Smith Vets Club

The Smith Vets Club mission is to provide advocacy, assistance and requisite support to all military veterans enrolled within the University of Maryland MBA program and those who seek acceptance. We are committed to coordinating value-added events that foster espirit de corps and build close camaraderie amongst our distinguished members.

Ultimately, the overarching goal of this club is to ensure that the Smith MBA is the #1 choice amongst veterans to garner high-caliber candidates who will continue to build upon the superb legacy we have built.

Board Members

Michael FriedmanMichael Friedman

Michael A. Friedman is a full-time MBA ’19 candidate at the University of Maryland (College Park) studying Supply Chain and Operations Management. He received his Bachelor of Arts degree in Criminal Justice and a minor in Military Leadership from James Madison University while completing the Army ROTC program there. Mike commissioned as an Armor Officer in the U.S. Army in 2010 and separated in 2017 to pursue his graduate degree.

His assignments include: Tank Platoon Leader, Delta Company, 1st Battalion, 64th Armor Regiment where he led combat patrols in Kandahar, Afghanistan in 2012 in support of Operation Enduring Freedom; Mechanized Infantry Company Executive Officer, Bravo Company, 1st Battalion, 64th Armor Regiment where he managed a 30 personnel cross-functional headquarters element responsible for combat support, supply, communication, and maintenance operations; Brigade Operations Planner, 2nd Brigade, 1st Infantry Division where he planned and synchronized operational and logistics efforts while deployed to Kuwait in support of Operation Spartan Shield.

Mike completed several military courses throughout his career to include Armor Basic Officer Leader’s Course, Army Reconnaissance Course, Maneuver Captain’s Career Course where he graduated on the Commandant’s List, and the Cavalry Leader’s Course. His personal decorations include the Bronze Star Medal, Army Commendation Medal (three awards), Army Achievement Medal, Overseas Service Ribbon (two awards), and NATO Medal.

Smith Vets

To connect with any of the Smith Vets, please reach out to Frank Goertner at who will facilitate the connection.

United State Navy

Kyrin WhartonKyrin Wharton
Surface Warfare, Active Duty, 6 Years
Full-Time MBA, Consulting & Strategy

Andres VillegasAndres Villegas
Civil Engineer Corp Officer, Separated, 12 Years
Full-Time MBA, General Management

Andrew KrantzAndrew Krantz
Logistics and Supply, Active Duty, 14 Years
Full-Time MBA, Marketing

Stephan ViamariStephan Viamari
Surface Warface, Separated, 7 years
Full-Time MBA, General Management & Data Analytics

United States Marine Corp

Benjamin LeatherburyBenjamin Leatherbury
Communications Officer, Active Duty, 9 Years
Part-Time MBA, Consulting & Strategy

United States Coast Guard

Thomas CrowleyThomas Crowley
Cutterman, Active Duty
Full-Time MBA, Dual-Degree (MS Accounting)

Charles Bare

Charles Bare
Cutterman, Active Duty
Full-Time MBA, Finance

United States Army

Justin JamesJustin James
25A Signal Officer, 10 years
Full-Time MBA, Operations and Supply Chain

James MurphyJames Murphy
15A Aviation Officer, 8 Years
Full-Time MBA, Finance

Jeremy StrattonJeremy Stratton
19A Armor Officer, Separated, 14 Years
Full-Time MBA, General Management & Consulting

Matthew RobinsonMatthew Robinson
21T, Separated, 5 Years
Part-Time MBA, General Management

Thomas GardinerThomas Gardiner
35D All-Source Intelligence Officer, Separated, 5 Years
Full-Time MBA, General Management & Strategy

Featherine AndersonFeatherine Anderson
9 Years
Medical Service Corp, Separated, United States Army Full-Time MBA, General Management

Gary KaufmanGary Kaufman
11B, Separated, 7 Years
Part-Time MBA, Entrepreneur

Joseph TennatJoseph Tennant
Supply/Logistics, Separated, 6 Years
National Guard Full-Time MBA, Consulting

Michael FriedmanMichael Friedman
19A Armor Officer, Separated, 7 Years
Full-Time MBA, Supply Chain & Operations

Jun KimJun Kim
Communications, Active Duty, 7 Years
Full-Time MBA, General Management & Consulting

Robert MullinsRobert Mullins
Acquisition/Program Management, Active Duty, 14 Years
Full-Time MBA, General Management & Consulting

United States Air Force

Catherine Lee
Linguistics, Separated, 4 Years
Full-Time MBA, Dual-Degree (Juris Doctor), General Management