Alumni Profile: Jeffrey Heinichen, EMBA '04

Author: Angela Sienko


Jeffrey Heinichen came to Notre Dame after already establishing himself in the area of corporate law and private business. The experience in the EMBA program helped Jeff as he started a new career in consulting for the CompleteMASTERY™ Institute where he teaches business leaders how to enrich their executive performance and to eliminate costly hassles and waste. And in addition to his regular job, he also finds time to utilize his law degree and corporate experience to teach Business Law and Leadership at Cincinnati State College.

Q: Why did you choose ND for your graduate degree?

Jeffrey Heinichen: I chose to pursue a graduate business degree after practicing corporate law for 25 years and having owned and run several private businesses for 15 years.  When I looked around at Executive MBA programs, the University of Notre Dame kept coming up as one of the top programs in the country.  The decision was easy, an excellent educational institution with a global reputation.

Q: How have you utilized your graduate degree in your career?

JH: I have to admit, 25 years of executive experience was more than sufficient education for my career; however the Notre Dame network and the Notre Dame experience helped accelerate my “refiring” (see Refire® Your Life by James V. Gambone, Ph.D) to a career of consulting and teaching. The many lessons learned from the years since graduation stand as testimony to my decision to pursue the MBA from Notre Dame.

Q: How do you stay connected to ND as an alum?

JH: I have stayed connected to Notre Dame primarily through the McCloskey Business Plan competition where I have been a judge since 2004.  I am also active in the “old” Irish Angels organization and now the Irish Entrepreneurs group.  From 2004 to 2012 I guest taught the Angel Investing portion of the Entrepreneur classes to the undergraduate Mendoza College of Business students.  I attend the local Cincinnati Notre Dame alumni functions and I regularly stay in contact with my graduating class members, either personally or through Social Media.  Our EMBA study group still meets four times a year to share Notre Dame and other experiences. I am an avid reader of the Notre Dame Magazine.

Q: Is there a professor who had a significant impact on your time at ND?

JH: This is always a dangerous question to answer, because we had so many good professors, and one risks offending those who are not named.  Having said that, John Afflect-Graves and Jim Davis stand out as two of the most influential, closely followed by Leo Burke and Jeffrey Bergstrand. Lastly, and not because he is now the Dean of Mendoza, Roger Haung’s Global Finance class was one of the most informative and impacted several of my business activities after graduation with my Asian/China import – export activities.

Q: What is your favorite memory from your time in your graduate business program?

JH: My time in the Executive MBA program was spent in part in Cincinnati, Ohio and part in South Bend, Indiana. The best memories revolve mainly around the times in South Bend with the entire class.  Notre Dame is a magical place.  I do recall, after our first week of orientation, mentioning seeing the Stadium, as one of the fondest memories, since I played football against the University of Notre Dame and Ara Parseghian in the fall of 1972 (I played for Texas Christian University). The many nights at Leahy’s at the Morris Inn were also full of wonderful memories, especially when we got the opportunity to chat with Alumni from other Notre Dame eras.