Jared graduated from the University of Vermont in 2010 with a degree in Environmental Studies. He has been in the solar industry since then, working on projects ranging from residential to utility scale. In 2017, Jared founded Mad River Solar, a small utility scale solar and battery storage development company. Jared lives in the Mad River Valley of Vermont with his wife Emma, and dog Maggie. He is an officer on the local volunteer fire department, and a member of the towns Development Review Board. Jared is an avid outdoorsman, and loves to hike, ski, fish and hunt. Connect with him on LinkedIn.
Why did you choose to attend The Sustainable Innovation MBA program?
The Sustainable Innovation MBA fit directly into my vision for the type of business leader I wanted to be. I needed a program that would teach me the invaluable MBA skills needed to scale my solar business, while bringing along with it an innovative new way of thinking about the future of business.
What has been your favorite part/element of the program?
The program is tailored to bring you the skills of tomorrow, while giving you the base that every business leader needs to succeed.
What are three things someone considering the program should be aware of?
1) The program is intense being focused into one year, so plan for this. 2) While the program brings you innovative and disruptive skills surrounding sustainability, you still gain those base MBA skills needed to succeed. 3) Burlington, Vermont is cold and snowy in the winter, so bring your skis!
How has The Sustainable Innovation MBA benefitted you so far?
I have already taken some of the skills learned in the program back to the solar company that I own. This program has direct real world value.
What business, sector, or issue would you like to have an impact on after the program?
The energy industry through the deployment of renewable energy.
One of the best parts of the program is the diverse and ambitious class. Our class has become very close friends in a short period of time.