At the beginning of Dr. John Sailors’ undergraduate studies, he had no intention of ever being called “Dr.” He began his studies at the University of Michigan in the college of liberal arts and was considering a degree in political science. But he felt that academia would be the inevitable future for him if he pursued that path, and he was not interested. Beginning his junior year, he applied for and was accepted into the business program, and it was then he started to change his mind about academia. His profiessor, Christopher Puto, Ph.D., assisted the young Sailors on his path to attaining a Ph.D. in marketing from Northwestern University.
After seven years of teaching, Dr. Sailors decided to spend some time in industry, having gone straight from his undergraduate to graduate studies. He spent eight years in the research industry with clients such as Ford, Harley Davidson, and Proctor & Gamble. Equipped with outstanding academic credentials now complemented by practical work experience, Dr. Sailors was ready to return to academia and was welcomed to the Opus College of Business by Dean Chris Puto, his first marketing professor.
Perhaps Dr. Sailors’ most notable contribution to the OCB is his Applied Business Research class taught in the Full-time UST MBA program. In this class, students are required to complete extremely complex research projects for real clients. The research in this course is challenging, and Dr. Sailors sees value in the challenges the students face. He sees how the students grow in professionalism and confidence through the process.
In addition to devoting himself to his students, Dr. Sailors spends time with his wife of 24 years, his 13-year-old son, and his 10-year-old triplet daughters. Congratulations on recently gaining tenure Dr. Sailors, and we look forward to many more years with you!