Mike Cottrell College of Business graduate Great Moore used the education and experience he gained through the MBA program to secure and strengthen a career in insurance with BB&T, after being impacted by a visit paid to the MBA program by John Allison, retired BB&T CEO and chairman.
“The exposure MCCB gives to students from executives and industry leaders is critical, especially for MBA students,” Moore said. “These students are often in the early stages of their careers and have not had a chance to learn from presidents, CEOs, and other high-ranking executives.”
Allison’s time with the MBA students was very valuable to Moore, who saw in BB&T a company that shared the values and initiative of North Georgia. Moore then began pursuing a position with BB&T as an insurance agent, and is working in that capacity for BB&T’s Insurance Services, which examines all angles of businesses to determine risk exposure and steps to help mitigate those risks.
Moore feels well prepared in his career due to the varied exposure from business sources and the immense amount of functional skill he gained through the courses and professors in the MBA program.
“Not only did the MBA program grant me an opportunity with BB&T, but it also gave me the business acumen to speak with CEOs and CFOs on levels they can understand and appreciate to help them prevent losses to their companies,” Moore said. “The program went beyond teaching the traditional functional skills in subjects such as accounting and finance to a process of tremendous personal growth.”
One instance in which Moore feels he experienced growth was in a study abroad opportunity offered by the MBA program. Moore worked in China for a manufacturing company and during that stint was enlisted to help bring a product to the North American market, a challenge that helped Moore further develop his business skills.
“That experience prepared me for so much,” Moore said. “It can be difficult as an insurance agent to present potential numbers to executives to help them understand risks, but opportunities such as the study abroad program and other facets of the MBA program prepared me for presentations like that.”