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What It Takes to Be the Best and the Brightest

By Caroline Brooks

Three Broad College of Business graduate students were named to the Poets & Quants Class of 2016 “Best and Brightest” rankings.

Joshua Sanborn appeared on the list of 50 “Best and Brightest EMBAs,” while Tyler Erhorn (Finance/Supply Chain Management) and Jinson Pappachan (Supply Chain Management) were among the 100 distinguished graduates from across the world to appear on the “Best and Brightest MBAs.”

“This year’s selections were a diverse group that ranged from a White House staff member to alternative rock singer and guitarist,” said Jeff Schmitt, writer for Poets & Quants. “Through their actions, each embodied how business could be used as an instrument to disrupt norms, add value, serve needs, and achieve social good. And their inclusion is a reflection of the quality of your program – and the world-class talent that it attracts.”

EMBA graduate Joshua Sanborn
EMBA graduate Joshua Sanborn

Joshua Sanborn, also a Broad undergraduate alumnus (BA Finance ’08), completed the EMBA program while working for Ilitch Holdings Inc. He currently manages Ilitch Charities, a NPO that implements charitable initiatives supported by the Ilitch-owned companies, including the Detroit Red Wings, Detroit Tigers, and Little Caesars Pizza. A devoted husband and father, Sanborn stood out in the Broad community from the beginning, and was selected by Broad faculty as the 2016 student commencement speaker. “Joshua Sanborn is the ‘epitome of excellence’ in our EMBA program. His ability to contribute to class discussions and embrace new material earned respect and admiration – not only by staff and professors, but also his classmates – making him a stand-out among his peers,” said Denise M. Doyle, program coordinator for Broad’s EMBA program.

Tyler Erhorn
MBA graduate Tyler Erhorn

Tyler Erhorn graduates from the Broad College having secured a job with Raytheon, a major American defense contractor. According to Wayne Hutchison, director of academic and program services for the Broad Full-Time MBA Program, “Tyler has been a difference-maker ever since his arrival at Broad. He has been our number-one student mentor and advocate in financial matters, both academically and professionally. He’s amongst the top five percent of students in the Broad MBA because he is the total package. Great leader, teammate, and steward of the program.”

Jinson Pappachan will return to Apple, which extended him an offer following his 2015 internship. In addition to his role as president of the Broad Consulting Group, Pappachan also created a not-for-profit consulting group, BusinessDoctoRx, which provided pro-bono consulting to entities across Michigan during the 2015–16 school year.

Jinson Pappachan
MBA graduate Jinson Pappachan

“Jinson Pappachan, more than any student in the Broad College, is responsible for the MBA program’s recent success in creating consulting opportunities both during the graduate experience and after graduation in permanent positions. He works as hard as he does because he believes in sharing his expertise and time with his student colleagues and clients in a way I have not seen before. This young man is truly special,” Hutchison said.

To produce the “Best and Brightest” list, Poets & Quants reached out to 62 leading full-time MBA programs worldwide to request nominees. Each school was asked to submit up to four nominations of students who exemplified the best of its program, taking into account academic prowess, extracurricular involvement, and personal excellence. After thorough review, the final list features a diverse, impressive pool of scholars representing all walks of business from 53 schools around the world.  Women make up more than half of the list, and nearly one third were born outside the U.S.

Read more about the “Best and Brightest MBAs” and in-depth interviews with the Broad students, Tyler Erhorn and Jinson Pappachan.

Learn about the “Best and Brightest EMBAs” and more about Joshua Sanborn.

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