Leading in a Global Market : Eller MBAs Investigate Privatization in Brazil and Argentina
By Liz Warren-Pederson
As part of the international trip required of all Full-Time Eller MBAs, first-year students Victor Eggleston and Alejandra Yeomans joined a group of fellow students to spend part of their holiday break in South America, soaking in the culture and meeting with companies to find out, first-hand, how business operates in Brazil and Argentina.
“I had not been to South America before, and it was great to experience the cultural differences from North America,” said Yeomans. “The global business trip was a very good opportunity to be exposed and understand the social, economic, political, and cultural dimensions in the companies that we visited.”
“South America appealed to me because of its economic success in recent years,” Eggleston said. “I also served as a missionary in Costa Rica from 2000 to 2002, which made me feel like I had an idea of what ‘South American’ was. But I wanted to see how it had evolved over the past eight years.”
Eggleston entered the Eller MBA after launching a successful career as a landscape designer and salesman in Southern California. “I was at Steven Spielberg’s house in Malibu weekly, and I did a large beach restoration project for a former president of Disney at his home in Malibu,” Eggleston said. The Brigham Young University - Idaho graduate was putting his horticulture degree to use, but he was also using his minor in business.