head to the mountains whenever I want!

What were you looking for in a business school?

I was looking for a program that was going to provide an opportunity to pivot careers through the classroom, other program components, network and location.

Is there a particular class or professor at Daniels that really stands out?

Our strategy class with Lowell Miller was a fantastic learning experience and has already proven its worth in many situations. I look forward to more experiences like case competitions and involvement in some of the organizations.

How did you get to know your classmates?

Daniels puts on a great orientation off-campus, which provides an incredible introduction into the MBA cohort before the pressure of the school year kicks inA lot of the classes have group projects, which allows you to interact with different people right away. We also try to get together outside the classroom to attend events in the city or celebrate milestones.

How has Daniels prepared you to be market-ready?

Throughout the classroom, team projects, executive coaching and challenges, I’m learning every day new ways to think and work through problems and emerge successfully. After only a month in the program, I was able to talk in an interview about how my previous experience paired with the unique program components (consulting experience through the challenges and emotional intelligence through executive coaching) would enable me to succeed with that company. I signed my internship offer with that Fortune 150 company a couple weeks later!

Tell us about an “Ah-ha” moment where you put to use what you learned in the classroom.

When asked during an interview about how to evaluate entering a new market and present my recommendation to senior management, I was able to use concepts and frameworks from the strategy class to answer the question. It probably wasn’t just because of that answer but I got the offer!