Student Spotlight: Daniel Brackle

Tell us about yourself.
Hi everyone! My name is Daniel Brackle and I am 22 and from West Chester, Pennsylvania. I graduated in May 2020 from the University of Pittsburgh with a double major in Supply Chain and Business Information Systems. I have two summers’ worth of work experience in the trucking industry with Daimler Trucks North America.

Upon graduation my plan was to continue to pursue jobs. With the current job market, I decided to go back to school immediately, to be even more prepared upon graduation from the program. What led me to the MBA-SBP specifically was the time frame of the program as well as the specific area of study for the program. I have always found it fascinating how companies maintain competitive advantages within constantly changing environments, a subject matter extremely interesting to someone who loves efficiency and competition. Coming out of this program, I want to not be trained for my initial job out of college, but for the promotion I am looking at three or four years down the road. Completing this MBA at this point in my career opens limitless career doors for myself and I am excited to be part of the program.

What is one of your favorite things to do in Pittsburgh?
One of my favorite things to do in Pittsburgh is to go to Mount Washington. I love going to the top where you feel like you are above the entire city, and you can see the entire skyline from the point all the way to the Cathedral of Learning. There are a few little spots you can get great sundown views from and make for amazing places to spend afternoons.

What skill would you like to master?
I think if I could master one skill it would be mathematics. If I could be 100% correct with all mathematics I complete, then I would make almost zero mistakes both in the classroom and throughout life. I definitely am interested in analytics and the bottom line, so results and consistency excite me when it comes to business.

Where is the most interesting place you’ve been?
One of the most interesting places I have been is Whiteface Mountain in Upstate New York. It is the tallest mountain in the Northeast of America, with a peak of 4500 feet and a ski lifts which takes you all the way up 4100 feet up. I am an avid snowboarder and have snowboarded all over Pennsylvania, New York, and Vermont and that is definitely one of the coolest spots I’ve been to just because of the view as well as the drive to get to that location. You can get some great pictures from the top of the mountain, and with snow on all of the trees and branches it looks beautiful for the drive up.

What is the best way to start the day?
I think the best way to start the day is early, with a good breakfast, a strong cup of coffee, a morning walk, and plenty of time to get prepared for the activities throughout the day. Being prepared cannot be understated, and it all starts with your morning, so the best way to start any type of day – whether its productive in terms of work or productive in terms of self-fulfillment – starts with a plan as well as a great morning.

Where would you spend all of your time if you could?
If I could spend all of my time somewhere I would definitely spend it outside. I am definitely an outdoorsman and love exploring outside, when it comes to finding any type of hiking spot or cool photo location, I always am down for an outdoor adventure. Going off of that, one of my favorite things to do is snowboarding, so If I could spend all of my time somewhere it would definitely be in a cabin in a small town in either the northeast or partially out west (Utah, Idaho, Colorado) on a mountain with access to snow and snowboarding trails, so I could easily go any day I want.