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Nick Arena, MBA Program Director and Lecturer at UNCP

Nick Arena,
MBA Program Director and Lecturer

"Be prepared to be challenged and to learn current information and critical-thinking techniques from a talented and diverse faculty."

Degrees Held:

  • MBA – University of North Carolina Pembroke, 2003
  • B.A. in Social Science – Villanova University, 1970

Career Highlights:

  • 30+ year career in sales, marketing and general management. Business Leader for global business with operations in USA, Mexico and China.
  • Second career as an educator and administrator with UNC Pembroke. Taught Marketing and International Management in Germany and China.

In which online programs do you teach?

MBA

Which classes do you teach online?

MGT 5010: Foundations of Marketing and Management

What do students learn in your classes? What is the expected outcome?

The Foundations course is designed to prepare non-business students for classes in management and marketing.

Why did you start teaching?

I started teaching to give back to a community that was important to my career and personal life.

What advice would you give to those considering the UNCP online MBA program?

Be prepared to be challenged and to learn current information and critical-thinking techniques from a talented and diverse faculty.

What qualities make someone particularly successful in business?

I believe hard work, communication skills, organization and problem-solving are key qualities leading to success in business.

What do you think is the biggest challenge that people in business face today?

A business leader today must be flexible and ready to change in the global environment.

What is the one book you think everyone should read?

"Competing for the Future" by Gary Hamel and C. K. Prahalad

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