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Amanda Coox
(MBA 2014)

Technical Project Manager
Apple
amandacoox@gmail.com
Sunnyvale, CA

 

 

 

 

The instrument I imagine myself playing on stage:

Cello

Favorite room in my home:

Office it's the one room decorated exactly how I want it!

The view that inspires me:

Green hills hiking atop the Livermore Valley where I live

B-school memory that makes me smile:

B&T Board Game Party

Dining gem:

Silk Elephant in Squirrel Hill

My art collection would include:

Really neat looking statues for an outdoor garden

The architectural wonder that I love to study:

New Apple Campus design (It will be a wonder!)

Wardrobe standout:

Flip flops. I work in tech, am from Southern California, and hate when it's too cold (below 65 F), and I have to wear socks.

The most recent advice I received:

While you have the chance and aren't tied down (financially), explore your career path and really find something you want to do.

The most recent advice I gave:

Don't build manual processes into software. You have to automate everything!

My business icon is:

Sheryl Sandberg

Must-have app:

Evernote

The business trip that never gets old:

Brussels, Belgium, especially in the early fall

The last deal I closed:

I am more focused on internal projects, and I work at Apple, so shh  can't tell!

The next conference I'm attending:

Hopefully Grace Hopper to do recruiting!

The last book that impressed me:

The Circle working in a huge tech company in Silicon Valley, it creeped me out. I don't read much fiction, but this one really made me think!

Leadership defined as...

“‘You’ve observed how godless rulers throw their weight around,’ [Jesus] said, ‘and when people get a little power how quickly it goes to their heads. It’s not going to be that way with you. Whoever wants to be great must become a servant. Whoever wants to be first among you must be your slave. That is what the Son of Man has done: He came to serve, not to be served — and then to give away his life in exchange for many who are held hostage.’” (Mark 10:42-45, The Message: The Bible in Contemporary Language)

What’s in your briefcase:

All the cool kids have backpacks. (I ride a bus and walk a lot.) Headphones, bobby pins, Chapstick®, Tide® to Go pen, laptop and umbrella. My motto: be prepared (for the 1 percent chance of rain).


Barry Rabkin
(MBA 2013)

Chief Marketing Officer
Identified Technologies
barryrabkin1@gmail.com
Pittsburgh, PA

The instrument I imagine myself playing on stage:

I’ve played the drum kit in funk rock bands for years.

Favorite room in my home:

My kitchen because I love to cook and eat.  My gym because I don't want that to be too obvious to everyone else.

The view that inspires me:

Gazing in awe at the Rocky Mountains before skiing down a black diamond mogul run.

B-school memory that makes me smile:

Break Dancing at the International Festival with Connie Chun, Chinmayi Bhavanishankar and Uzma Khan

Dining gem:

Yelp Elite Food Critic going five years strong — Too many great spots to list! http://barryrabkin.yelp.com

My art collection would include:

Vincent Van Gogh's “Starry Night”

The architectural wonder that I love to study:

PPG Place is my favorite building in Pittsburgh.  I'm proud to say I just received honorable mention for my digital photo of it in the Monochrome Photography 2015 Awards.

Wardrobe standout:

I'm rarely seen without my fedora.

The most recent advice I received:

“Success is liking yourself, liking what you do, and liking how you do it.” — Maya Angelou

The most recent advice I gave:

The end of the caterpillar is the beginning of the butterfly.

My business icon is:

Robert Rodriguez, John Favreau, Richard Branson

Must-have app:

Elevate brain trainer

The last deal I closed:

I'm proud that Identified Technologies was just featured by the Oil and Gas awards as one of the region's top tech companies.

The last book that impressed me:

How I Lost 170 Million Dollars: My Time as #30 at Facebook by Noah Kagan

Leadership defined as...

Musicians play their instruments well.  Conductors play their musicians well.  Leaders are conductors.

WHAT HAVEN’T WE ASKED? 

I'm realizing that the relationships I formed outside of business school classes may actually be even more valuable than the massive amount I learned in the classroom.


LaShaina Shakes
(MBA 2015)

Strategy and Business Operations Associate
Bristol-Myers Squibb
Lshakes@tepper.cmu.edu
Princeton, NJ

The instrument I imagine myself playing on stage:

Piano

Favorite room in my home:

Living room

B-school memory that makes me smile:

Beating class gift records

Dining gem:

Any gastropub

My art collection would include:

Local artists’ works

Wardrobe standout:

Shoes

The most recent advice I received:

Stop looking so far long-term and just enjoy today.

The most recent advice I gave:

To myself: Go back to being the defiant kid that accepted all challenges and always prevailed.

My business icon is:

Martine Rothblatt

Must-have app:

Uber

The business trip that never gets old:

Traveling back to Pittsburgh to recruit

The next conference I'm attending:

ROMBA LBT Women's Conference

The last book that impressed me:

Business Brilliant by Lewis Schiff

Leadership defined as...

Empowering individuals and making a true impact

What's in your briefcase?

Blistex®, headphones, Tepper Magazine (seriously) and an extra pair of heels

WHAT HAVEN’T WE ASKED? 

Favorite city: Barcelona


Greg Smith
(MBA 2014)

Information Security Analyst
Iron Vine Security
Gsmith@tepper.cmu.edu
Washington, DC

The instrument I imagine myself playing on stage:

The holophonor

Favorite room in my home:

The kitchen (where the coffee is)

The view that inspires me:

Great sights from nature such as the Grand Canyon or the sunset, although I'm not exactly sure it inspires me to do something specific

B-school memory that makes me smile:

Japan Trek watching a bunch of naked dudes try to awkwardly share the onsen

Dining gem:

Marie's Diner from my hometown in La Plata

My art collection would include:

Klimt, Magritte and Bill Watterson

The architectural wonder that I love to study:

Churches, in general

Wardrobe standout:

I have a nice warm CMU scarf that people always compare to Harry Potter/Hogwarts.

The most recent advice I received:

If you want to know about putting an extra system on the network, also ask if it will make analysis easier and/or replace or enhance what we currently have.

The most recent advice I gave:

Just make the presentation simple and easy to read if you are going to do it in person.

My business icon is:

Richard Branson

Must-have app:

Yelp

The business trip that never gets old:

Business lunch on someone else's dime

The last deal I closed:

Lovely informational meeting on the latest computer security products

The next conference I'm attending:

B-sides Baltimore

The last book that impressed me:

Three Body Problem. Kai Wei, MBA ’14, recommended it to me.

Leadership defined as...

The guy in front waving people onward

What’s in your briefcase:

What's a briefcase?

WHAT HAVEN’T WE ASKED? 

How did you get into the line of work you're in now? Charm and luck, which I didn't have in the valley.