David Fontanese, FEMBA ‘84

David Fontanese is in his fourth year of retirement and says he attributes his success to the education and experience he received while attending Pepperdine Graziadio Business School. Previously David worked for Citicorp and Boeing, for 27 years of his 40 year working career as an IT project manager and IT Director. He feels the class he took on Human Behavior in Organizations was a key learning experience that was significant to his professional maturation.

During this class, he was the lead manager for one of the team projects, where the objective was to take a harmonica and ramp up an organization from scratch to dissolution to produce 10,000 harmonicas. The final cost per harmonica decided who won, much like in real world capitalism. Their team came in second, but the process they went thru impressed on him that he could successfully do this in the real world, which is what he went on to do.

David earned his MBA from the Graziadio School in 1984.

David Fontanese, FEMBA ‘84
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