Rick Arneson, Full-Time MBA ‘05

Author and Pepperdine Graziadio Alumnus Rick Arneson was named a winner of 2016 Book Excellence Awards in the Sports category for his book, Plotting the Course: Life Lessons from the Sport of Sailing. For either an experienced sailor or a newcomer to the sport, Plotting the Course delivers relatable and essential lessons for personal and professional achievement, using comparisons of sailboat racing alongside historical, business, political, and everyday examples. The book was also a winner in the 2014 International Book Awards and a finalist in the 2015 Next Generation Indie Book Awards, the 2015 National Indie Excellence Awards and the 2015 San Diego Book Awards.

Mr. Arneson has an extensive sailing background. Growing up sailing at the San Diego Yacht Club, he won several state and district championships, match-raced 12-meter yachts in the World Scholar-Athlete Games, and took home a gold medal from the AAU Junior Olympics. As a freshman at Pepperdine University, he started the school’s sailing team, and later went on to coach sailors at the club, high school, and collegiate levels. Since 2003, he has been a member of the U.S. Snipe team at four World and three Western Hemisphere championships. He has been a marketing professional in a range of industries, and a contributing writer to Sailing World and various other sailing publications. He earned his MBA from the Pepperdine Graziadio School of Business and Management in 2005.

For more information about Plotting the Course visit http://rickarneson.com

Rick Arneson, Full-Time MBA ‘05

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