Meet Juvernando Ramirez
Production Manager, Procter and Gamble
I planned where I wanted to be and what I needed to do and I got there by doing things that made me proud.”
Why UTEP MBA?
After having obtained my Bachelor of Science in Engineering from UTEP, and having lived the Miner Experience: university dorms, full-time studies, sports, the opportunity to meet international students and, most importantly, my beautiful wife, I determined to pursue a Masters Degree in fulfillment of a long-held desire. Research of all the masters programs offered at UTEP led me to consider the MBA in International Business because its diverse international approach would enable me to compete in a global company. The evening classes it offered did not conflict with my day-time work schedule and the professors who delivered the classes were most inspiring and engaging, the very best in their fields.
Is there a class or professor that has made a particularly strong impact on you?
Two professors who made a particularly strong impact on me are Dr. Fernanda Garcia and Dr. Laurence Marsh. Dr. Garcia was very focused on the human factor and its position as the most important resource within a company. Dr. Marsh’s class focused on case studies and their relevance to global companies. It enabled me to learn about Procter and Gamble, the topic for my final presentation for his class.
What advice would you give incoming students to help them make the most of UTEP MBA?
I would advise them to take advantage of the opportunity to take classes in International Economics and Organizational Management in order to gain a greater understanding of international trade, the emerging economies, and human resources. In addition, I would advise them to embrace the cultural diversity which UTEP affords, in terms of students and faculty, to become more knowledgeable in other cultures, religions and beliefs, and, most importantly, to learn a second language.
Can you describe your current occupation? What do you see as your next big challenge in your industry/niche?
Currently, I work as production manager for Procter and Gamble’s Charmin line, at Cape Girardeau, Missouri. In that capacity, I interact with colleagues who are accustomed to a fast-paced, constantly-changing manufacturing environment and have dealt with top-of-the-line equipment, customer demand and needs, organization management, and the performance measurements of our line of top-premium quality products. As a consumer-goods company, Procter and Gamble supplies big retailers such as Wal-Mart, Target, Sam’s and Costco—retailers whose patrons look for products that are environmentally friendly, price competitive, and innovative. As the demographic of our country is changing, so must companies understand the needs and tastes of the diverse consumer and meet those needs through the manufacture of innovative products.
What do you think success is?
Success is the sum of all the accomplishments that took you to where you planned to be. It is being in contempt with failure and not trading results with excuses. Being away from my country, I found it very difficult to attend school while working. Having overcome those challenges, I am proud to have become the first member of my family to obtain a university degree. It’s all in the attitude, one that I define as the “2MP Attitude.” You must first define where and what you want to do, to know when you’ve gotten there. I planned where I wanted to be and what I needed to do and I got there by doing things that made me proud. I call it 2MP (do things that Make Me Proud).