Graduate Student Spotlight: Shan Mize
by Laura Beth Snipes, senior marketing major and marketing intern, Mike Cottrell College of Business
We had the chance to interview a few current graduate students, one of those students being Shan Mize. Before looking into MBA programs in early 2015, Shan owned his own business. After the sale of his business, he began to think that his experience along with more business education would be beneficial for his future career.
When considering MBA programs, he chose the Mike Cottrell College of Business because it is conveniently located near his home in north Georgia and because the program is quite affordable in comparison to other programs in the area. Shan also have strong family ties to the University of North Georgia, as his grandparents, father and wife are all UNG alumni.
Being only two months into the MBA program, he told us that he has already learned so much. He has enjoyed conversing with the diverse group of people in his cohort and hearing about their experiences as it relates to their coursework. The close-knit feel of the program allows Shan to connect with the other people in his cohort and to treat their lessons as his own, as they have all come from different backgrounds and have had experiences prior to continuing their education.
Shan recently merged his company, Insulenergy, with SEI Group of Georgia, a full service insulation company primarily in the Atlanta construction market. He is primarily responsible for starting a branch in Forsyth County, running operations and sales and a General Manager.
Shan’s educational background is surprisingly in history, but his work experience has come from working for and owning several businesses. He believes that the Cottrell MBA program will allow him to understand the technical and informational details that on the job training does not always provide. He says that knowing the basics of the business world such as accounting, economics, management and marketing will compliment his work experience, making him more marketable and a stronger employee.
This knowledge will also build credibility for Shan when pursuing capitol for future business ventures. Lastly, he knows that completing the MBA program here at the Mike Cottrell College of Business will grant him the confidence he needs to start other perspective entrepreneurial endeavors.