Alumni stay connected through the Executive MBA Alumni Network with a focus on enriching the lives of its membership by providing continuing executive education, networking and social events.
The Culverhouse College of Commerce Executive MBA Alumni Network’s mission is to strengthen the EMBA Program through recruitment efforts, and encourage and support alumni to achieve significant and lasting success in their business and professional careers while maximizing the value of knowledge and relationships gained before and after graduation.
Many of the EMBA events are open to prospective students. Join our alumni for a lunch, football tailgate, A-Day breakfast, family day, networking session or the EMBA Alumni Annual Conference.
A Board of Officers elected by the EMBA alumni oversees the Culverhouse College of Commerce Executive MBA Alumni Network.
"The EMBA program was a transformative experience for me. In addition to acquiring new skills I learned how to think strategically and I created relationships that have far outlasted my time in the program. I consider earning my M.B.A. as one of my greatest accomplishments in life." – Ben Paulk (EMBA 2012), President, EMBA Alumni Network
Russell Shamburger (TEMBA 2004), President, EMBA Alumni Network
Russell Shamburger is a Vice President Senior Business Process Analyst with Cadence Bank, an $8.2 billion regional bank with more than 70 branches in Alabama, Florida, Mississippi, Tennessee and Texas. Russell has over 20 years of experience in multiple functional roles and industries and proudly served as a Sergeant in the U.S. Marine Corps for six years. The EMBA Program has allowed Russell to see the “big picture” of how successful businesses like Cadence can continue to grow and help clients be successful.
Michael Brost (HEMBA 2015), Communications Director, Executive MBA Alumni Network
Michael Brost is Senior Business Analyst with Modern Technology Solutions, Inc. in Huntsville. He has worked in the NASA and DoD industry for the past 15 years and currently supports the development and defense of the budget for Missile Defense Agency programs, as well as execution of appropriated funds. The EMBA program provided him with a new “tool kit” and a fresh perspective for evaluating strategic resourcing decisions on both a quantitative and qualitative level.
Russ Elrod (HEMBA 2013), Secretary-Treasurer, Executive MBA Alumni Network
Russ Elrod is Co-owner and General Manager of Arab Cartage & Express/Agent National, a full service transport and logistics solutions specialist. As a co-owner of his family business he has had the opportunity to experience all functional areas of a corporation. His undergraduate and graduate education from Culverhouse College of Commerce at UA has prepared him for the “strategic and tactical aspects of business. Russ has served on several Boards, including UA’s Culverhouse Board of Visitors, BancorpSouth Divisional Board of Directors and the Alabama Trucking Association Board of Directors. Russ holds a B.S. in Business Administration and an M.B.A. (EMBA Program) from The University of Alabama.
Jennifer Thomas (TEMBA 2014), Vice President, Executive MBA Alumni Network
Jennifer Thomas is Accountant III with Alabama Power. She is also currently vice president of Alabama Power’s networking group in her division which promotes unity, networking for all employees and exposure to different people in leadership positions. Alabama Power provides reliable electricity supply and unparalleled service to more than 1.4 million homes, businesses and industries. It is part of the Southern Company (NYSE:SO), a leading U.S energy company serving nine million electric and gas utility customers in nine states through its subsidiaries. Prior to working with Alabama Power Jennifer worked in the banking industry. It was during her time at Regions Bank that she knew she needed to attain her M.B.A. to take her career to the next level. Jennifer has a B.A. in Violin Performance and an M.A. in Music Education for Northwester University and a M.B.A. (EMBA Program) from The University of Alabama.
Ben Paulk (TEMBA 2013), Past President, Executive MBA Alumni Network
Ben Paulk is Senior Product Manager with BBVA Compass in Birmingham. For Ben the EMBA Program has been an important part of his personal and professional life and he hopes that others looking to enroll in an M.B.A. program will have a similar experience. Ben holds a B.S. in Marketing from The University of Alabama in Birmingham and an M.B.A. (EMBA Program) from The University of Alabama.