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After graduation Kevin Boldt will return to the Regular Army as the Executive Officer or Operations Officer in an Infantry Battalion with 600-800 soldiers.
After graduation Kevin Boldt will return to the Regular Army as the Executive Officer or Operations Officer in an Infantry Battalion with 600-800 soldiers.

Countdown to Commencement - Kevin Boldt

As part of our Countdown to Commencement series, we spent some time with a few full-time MBA soon-to-be graduates to learn about their backgrounds, why they chose Scheller College for their MBA program, and what they plan to do with their degrees after May 5.

Meet Kevin Boldt. Kevin is from Carrolton, Georgia and earned a bachelor’s degree from Stanford University in International Relations. He describes himself as an “experienced problem solver with global outlook who relishes leadership challenges and connecting with people.” Before the age of 30 Kevin had already visited all 50 states in the U.S. He served as an Infantry Company Commander in the U.S. Army responsible for organizations with 130-200 soldiers. After graduation Kevin will return to the Regular Army initially attending a 10-month long Command and General Staff College at Fort Leavenworth, Kansas, and then he looks forward to working as the Executive Officer or Operations Officer in an Infantry Battalion with 600-800 soldiers.

Which academic or extracurricular achievement are you most proud of during business school?
My classmates honored me last year by selecting me as the Scheller MBA Student of the Year. This recognition provided me feedback that my efforts to keep classes interesting and to get to know my classmates had paid off.

What achievement are you most proud of in your professional career?
I am most proud of earning the trust and confidence of my Army superiors and being selected to command a combat outpost in eastern Afghanistan near the Afghanistan-Pakistan border.

What was your favorite MBA course and what was the biggest insight you gained about business from it?
The Strategic Management core class taught by Professor Frank Rothaermel stands out to me because the class does an excellent job of providing academic frameworks and understanding with hands-on application by working on a real-world project for a top company. In terms of insights, the key takeaway is to focus on developing intangible resources and competencies in order to sustain a competitive advantage over more time!

Why did you choose the Scheller College of Business?
Georgia Tech’s sterling reputation as a world-class research university initially drew me to Scheller College of Business. The dynamic business environment of Atlanta, including the innovation and entrepreneurship microcosm in Tech Square, attracted me even more. Moreover, the people of Scheller and the collaborative nature in which they interacted really sold me on the MBA program.  

What did you enjoy most about business school in general?
I really enjoyed the excitement and challenges that I faced every day in business school.

I could work on an information technology project, recommend strategy to a non-profit, conference call with a Fortune 500 company halfway across the world, and then go compete in an intramural sport all in one day.

What is your best piece of advice to an applicant hoping to get into Scheller’s MBA program?
Come visit!

What is the biggest myth about Scheller College?
The myth is that there are only engineering grad students. Georgia Tech has a long history of developing business and world leaders.

Which MBA classmate do you most admire?
I admire all of my classmates with families. Their exceptional abilities to balance academic and personal responsibilities is both impressive and humbling.

“I knew I wanted to go to business school when…”
I learned of the abundance of experiential learning opportunities.  

If you were a dean for a day, what one thing would you change about the MBA experience?
I would give every student an airline ticket voucher redeemable for one international trip. I really enjoyed taking the International Practicum, where I worked with UPS Japan on a strategy project and then had the opportunity to travel around Japan to learn more about the culture and the business environment.
Who would you most want to thank for your success?
My family. Whether near or far, my family has been there for me. Not only have they helped guide me on my life journey, but they have also served as a sounding board for my zany ideas and corny jokes and provided much-needed fashion advice.

In one sentence, how would you like your peers to remember you?
I would like to be remembered as the guy with the thoughtful, quirky comments who is consistently there as a leader and friend.


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