Alumni Testimonials

David Steves

Master of Business Administration
, Class of 2014
A short time after finishing my degree, I was able to go from a production supervisor into the role that I have wanted for so long: a training professional. I am now responsible for teaching, coaching, and mentoring all levels of leadership inside our organization.
David Steves, Class of 2014
Master of Business Administration

Q: “Tell us a bit about yourself, David.”
A:  “I have a wonderful support system in my beautiful wife, Colleen, and our two amazing children, Adalyn and Emmalin. We reside in a town in southwest Michigan called Kalamazoo. Our hobbies are reading, going to the beach, dancing and singing Frozen songs, and just having fun and being there for each other.”

Q: “What is your current employer and briefly describe your professional life.”
A: “I work at Perrigo Company as a training professional. We ensure that all of our teams are in compliance with our training standards, which are outlined in the Code of Federal Regulations. We also conduct lots of classroom leadership training and ensure our audit procedures are aligned and working properly.”

Q: “What was your motivation for pursuing your degree?”
A:  “To gain the knowledge needed for making my company competitive in a global environment. My direct reports and those whom I work with deserve someone who has that drive and determination to make our company better.”

Q: “Why did you choose Norwich?”
A:  “I fell in love with Norwich from the moment I stepped onto the campus when I was 17 years old for my undergraduate degree. As a working professional, I wanted the same tough challenges and I knew that my alma mater would continue to provide and help me be successful.”

Q: “What do you feel makes Norwich unique?”
A:  “Norwich has a strong place in history and has proven to develop leaders for both the military and the civilian sectors.”

Q: “Please describe any memorable experience you had with faculty members.”
A:  “One of the best memories I had was with our change management course and referring to Kotter’s eight-step change model. While driving an initiative in my job, I was able to utilize the course and document the successful transformation inside my own company. My professor was with me every step of the way providing great direction and feedback that helped change the culture and helped sustain the positive change.”

Q: “How have you grown personally or professionally as a result of your education?”
A:  “A short time after finishing my degree, I was able to go from a production supervisor into the role that I have wanted for so long: a training professional. I am now responsible for teaching, coaching, and mentoring all levels of leadership inside our organization. Without the MBA in Organizational Leadership, I do not feel I would have been as qualified as the other candidates. I was able to describe learning theories and how they applied to real manufacturing settings, which gave me an advantage over the other candidates.”

Q: “Please tell us about any examples where you were able to put your knowledge to work immediately at your job.”
A: “When I transitioned into the training professional role, the aspect of working well in groups helped immensely, especially with the use of technology. Our company is now global and we have to be clear and concise with our communication. Norwich’s virtual classroom allows us the opportunity to practice this much needed skill.”

Q: “What aspects of your Norwich experience will you carry most strongly with you?”
A:  “Coming back to Norwich for the Residency Conference and still getting the butterflies in my stomach was an amazing feeling. Living so far away, I am not able to come back and enjoy all the great things that have happened here. I also enjoyed walking around with the new alumni and helping them see what makes our alma mater so special.”

Q: “Anything else you would like to tell us about your experiences at Norwich or the impact Norwich has had on your life?”
A: “Norwich has propelled me to my current stage in my career and will continue to be the foundation on which I build the rest of my life. I fondly tell the stories of my undergraduate and graduate time to my two daughters and nothing makes me happier than when Adelyn says, “Norwich! I want to go there, Daddy!” I’ll start saving now.”