Originally from the United States, Reiss relocated to China after completing his undergraduate degree 10 years ago. A more recent move to Shanghai inspired him to pursue an MBA to advance his career in marketing.
“The UBC IMBA was a perfect fit for me,” says Reiss. “It’s part-time so I can work on leveraging my business management skills in my role at Star Chase, marketing premium automotive and lifestyle brands.”
The 20-month, IMBA program is offered by UBC Sauder's Robert H. Lee Graduate School in partnership with the Antai College of Economics and Management at Shanghai Jiao Tong University.
Reiss notes that having access to the UBC MBA professors, both in Shanghai and during the mandatory visit to Vancouver, has been a significant ongoing advantage for him. “For example, marketing professor Ann Stone has helped me resolve some tricky sales initiatives at work. And lots of other things I’ve learnt in the classroom have helped me understand how to succeed at a more senior level – from finance to change management.”
While Reiss aspires to advance his career within his present organization, he says that several of his IMBA classmates have already met their goals of progressing into better jobs even before they graduate.
A strong sense of collegiality among Reiss’s IMBA cohort and a supportive alumni network drew the race team members together. “We’d already become good friends during the program,” says Reiss. “So at the IMBA new year's dinner we decided to take on this challenge and support the school.”