What Dr. Robert Perkins values most about the Champlain College Master of Business program is its commitment to students and faculty and also that the curriculum focuses on business fundamentals that position each student to succeed.
"Having been an online student, I understand the trials and challenges with distance learning," he ways. "That's why I find working with students in the online forum to be one of the most exciting and rewarding experiences for me. What better way to spend my time than to share my knowledge with others and offer support to those who are focused on furthering their education? Online learning is not easy. It requires discipline, extra time away from family, less time for extracurricular activities. But the return on the investment for students is the new managerial strengths they bring to an organization and the potential for advancement. The key to success, I was told by one of my mentors, is to never stop learning. Our own boundaries to learning are limited only by our willingness to learn. Champlain provides the vehicle to erase those boundaries and allows students to learn and enjoy the experience."
Perkins has more than 30 years of experience in the importing and exporting business and has been a licensed customs broker since 1974. He has served on trade committees and in an executive capacity or on boards for many associations. He was appointed as a trade ambassador with Customs and Border Protection, offering subject-matter expertise for the new Automated Commercial Environment information system. From 1992 to 1996, he served on the Commercial Operations Advisory Committee, formed by Congress to offer constructive dialogue with Customs and Border Protection.
Perkins has been senior vice president in two organizations, chief operations officer in another, and vice president of a developing brokerage business unit for a large carrier conglomerate. He is a senior international trade adviser for a consulting firm in Washington, D.C., and also works with a private equity firm focused on small business mergers and acquisitions. Perkins participated in developing the North American Free Trade Agreement. In addition, he worked with an international team to develop a mutual trade recognition program on trade security with the World Trade Organization.