DREW BOZARTH – EMBA CLASS OF 2015

Since he spent the first nine years of his life moving from Army base to Army base, it can be said that Drew Bozarth was predisposed to entering military service just like the last three generations of Bozarth men had. However, Drew could not have been prepared for the honor and pride associated with being one of “the Few and the Proud.”

DrewBozarth_headshot1Drew graduated from Harding University in 2006, where he majored in English and played football for 5 years. The summer after he graduated from Harding, Drew married Becky Bowerman and moved to St. Louis, Missouri, where he attended the Washington University School of Law. In 2009, Drew graduated law school and commissioned as an officer in the United States Marine Corps to become a judge advocate.

After completing initial officer training, Drew reported to Camp Lejeune in North Carolina.  While at Camp Lejeune, Drew put his legal training to good use, serving as a civil law attorney, trial counsel (military prosecutor), and, later, as the Deputy Staff Judge Advocate to the Commanding General of Marine Corps Installations East-Marine Corps Base Camp Lejeune, a command that consists of all Marine Corps installations on the east coast. Once his tour in the Marine Corps was completed, Drew and his wife knew that they were returning home to  Northwest Arkansas.

DrewBozarth_group2As Drew returned home and began to settle into civilian life, he noticed that he lacked a basic familiarity with business. “Fairly early in my transition into civilian society, I noticed that I spoke a different language than the individuals I was connecting with at the corporations in the area. It dawned on me that I had a big gap in my education and training.”

Marines are trained to be focused and decisive, so Drew knew exactly what he had to do. Drew started the Walton Executive MBA program in 2013.

The military prepares service members for combat and humanitarian operations, but to climb up the corporate ladder, transitioning veterans may need a different kind of training. “Just like training is essential to be a successful service member, training is essential to be a successful corporate employee. If a transitioning service member lacks a business background and has decided to pursue that route in civilian life, I would encourage that individual to pursue some form of education or training.”

When Drew began to look at MBA possibilities, he recognized that he would need a program that allowed him to balance work, home, and school. As a Legislative Research Manager in Wal-Mart’s Compliance Department, Drew monitors and interprets pending state and federal legislation on non-food products and chemicals while providing his interpretation to managing teams.

“The Walton Executive MBA was geographically convenient and well-respected, particularly in Northwest Arkansas. I also thought DrewBozarth_classroom3the structure of the courses would be most conducive to maintaining a decent work/life balance.”

The Walton Executive MBA program has helped Drew become more familiar with the corporate world. Having been introduced into business culture, he has also discovered new ways to utilize his experience and leadership training.