Name: Paymon Kamali
Course: EMBA in Energy
Class: Cohort IV
What influenced your decision to study at Price College of Business?
The Price College of Business at the University of Oklahoma is one of the very few colleges in the world that offers a fully concentrated Executive MBA program in Energy. Prior to applying, I researched all accredited MBA programs in both the U.S. and abroad and found the OU Price College of Business to be a great fit. Also, the acceptance process allows only a select group to participate, which guarantees that my peers in the cohort will have a similar level of experience within the industry.
What were your favorite aspects of the EMBA in Energy Program?
Understanding how to protect your company and diversifiable risk were key components communicated throughout the entirety of the EMBA in Energy program. Being a business owner means being subjected to a multitude of regulations and requirements, and this program helped to fully understand the risks along with the premiums, all of which are demanded in the current business market.
Briefly describe your work experience before studying at Price College of Business.
For the past twelve years, my passion for land management has allowed me to travel around the United States in a number of capacities. I have managed several projects for mid-sized to large exploration and production companies in the oil and gas industry, as well as projects for wind and pipelines.
Since completing the EMBA in Energy Program, how has your career progressed?
Since completing the program, my company has taken on more clients and we have forged stronger relationships with them. Through our research, we are able to show quantitative value and we have an unobstructed focus on our client’s needs. The program also enhanced my knowledge for handling complex situations with a nuanced diplomacy.
Is there any advice you would give to new students at the OU Price College of Business?
Make sure your actions reflect your thinking and think BIG! Understand that the relationships you have are more meaningful than the income that they may earn. Lastly, don’t take “No” for an answer.
Are you interested in taking your energy career to the next level? Learn more about our 15-month EMBA in Energy Program here.