MBA Alumnus: David Hamlin

Hamlin SunguardDavid Hamlin, UAB MBA ’12, was enrolled in the MBA program when he received an interview with SunGard Financial Systems that landed him a job two weeks after graduation. Three years and two job promotions later, he accepted a new role with SunGard last year that included relocating to Singapore to assist with software sales in Asia-Pacific and Australia.

David attributes his career success to the valuable experience that he received in the MBA program. “UAB’s MBA program has world-class faculty that I interacted with on campus and since graduation,” says David. “The amount of real-world experience and knowledge displayed in the classroom and in case studies by professors was extremely impressive. Some professors were entrepreneurs who were able to share tips for starting, growing and owning a business. Others include world renowned managing partners and legal professionals who taught us about ethics and promoted highly effective presentations skills.”

During his time as a student, David worked as a portfolio analyst for UAB’s Green and Gold Fund, a student-managed investment portfolio. Members of the Fund are tasked to analyze, present and choose stocks, bonds and other investments to add to the portfolio. With this experience in the securities market, David was more desirable to SunGard for employment.

“The school’s remarkable connections and dedication by the faculty and staff helped me obtain a paid internship that also earned MBA credits,” David says. “The MBA program is dedicated to providing students the keys to achieve outside the classroom.” For David, having crucial connections built through the MBA program ensured his success in gaining employment after graduation.Hamlin 1

At the end of the day, David was taught to give back. In 2011, he volunteered as a loan officer for UAB’s Tornado Relief Forgivable Loan Program, led by Dr. Stephen Yoder. He was encouraged to volunteer his time. “I learned that it is very important to give back to the community that provided me with such a flourishing academic and personal environment.”

The Collat School of Business is accredited by AACSB International at the baccalaureate and master's level: less than five percent of schools worldwide are AACSB accredited for their business programs. UAB is the only school that offers an MBA program in the Birmingham area. To learn more about UAB’s MBA program, follow the link for more information: