From the Issue: Meet the MBA Tech Society

CES picks

In the Summer 2015 issue of Marriott Alumni Magazine, several MBA students shared their top tech picks from the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas. But who are these intrepid members of the MBA Tech Society? We caught up with six of them after the event to find out what makes them tick.



Julia Tian

Name: Julia Tian

Born: Orem, Utah

Current occupation: “I’m currently interning with Adobe in San Francisco and will return to pursue my MBA at BYU.”

Education: BA, Visual Arts, BYU

Hobbies: Music, dance, art, writing

Favorite book: The Creative Habit by Twyla Tharp

Pet peeve: Bad hygiene

Favorite quote: “I am always doing what I cannot do yet in order to learn how to do it.” —Vincent van Gogh




Brian RigbyName: Brian Rigby

Born: Boston, Massachusetts

Current occupation: “I’m currently living in Lindon, Utah, and working as a client success manager at Qualtrics.”

Education: MBA, BYU; BA, Sociology, BYU

Hobbies: Ancient numismatics and archaeology

Previous places of employment: Adobe, Communispace Corp.

Favorite film: The Sandlot

Languages: Spanish and English



Joseph Murphey

Name: Joseph Murphy

Born: New Orleans, Louisiana

Current occupation: “I am living in Palo Alto and interning at Equinix doing finance analytics between my first- and second-year of the MBA program.”

Education: BS, Manufacturing Engineering Technology, BYU

LDS mission: Washington, Kennewick

Favorite spot on campus: “Amid a hectic class schedule, the Museum of Art is the best place to go and find quiet and rejuvenation.”

Favorite tech company: Amazon

Favorite film: Wit




Brady LeavittName: Brady Leavitt

Born: Sandy, Utah

Current occupation: “I’m moving to Houston to work for Microsoft.”

Education: MBA, BYU; BA, Mass Communication, University of Utah

Hobbies: Cycling, rock climbing, scuba diving

Favorite vacation spot: Roatán, Honduras

Social network: “Friendster before it died. Now Facebook.”

Languages spoken: Thai, Chinese, English






Chetan Zawar

Name: Chetan Zawar

Born: India

Current occupation: “I will start working at Microsoft later this month.”

Education: MBA, BYU; BTech, College of Engineering, Pune.

Hobbies: Soccer, music, movies

Favorite song: “Hey Jude” by The Beatles

Pet peeve: Traffic violations and unnecessary arrogance

Favorite book: Any Agatha Christie novel






Ryan OaksName: Ryan Oaks

Born: Provo

Current occupation: “I am currently living in Austin, Texas, and working at Dell in a marketing and operations role.”

Education: MBA, BYU; BA, Communications, Utah Valley University

Hobbies: Golf, canyoneering, basketball, soccer

Favorite vacation spot: Cozumel, Mexico

Best class at BYU: “Brand Management gets into the nitty-gritty of marketing and gives crucial tools for any line of business you choose to work in.”

Favorite song: “Mud on the Tires” by Brad Paisley


Read “CES Show-Stoppers” in the Summer 2015 issue of Marriott Alumni Magazine.