USAF pilot and Eller Evening MBA student Bryan
Jandorf with his A-10 Warthog at David-Monthan Air
Force Base in Tucson.
Evening MBA '11
By Kelsey Wagner
BSBA Marketing '12
Before coming to Tucson, Jandorf was stationed at Spangdahlem Air Base in Germany, Pope Air Force Base in North Carolina, and Moody Air Force Base in Georgia. He has been deployed to Afghanistan twice. During his time with the service, Bryan also was able to pursue a master of arts degree in political science with emphasis on international commerce, through Norwich University.
Jandorf’s degree from Norwich focused on international law, sustainability, and globalization; however, his professional background was limited to his Air Force officer experience and he had no knowledge of how companies actually operated.
“While stationed in Germany, I was lucky to travel extensively in the former Soviet-controlled states,” he said. “The business expansion I witnessed in Romania and Slovakia in 2005 was amazing. However, many of those economies are experiencing growing pains today.”
Jandorf chose Eller’s Evening MBA program not only because of its convenience to Davis-Monthan, but also because, he says, “I was impressed with the Eller program and felt that I would never have another chance to earn such a highly ranked in-residence MBA while serving on active duty.”
Balancing full workdays with his MBA class work and raising a family is no easy task. But Jandorf sites time management as being key to his survival. He is also able to take the skills and knowledge he learns in the classroom and apply them to his job immediately.
Bryan Jandorf with his wife at an air show at
Edwards Air Force Base in California in 2009.
“Flying A-10s is only a fraction of my responsibilities,” he explained. “Much of my time is spent tracking training efficiencies and applying those findings to building a ‘smarter’ flying schedule. There are a lot of parts that go into generating a flying schedule, from maintenance to weapons loading to assigning pilots. The MBA program has given me the analytical skills to specifically identify bottlenecks, for example, which affect our flying training efficiency.”
For now, Jandorf has a full workload, but his graduation this year will also represent a crossroads in his career, at which time he will have to decide whether to stay in the service or pursue other opportunities. Despite the outcome, he said, “I am passionate about serving. I want to make the world a better place, specifically by helping others succeed in meeting their goals. An Eller MBA will enable me to move from encouraging someone to take the next step toward his or her goal, to developing an actionable, quantifiable plan that will allow him or her to succeed.”