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Smeal MBA Military and Veterans' Association

The Smeal Military Veterans Association provides MBA Admissions, the MBA Student Body, and veterans at the Smeal College of Business with support for recruiting, professional development, and leadership service throughout the academic year in order to create and sustain a mutually beneficial relationship between the College and its veterans.

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Values

  • Service: Smeal Military Veterans are known for their record of national service.  This enduring commitment is evident in their continued effort.
  • Honor: Smeal Military Veterans live up to the highest ethical standards of their respective branch, and those of the Smeal College of Business.
  • Leadership: Smeal Military Veterans will be sought for their leadership training and experience, and will be a practical knowledge base for the College on the matter.

 

Officer Bios

Moore BradyPresident
Dan Farfan

Dan joined the Marines out of Miami, Florida directly after high school in 2002.  After graduating first in his class, Dan was assigned to 8th and I in Washington, DC and later transferred to the Office of The Director, Marine Corps Staff at the Pentagon, where he served during the wars of Iraq and Afghanistan.   While at the Pentagon, Dan was able to complete his Bachelor’s degree during off hours and weekends.  Dan was also able to attend several leadership courses, graduating first in his class and receiving a total of three meritorious promotions.  After completing college, Dan was accepted into the Enlisted Commissioning Program and later attended Officer Candidate School.  In 2008, after commissioning as a Second Lieutenant and completing further military training, he was stationed in Okinawa, Japan where he deployed to Korea, Thailand, and Europe where he assisted with training the Georgian Army before they deployed to join the Regimental Combat Team in Afghanistan.  During his time in Japan, Dan was also chosen to serve as the Officer in Charge of Le Shima Training Facility, where he led his team to manage the mulit-million dollar base and, as the most senior officer, served as the American representative to the local Japanese Mayor and local elected officials.  After leaving the active component in 2012, Dan later deployed twice as a reservist, once to Liberia in support of the United Nations and later to the Middle East in support of the air campaign against ISIS in Iraq and Syria. 

 

Portrait of Soloman FongVice President of Corporate Relations
Soloman Fong
Supply Chain Management


Soloman enlisted in the United States Army Reserve shortly after turning 17 while he was attending High School. He was assigned to the 436th Transportation Battalion in Staten Island, New York as a Transportation Management Coordinator. He was deployed to Iraq in 2010 with the 961st Transportation Detachment. The detachment filled the role of Movement Control Team at the largest logistics hub in Iraq during this time period. Through the military he has been able to visit North Carolina, Texas, Nevada, California and New Jersey during training. While in reserve status, Soloman completed his Bachelor’s of Science in Business Management at Stony Brook University. Soloman was honorably discharged from the Army in March 2013.

 

Layo EricVice President for Finance
Steven Pedersen
Finance


Steven joined the United States Air Force in 2004 and was assigned to the 305th Security Forces Squadron at McGuire AFB, NJ.  Throughout Steven’s time in the Air Force, he worked as a military police officer, a combat training instructor, and ran a sniper security team.  During Operation Iraqi Freedom, Steven conducted security patrols with Detachment 2411 throughout Northern Iraq to support intelligence gathering and to map insurgency operations.  After the war, Steven worked as an Operations Intelligence Analyst with the 349th Operations Group at Travis AFB, CA. In 2012, Steven was recruited by Special Operations Consulting, LLC to provide diplomatic security and sniper support as a Designated Defensive Marksman for the Department of State in Baghdad, Iraq.  Some notable clients Steven provided security for while in Baghdad were Ambassador Robert Beecroft and Secretary of State John Kerry.

 

Layo EricVice President for Operations
Steven Letts
Supply Chain Management


Steve graduated from the US Coast Guard Academy in 2009 where he received his Bachelor’s Degree in Operations Research and Computer Analysis and his commission into the US Coast Guard. Steve’s first tour was onboard the USCGC DECISIVE in Pascagoula Mississippi where he served as a Deck Watch Officer and a Boarding Officer in Counter Drug & Migrant missions throughout the Caribbean. In 2011, Steve was transferred to USCG Sector Delaware Bay in Philadelphia, PA where he served as the Ports, Waterways, and Coastal Security Branch Chief where he received the Coast Guard Achievement Medal for his performance of duties. In the summer of 2014, Steve transitioned out of the Coast Guard and is currently a full-time MBA Candidate at the Smeal College of Business with a concentration in Supply Chain Management and Strategic Leadership.

 

2013-2014 Military MBA Students
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1st Year Military MBAs 2015
2nd Year Military MBAs 2014
2013-2014 Military MBAs 2013-2014