Graduate Student Spotlight: Achille Parmentier, MBA in the Making

Achille Parmentier, '17

Achille Parmentier, ’17

Achille Parmentier holds a B.S. in Economics from the College of Charleston.  This year he finds himself back at the College of Charleston, this time pursuing a Master’s degree in Business Administration, with a focus in Finance.  Prior to seeking his Master’s degree, Achille started Three Sheets to the Wind Sailboats, a business that bought, refurbished, and sold sailboats.  While running the business, he oversaw day-to-day operations, solicited investments, and built a rapport with customers and vendors.  In the five years he owned his business he saw year-over-year growth and consistently sought new revenue streams. While he possesses an entrepreneurial mindset, he also has a passion for investing, and enjoys trading in the stock market.  In his free time, Achille enjoys being outside, playing golf, making beer, and sailing. He also volunteers with the College of Charleston Sailing Association to assist with various programs including Wounded Warrior Sailing.  Achille currently resides in Charleston, SC with his wife, Mitzi, and his dog, Elvis

Why UCSC Graduate School? I’m a former business owner, and a CofC graduate. I’ve been in Charleston for 12 years, and I love this city!  After watching my wife finish her graduate degree last year, I decided to take the plunge.

What is your favorite place on campus? I’m not sure how anyone couldn’t fall in love with the Cistern!  I saw it for the first time when touring schools in high school, and the cistern was a definitely a part of why I came here for undergrad.

What does Diversity mean to you? Diversity is incredibly important.  It’s not just about people with different backgrounds, but also people with different experiences and viewpoints.  Our class is very diverse and it’s one of my favorite parts of the program.

Advice to graduate students? Glean as much information from your peers as possible.  They have a wealth of information and experiences that you may not have.  Also manage your time carefully.  When done right, it will feel slightly less like your life is in complete chaos.

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