"You do a lot of grunt things in starting up," says Michael Stopka, who graduated from Roosevelt University's business school in 1988.
Stopka is now the chief executive of Design Toscano, in Chicago and Arlington Heights, Ill., a maker of European-art reproductions for the house and garden that has projected 1997 revenues of $13.5 million.
says, "For things like 'The employee is sick, the heater's broken,' the kind of things you face in starting up, the M.B.A. is not much help."
is able to make more reasoned judgments about his
mailing list using techniques he
picked up in his
quantified-methods and analytical-modeling classes.
"I'm mailing 7 million catalogs," he