The University of North Dakota's Master of Business Administration program is proud to have over 1,400 alumni who are leaders in every kind of business and industry world-wide. Our graduates lead companies, serve as elected officials, serve on board of directors, and contribute their time and talent to the Armed Forces. Below are a few of our notable alumni. PA students together to learn about the ways in which business and government intersect. The course includes a trip to Washington, D.C. where students are able to meet with business leaders, legislative officials, government agencies, and UND alumni. This trip allowed her to apply the concepts that she learned in her coursework to everyday business scenarios, which will help her further her career.
Cami Bennett , born and raised in Oregon, came to UND as an undergraduate student to study Marketing and Graphic Design Technology. After graduation, Cami received a job as a graphic designer for the UND Athletics Department. While working full-time for the UND Athletics Department, Cami began the MBA program. She earned her MBA in the summer of 2017 and recently became the junior graphic designer for the Oakland Raiders football team. In her new role, Cami will work to elevate the Raider brand by communicating to fans at every visual touchpoint through web, social media, logos, stadium signage, etc. Cami’s favorite course from the program was ECON 503: Business and Government, which is designed to bring MBA and MPA students together to learn about the ways in which business and government intersect. The course includes a trip to Washington, D.C. where students are able to meet with business leaders, legislative officials, government agencies, and UND alumni. This trip allowed her to apply the concepts that she learned in her coursework to everyday business scenarios, which will help her further her career.
Daniel Appel was born and raised in Wheaton, MN. From 2007-2013, he called Grand Forks ‘home’ as he studied at the University of North Dakota. Daniel earned a bachelors degree in finance before continuing his education as a graduate student. While pursuing his MBA degree, Daniel found his passion in the classroom as a graduate assistant in the finance department. He gained additional teaching experience as an adjunct professor at UND in the spring of 2013 and then instructed a course at the University of Shanghai Science and Technology (USST) in the fall of 2013 as part of the UND – USST teacher exchange program. Daniel also gained sales experience from 2011 to 2014 as a financial representative intern in Grand Forks and then as a restoration consultant in the Minneapolis area. In July of 2014, Daniel began a 2-year commitment with the Peace Corps as an education volunteer in the country of Namibia. Living in a rural village in sub-Saharan Africa and working at the junior secondary school, Daniel has taken on a variety of different roles. Teaching math was his primary assignment but he has also worked closely with school administration to improve organization, acquire resources, and effectively utilize technology. Daniel’s secondary efforts have focused on improving the school library but also include work on the school garden and a world map project. He will complete his Peace Corps service in September and return to Minnesota looking for an opportunity to utilize his MBA degree and his passion for education.
Sarah Horak is the co-owner and operator of Brick & Barley, O'Really's Irish Pub and Level 10 in beautiful Downtown Grand Forks. Raised in Beulah, North Dakota, Sarah was enlisted in the North Dakota Air National Guard for six years, serving as Maintenance Data Systems Analyst. During her time with the ANG, she deployed to England during Operation Iraqi Freedom and was also deployed to Fargo to assist with flood control. She attended college at the University of North Dakota, graduating with her B.A. in Financial Management in 2008 and her Master's in Business Administration in 2012. During college, she worked several jobs including different positions in the hospitality industry, property management and was a teller at a bank, where she met her future husband, Nick. Nick recruited Sarah to work at a bar he was managing. Nick eventually became the General Manager of the three bars while Sarah ran the books. They became immersed in every aspect of running a small business, while learning how to work well together. In December 2012, Nick and Sarah purchased those three businesses and became business partners. In 2013, they closed one business and opened Brick & Barley, which has a focus on craft beer and good food. Now in their third year of ownership, they are excited for where their future is headed. Sarah has learned to love and appreciate Downtown Grand Forks and is eager to use their space and time to continue making the area an amazing place to live, work and play. Sarah serves on the Downtown Development Association Board of Directors Executive Team as their Treasurer and is also a member of the Campus and Community Coalition for High Risk Alcohol Use. Nick and Sarah welcomed a baby boy, Will into their lives in December 2014 and are enjoying the new adventure of being a family of three.
Ryan St. Arnold is a native Minnesotan raised in the Duluth, MN area. He received his undergraduate degree from St. Cloud State University in 2009. Majoring in finance, Ryan was active in several student organizations at SCSU and also interned as a licensed financial representative. Post-undergrad, he worked in various accounting and finance roles before acting on his longstanding desire to pursue an MBA. Enrolled at the University of North Dakota in 2012, he continued to work full-time and broadened his experience with roles in financial systems, business analytics, and FP&A where he provides financial support to the IT organization. He is currently a member of national finance organizations IMA and AFA and is proud to call himself a UND alum. Ryan's wife of five years, Kate, is also an SCSU alum and current MBA student at UND attending courses remotely from sunny Florida.
Paul Zwilling was born and raised on a family dairy farm outside St. Cloud, MN. In 2000, he graduated from the University of Minnesota Duluth with a B.A. of Liberal Arts and was commissioned a Second Lieutenant in the United States Air Force and began his career as a Security Forces Officer at Robins AFB, GA. While on active duty, Paul was stationed in Georgia, Germany, Spain, Afghanistan and North Dakota. He served in several capacities during active duty, to including: training and resources officer, Anti-terrorism and Force Protection officer, Operations Officer and Squadron Commander. In 2007, Paul transitioned into the USAF Reserves and cross-trained to become a Special Agent the Office of Special Investigations. He has served as a Special Agent from 2008 to present. He has served as a case agent, staff officer and Detachment Commander. As a special agent, Paul has been assigned to Mountain Home AFB, ID, Grand Forks AFB, ND, Aviano AB, IT, Langley AFB, VA, Offutt AFB, NE and Moody AFB, GA. In 2008, Paul started his own business as a Financial Advisor with an advisor-contractor relationship with First Command Financial Services based out of Fort Worth, TX. In 2012, he left First Command to pursue a Master of Business Administration degree at the University of North Dakota. He graduated from the MBA program in May 2015. He currently works as an Agricultural Banker at Bremer Bank. Paul has been married 14 years to Jana Zwilling (Johnson). They have three children, Abigail (10), Madelyn (6), and Lukas (1).