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Ray Midlam '10

Vice President, Planning and Business Development
St. Luke's Hospital

"The professors are from the real world, experienced. They go out of their way to talk to you on topics outside of the classroom."

Ray Midlam worked at Sage Financial Group for more than seven years, reaching the position of Manager of Operations before coming to Lehigh for a full-time MBA. While in the program he interned at St. Luke's Hospital and Health Network and was a Finance Teaching Assistant. He graduated in May 2010.

What new perspective has the Lehigh MBA given you?
When you're an undergrad they talk about marketing, but they don't promote a marketing career the way they promote it here: as a central figure who needs to have an entrepreneurial nature. It allows you to be the mini CEO of a division, to work with so many people. It started with Robert Kuchta's class (Business to Business Marketing). The more I thought about it, the more I realized this was a way to really use my skills.  

What are your post-Lehigh plans?
Product management or service management, and that could be anywhere from the medical device industry to the finance industry.

How has this program helped you reach new goals?
I am hoping that whatever I do can add value to people's lives, real value. That's why I'm looking into the medical device industry, that's why I interned at St. Luke's while at Lehigh. I like to be involved. I like to champion a project through.

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