October 30, 2012
Brian Williams and Max Buetow both recently graduated from Drury’s Master of Business Administration program. Despite being nearly 20 years apart in age, the connection they forged during their classes in the Breech School of Business has continued into their careers.
Williams, 49, is a vice president and chief business development officer for CoxHealth. “Earning an MBA had always been a goal, but because of work and family, I’d never done it,” Williams said. “Many people said that I didn’t need to do it, but I wanted to be a lifelong learner, so I had that goal out there and I went to accomplish my goal.”
Buetow, 30, a former collegiate hockey goaltender at Canisius College in New York, married a Springfield native and was looking for a good MBA program. “I met with (then MBA director) Dawn Hiles and she introduced me to Todd (President Todd Parnell),” Buetow said. “I liked the feeling that Drury was a family atmosphere and the ‘we’ll stick by you for life’ idea.”
All students in Drury’s MBA program take a weeklong trip to China as part of the curriculum. Williams and Buetow knew each other from class, but were merely acquaintances in 2009 when they were planning for the China trip at the end of the spring semester. The younger Buetow reached out to the 40-something Williams about being roommates in China, “It’s a credit to Max, as a lot of young men wouldn’t see any value in having a mentor that’s 20 years older than you. We just cultivated a friendship,” Williams said.
“He (Williams) epitomizes the saying, ‘Trying to suck the marrow out of life’,” Buetow said. “He was up early running in Tiananmen Square and then we were out meeting people and doing all we possibly could to make it an amazing experience.”
Buetow graduated in 2009 while Williams had a few more classes to complete before graduating in 2010, but the two men kept in touch and worked on a small real estate investment project together.
Buetow eventually landed at Sara Lee in Kansas. When Williams had an opening for a Clinic Director at Springfield Neurological and Spine Institute, he called Buetow. Buetow was already looking at another manufacturing job in Kansas City, but, after an interview and meeting with the doctors, he accepted the job in March of 2012.
“Max is a very genuine person, he connects with people and he has strong analytical skills,” Williams said. “He’s just a genuine person that I remained connected with and he is extremely trustworthy.”
Buetow and Williams will join other alumni of the Drury MBA China trip for a gathering called “Great times on the Great Wall” on Thursday, Nov. 1 from 5:30 – 7 p.m. at Parlor 88 – Southside. Any alumni of the Drury MBA program’s China trip are welcome. Please RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Story by Mark Miller, associate director of marketing and communications at Drury.