Baylor EMBA Healthcare Class of 2014
Vice President, Western United States for Hanger Orthopedic Group
"Reaching the C-Suite"
Jay Wendt has a busy life. He is the Vice President, Western United States for Hanger Orthopedic Group (HGR), and married with two children. But Jay knew that in order to get to the next step in his career, he needed to sure up some gaps in his business knowledge as well as stretch himself personally and professionally. “As a 41 year old business professional, it has stretched me to get to get back into a classroom setting. Re-establishing study habits, engaging my brain back into concepts that I have not thought of for quite some time, and managing a very busy professional schedule have challenged me to a great degree.”
Jay also knew that getting the Healthcare specialization that Baylor offers would also best fit his business needs. “The Baylor EMBA Healthcare Program gives me the opportunity to apply healthcare specific concepts that I learn in the program to the healthcare profession that I operate in daily. The healthcare industry is a very different business, with different business models, in many respects. For example, how many industries can you identify where the end user is not necessarily the payor? In an industry where most of the industry drivers are clinical rather than business people, it creates a different set of challenges and opportunities that requires a different skill set. While much of the content and course material of the regular EMBA can be applied in general, the Healthcare specific focus brings added value to learn how to be successful in this very different industry.”
Jay looked at several programs in the area, but ultimately felt like the Baylor Executive MBA with Healthcare Specialization fit his goals. “I chose the Baylor EMBA Program for several reasons. First, I like the Christian environment and atmosphere that the program offers, as it is in line with my personal mission and life outlook. Secondly, the program is nationally recognized as one of the top EMBA programs, and it was important for me to receive my MBA from a university with a high level of recognition and credibility. Last, the class schedule worked well for me — late Friday afternoons and Saturdays on alternating weekends. I am very proud and honored to be a part of this program.”