Meet our Winston-Salem Evening MBA Ambassadors


Wake Forest Winston-Salem Evening MBA program Ambassadors are current students who are available and eager to answer any questions you might have. Our Ambassadors know the program and the path to get there better than anyone, so they can give you the first-hand student perspective you need. We encourage you to reach out any of the ambassadors listed below via email regarding questions about the program, application process, career resources, life at Wake Forest, living in Winston-Salem, or any other questions you may have.



Daniel Avampato

Daniel Avampato


City: Libertyville, IL
Company: Gilbarco Veeder Root
Job Function/Industry: Manufacturing – Operations/Logistics
Major/Minor: Supply Chain Management

Why the Wake MBA? I chose the Wake Forest MBA Program because of the opportunity to get a quality in-class experience close to where I work. Most importantly, I valued the team based learning promoted in the classroom. The fact that this type of quality of education was within driving distance of my home & office.

What did you gain from the Wake MBA program? Professionally I have gained a strong network of peers throughout various professional fields in the Triad.

Maggie Bizaro


City: Doylestown, PA
Company: Syngenta
Job Function/Industry: Manufacturing – Operations/Logistics
Major/Minor: Supply Chain

Why the Wake MBA? I chose to attend Wake Forest because I had the opportunity to attend classes in person while still being able to work full time. The program has the flexibility I need but also a robust in class learning environment. I also chose to attend Wake Forecast because I felt the name recognition was important as I continue to progress in my career.

What did you gain from the Wake MBA program? I have gained the most in the program from my classmates. There is a big difference learning in an environment where students can draw on their own experience and share them with the class.

Donte Jackson


City: Leland, NC
Company: PepsiCo
Job Function/Industry: Marketing/Sales – Consumer Packaged Goods
Major/Minor: Marketing

Why the Wake MBA? I chose the Wake Forest MBA program because of the reputation of the school but also the commitment of the Staff. From my admission interview, it just felt like home. Also, the ability to learn with and from other business leaders in the community was a very attractive feature of the program.

What did you gain from the Wake MBA program? I have gained a greater sense of confidence in my abilities and skills as a business leader. Being able to bring what I learned in class the night before to life at work the very next day has taken my career in a very positive direction in a short period of time. Also having a network of peers across many industries and functions that are always willing to offer advice or be a sounding board for ideas.

Alex Johnson

Alex Johnson


City: Roaring River, NC
Company: Reynolds American
Job Function/Industry: Tobacco – Regulatory Submissions
Major/Minor: BA in Political Science & International Affairs – MS Graduate in Technology & Environmental Design

Why the Wake MBA? I chose the Wake Forest MBA Program because I wanted to be part of an established community that prides itself on “pro humanitate” and ethical leadership. Learning how to give back and contribute to something greater than myself has never been more clear now that I am part of this amazing community at Wake.

What did you gain from the Wake MBA program? The Wake MBA experience has shown me that I can be a steward of my companies finances through ethical and environmental decision-making. Using evidence-based management approaches to help steer my company into a cleaner, more efficient 21st century is clear to me now that I have undertaken such a life-changing experience at Wake.

Taylor OrdinesTaylor Ordines


City: Jamestown, New York
Company: Wake Forest University
Job Function/Industry: Higher Education – PhD. Student
Major/Minor: B.S. Physics, PhD Candidate in Physics

Why the Wake MBA? The Wake Forest MBA is offered as a joint program with my PhD degree. I chose the Wake Forest MBA Program because I want to better myself as a leader and team member for my future career in physics research. Wake’s focus on collaboration and leadership is a perfect fit for my goals.

What did you gain from the Wake MBA program?  The Program has provided be an unmatched cohort and network of business professionals. In the first semester and a half alone, I have gained fundamental leadership and business skills that I have been able to actively apply to my “day job” as we develop them in our courses.

Eric Osteen


City: Augusta, GA
Company: PepsiCo
Job Function/Industry: Financial Services – Finance
Veteran: Yes
Major/Minor: Business Management

Why the Wake MBA? Bottom line, it was a great fit for me as I look to quickly apply concepts directly into the workplace. There is also a great sense of community, which allows for optimal network opportunities. I could not picture another institution having faculty and staff members that care more about individual wants and needs as the Wake Forest MBA department.

What did you gain from the Wake MBA program? First and foremost, I got hired into a fantastic role through my class network. The opportunities and ability to grow are fundamentally based in the staff’s involvement on selecting working/ project groups for the duration of the MBA program- they do a phenomenal job pairing different fields of work with personalities to create a cohesive team environment.

Nate WeaverNate Weaver


City: Sarasota, FL
Company: Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center
Job Function/Industry: Healthcare – Pathology
Major/Minor: Biology

Why the Wake MBA? I chose the Wake Forest MBA Program for its reputation as a top-rated program and dedication to cultivating leadership, character, and integrity. Its lock-step, cohort-style program provided the structure I was looking for, as well as opportunity for networking and creating meaningful, lasting relationships with fellow classmates.

What did you gain from the Wake MBA program? I’ve developed a much deeper appreciation for teamwork and a better understanding of the role that business plays in the greater community, both economically and socially. The information I’ve learned in class has always been immediately applicable in my current job.

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