The Rady School Blog

  • Rady Alumni Establish Their Lab to Market to Bring Mobile Auto Maintenance to Working Professionals in San Diego

    January 29, 2015
    by Aleena Karamally

    Executive Oil Services (EOS) is a unique, mobile auto maintenance service for working professionals in San Diego. The company, which was cofounded by Loren Chang and Andrew Zorko, two Full Time MBA Alumni who graduated from Rady in 2014, provides oil changes and other services to employees at individual companies and business parks, as well as tenants at apartment complexes. Customers use an online system to schedule their service. The EOS van then visits the customers’ locations on a set date approximately twice a month, efficiently completes the requested service, and returns the customers’ keys to them directly. Zorko and Chang are a prime example of the long-term benefits of the skills and connections that come with a Rady MBA.

    The Creation of EOS

    “We came up with the idea in the first Lab to Market session. We had a lot of ideas, but this one just made the most sense,” said Chang.

    Chang and Zorko founded the company in their second year of Lab to Market with the support of peers, professors, and alumni.

    Chang, who came to Rady with a background in Chemistry, did not originally intend to head into the entrepreneur track. He chose Rady because he knew the flexibility and diversity would allow him to explore his options and find a career path that worked for him.

    “I really liked the fact that [Rady was] a newer school because it allowed me to pick whatever track I wanted, and go that way,” said Chang. “Also, the class sizes are perfect; big enough to have diversity but small enough so that you know everybody.”

    Lab to Market

    Chang attributes much of the success of EOS to Rady’s intensive Lab to Market course sequence.

    “Lab to market immerses you in a part of entrepreneurship that you would never experience otherwise. You have all the resources at your disposal and you begin from the ground up. [The professors] guide you through the entire process, from coming up with a plan, to doing research and talking to customers,” said Chang. “I’m pretty sure without Lab to Market, I would be working a regular 9-5 at some other company.”

    Chang says the expertise and experience of Rady’s faculty, and their willingness to help students and use their connections was a huge benefit.

    “There’s a real community feel, and as long as you’re cordial and you’re willing to talk to people, everyone is willing to lend a hand if they can.”

    The Future of EOS

    In the next few years, Chang and Zorko hope to expand EOS throughout San Diego County and the surrounding areas, including Irvine and other parts of Orange County. Long-term, Chang sees EOS expanding to New York and other city hubs.

    The factor that truly sets EOS apart, however, is their commitment to customer service and integrity.

    “Obviously the purpose of a business is to make money, but we can’t stand the idea of making money through hidden fees and by taking advantage of our customers. It’s not easy to make a profit in the automobile world without all of that, especially with all the competition, but we are going to stay true to our mission and our commitment. When it comes down to it, my customers have the solution to the problems we want to fix. We simply learned to listen.”

    Advice to Others

    Chang encourages students to fully take advantage of the opportunities available during the Lab to Market course sequence by choosing an idea that they are truly passionate about.

    “Just run with it. Just go for it; it doesn’t matter what the idea is,” said Chang.

    Chang also encourages students to take full advantage of the resources available to them.

    ”The mentality for a startup is that we’re all on our own against the big world, but we’re here and willing to help.”

    Aleena Karamally is a student writer for the Rady School and a freshman at UC San Diego. Aleena is a Human Development major and a member of the UC San Diego Equestrian Team.

  • An Admissions Director's View of the Admission Interview

    January 27, 2015
    by Jay Bryant

    Yes, I know, you have already jumped through so many hoops and over so many hurdles with your graduate school applications – but this is the final test, the last chance to show you are MBA quality… the interview!
  • New Year, More Impact: A Look Back on the Influence of Philanthropy at the Rady School in 2014

    January 22, 2015
    by Ashley Dittmar

    Each January, we like to reflect on the past year at the Rady School through our Annual Impact Report.
  • Getting to Know the Rady School Student MBA Ambassadors, Part Three

    January 20, 2015
    by Aleena Karamally

    In part three of this six-part blog series, Wu Bin, current full-time MBA student, shares some of his favorite things about Rady and San Diego.
  • Professor Terrence August's Top Tips to Avoid CyberCrime

    January 15, 2015
    by Aleena Karamally

    MBA Career Connection's Top Sites for a Successful Career Strategy
  • Getting to Know the Rady School Student MBA Ambassadors, Part Two

    January 13, 2015
    by Aleena Karamally

    The Rady School of Management offers prospective students a chance to interact with current students, our Student MBA Ambassadors, in order to gain a peer perspective on student life, academics, and culture at Rady School.The Ambassadors share their unique and genuine experiences so you can get a complete picture of life in San Diego and truly imagine yourself at Rady. In the second part of our six-part blog series, Vance Lopez shares his Rady story and his advice to prospective students.
  • Getting to Know the Rady School Student MBA Ambassadors

    January 8, 2015
    by Lauren Herr

    Some of the most integral factors weighed when deciding on an MBA program can also be the hardest to predetermine before applying. The Rady School of Management is proud to introduce our six current student MBA ambassadors who are eager to provide prospective students first-hand knowledge of what matters to you – the topics that aren’t as simple to glean from a website, program ranking or online tour.
  • Lessons from the Beyster Institute: The Truth About Employee Ownership

    January 6, 2015
    by Martin Staubus

    Does Employee Ownership Really Do Anything for Company Performance?
  • Do Not Wait. ELEVATE!

