Real Humans: Rice University’s Jones Graduate School of Business, Professional MBA


Steve Jimenez, Rice University’s Jones Graduate School of Business, Professional MBA Class of 2022

School and Program: 

Rice Jones Professional MBA Program


Houston, Texas

Steve Jimenez, Rice Professional MBA Class of 2022

Undergraduate Institution & Major: 

Texas A&M University – Sociology

Pre-MBA Work Experience:

Eaton, 1.5 manufacturing
Halliburton, 1.5 manufacturing
Hands On Solutions, 4 consulting
Hives for Heroes, 2 veteran non-profit
rutd, 1 enterprise software

Why Business School?  Why Now?

Rice Business is the #1 entrepreneurship school in the country.  This is my chance to connect with amazing people and resources and I wanted to continue to grow Hives for Hereos, and develop and launch rutd.

Why did you pick your school/program? What factors figured most prominently into your decision of where to attend?

I didn’t actually plan on going back to school, but couldn’t refuse the opportunity to attend the #1 school and I always thought Rice was unattainable. I am grateful for the opportunity.

What do you think is your most valuable or differentiating contribution to your graduating class?

My entrepreneurial experience with a heart to serve others

Fun fact that didn’t get included on your application?

I’m a father of 3 amazing ladies, a former Marine, a life-long learner, and have high energy.

Post-MBA Career Interest:

Hives for Heroes global expansion and rutd launch and national expansion

Advice to current prospective applicants:

Never quit. Find your passion, build healthy relationships, and give it everything you’ve got.

What is your initial impression of the school’s students/culture/community?

Highly motivated with the drive to change the world.

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