University of California, Riverside

Anderson Graduate School of Management



AGSM Profile: Daniel Pio (AGSM MBA ’08)


To me, business school was about better understanding people and the information they need to be effective in accomplishing a task. These skills can be used in any area of life. As a medical student I am involved in healthcare reform advocacy and my business background has enabled me to be more effective in this role.

For many students, earning an MBA marks the pinnacle of their higher education career. But for Daniel Pio, earning his MBA in 2008 from the Anderson Graduate School of Management was just another important step en route to a career in medicine.

Pio, a native of Redondo Beach, CA, earned his bachelor’s degree in Spanish literature from UCR in 2006, then immediately went into the full-time MBA program. After graduating in 2008, he was accepted into the UCR/UCLA Thomas Haider Program in Biomedical Sciences, with the goal of becoming an M.D. after graduating in 2012. He is looking into a career in emergency medicine in the Southern California region.

He said he chose the UCR program because of its excellent reputation and the knowledge that it would prepare him for any career path that he chose.

“To me, business school was about better understanding people and the information they need to be effective in accomplishing a task,” Pio said. “These skills can be used in any area of life. As a medical student I am involved in healthcare reform advocacy and my business background has enabled me to be more effective in this role.”

In addition to the facts learned in the classroom, Pio credited the MBA program for helping him to build his communications skills and confidence.

“The combination of a presentation style curriculum along with my internship and teaching assistant opportunities prepared me to be able to present anything at anytime. I feel able to find a contributing role on any team and I have no problem communicating effectively,“ he said.

The hands-on mentality he gained from the AGSM program helped Pio to leave a lasting legacy at UCR as he co-founded the MBA Student Association (AGSMSA) with fellow MBA classmate Dessy John in 2007. The association promotes academic and social interaction between the MBA candidates and creates opportunities for interaction with the local business community, including activities, speakers and off-campus events.

“We began [the association] to further develop the role that UCR MBA students play in shaping their own education and MBA experience,” he recalled. “As an association, students are better able to express their views to faculty and to influence the development of the UCR MBA program.”

Pio said that the dean, faculty, and staff were very supportive in the efforts to create the AGSMSA and that they were “amazing” throughout his educational experience.

“They go out of their way to make sure you are taken care of and that you understand the material being presented,” he said, adding that they taught him the important lesson that “people are the key to business, not numbers.”

To the prospective MBA student, Pio has a simple message.

“UCR is a young program. If you are looking for a place where you have a large role in your own experience and education, UCR is the place to be,” he said. “There are so many opportunities and all one has to do is take them.”

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University of California, Riverside
900 University Ave.
Riverside, CA 92521
Tel: (951) 827-1012

Contact Information

The A. Gary Anderson Graduate School of Management

Graduate Programs Office
102 Anderson Hall, South

Tel: (951) 827-6200
Fax: (951) 827-2055
E-mail: ucr_agsm@ucr.edu

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