EMBA Alumni Update: Andrew Lanzino - Director, Corporate Strategy & Planning, MGM Resorts International - Cohort 14 Alumnus

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Pictured: Andrew Lanzino (Cohort 14)

Oct. 5, 2019

From Retail Industry Consultant to Gaming Industry Strategist and Lee Business School Instructor:  UNLV EMBA Alumnus Takes Career in New Direction


When doors to new career paths open, Andrew Lanzino (Cohort 14) boldly walks through them – often several at a time!


Since graduating from the UNLV Executive MBA program in 2016, Lanzino has transformed his career more than once. After working for nearly 11 years in the field of business consulting with AKM Management Consulting,  Lanzino is now director of corporate strategy and planning for MGM Resorts International. He’s responsible for company-wide strategic planning across multiple casino resorts and corporate-level divisions. In addition, Lanzino is one of 32 select MGM employees to hold credentials as an MGM certified career coach. In this capacity he works one-on-one with three MGM staff members per year to assist them in achieving their career goals.


“UNLV’s EMBA definitely started me out on a transformational process. I wouldn’t have been qualified, or even known about my current role if I hadn’t gone through the EMBA program,” Lanzino said.


Lanzino’s cohort included four MGM Resorts’ executives who encouraged him to apply for the position of manager of strategic planning. As it turned out, Lanzino’s EMBA, combined with his consulting and leadership experience, made him the ideal candidate. Since joining MGM, Lanzino has been promoted three times. “The EMBA program stretches you in so many ways. The bar is set high by both your fellow cohort members and the professors,” he said.


While Lanzino’s full-time job keeps him busy,  he’s also living his dream of teaching at the university level. Lanzino is an adjunct instructor with the UNLV Lee Business School Executive Certificate in Business Administration program teaching Strategic Management and Implementation.


Nikkole Liesse, executive director, Lee Business School’s Office of Online and Executive Education, knew that one of the reasons Lanzino pursued an EMBA was to teach. When the need arose for an instructor in the newly launched Executive Certificate program, she reached out to him. “Of course I jumped at the opportunity,” said Lanzino. “Designing a curriculum for the first time was a bit nerve-racking, but I relied on my EMBA experience to develop a course that is interactive, while providing information that executives can use on the job.” His class has been so well received, companies are asking the university if Lanzino can teach it on-site at their offices.


While Lanzino came to UNLV’s EMBA program to change his career trajectory, he’s also grateful for the lifelong friendships formed among his fellow cohort members. “Not a week goes by that I don’t talk to someone from my cohort,” he said. “We’re there to help each other navigate our careers and lives.”


During the program, Lanzino said that the study team approach provided tremendous support. “I was surprised by the collaborative environment within the cohort and how quickly we bonded as a group. We still continue to support each other and I don’t see that changing,” said Lanzino.


A double UNLV alumni, having received both his undergraduate and graduate degrees from the Lee Business School, Lanzino enjoys staying connected with the university. He is the vice president on the board of directors of the Lee Business School’s Alumni Association. “It comes as no surprise that EMBA graduates are the most active alumni,” said Lanzino. “We’re actually using their participation as a model to increase participation among other UNLV alums,” he said.


Lanzino also volunteers his time with the Alumni Association to develop and build long-term alumni and student engagement. “Thankfully, there are a lot of fantastic opportunities for alumni to stay involved in the UNLV community,” he said.


Active in the greater Las Vegas community, Lanzino uses his strategic planning and leadership skills to help non-profits plan for the future. Lanzino is most proud of his work with children’s charities. Nevada Blind Children’s Foundation, one of the non-profits he has helped, provides education to children who are visually impaired and hopes someday to help establish the state’s first school for the blind. Lanzino also advocates for St. Jude’s Children's Hospital, a lifelong personal interest. 


“I am most passionate when I’m learning new things from people across different industries, cultures and organizations; mentoring business students and watching them develop and grow into leaders; and connecting diverse groups of people to achieve great things. An EMBA from UNLV has helped me achieve all those things and will continue to open many more doors,” he said.