MBA Alum Named “Rookie of the Year” at Top NH Company

MBA Alum Named “Rookie of the Year” at Top NH Company

Thursday, February 12, 2015

In April of 2014, Jillian D. D’Anna (’05, ’11) started working at Dyn, one of NH’s highest rated companies. Within five months she was one of their top sales performers and by December was named “Rookie of the Year”. D’Anna attributes her success to hard work, business insight and skills she developed while earning her UNH MBA at the Manchester campus.

D’Anna graduated from UNH in 2005 with a double major in Political Science and International Affairs. Her resume caught the attention of executives at the Subway World Headquarters and was offered a position in the International Department. Over the next few years, D’Anna held leadership roles at other companies, including BFS Daniel’s and Skillsoft. Considering the next steps towards her future, D’Anna debated between attending law school and pursuing a master’s degree, ultimately deciding that an MBA would be more relevant and applicable to her future career goals.

“When I finally decided on the MBA, I knew that I wanted a program that would be led by in class instructors, provide opportunities to collaborate with peers, and have networking opportunities,” said D’Anna. “Most of my peers were looking at other online competitors, but I had a strong allegiance to UNH and really wanted to be in the Manchester community. Even though I did not have tuition support from my employer at the time, I knew that I was investing in my future.”

“Grad School helped me further polish my business acumen, which gave me the opportunity to have higher-level business conversations with confidence,” said D’Anna. “The skills I learned in the classroom were able to be applied directly to business scenarios I was experiencing every day; not to mention that I developed incredible time management skills, juggling a full time work and full time course load.”

“I learned about an opening at Dyn from MBA classmate Michael Veilleux. After visiting the company and conducting a rigorous informational interview, I knew Dyn was a place where I could put down roots and grow professionally.” While D’Anna was attracted to the company culture, the potential for personal growth, and the opportunity to further her career, what appealed most was the company founder’s (Jeremy Hitchcock) commitment to community. 

“While growing up my mother always looked for opportunities to give back and help those in need,” said D’Anna. “I want to instill that in my own children.” In her free time D’Anna volunteers with the New England Handicapped Sports Association (helping with the alpine skiing program), the Nashua Soup Kitchen and trains for half marathons. In the future she intends to apply to the Women’s Leadership Development program offered by UNH’s Paul College, as well as become a mentor for current UNH students in their junior/senior year.

Jillian and her husband Lindsay live in Milford with their young children Jack and Julie, 2 yellow labs and an ever expanding “farm” of 2 cows, several chickens and a bunny.

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