Vladimir StepaniaBorn in Tbilisi, Georgian SSR, Soviet Union, Vladimir Stepania is a retired professional Basketball player. During his time with the NBA, he played for the Seattle SuperSonics, New Jersey Nets, Miami Heat and the Portland Trail Blazers. Holding a Master of Science in Sports and Media Management from New York University and a Master of Health Administration (MHA) from the University of Washington, Vladimir is now a student in the Doctor of Business Administration (DBA) in Entrepreneurship program through the Anaheim University Akio Morita School of Business.

AU: Could you tell us briefly about your career in the NBA? 

STEPANIA: I played for six and a half years in four different teams between 1998 and 2005.

AU: Why did you choose Anaheim University? 

STEPANIA: I own four businesses and knowledge is very important to stay ahead and improve the quality of service. My goal is to build and own a mid-size company in health care or food services that could grow and be acquired years from now.  

AU: Why did you choose to study in the DBA in Entrepreneurship program? 

STEPANIA: I received tuition relief through the National Basketball Association’s Retired Player’s Association. I loved the idea to learn entrepreneurship and wanted to gain networking opportunities with students and professors as well. 

AU: How has your experience been so far with Anaheim University? 

STEPANIA: So far, very great! I like the professors, their flexible approach to teaching, and having them share their experience. The course reading materials are also valuable resources of information and knowledge.

AU: What do you do for a living and how is studying at Anaheim University helping your career?

STEPANIA: I own a couple of small businesses based in Seattle — a long-term care for the elderly service, as well as a regional food brokerage company that specializes in supplying retailers and some wholesalers. I would love to teach some courses as an adjunct professor, perhaps at your school, once I complete my studies. 

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