At age 15, Joshua Batushansky had a plan. He walked into the Riverton, N.J., office of a small insurance and financial services firm, The Barclay Group, and started asking questions. Spending many years as an intern and then employee taught Josh the ins and outs of the insurance world, but he determined the company was missing one very important piece - marketing. So after earning his undergraduate degree, he approached Barclay’s leadership with his ideas to promote the firm and led their marketing efforts ever since, helping Barclay market smarter, more targeted and expand the business in the New Jersey footprint to ten offices.
He credits a great deal of his success to his Drexel LeBow MBA. “I had sound business knowledge and experience in finance, economics and the like, but didn’t really have the language to articulate it before I got my MBA,” Josh explains. “The Drexel LeBow MBA gave me the tools and the confidence I needed to be successful.”
While earning his MBA, Josh also earned his Six Sigma Green Belt certification advising a $100M IT consulting company, where his team suggested a process change that would save the company more than $200,000 per year by streamlining accounting processes. It was this idea of process improvement, error elimination and a constant drive to better the company and people around him that gave Josh the opportunity to effectively lead, becoming Vice President of Operations and Marketing at The Barclay Group at the age of 28.
“Before I got my MBA from Drexel, I knew I wanted to be vice president, but it was my experiences and learning at Drexel that gave me the skills to earn it when the opportunity was presented,” he says.
Because of his work with The Barclay Group, Josh was named one of Drexel University’s 40 under 40 in 2013 in Drexel Magazine.
Not only does he credit his Drexel MBA with developing his skills to take on this Vice President role; it also inspired him to make a change almost 5 years later as he decided to leave the company he truly cared about.
After a period of personal successes and struggles, he asked himself: “Do I want to settle in for the long haul or try to expand my horizons and challenge myself?” He ultimately decided the challenge was necessary for him.
“I thought back to my MBA and the experience of being terrified during the initial residency, of going into this room with these brilliant people and trying to figure out how I fit in. Throughout my time in the program, I was able to find my place, become a peer leader and find success. I wanted that feeling again and the opportunity to find my place within a new organization,” he says.
After 18 years with The Barclay Group, Josh chose to move on to a new role in a field he was not as familiar with – supply chain management and logistics. In early 2015, he began his role with C.H. Robinson, the largest 3rd party logistics company and 5th largest produce company in North America, working in business development. This new experience has exposed him to a growing industry and the operations of a large Fortune 500 company where he continues to challenge himself as he did by first approaching The Barclay Group and then by pursuing his Drexel MBA.