Linda Haberstroh, Executive MBA
EMBA Class 34
Phoenix Textile Corp.
"Takeaways included innovative improvements to our supply chain and planning process and a broader perspective on growth.”
"Takeaways included innovative improvements to our supply chain and planning process as well as a broader perspective on growth in our strategic direction.”
Executive MBA degree helps her advance company goals
Founded by Haberstroh’s mother, Pam Reynolds, in 1983, Phoenix Textile Corp. is a leading supplier of linen, uniforms, and interiors products and services for the health care industry. Clients include hospitals, long-term-care and assisted-living facilities, commercial laundries, and the U.S. government.
The family owned and operated company also promotes women entrepreneurs and leaders through Reynolds’ past work with NOWBO, the National Organization of Women Business Owners, and Haberstroh’s recent work with the Athena Leadership Foundation.
Haberstroh says the Executive MBA program sharpened her analytical skills. “Let’s stop and take a quantitative moment” has become her management catch phrase. She also benefited from the program’s focus on innovation and creativity. In the past few years, Phoenix Textile Corp. has marketed two new – and successful – product lines. The Relevant Line “supports the cost-saving requirements of the Affordable Care Act.” Phoenix 66, a snap-panel cubicle curtain system, “keeps health care workers off ladders and maximizes efficient use of clean privacy curtains.”
Strong relationships with EMBA faculty and cohorts
“During my second year in the program, six months before commencement, I was diagnosed with breast cancer. When I came back to school after my surgery, my entire class – Team 34 – was wearing pink and so were the professors and staff.
All of them made it possible for me to graduate on time, with my cohort, which meant everything to me.”
Initial reservations about enrolling in the program
“Initially, I thought the EMBA program was only geared to the Boeings and Emersons of the world, with greater emphasis on mergers and acquisitions than on organic growth. Instead, the program is also an incredible resource for private businesses. Takeaways included innovative improvements to our supply chain and planning process as well as a broader perspective on growth in our strategic direction.”
President, Phoenix Textile Corp.
Centre de Media Baptiste, Abidjan, Cote d’Ivoire
Education: BA, Economics and French, William Jewel College