Alumni Testimonials

Thomas LaBatt

Master of Business Administration
, Class of 2012
I use my MBA education every day, more recently with the strategic alignment of a program executive office - a 2 star Admiral - to the 10 program offices - Captains - and to the external customers -Fleet.
Thomas LaBatt, Class of 2012
Master of Business Administration

Q:  “Tom, we’d first like to learn a little bit about you.”
A:  “I have two wonderful daughters. Briana just graduated high school and Rachel who is now a senior in high school. I come from a large, close family , and I play soccer and coach soccer to stay fit and be with my daughters.

Q:  “Tell us about where you live.”
A:  “ I live in southern Maryland which is a peninsula down on the Chesapeake Bay.”

Q:  “Who is your current employer, describe your work there?”
A:  “Department of the Navy - Naval Air Systems Command.  I am the Senior Strategic Advisor for a two star Admiral.”

Q:  “What was your motivation for pursuing your MBA?”
A:  “To gain the tool set to integrate change and sustain change in an organization to complement my lean six sigma skillset. To align an organization.”

Q:  “What makes Norwich unique?”
A:  “The discipline, the focus and the passion for learning that is defined here.”

Q:  “Please tell us any memorable experiences with members of your cohort.”
A:  “This was the first completely online training that I have taken. Meeting my peers face to face at Residency and learning about all of their personalities and sense of humor is priceless!”

Q:  “How have you grown professionally as a result of your education?”
A: “My views and knowledge on how to align an organization, the importance of it and then actually implementing it and seeing the results have shown and proven to me that this education has grown me professionally and will continue to do so.

Q: “Do you have any examples of putting your education to work right away while you were still in the online MBA program?
A: Yes, the strategic alignment of a program executive office - a  2 star Admiral - to the 10 program offices - Captains - and to the external customers -Fleet.   I use it every day.”

Q:  “How have you grown personally as a result of your education?”
A:  Personally I am more confident in my knowledge, and can speak more clearly and technically with this education.”