MBA SUCCESS STORY: HOW CLASSROOM NETWORKING HELPED BUILD HIS BUSINESS, UBC SAUDER SCHOOL OF BUSINESS ALUMNI JORDAN CASH

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Posted by The MBA Tour on 16 May 2013 / 0 Comments

Jordan talks entrepreneurship, how his professors and classmates supported his post MBA career, and what led him to choose his program
Jordan Cash, MBA 2010, University of British Columbia, Sauder School of Business
Owner of Cartems Donuterie, Vancouver, Canada

WHAT SHOULD MBA STUDENTS TAKE ADVANTAGE OF WHILE AT SCHOOL?

Number one: make as many friends as you can and talk to all kinds of people from different backgrounds and leverage all the people that are there in the school with you because they are all really smart individuals with great ideas! My experience was that they all wanted to help out in different ways and vice versa. Also, in regards to the professors, the follow-through was something that made me really happy. Even after the program was done, and up to this day, I am still in touch with professors almost every single day. When I was formulating the idea of building a business plan, so many professors helped me out in different areas and that was a huge help for me! Lastly, when you’re done with the program, things aren’t always going to fall into place the way you had hoped they would. So, keep all of that in perspective.

HOW DID YOUR CAREER CHANGE AFTER GRADUATION?

I was an equities trader and a recruiter. Now, I am the owner of Cartems Donuterie, a premier gourmet donut shop with plans to expand in the very near future. My career has changed many, many times over and yes, I was not in the donut world before my MBA. So, my career changed very much in the sense that suddenly I became a business owner. I was an entrepreneur in every sense of the word: leading a team, starting something from scratch - pretty much everything changed. I was basically getting a paycheck for myself and was building a company with other people and that was something that I had never done before.

HOW HAS YOUR MBA NETWORK HELPED YOU?

It’s been paramount for me to stay in touch with my classmates and we all make a very strong effort to do so. During the program, I talked a lot about this “donut idea” that I had and I was able to share it with my classmates in a comfortable atmosphere. I got so much feedback and ideas from them and now as the business is growing, I’ve been leveraging their contacts and their employers to get our product into the right hands. That has been very beneficial in terms of what it is that we want to do here and for what our business model is based around.

WHY DID YOU CHOOSE YOUR SCHOOL?

I had done a lot of different jobs and I really wasn’t sure what direction to take and I thought I could use some other thoughts and some other doors to open. So, a MBA was a really good way for me to do that. Why did I choose UBC? I’m from Toronto and I’ve always loved the west coast. I’ve always loved the mountains and ocean. So, that was a big part of it. Also, UBC has the Sustainability Program which at the time I was really interested in. So, that’s another reason I chose UBC. The reputation is really good out west, so as far as schools out here, this is the best choice. I love looking down a side street and seeing mountains. You don’t see that very often and you have a city landscape here but you can be in the mountains in 20 minutes. I found myself doing a lot of studying down by the ocean. Little things like that are really valuable to me. So, being in the city is great and it’s also not a very big city, which is great. I also love the food here. The one drawback is that it’s a little bit expensive so I suggest doing some picnics down by the water as a good way to enjoy good food and not spend too much.

WHAT DID YOU LIKE MOST ABOUT YOUR SCHOOL?

I would definitely say the camaraderie and the teamwork. There was a lot of group work that was done and that really facilitated a very open sort of forum that translated into open discussions in the classroom. So, I really felt very comfortable at all times expressing myself and challenging people and the program really fostered that kind of environment through the group work and the open environment in the classroom.

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