    December 23, 2014
    by Nancy Peritz

    On Tuesday, December 16, 2014, sixty coworkers, managers and executives all came together for a certificate ceremony at Northrop Grumman Corporation (NGC) in Rancho Bernardo to congratulate thirty of their colleagues who earned the Elevate Strategic Leader Certificate.
  • Deck the Malls

    December 18, 2014
    by Martin Staubus

    A tale of entrepreneurship – and a leading holiday decoration company becomes employee owned
  • Impressions of Rady from the New Director of Graduate Admissions and Recruitment

    December 16, 2014
    by Jay Bryant

    Most of us in our professional lives have the opportunity to take on brand new positions in new organizations. This time can be extremely stressful and exciting at the same time.
  • Past and Current StartR Groups Shine at 2nd Annual Kickoff

    December 12, 2014
    by Lauren Herr

    Over one hundred Rady School MBA and UCSD undergraduate students came together to celebrate UCSD’s second annual kick-off event this week in the Fung Auditorium.
  • Staying the Course for Entrepreneurs: Part I

    December 10, 2014
    by Lauren Herr

    Rady alumni Royan Kamyar’s successful journey staying the course while founding Owaves, now recognized as one of the best lifestyle apps on the market
  • Rady Alumni Support Future Rady Students for Giving Tuesday

    December 4, 2014
    by Ashley Dittmar

    We have a day for giving thanks. We have two for getting deals. Now, we have Giving Tuesday, a global day dedicated to giving back. On Tuesday, December 2, 2014, charities, families, businesses, community centers, and students around the world came together for one common purpose: to celebrate generosity and to give.
  • December Update: Rady Rises in Top Rankings, Posts First Instagram Selfie and Celebrates Giving Tuesday

    December 2, 2014
    by Lauren Herr

    The Rady School of Management at UC San Diego received a boost in recent rankings of full-time MBA programs in the United States from Poet & Quants as well as appeared for the first time in Bloomberg Businessweek’s rankings. Highlights of Rady School’s rankings include:
  • mystartupXX: Empowering Next-Gen Female Technology Entrepreneurs

    November 25, 2014
    by Lauren Herr

    Earlier this month the Rady School and von Liebig Center for Entrepreneurism and Technology Advancement at the Jacobs School of Engineering mystartupXX program directors traveled to Washington, D.C. to celebrate the winners of the SBA Growth Accelerator Fund national grant winners. During the event, mystartupXX was recognized as one of the top accelerators in the nation and SBA administrator Maria Contreras-Sweet spoke extensively about mystartupXX's “startup” story in her welcome speech (read her blog post here).
  • Rick Vogt, Rady Alum and Author of The Stargazer Journal and Crosshairs

    November 4, 2014
    by Rick Vogt

    Earning my MBA at Rady provided the much-needed perspective on how to achieve my professional aspirations. When I finished the full-time program in 2008, I knew it would take years for my aspirations to become realities, so I used my business expertise to help other entrepreneurs...
  • 4 Ways Leaders can Foster Inclusion in Diverse Groups and Organizations

    October 28, 2014
    by Bernardo M. Ferdman

    You may very well already understand how diversity is important and useful to your work groups and to your organization. After all, research indicates that we can derive many benefits from social diversity, including more creativity, more diligence, and harder work, among others. But how can you actually make this happen?
  • Kill the Cup, Oktoberfest, and Fantasy Football

    October 21, 2014
    by Drew Beal

    Hey there! I’m Drew Beal, a Full-Time MBA 2013 alum. I’m one of those guys that stuck around San Diego after graduation, working on his Lab to Market project. In fact, I’m writing to you from a co-working club in University Heights, 3rdspace, where I spend most of my days...
  • Looking Back at the 6th Annual Rady Golf Classic

    October 14, 2014
    by Ashley Dittmar

    The 6th Annual Rady Golf Classic, on October 6, 2014, was a success due to our many sponsors, participants, volunteers and the La Jolla Country Club. Thank you to everyone who made this day fun and memorable.