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Trevor Clark is congratulated by Professors Jonathan Clarke and Omar Rodriguez-Vila at the MBA Graduation Ceremony.
Trevor Clark is congratulated by Professors Jonathan Clarke and Omar Rodriguez-Vila at the MBA Graduation Ceremony.
Maggie Lovatt is pictured with her sister and fellow MBA graduate, Sarah Lovatt.
Maggie Lovatt is pictured with her sister and fellow MBA graduate, Sarah Lovatt.
Cory O'Brien maintained full-time student status while serving as a full-time dad during the MBA program and celebrates with his son, Graylan.
Cory O'Brien maintained full-time student status while serving as a full-time dad during the MBA program and celebrates with his son, Graylan.

Scheller Graduates are Among the World's "Best and Brightest" MBAs

Trevor Clark, Maggie Lovatt, and Cory O’Brien have been selected for Poets & Quants’ list of the 100 “best and brightest” MBAs from around the world. This global honor recognizes decorated MBAs from the Class of 2016 who reflect the best of their schools in terms of academic prowess, extracurricular involvement, personal excellence, and innate potential.

“This is a great honor and I’m delighted that Trevor, Maggie, and Cory were recognized for their accomplishments at Georgia Tech,” said Nancy Gimbel, assistant dean of student engagement for MBA programs at the Scheller College of Business. “We are so proud of them and we look forward to their continued growth and success.”

Clark graduated this spring with both an MBA and an MS in civil engineering – geotechnical engineering. The Lexington, Kentucky native served as a Lieutenant in the U.S. Coast Guard and was the section chief for industrial maintenance for all West Coast patrol boats in Norfolk, Virginia overseeing a $7,400,000 budget (at the age of 24) before Tech. He will return to the Coast Guard as a Lieutenant and project manager at the civil engineering unit in Oakland, California.

While he was at Tech, Clark founded the Scheller MBA Veterans Club, was an active member of the Scheller MBA Philanthropy Club and helped lead the Georgia Tech Geotechnical Engineering Club partner with Habitat for Humanity. In his spare time he participates in adventure racing, outdoor endurance events that can last from 12 hours to several days. During these races he challenges himself through obstacles in the wilderness navigating with nothing but a map and compass. “I learn so much from these races that can be applied to the business world,” Clark said. “I think they prepare me for the perseverance and grit I will need later in my career.”

Lovatt, of Roswell, Georgia, earned her MBA this spring and will start with Goldman Sachs as private wealth advisor. Lovatt knows the value of hard work after getting her foot in the door as a sales assistant at SunTrust’s New York office. Lovatt wanted to learn more about the finance terms she heard around the office and when the research department lost their assistant, she offered to bind their books and copy their materials in exchange for lessons in financial analysis. “I worked from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. as a sales assistant and then from 5pm to 8pm helping the research department and learning how to analyze equities,” she said. “Seven months later when a junior role became available in the research department, I was hired.”

At Tech, Lovatt served as the alumni chair on the Graduate Business Council, was selected as lead analyst for the Atlanta Technology Angels through the TI:GER (Technological Innovation: Generating Economic Results) program at the Scheller College, and was one of the first women to join the intramural flag football team and was later named team captain.

Before graduating this spring with an MBA, O’Brien earned a BS in management with a minor in Japanese from the U.S. Air Force Academy and served as an airfield operations officer for the U.S. Air Force. O’Brien, of Newnan, Georgia, will begin work with ScottMadden as an associate this summer. His long-term professional goal is to “Successfully strike the balance between a fulfilling professional career and an involved family life.”

During his time at Tech, O’Brien was selected as the 2015 Student of the Year, GT Leadership Fellow, served as co-president and interim president of Net Impact, and overhauled the MBA graduate lounge with photos that he took pro bono. He was also a member of the consulting club, operations club, the National Association of Women MBAs (NAWMBA), and volunteered for the St. Bernard house re-building project. O’Brien also worked with the admissions and marketing offices, as well as the career services office, for recruitment of both undergraduate and graduate students with a focus to increase military veteran, female and minority student enrollment. He also maintained a full-time class schedule while working as a full-time dad.

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