“I think that’s what I took away from my experience in the MBA program was that I learned how to learn—how to go out and get the needed information to make a successful decision in the business world.”
—Kyle Kuntz, 2011 MBA graduate and business engineer for an industry leader in sports construction
In the sports construction category, Hunt Construction is an industry leader, having built more than 60 stadiums and arenas in the last 30 years. It’s no wonder Ball State alumnus Kuntz, who played football all through school and retired after college, says he has a dream job as business engineer for Hunt. Kuntz credits Ball State’s online MBA program, which he finished in 2011, with getting his resume noticed. “This program has had everything to do with me realizing my dream and getting a dream position,” says Kuntz. Through his MBA, he met Robert G. Hunt, chairman and CEO of Hunt and whose grandfather co-founded the family venture, today ranked as one of the top contractors in the country. Business development is a big part of Kuntz’s job description, which also involves market research and project analysis. Kuntz says he was hired to re-engineer processes and techniques and to make sure the company remains dynamic in a sometimes stagnant industry. “To be challenged to do those things is a daunting task with a company that employs over 600 employees, but I’m fortunate and lucky to be challenged to do that,” says Kuntz. Technically, this is his first professional position so he acknowledges that he wasn’t hired because of his experience. “I think Mr. Hunt recognized that I have a very strong desire to excel and perform above and beyond what is expected, so he wanted to create a position for me where I could learn the business and become a leader,” says Kuntz. He knew that the sooner he finished his MBA, the sooner he could prove himself. After choosing the Ball State MBA program, ranked 11th among online, AACSB-accredited MBA programs by the consumer advocacy group GetEducated.com, he began to see the advantages. “The different thing about this program is that you’re not always sitting in front of a computer and typing and listening to a teacher,” says Kuntz. “You’re challenged even as an online student to be out in the community, to be talking to professionals in your area, to be interacting in groups. You’re always being challenged to give something to your peers. And several groups I worked in had students as far away as the other side of the country.” Kuntz liked the variety of teaching styles he found in the faculty. “The great thing about the professors was that you were challenged in many different ways to learn how you learn best,” he says. “I think that’s what I took away from my experience from the MBA program was that I learned how to learn—how to go out and get the needed information to make a successful decision in the business world.” He credits Dr. Jennifer Bott, associate professor of marketing and management, for introducing him to his future employer, Robert Hunt. “I always had support from her,” says Kuntz. “She was always pushing me along and putting me in a position to be successful.”One of his assignments at Hunt has brought him full circle. He was recently on the Ball State campus to recruit students looking for their dream job. Sometimes a bachelor’s or master’s degree makes all the difference. We think you’ll find that difference in one of our online and distance education programs.
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