Bryan Thompson

Denver MBA (full-time) ’20

Hometown: Bend, OR

Pre-Daniels Experience: I was an intelligence reports officer and analyst with BAE Systems and also spent four years in the U.S. Army.

Hobbies: I love playing golf, hiking, and going on camping trips with friends and my kayak.

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If you could tell your past-self one thing before you started grad school, what would it be?

Pace yourself! The first term can be overwhelming, and it is so easy to get caught up in how busy you are. Take a step back and realize all it takes is a little time management.

What advice do you have for prospective students?

Use and embrace all of your resources while at Daniels, our university offers so much more than just classroom learning. Daniels’ coaching program and career services are so valuable, take full advantage while you can!

What is your favorite thing about living in Denver?

My favorite thing about living in Denver is that it offers everything a big city has, from great restaurants, bars, parks, and events, but ialso just a stone’s throw from an outdoor enthusiast’s playground. You can go on a hike in the morning and be back in the city in time for lunch at your favorite brewpub.

Why did you want to pursue a graduate business degree?

I wanted to pursue an MBA in order to assist in my career transition. After a career based working in teams and leading projects, I knew I had the soft skills needed to succeed, but really wanted to make sure I honed technical and practical skills in marketing, finance and strategy.

Why did you choose Daniels for your graduate degree?

I started my business school search by looking at areas where I could see myself living for the long term, and the city of Denver was high on my list. After going more in depth, I knew Daniels’ focus on experiential learning was what I sought in an MBA program.

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

In my first quarter at Daniels, I took a business strategy course that more than justified my decision to seek an MBA. In the course, we reviewed strategy behind business-making decisions, analyzed real-world scenarios and justified advice we posited. This was in the first quarter! The class was demanding, but the knowledge we gained from Professor Lowell Miller’s discussion-based engagement in the classroom set everyone in the class up for success.

How have you evolved as a leader during your time at Daniels?

As a leader, it is important to not only hear but also to recognize everyone’s ideas. An idea not shared is a perspective overlooked. This maxim has become clearer to me during my time at Daniels through our group projects and classroom discussions, which have helped me further embrace this idea even when completing a project or an assignment seems to be priority one.

Are you involved in any clubs or student groups?

I am a graduate assistant with the Office of Experiential Learning. As part of that role, I am planning Daniels’ Race and Case competition with several colleagues. It’s the only business ethics case competition of its kind with a ski component. This two-part case competition finds Daniels graduate business students competing against each other before the winner faces off against schools from across the country.