University of San Francisco School of Management

After seven years in the Marine Corps flying helicopters, Tal decided to pursue his next goal: establishing a long-term career outside of the army. He’s now an entrepreneur with a catalogue of successful startups in his portfolio. He also sits on the board for the Department of Finance and Economics at Mississippi State University.

And, if that’s not enough, he’s currently working on upscaling his aviation soft-ware startup, Coflyt. This new startup is designed to make the management of aircraft for pilots and aircraft owners easier––like an online logbook.

He credits the part-time MBA from USF SOM for equipping him with the entrepreneurial skills to launch his own venture. He claims the program helped him build a strong foundational under-standing of business.

“My MBA has given me the opportunity to continue work-ing with a passion of mine––which is flying and aviation––while developing a business that will help the aviation community,” Tal says.

It’s never too late to go back to school

When Tal left the Marine Corps in 1993, he moved his young family to San Francisco and got a job as a planning analyst in sales for Valent USA. After three years with the company, he was promoted to director of sales. It paid the bills, but he wanted more from his career and began thinking about his options.

He didn’t think business school was feasible when he first moved to San Francis-co. He quickly realized that he didn’t have the business background he needed if he wanted to launch a career as an entrepreneur.

“The university had the flexibility to allow me to do adapt my schedule when I needed to,” he says. While ad-justing to the change of pace was difficult, the benefits out-weighed the challenge, as Tal began to develop the skills that would allow him to launch his own venture.

Acquiring entrepreneurial skills

Tal says USF SOM afforded him the chance to sit down and learn about every sub sector of business. The finance and marketing modules have been particularly useful to him as an entrepreneur today; the practicality of learning how to promote your brand and the financial commitment when ensuring your startup lasts long-term.

The development of his soft skills has also been a big take-away from his MBA, Tal adds. “The program introduces you to people you may never otherwise have met,” he explains. “Yes, I have a better understanding of finance and marketing––but I met some remarkable people, too. I wasn’t expecting that.”

The MBA gave him the grounding he needed to move forward with his own business ideas, he says long-term.

The development of his soft skills has also been a big take-away from his MBA, Tal adds. “The program introduces you to people you may never otherwise have met,” he explains. “Yes, I have a better under-standing of finance and marketing––but I met some re-markable people, too. I wasn’t expecting that.”

The MBA gave him the grounding he needed to move forward with his own business ideas, he says.