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2018 KGSA VP Election

KGSA VP Election Candidates 2018-19

These candidates will be running for the KGSA VP positions for the 2018-2019 year. There will be time during Wednesday's Social (2/21) for the candidates to pitch their candidacy. Take time to read each candidate's Letter of Intent and vote based on who you think will be the best representative of the Krannert School of Management.

VP Admin: Edgar Kennebrew II

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 Siddhanth Rajagopalan

“When we intentionally bring together individuals from different backgrounds, with different experiences and perspectives, we all succeed in achieving our shared goals”

-         Marissa Horne, Director Employee Technology, American Airlines


Prior to starting my career here at Krannert I was an Operations Manager for one of the most influential brands in the world. Leading over 300 associates during my career has allowed me to learn from wonderful leaders, successfully lead large teams while receiving their respect and developing leaders in the process.

I want to be your Vice President of Administration for one reason; to empower others here at Krannert to become leaders and succeed.

I plan to achieve this goal by doing the following:

  • Utilizing my professional skills and management experience to listen and empower others 
    • Provide leadership and development opportunities to all clubs.
    • Utilize relationships with the Golf Club and with the VP of Professional Development to implement Alumni Golf Tournament.
    • In conjunction with K-Fit and KGSA board, implement mental health wellness initiative.
  • Work with all organizations to make sure they have the tools to succeed
    • Working with all clubs and VP of Marketing to create innovative ways to market and display events.
    • Partner with KPDC to find leadership development training opportunities for club leadership.
  • Support President and KGSA Board on initiatives together
    • Include Krannert Diversity Business Summit and other diversity initiatives in KGSA yearly schedule.
    • Work with clubs to sponsor socials every month in Tap Room.

I’m not asking for your vote for personal gain. I’m asking for your vote because I have a passion for bringing out the best in others and providing them the tools to succeed. I am asking for your vote because I can execute ideas with tenacity and have a proven track record of demonstrating results. I am asking for your vote because in order for our program to grow, we all need to be leaders and I want to create an environment for all students and organizations to demonstrate this trait.

Edgar K. Kennebrew II

Purdue University

Krannert School of Management c/o ‘19

VP Marketing: Neelesh Prakash

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Lisa Maria

Fellow Boilermakers,

I am writing to express my interest in running for the post of Vice President of Marketing in the KGSA board of 2018-19. Since early childhood we have been told that brand is very important and so naturally we are attracted towards the things which have a brand label on them. We are very proud to be associated with brand “Purdue” but now is the time we make brand “Krannert” a big thing.

Let us go through some of the numbers, for our MBA program Financial times rank 55, Bloomberg Businessweek Ranking 38, and many others. Our BAIM and MSHRM programs are top 10 in the country. This should make us very proud of our school. We all together have a responsibility to take brand “Krannert” further ahead.

My vision to strengthen the brand is by providing more opportunities for people to represent Krannert outside in different case competitions, career fairs, social events, sporting event. We have been taught importance of information flow through the organization in several of our classes. As the VP of marketing I will ensure that everyone knows about the events going on around us so that everyone has a fair chance of participating in the events. We will make sure that no one misses out on a great case competition or info session of a company because they did not know about it.

I would like to mention the great work done by our previous board members Alex Hartman and Kelly Adams who have done some amazing job to improve the Krannert website and how the information is circulated. My aim will be to improve on the great work done by them and enhance the brand “Krannert” even further.

I would be honored to work along the new KGSA board with use my skills to enhance the Krannert brand. Thank you for your consideration, and boiler up!


Neelesh Prakash

MBA 2019

VP Student Life: Kehan Ying

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Aaron Ruvalcaba

Dear Krannert Family

I am glad to write this letter to express my interest in running for the Vice President of Student Life in 2018-2019.

Life at Krannert is tough. Most of the students do nothing but study all the time. And as an international student, I would say life is tougher because of language and culture differences. However, life is more than studying. Students should have more activities to make their lives more colorful. More importantly, I think we should seek for more cultural diversity, encouraging both international and domestic students to get involved in life at Krannert. To make this happen, we need more interesting and relaxed event that appeal to everyone. We need to let more students feel being alive.

As I am running for VP of Student Life, I would try my best to create meaningful events with high quality. Not only do I want to provide a place for students to share their lives with friends, but I also encourage more students to walk out of the comfort zone and break the ice with strangers. From my perspective, our events should be creative, imaginative and impressing, making all the participants forget about their busy lives for a while. This could give them more participation when they go back to study. When I had my undergraduate and worked in China, I worked as group leaders all the time, such as the President of Students Union and English Club. When organizing events, I really enjoyed the feeling of making my ideas come true step by step. The laughter and pleasure those participants gave me more passion and motivation. And I believe I could make full use of my international background to bring something new to KGSA. My goals as VP of Student Life are to create a more relaxed atmosphere for all the students at Krannert, come up with cool ideas to make our events interesting, and encourage all the students to lead a more colorful life.  

It would be a great honor to work with other KGSA members and use my skills to make students at Krannert have a better life.Thank you, and boiler up!


Kehan(James) Ying

VP Professional Development:

Candidate 1: Ashley Robinson

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Aaron Ruvalcaba

To whom it may concern:

I have had the honor of getting to know the student body of Krannert over the year, and as I wander the halls I constantly marvel at the level of respect, intelligence, and benevolence of my classmates. As a first year, straight from undergrad I have learned a lot during my time at Krannert and through my involvement in student government have gained insight into what it takes to be a leader. I understand that the duties and responsibilities of representing the department transcend the general expectations. Being a member of student government means that each individual leaves a lasting impact for those that follow and I am ready to step up and make that difference. The ability to connect with others is an essential quality necessary when interacting with people of various backgrounds and experiences. I believe that my life experiences have allowed me to be a well-rounded person who is open to all that is different or even impossible. Through international/world travel, I have made many friends from all over the world, and in these friendships the most important lesson I've learned is the importance of  openness to experience. You can learn something from each person you encounter, and therefore each connection is valuable. In the context of Professional Development, I would value each professional interaction as I would a friendship.

This opportunity to be Vice President of Professional Development at Krannert School of Management would not be the first time I've been in a leadership position, but it will be the first time that I take my all my experiences to produce something greater than myself. Before entering the “real world”, the first opportunity to make a significant difference begins here. From the first day at Krannert I have been challenged to be the best, do my best, and I hope to be able to represent the best.


Ashley R. Robinson

Candidate 2: Tyson Eckersley

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Aaron Ruvalcaba

Hi Everyone,

I am thrilled to announce that I am running for Vice President of Professional Development. I grew up in the West and I am a ski bum at heart, so why would I leave the comfort of the Rocky Mountains and come to the Midwest and put myself through things like Business Analytics? We all understand that we did not come to Purdue just to learn about decision trees and balance sheets, but we came here for the doors of opportunity that Purdue could open for us. With its world class programs and internationally recognized brand, we believed that Purdue and Krannert could get us where we want to be—and we were right!

As VP of Professional Development, I pledge to foster an environment where everyone can take advantage of those opportunities and burst through those open doors to make their mark on the professional world. To achieve this, I will focus on three core ideas: value, communication and culture.

-        Value: I will focus on creating more events where students can interact with professionals and alumni right here in Rawls Hall and around campus

-        Communication: I will facilitate effective communication because you deserve to know what’s happening, who’s on campus and who’s hiring

-        Culture: I will work with the President and the rest of KGSA to create a Krannert culture where clubs works together to generate beneficial offerings to the whole student body

This is our time and our experience. I hope that we can stand together in making this experience integral to who we become and what we achieve.

Boiler up!

Tyson Eckersley