Todd Porch 

Executive MBA ’20

Hometown: Castle Pines Village, CO

Pre-Daniels Experience: I have been the Vice President at Comcast for the last six years leading businesses in the media and advertising distribution space. I just returned to the United States from two years in London, England where I led the consolidation of multiple business units and was the Managing Director for Comcast Internationally. Before that, I served as the Executive Director, Operations and Account Management for the Americas at Yahoo! Inc. Prior to starting at Yahoo!, I was Senior Vice President and General Manager of eMedia for the Nexstar Broadcasting Group. I have also served on multiple non-profit boards and start-up advisory boards.

Current Job Title: Vice President, Comcast Technology Solutions

Hobbies: Family, golf and fly-fishing

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

Don’t wait.

What advice do you have for prospective students?

Expect to invest; expect to make the appropriate time to experience all the Executive MBA program has to offer.

What is your favorite thing about living in Denver?

Denver is a special place to me, after living in multiple places domestically and internationally, I’ve moved ‘back to Denver’ three times in my adult life. I’m passionate about so many things that the city and the state offers and I find myself always making my way back. What the region offers recreationally is unmatched in my opinion, and Denver continues to grow attracting the innovative and entrepreneurial.

Why did you want to pursue a graduate business degree?

I was debating whether to pursue an MBA for quite some time. I wanted to round out my professional experience with academic credentials. I was looking for a business school that would challenge me, and provide opportunities for growth and intellectual curiosity. 

Why did you choose Daniels for your graduate degree? 

I’ve spent the better part of the last two decades convincing myself that I didn’t need a master’s degree given the experiences I’ve been fully engaged in ‘on the job’ in various leadership and executive roles in the media and technology business. While those experiences have been life shaping professionally and personally, the Executive MBA program at Daniels has provided me with a different perspective; its allowed me a validate some of the experiences I’ve had, and its challenged me in different ways that will serve me well in the next phase of my career. 

What has surprised you the most about business school? 

My classmates are fantastic, the perspectives that they bring, the diverse industries they represent and the rich dialogue that ensues weekly is transformational. I am constantly impressed with the mix of instruction, group and individual interaction and relevant practical content. My professors bring the right mix of real-world application, academic theory and principle. A hard balance to maintain has been done so masterfully by the Daniels faculty.

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

In the middle of the 2nd quarter, I haven’t had a class up to this point that aren’t directly applicable. The Leadership curriculum, the readings and the in-class conversation have provided a very relevant and practical experience for me. All of these factors have required me to shed preconceptions and previously held personal positions and challenged me and caused me to think from different perspectives. 

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

I like to think of myself as a student of leadership. I’ve learned that you cannot underestimate the power of putting the right people on a team and building culture.