Before enrolling at UALR and eventually receiving a Master’s of Business Administration degree in 2012, Arturs Abolins was contemplating a move to Manchester, England.
Today, Abolins is a proud alum who calls himself a UALR Trojan who returns to campus for athletic events wearing clothing emblazoned with the UALR logo. So what led this former British-bound student to Arkansas’s capital city?
“A good friend of mine asked if I would be interested in a graduate assistant position with the UALR Track and Field program. I researched the MBA program at UALR and the city of Little Rock, and found both to be a great place ever since,” he said.
Abolins describes his experience at UALR as “stimulating and challenging,” where he was encouraged to explore what mattered most to him and also look at things from different perspectives.
“I was impressed with the faculty members and their desire to facilitate students’ curiosity to learn beyond the requirements of the curriculum,” Abolins said. “And most important, I was equipped with the theoretical knowledge and practical skills to succeed in competitive job market.”
Abolins is employed with Arkansas-based Axciom, where is responsible for database builds and data extracts for multiple Acxiom clients.
He also works on new product development to save clients money, while also improving client relationships and marketing efforts. In addition, Abolins works as part of the Acxiom Global Team focusing on products and services that allow Acxiom clients to expand into previously unserved foreign markets.
He credits Dr. Steve Edison for not only being an excellent marketing professor, but also for being instrumental in connecting Abolins with multiple corporate recruiters and helping him stand out among other students.
Although Abolins confesses he does not currently use the knowledge gained in a course on applied equity analysis, it became his favorite class and of great personal value.
“It demystified misconceptions about financial markets, financial instruments, and how people work step-by-step to come up with analytical reports for which other market participants pay large amount of money,” he said.
But his favorite memory is a period of time spent with a “very special person,” also enrolled in the MBA program.
“Besides that, the whole process from the first class until graduation was a valuable experience,” he concluded.