Student Spotlight – Josh Hinshaw

Quickfire Questions

Name: Josh Hinshaw
Year: Second
Campus: Baltimore
Company: TE SubCom
Title/Role: Manager, Fleet Operations
Hometown/Current Town:  Cleveland, Ohio/Annapolis, Maryland
Alma Mater: U.S. Naval Academy
Favorite Baltimore Area Restaurant: HomeSlyce (Federal Hill location) for Thursday $5 sandwiches, but my actual favorite restaurant is Boatyard Bar and Grill in Annapolis (Eastport).
Favorite Baltimore/D.C. Area Tourist Destination: Anywhere on the Chesapeake Bay sounds good to me!
Favorite Travel Destination: Argentina
Favorite Book: All of Malcolm Gladwell’s books…
Favorite Movie: Christmas Vacation
Favorite Song/Artist: Band: Journey
Favorite Podcast: NPR’s All Things Considered
Currently Binging on Netflix/Hulu/Amazon: The Crown
Dream Job: Run an offshore (sailing) experiential small unit leadership development program
What’s your Guilty Pleasure? What can’t you live without? Coffee

Let’s Get to It

You are a Fleet Operations Manager for TE SubCom. Can you tell us about your day-to-day job and how you decided to take on that role? My day-to-day job is to manage the movement of our fleet of cable ships, and ensure all necessary maritime arrangements have been made and considered for each port call and region of operation. I work with numerous support elements within our company to include project coordination, port engineering, logistics, procurement, staffing and numerous other departments in support of vessel operations. My favorite part of the job however is improving operational processes, policies and procedures. The role was a nice fit given my previous experience as a Surface Warfare Officer in the Navy, and I feel very blessed to have my position at TE SubCom.

Were there aspects of your current job you were looking to further by earning an MBA or are you hoping to change career paths? Essentially, how will you use your degree, once you graduate? My decision to earn an MBA was mainly driven by my transition out of active duty military and into my current job. Although I am very thankful for the leadership lessons, world travel and unique life experiences the Navy afforded, I found myself lacking formal training in accounting, finance, marketing and other core business competencies that would help me excel in my new career. My company’s main source of revenue is generated by designing, manufacturing, installing and maintaining transoceanic fiber-optic cable systems. Our core courses along with negotiations, project management and strategy electives have already helped me communicate more effectively with senior management.

Do you feel that your work experience has helped you excel in the MBA program? If so, how? I absolutely feel that my work experience has helped me succeed in the program. My previous job prepared me to excel in groups while leveraging and learning from the talents of others. My current job has given me the ability to apply and re-affirm the lessons I’m learning on an almost daily basis.

You are also a new father! How have you learned to manage your time with school, work and a new addition to your family? What advice do you have for your classmates? I am, and I couldn’t be happier! Haha how have I learned to manage time with school, work, and a new addition to my family?…well you just do it. I’d be lying if I said I was getting great sleep or have figured out how to manage my time better. Time with family has just become that much sweeter. As for advice, if you are going to school to better support your family in the future, well then there’s your motivation. That said it’s more than okay to get distracted by a little one every once in a while. Don’t lose sight of what’s important…

What is your favorite memory from graduate school, so far? Hmm that’s a good one. So many fond memories from our cohort. I don’t think I’ll ever forget the Pepsi Challenge we conducted where we could see through the tape on the cans. Bless his heart, but our professor (whose identity will be spared) was so impressed with our taste buds…