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Sean Flaherty

Executive MBA, Class of 2006

Executive Vice President, Strategy
ITX Corp.
ITX 200
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Sean Flaherty studied aviation electronics in the Navy, molecular genetics at the University of Rochester and information technology in the trenches. But the educational experience that changed him the most happened at Simon.

"I was always an entrepreneur at heart," says Sean, who had side businesses selling antiques and vintage jewelry and photography while in the Navy and in college. "I spent about a year in corporate America. Then I started a programming firm and hit the ground running."

In 1999, Sean joined two partners at ITX, a company that provides IT services and consulting. The business grew rapidly, thanks to a can-do spirit, hard work and his partner’s business acumen. But Sean sensed that something was lacking for him.

"I didn’t know anything about managing people, accounting or acquiring businesses," says Sean. "And I didn’t know how to speak to C-level people in the companies we were doing business with." So in 2004, Sean enrolled in Simon’s Executive MBA program.

"It was great!" says Sean. "I built relationships there that I’ll have the rest of my life. And now, some of our key business offerings at ITX—like Technology Strategic Planning—have parts and processes that come directly from classes I took at Simon."

While providing those services for one non-profit organization, Sean saw an opportunity to change the world in an even bigger way: By creating a social network devoted to helping those with polycystic kidney disease. Sean’s brainstorm, PKuReD, is creating a massive database that could one day be used to find the cure for this disease.

His time at Simon also helped Sean with a key aspect of ITX: acquisitions. "We acquire a couple of companies each year," he says. "When I walk into a deal, I can quickly glean the information I need to make a good decision."

Sean is quick to point out the value of a Simon MBA to those who seek his advice. "I interview a lot of people with MBAs," he says. "You can find them left and right. But a Simon MBA is different. It has a tremendous amount of value. People in the business world know that this means something."

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"I built relationships there that I'll have the rest of my life. And now, some of our key business offerings at ITX—like Technology Strategic Planning—have parts and processes that come directly from classes I took at Simon."

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