DCMME Experience Translates to Career in Europe
Andrejs Strateicuks calls his experience at Krannert and DCMME a “very positive time and an important step in my life.” He remembers all the nights he spent studying in Rawls Hall with “wonderful and accomplished people from all over the world who all came to West Lafayette for one reason: to get great education.” DCMME provided an important link between what he and other students learned in the classroom and the business world they aspired to join. Through conferences, poster and case competitions, and other events organized by the center, students were able to meet and learn from business people in different companies and industries.
“This was as important to our professional development as the studies itself,” he said. As a graduate assistant at DCMME in the 2013/14 academic year, he was involved in organizing conferences and other events. “This was a new experience to me, as I had to cooperate not only with my colleagues and other students, but also with industry people of different ranks,” he said. The experience has been helpful in his career, especially in his former role as CEO of the Latvian Alcohol Industry Association, which required him to work daily with politicians, state officials and leading business people. Last year, he joined Amazon Transportation Services Europe and continues to benefit from his DCMME experience. “Working in Europe means dealing with different rules, regulations and mentality of the people, thus the experience from Krannert and DCMME with all its diversity is still very valuable to me,” he said. Strateicuks, who earned his MBA in 2014 and also has a PhD in economics from University of Latvia, has served as deputy chairman of the Board of Trade in the Latvian Chamber of Commerce and Industry for the last three years. “We never know where our life will bring us in the future, but I can truly say that Krannert and DCMME have helped me to become who I am today and I am very thankful for that,” he said.
“We never know where our life will bring us in the future, but i can truly say that Krannert and DCMME have helped me to become who I am today, and I am very thankful for that.”