Alumni Spotlight: Justin Hernandez PMBA ‘09

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Justin Hernandez, PMBA '09

Justin Hernandez
Director of Finance and Treasury, Chief Oil & Gas
Co-Founder, Impossible Possibilities

Justin Hernandez was already an accomplished professional before he chose to earn his PMBA from the Neeley School of Business. An employee of Lockheed Martin since 2005, Justin was selected by his executive leadership to participate in their Financial Leadership Development Program. He completed this program in 2010, a year after graduating from TCU. Since then, Justin has only maximized the value of his degree, building his experience — and resume — by taking on leadership positions the energy industry. A Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA), Justin also uses his business acumen to help his community and improve the lives of needy young people. His passion project is Impossible Possibilities.

Cofounded with his twin brother Joshua in 2007, this charitable organization supports creative literacy and funds college scholarships for deserving students residing in Dallas and Tarrant counties. Impossible Possibilities also gives undergraduates interested in nonprofit management and social enterprise opportunities to grow their careers through an innovative internship program. As recent intern Mark McGlothlin says, "My experience working for Joshua and Justin was invaluable and extremely rewarding. As I have a dream to start a nonprofit organization, they passed on knowledge and skills about starting and running a nonprofit that I will be able to utilize in the future.”

Why TCU?

I decided to pursue my PMBA because I wanted to be able to continue working full-time while pursuing my education.

I selected TCU for a variety of reasons. Neeley’s excellent network, flexible curriculum and ability to connect students to future job prospects were all factors in the school's favor. TCU was also one of a few schools that offered a Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) prep course as an elective.

What Made Your TCU Experience Unique

My professors were amazing. Dr. Lockwood is a top-notch educator and did a great job preparing us for the rigors of the CFA exam. I would likely still be studying for this test if not for the time and effort Dr. Lockwood put into each class.

My classmates were great colleagues as well. Our PMBA class was split into cohorts, and we each spent the majority of our time at TCU working within these groups. That helped build a level of trust that allowed for strong dialogue. In addition, most of my counterparts came from diverse professional backgrounds, which allowed for unique discussions during class time.

How TCU Prepared You for Success

I currently work for Chief Oil & Gas as the Director of Finance and Treasury.  In this role, I work with a number of banks and institutions to ensure the company is adequately financed. I also manage commodity price risk through hedging, evaluate acquisitions and divestitures, and provide strategic recommendations that better position the company for the future. I use the knowledge I gained at TCU every day.    

Equally important to the technical skills that I gained, my PMBA taught me transferable leadership skills that I have put into play in my career and my role as a community leader.

Translating Business Leadership into Community Leadership

My identical twin brother Joshua and I cofounded Impossible Possibilities while I was working on my degree at TCU. Education has always been important to both of us, and we wanted to find a way to give back by creating a local non-profit. This past August marked our 10th anniversary as an organization. During that time, we have expanded our Maven’s Milestones Reading Achievement Program into a fifth elementary school with approximately 1,700 Fort Worth ISD students participating, hosted our 6th annual Sik’lik Youth Poetry Slam and Writing Workshop last fall, and awarded 57 college scholarships totaling more than $100,000 to area high school seniors.

TCU took note of the work we were doing early on and even connected with undergraduate volunteers to help us scale our programs. This was a huge help and made a big contribution to the difference we are now making within the DFW area.

On the Value of a Strong Business Foundation

I currently work for Chief Oil & Gas as the Director of Finance and Treasury. In this role, I work with a number of banks and institutions to ensure the company is adequately financed. I also manage commodity price risk through hedging, evaluate acquisitions and divestitures, and provide strategic recommendations that better position the company for the future. I use the knowledge I gained at TCU every day.      

Best Advice for Current and Future TCU Students

Network as much as you can. This includes spending time with your cohort, with other small groups or student-run organization at TCU and taking advantage of various networking events that Neeley encourages you to attend. You never know who you will meet, or what valuable relationships you might form.  

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