Romanian trip leads to career success for executive MBA graduate

For environmental engineer David Pass‚ a trip to Romania helped launch his career into the global…

Georgia (Apr 25, 2005) — Romanian trip leads to career success for executive MBA graduate

Terri Thornton


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For environmental engineer David Pass‚ a trip to Romania helped launch his career into the global realm. In January of 2004‚ Pass traveled to Romania with the Executive MBA for Experienced Professionals program from the Coles College of Business at Kennesaw State University.

“Romania is on the short list to be invited into the European Union‚ but they have several areas of the economy they need to work on to meet the EU standards‚” he says. “One was environmental.”

During decades of Communism and tyranny‚ industry ran rampant over the environment. As a result‚ the now−Democratic society faces serious water pollution.

A student he met in Romania worked for a firm that cooperated with a large global company called Environmental Resources Management (ERM). After Pass graduated with his Executive MBA from KSU‚ he joined ERM‚ where he is now a Senior Manager and candidate for partner. ERM’s projects include working with The World Bank to gain funding to clean up Romania’s environment.

“One of the reasons I changed jobs following the EMBA program was the opportunity to work on international projects‚ and particularly to seek environmental service opportunities in Romania‚” Pass says.

Romania is an incubator for the continued development of a free commerce society‚ Pass explains. He compares it to what America must have been like in 1786‚ just a decade after declaring its independence from Great Britain.

“You can almost see it in the people’s eyes‚” he says. “They’ve come from a repressed society into hope. There are few other places in the world one can study the evolution of a democratic society and the rapid progress that capitalism is bringing to Romania.”

Pass says Romania offers a variety of opportunities. For example‚ services previously run by the government‚ such as oil‚ gas and electricity‚ have all been privatized.

“It’s a fantastic opportunity for any business. You see new businesses starting up that had never existed before.”

As part of the Executive MBA program‚ KSU students work in virtual teams with Romanian students at ASEBUSS‚ the Institute for Business and Public Administration. Except for two transatlantic trips‚ the teams communicate exclusively through teleconferencing and e−mail.

A new group of Romanian students will be arriving in the U.S. later this month. They are set to arrive for a two−week stint studying with their KSU counterparts on Wed.‚ April 27. As part of their study‚ they will visit several U.S. companies. The KSU students traveled to Romania most recently in February.

“The Romania ASEBUSS students are exceptionally bright‚ energetic and they will become the leaders of the future of Romania‚” Pass says. “It has been a great experience to learn from them and hopefully make a small contribution to their education and understanding of the American way of life‚” he concludes.

Pass found traveling to Romania far more worthwhile than a trip to a more Westernized country‚ such as France.

“We went through Paris also‚ but most of the students enjoyed the Romanian visit more‚” he recalls. “In Paris‚ you see wonderful buildings; in Romania you see wonderful people.”

For more information about the Executive MBA for Experienced Professionals program‚ contact Mandy Brooks‚ EMBA Programs Associate Director at (770) 499−3564 or


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