Student Spotlight: Sandra Perez
Born and raised in Caguas, Puerto Rico, Sandra Perez attended Indiana University where she earned a B.A. in Italian, and later graduated from the Kelley School of Business with a B.S. in marketing. She began her professional career in sales, working for companies like Procter & Gamble and Canon. Opportunities in management consulting and as an entrepreneur evolved into a passion for process improvement, leading her to seek an MBA with a concentration in logistics. For Perez, the UT Knoxville College of Business Administration seemed the natural choice because of its national rankings and its world-renowned faculty.
Perez was inducted into the Beta Gamma Sigma International Business Honor Society and is a member of the Council for Supply Chain Management Professionals, National Society of Hispanic MBAs, National Association of Women MBAs, and the Tennessee Organization of MBAs. She volunteers her time for both academic and social causes such as the Demand and Sales Forecasting Management Conference, Supply Chain Strategy & Management Forum, MBA Program Ambassadors, Knoxville Area Chamber Partnership Ambassadors, and Habitat for Humanity. She represented UT at the 2009 National Black MBA Association Case Competition, where her team earned a Certificate of Excellence. Along with a 2007 graduate of the MBA program, she participated in the Fairview Technology Center 2009 Start-Up Business Competition, where they placed second. She is the vice president of operations for Big Orange Consulting and a graduate assistant for the Howard H. Baker Center for Public Policy.
Perez spent the summer of 2009 working in Intel’s materials organization in Hillsboro, Oregon. After several interviews and careful consideration, she was offered and accepted a position as department manager for Nike’s 1.2 million square foot distribution center in Memphis, Tennessee. She is looking forward to utilizing her entrepreneurial spirit, analytical skills, and the education she has received over the past year and a half in the college’s full-time MBA program to contribute to the success of Nike, and hopes to represent the university’s reputation as a premier higher learning institution in and outside the state.