University of Arkansas

Walton College

The Sam M. Walton College of Business

Walton MBA Alumni Spotlight: Shan Pesaru

Walton College
May 11, 2020  |  By Alexandra Goforth

Share this via:

Shan Pesaru is the owner and CEO of Sharp Hue and a 2007 Walton Executive MBA alum. He graduated from the Georgia Institute of Technology with a bachelor’s degree in computer engineering in 2005 and says he was missing the experience needed for business ownership and entrepreneurship before joining the program. Pesaru says the Walton MBA gave him the confidence and skills he needed to start his business.

Pesaru started Sharp Hue, a web design, development and hosting company, as a student in the Walton MBA program. He left his full-time job designing electronic medical records – a role he says he enjoyed because it balanced technical computer engineering skills with creative design – to pursue his entrepreneurial dreams. Pesaru says he loves to use technology to help other people be successful. His position at Sharp Hue involves looking at the “landscape of available solutions” to help businesses become “more efficient and fun to operate.”

Pesaru says the Walton Executive MBA program, the Office of Entrepreneurship and Innovation, and the Northwest Arkansas start-up and small business community were vital to the long-term success of his company. Sharp Hue, founded in 2006, was one of the few types of companies to experience growth during the 2007-2009 recession, Pesaru says.

Pesaru’s location in the innovation district of downtown Fayetteville, near the Brewer Family Entrepreneurship Hub and the University of Arkansas, has reinforced Sharp Hue’s connection with the Walton MBA and Walton College community – a source of new talent and continuous learning opportunities.

Pesaru prioritizes staying connected to his graduate alma mater and says his continued involvement is an integral part of growing his company.

Pesaru participates in Dean Matt Waller’s DREAM Board, a community board of business entrepreneurs, works with the Office of Entrepreneurship and Innovation as a mentor and attends the Walton MBA Showcase. Pesaru describes the showcase as “one of the best” professional development programs. Pesaru also hired his first Walton MBA graduate student intern, Jason Conners, this year.

Pesaru credits his participation on panels, volunteering as a mentor, hiring Walton MBA interns and attending Walton MBA and Walton College events as powerful tools for connecting himself and his company with opportunities. Continued engagement encourages him to think differently and help him prepare for world events.

Pesaru believes the Walton MBA program continues to grow increasingly more valuable: “Every piece of the program is looking toward the future and aligning it with what is relevant today – that changes so fast in today’s world.”

He says he thinks there is sometimes a desire to get an MBA “for the letters in your title, but it should be a complement to your education.” Coming from a multidisciplinary background, Pesaru says the Walton MBA program connected him to other individuals with backgrounds in business and sales. The exposure helped him learn how to communicate ideas effectively, identify problems, develop solutions and generate passion among team members.

Pesaru recognizes leadership skills and how businesses operate – knowing how to pull levers to make an impact or lead others to be successful – are invaluable skills for both individuals and companies. He credits the Walton MBA program laying the foundation and encouraging a mindset of leadership, innovation and problem-solving.

Pesaru says the journey never stops. He loves seeing professional development, leadership development and communication in the Walton MBA program: “To see that as part of the new MBA program is super impressive and makes me really excited about hiring Walton MBAs in the future.”

 

Post Author:

Matt WallerAlexandra Goforth graduated summa cum laude from the University of California, San Diego in 2019. She received college and departmental honors with highest distinction for her studies in biological anthropology and global health along with the Sherwood L. Washburn Award for Excellence in Biological Anthropology for her undergraduate honors thesis. Since returning to her hometown of Fayetteville, Ark., Alexandra has joined the University of Arkansas as a marketing and communications officer for the MBA Programs Office at the Sam M. Walton College of Business. She has contributed to freelance projects for Walton College Executive Education and the University of Arkansas School of Law. She is passionate about writing, community health and the nexus of business and healthcare.

Walton College

Walton College of Business

Since its founding at the University of Arkansas in 1926, the Sam M. Walton College of Business has grown to become the state's premier college of business – as well as a nationally competitive business school. Learn more...

The Walton MBA

Welcome to Walton MBA Insider! Join us here or subscribe to our monthly newsletter for regular student, alumni, faculty, corporate partner and community features. We would love to hear from you! Visit our website or contact us directly at (479) 575-2851 to learn more about the Full-Time and Executive MBA programs at Walton College.


Walton MBA Walton Executive MBA

Subscribe to the MBA Insider

Recent Posts

(L-R) Remko van Hoek, Jason Ridge, Tomas Jandik, Rogelio Contreras

Congratulations to Walton MBA Faculty Awards Winners

The 2021-2022 Walton College Faculty Awards have been announced! The recipients were selected based on nominations, their current curriculum vitae and a personal statement that includes teaching evaluations, student comments, sample assignments, summaries of recent research publications, citation counts, grant awards and program innovations.

May 4, 2022 | By Lori Speer

Tina Winham

Alumna Tina Winham Makes a Positive Community Impact

Walton EMBA Program alumna Tina Winham graduated with her MBA in 2018 and currently works as the Walmart lead at Conair in the Hair Beauty Accessories division. With over 15 years of experience overseeing multi-million dollar budgets, Winham has extensive experience with operations, sales and marketing efforts for several major global brands.

May 4, 2022 | By Taylor Poe

Willard J. Walker building

Custom Tracks Through the Walton MBA

Students are specializing their graduate school experience by developing custom degree plans. In this business climate, niche talents can find their place to shine. Currently, the University of Arkansas’ Walton MBA program offers five different career tracks in entrepreneurship and innovation, retail marketing, supply chain management, financial management and data analytics.

April 27, 2022 | By Heidi Rolf