Recent Anderson graduate and retired U.S. Marine Captain Derek Herrera (EMBA ’15) made news throughout 2014 and 2015, winning the John Wooden Global Leadership Fellowship and earning a Bronze Star for acts of bravery performed while fighting an enemy of the United States. In May he and Zach McKinney (Ph.D., biomedical engineering ’15), Beth Johnson (EMBA ’15) and Chandrashekar Hariharan (EMBA ’15) won the 34th annual Knapp Venture Competition for Herrera’s company Spinal Singularity’s innovative, minimally invasive urinary catheter for people with spinal cord injury or disease.
Now Poets & Quants has named Herrera among the Best Executive MBAs in the Class of 2015. He is recognized for his great resourcefulness and leadership in founding a new LLC while earning his degree. Herrera, in turn gives credit to his Anderson peers, professors and mentors for influencing him with their own talent.
“No matter what your title is or what industry you work in, you will be required to work in a team or interact with consumers and clients in a professional manner,” Herrera told Poets & Quants. “At the end of the day, individual skills are only a portion of what is required to be successful in business. Personal relationships and teamwork play a very important role in any company and I am very happy that the MBA program forces every student to grow in this area.”