Barry Rubinstein, Production and Operation Management, '93

Barry RubensteinBarry Rubinstein '93

Barry Rubinstein graduated from the UVM School of Business in 1993 with a concentration in production and operation management.  In a weak economy after graduation, he maintained employment through various temp jobs.  His last temp assignment was with an accounting department at Coram Healthcare in Denver, Colorado.  Shortly after being hired by Coram as a junior accountant, he was promoted to a business analyst supporting their Oracle Financial applications.  The experience supporting several Oracle applications propelled him to a successful consulting career.

In 2008, Barry and his wife Elizabeth started their own business, GingerLead, LLC.  One of their two Golden Retrievers required multiple orthopedic surgeries, which was their inspiration to invent a dog support and rehabilitation harness.  Their harnesses have been used to help elderly, injured or recovering dogs walk.  Today, several veterinarians and orthopedic surgeons recommend GingerLead to their patients.  GingerLead has sold harnesses in 34 states in the first year marketing their product.

Barry says the UVM School of Business was instrumental in providing the tools that have allowed him to excel as an independent Oracle consultant as well as start his own business.  The variety of software he was introduced to in many of his classes, gave him the confidence to not only learn new software, but also customize software to the needs of his clients.

Barry’s advice to graduating students is to consider temp agencies while looking for the right opportunity.  Not only will you gain valuable experience working for an organization, but you never know what the future may hold once you get your foot in the door.