U.S. MBA group develops
inroads into the aerospace
industry in Brazil

September 2012

The innovative Aerospace & Defense MBA program from the University of Tennessee partnered with Southbridge Access for their recent visit to Rio de Janeiro and Sao Jose dos Campos, Brazil.

30 leading aerospace and defense industry executives and faculty participated in the program, which included visits to the manufacturing facilities of Brazil’s flagship airplane manufacturer EMBRAER, Brazilian regional equipment supplier Aernnova, Brazil’s National Institute for Space Research (INPE), and networking at Brazil’s Expo Aero trade fair in addition to visits with leading global and regional organizations including Petrobras, Deloitte Brazil, and the Brazilian Sugarcane Industry Association.

Andy White, Director of UT’s Aerospace & Defense MBA program, praised Southbridge Access’ management of the program: “Their team did a fantastic job of supporting our visit planning and execution. The visit was our program’s first trip to Brazil. Our own network of industry contacts was just beginning to develop. Thankfully, the Southbridge Access experts led the way and helped us to arrange a schedule of tremendous visits that were perfectly tailored for the education and development needs of our students — all leaders from across the aerospace and defense industry. Their professionalism was superb and their network of industry contacts was invaluable.”

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